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Saturday, October 30, 2021

‘A touch of 1920s glamour & toe-tapping musical entertainment’: TOP HAT – Sonning by Elaine Chapman

Jack Butterworth as Jerry Travers and co-star Billie-Kay as Dale Tremont dance their way through the confusion of mistaken identity as to whether they will or won’t get together.

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Friday, October 22, 2021

‘Any actor that can purposely act badly deserves credit’: THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG – Touring ★★★★★ by Elaine Chapman

Since the play began in 2012 on the stage in the Off West End venue The Old Red Lion, The Play that Goes Wrong has gone from strength to strength and spent nine years in the West End and is …

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Tuesday, October 19, 2021

‘A superb credit to the 19th-century Gothic novel’: THE LEGEND OF SLEEPY HOLLOW – Touring ★★★★★ by Elaine Chapman

Based on the American Gothic novel by Washington Irving, which was first published in 1819, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow has been adapted for the stage by Tilted Wig Productions in this highl…

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Friday, October 8, 2021

‘A dramatic end with impressive lighting effects’: THE BALLAD OF MARIA MARTEN — Theatre Royal, Winchester (UK Tour) by Elaine Chapman

The Red Barn murder in 1827 took place in Polstead, Suffolk it’s the notorious tale about Maria Marten who was brutally shot dead by her partner William Corder.

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Sunday, September 19, 2021

‘Superb & moving start to a long-awaited season’: SEPTEMBER IN THE RAIN – Salisbury Playhouse ★★★★ by Elaine Chapman

Salisbury Playhouse reopens its doors with September in the Rain by John Godber. Liz (Nicola Sloane) and Jack Munroe (Ian Kelsey) fondly reflect on holiday memoirs from their thirty years of…

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Monday, September 13, 2021

‘Bad taste jokes & plenty of laughs’: AY UP, HITLER! – Touring ★★★★ by Elaine Chapman

We watch as Ay Up, Hitler is set “down the pub” with an array of Yorkshire accents, lots of warm beer drunk (mimed) and donning the flat cap. Writer David McCulloch has certainly put the…

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Thursday, September 9, 2021

‘It’s refreshing’: WAITRESS – New Wimbledon Theatre & Touring ★★★★ by Elaine Chapman

New Wimbledon Theatre has opened its doors with the West End smash hit production Waitress starring Lucie Jones as Jenna and ex Busted star Matt Willis in the role of Dr Pomatter. The book b…

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Saturday, August 28, 2021

‘Perfect timings’: IT ALL – Edinburgh Fringe ★★★★ by Elaine Chapman

What does it mean to have “It All?” I am not sure the answer to that question can ever be answered as it means something different to everyone. Cameron Cook raises this point several tim…

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Thursday, August 26, 2021

‘An absolute pleasure to watch’: ROSSETTI’S WOMEN – Edinburgh Fringe ★★★★★ by Elaine Chapman

Dante Gabriel Rossetti’s raunchy, eccentric and outrageous sex life has been written and brought to the stage by writer and director Joan Greening in Rossetti’s Women.

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Tuesday, August 24, 2021

‘One the most powerful performances I have ever watched’: 1902 – Edinburgh Fringe ★★★★★ by Elaine Chapman

The atmospheric setting for 1902 has been set in a disused arches space in an industrial area of Leith. It’s a bit off the Fringe beaten track but I can assure you it’s well worth the tr…

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Saturday, August 21, 2021

‘Satirical ridicule on familiar faces’: THUNDERJAB 3 – Edinburgh Fringe ★★★★ by Elaine Chapman

If you are looking to end the day with an abundance of laughter then definitely go and check out Eric Robinson in Thunderjab 3 at the Bevan Theatre in The Surgeons Hall Space.

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Tuesday, August 17, 2021

‘A raw testosterone-fueled performance’: SHOOK – Edinburgh Fringe ★★★★ by Elaine Chapman

Director Rebecca Morgan has brought the hard-hitting play Shook by Samuel Bailey to the Edinburgh Fringe for 2021. Three young men are facing the daunting reality of being fathers as their g…

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Saturday, August 14, 2021

‘One of the funniest performances I have seen at the Fringe so far’: CORPSING – Edinburgh Fringe ★★★★ by Elaine Chapman

Have you ever wondered how an undertaker can stay in business when they operate in small villages, with limited populations? Corpsing might be able to answer some of these questions.

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Tuesday, August 10, 2021

‘Interesting & heartfelt’: PLASTERS – Edinburgh Fringe ★★★★ by Elaine Chapman

The writing of Plasters at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival shows much depth into relationship break ups and how “we” see love. Emma Tadmor delivers a moving and heartfelt performance. Espe…

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Tuesday, August 3, 2021

‘Prepare to be astounded & enthralled’: WONDERVILLE – Palace Theatre ★★★★★ by Elaine Chapman

The art of illusion and magic has arrived at the Palace Theatre as Wonderville takes to the stage. Normally home to Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Wonderville has taken up residence for …

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Saturday, July 31, 2021

‘Never defaults into a tale of woe is me’: HEAD/LINING – Pleasance Theatre ★★★★★ by Elaine Chapman

Hard-hitting autobiographical theatre such as head/lining offers audiences an insight into the harsh and angry struggles that go unspoken behind many homes throughout the country.

