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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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Tuesday, March 31, 2020

’An excellent connection on stage’: THE DOCK BRIEF – Cockpit Theatre by Elaine Chapman

The Dock Brief is a two-man production written by the late Sir John Mortimer the barrister and playwright whose most famous work has to have been Rumpole of the Bailey.

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Monday, February 24, 2020

‘Have a “futtingly” good night out’: UPSTART CROW – West End ★★★★★ by Elaine Chapman

The quick-witted comedy you expect from Ben Elton which is seen in the BBC series runs throughout this incredibly funny stage production of Upstart Crow.

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Monday, February 17, 2020

‘Still has exactly what it takes to entertain audiences’: MAMMA MIA! – Touring ★★★★ by Elaine Chapman

There was a really good party atmosphere at the end of Mamma Mia! which saw quite a large proportion of the auditorium get up, dance and sing along to the final numbers before the cast took …

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Friday, February 7, 2020

‘An honour to have shared the experience’: AUTOREVERSE – Battersea Arts Centre ★★★★ by Elaine Chapman

The combination of Argentinian history told through a collection of recorded tape cassettes from her family archives, Florencia Cordeu explores how her family identified what and where home …

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Tuesday, January 28, 2020

‘The intimate space brings the audience into the play’: COPS – Southwark Playhouse by Elaine Chapman

With racial tensions high, Mob rule rife and the corruption inside the police force ever-present, we embark on what appears to be the downfall of a section of the Mob.

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Saturday, December 28, 2019

‘Brilliantly revitalised’: SOHO CINDERS – Charing Cross Theatre ★★★★★ by Elaine Chapman

For the next three and a half weeks we see Robbie and Velcro now take centre stage with two new very strong and talented lead characters Matthew Mather and Livvy Evans in Soho Cinders. Be as…

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Tuesday, December 24, 2019

‘Definitely brightens up the festive period’: SNOW WHITE – Chickenshed Theatre ★★★★ by Elaine Chapman

This wonderfully inclusive Snow White has been adapted and brought up to date, resulting in a clever and interesting social commentary on the power of people’s vanity.

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Saturday, October 12, 2019

Deserves to be heard: THE GOOD SCOUT – Above The Stag Theatre ★★★★ by Elaine Chapman

Glenn Chandler focuses on events that haven’t been spoken about for many years in The Good Scout and in the process a charismatic cast reveals an extremely interesting twist in history.

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Wednesday, September 25, 2019

‘Brilliant performances all round’: OLD STOCK: A REFUGEE LOVE STORY – Wilton’s Music Hall ★★★★★ by Elaine Chapman

In Old Stock: A Refugee Love Story, playwright Hannah Moscovitch has taken the heart-wrenching story based on her paternal family and placed it into this thoughtful, entertaining and powerfu…

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Friday, September 13, 2019

‘Are you ready for the truth?’: AT LAST – Lion & Unicorn Theatre ★★★★ by Elaine Chapman

At Last, what happens when an Island puts up the barriers and withdraws from the rest of the world? Playwrights James Lewis and Alexander Knott’s new play allows a terrifying glimpse into …

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Monday, August 19, 2019

‘A brilliant concept’: ROCK ‘N’ ROLL GIRLS – Edinburgh Fringe ★★★★ by Elaine Chapman

What on earth can be the connection between ‘Brown Sugar’ by the Rolling Stones, ‘Lola’ by The Kinks, ‘Eleanor Rigby’ by The Beatles, ‘Roxanne’ by The Police and… Monica? T…

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Friday, August 16, 2019

‘Extremely moving performance’: THE WORDS ARE THERE – Edinburgh Fringe ★★★★ by Elaine Chapman

Ronan Dempsey’s one-man physical performance in The Words Are There brings to the Fringe a powerful play about a male victim of domestic violence.

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Wednesday, July 31, 2019

‘This musical play never slows down’: SPACE JUNK A SOVIET MUSICAL – Edinburgh by Elaine Chapman

If you looking for entertainment and education with some good music added in then Space Junk A Soviet Musical is worth taking an hour out of your Fringe schedule to watch.

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Wednesday, July 24, 2019

‘Hard-hitting, tear-jerking & heartfelt’: HOW TO SAVE A LIFE – Lion & Unicorn Theatre & Edinburgh by Elaine Chapman

How to Save a Life is a hard-hitting, tear-jerking and heartfelt story of love, friendship and the harsh reality of what can happen when you put off making important grown-up decisions.

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Monday, July 22, 2019

‘A must-see for anyone in London over the summer’: THE FALCON’S MALTESER – The Vaults ★★★★ by Elaine Chapman

Director Lee Lyford has bought together a fine mixture of comedy, family fun and mystery to this adaptation of Anthony Horowitz’s The Falcon’s Malteser.

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Monday, June 17, 2019

‘The gothic horror is bought to life’: PICTURES OF DORIAN GRAY – Jermyn Street Theatre ★★★★ by Elaine Chapman

Tom Littler has taken one of literature’s most flamboyant and controversial writers of his generation and added his own twist. The Pictures of Dorian Gary runs smoothly and I would be as b…

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Sunday, June 16, 2019

‘Raw approach pays off’: HEDGEHOG – Lion & Unicorn Theatre ★★★★ by Elaine Chapman

Coming of age plays very often travel through similar storylines and themes. Hedgehog takes a raw approach to this epiphany.

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