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Monday, July 26, 2021

‘Outstanding tribute’: QUENTIN CRISP: NAKED HOPE – Stream Theatre (Online review) ★★★★★ by Elaine Chapman

Famous flamboyant, charasmatic homosexual writer, raconteur and actor Quentin Crisp aka Denis Pratt returns to the stage through an entertaining and heartfelt performance by the extremely ta…

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Wednesday, June 9, 2021

‘Brings a new life & dimension to the dangerously charismatic Gray’: THE TRAGEDY OF DORIAN GRAY – Blue Devil Productions (Online review) ★ by Elaine Chapman

Writer and director Ross Dinwiddy’s vision to create a black and white adaptation of Dorian Gray adds a twist to the gothic tale. Moving away from the rich luxury often associated with Wil…

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Sunday, June 6, 2021

‘Lockyer’s adaptation brings this incredible play to a new audience’: TAKE OFF YOUR CORNFLAKES – White Bear Theatre ★★★★★ by Elaine Chapman

The first of two press night for the White Bear’s latest production Take Off Your Cornflakes saw Mark Lockyer leave the stage to rapturous applause. After performing to sell-out audiences …

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Thursday, June 3, 2021

‘Delightful & informative’: Gilbert & Sullivan’s Improbable New Musical – Brighton Fringe (Online review) ★★★★ by Elaine Chapman

Coily Dart Theatre presents Gilbert & Sullivan’s Improbable New Musical, a brand new production for the Brighton Fringe 2021. This fully audio production tells the little known story o…

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Saturday, May 29, 2021

’Takes you on a fast track journey through social media platforms’: PUBLIC DOMAIN – Vaudeville Theatre ★★★★★ by Elaine Chapman

Written and performed by Francesca Forristal and Jordan Paul Clarke, Public Domain is now making its first appearance on the West End stage in the Vaudeville Theatre.

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Saturday, May 22, 2021

‘A sharp & intriguing journey’: AAAAA [FIVE A] – Lion & Unicorn Theatre ★★★★ by Elaine Chapman

In AAAAA writers David Brady, Jack Albert Cook, Gabrielle Nellis Pain and Kim Scopes weave a sharp and intriguing journey into how the world might look to someone who finds themselves graspi…

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Thursday, May 13, 2021

‘Formulated with warmth & deep heartfelt compassion’: FROM ME TO US – Battersea Arts Centre (Online review) ★★★★ by Elaine Chapman

From Me To Us by Wayne Steven Jackson is part of the Battersea Arts Centre’s season Wild Times which is available to stream between 10-16 May 2021.

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Thursday, March 25, 2021

‘Brings this macabre masterpiece to life’: THE BLACK CAT – Threedumb Theatre (Online review) ★★★★★ by Elaine Chapman

This week saw the opening night of Threedumb Theatre’s fourth post lockdown production The Black Cat by Edgar Allan Poe. Set within the old Church and using the outside areas, cameraman Da…

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Saturday, January 23, 2021

‘A dark & slightly twisted tale’: STRANGERS – Online@TheSpaceUK (Online review) ★★★★ by Elaine Chapman

Written and directed by Nick Card, Strangers is a dark and slightly twisted tale. Two strangers meet by chance in a pub and due to circumstances beyond their control neither of their worlds …

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Thursday, January 14, 2021

‘Brings to life another modern-day issue without any sugar coating’: WALK OF SHAME – Glass Half Full Theatre (Online review) ★★★★ by Elaine Chapman

Writers Stephanie Silver and Amelia Marshall-Lovsey bring to the online stage Walk of Shame, produced by Caley Powell for Glass Half Full Theatre.

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Wednesday, October 21, 2020

‘Develops into an intriguing & sinister plot’: CLOSE YOUR EYES, I’M FILMING – Greedy Pig Theatre Company by Elaine Chapman

The Greedy Pig Theatre Company’s latest production Close Your Eyes, I’m Filming follows an up and coming vlogger.

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Thursday, August 20, 2020

‘The cast brilliantly succeeds in creating the horror’: After The Turn: The Mystery of Bly Manor – Nine Knocks Theatre (Online review) ★★★ by Elaine Chapman

In After the Turn: The Mystery of Bly Manor, Nine Knocks Theatre company has shown the wealth of talented actors in their company along with their ability to create a powerful and atmospheri…

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Saturday, August 1, 2020

‘Each of the five characters are recognisable’: LOST SOULS – Loosely Based Theatre (Online review) by Elaine Chapman

The latest work by Jayne Woodhouse comprises of five monologues performed in the compilation of Lost Souls produced by Loosely Based Theatre.

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Monday, May 11, 2020

‘There’s no better time to think outside of the box’: A SEPARATE PEACE – The Remote Read (Online review) by Elaine Chapman

Originally written for television in 1964, this particular Tom Stoppard production has been performed to raise money for stage technicians and creatives along with supporting The Felix Proje…

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Thursday, April 23, 2020

‘Watching this opened my eyes to an interesting part of British Empire history’: DRAWING THE LINE – Hampstead Theatre ★★★★ (Online revie by Elaine Chapman

Judge Cyril Radcliffe has been ordered by the British government to go and map out the territories dividing up India as the empire begins to close down. A somewhat daunting prospect for some…

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All that Chat

May 30, 2023: Grey House - Lyceum Theatre
Jun 26, 2023: Just For Us - Hudson Theatre
Jul 24, 2023: The Cottage - Hayes Theater
Nov 16, 2023: Spamalot - St. James Theatre
Dec 18, 2023: Appropriate - Hayes Theater
Mar 07, 2024: Doubt - Todd Haimes Theatre
Apr 14, 2024: Lempicka - Longacre Theatre
Apr 17, 2024: The Wiz - Marquis Theatre
Apr 18, 2024: Suffs - Music Box Theatre
Apr 25, 2024: Mother Play - Hayes Theater
Jun 10, 2024: The Drama Desk Awards