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Tuesday, June 29, 2021

‘Fascinating, challenging, probing theatrical experience’: BAD NIGHTS & ODD DAYS – Greenwich Theatre by Ian Foster

Paul McGann and Kerrie Taylor, among others, shine in Bad Nights and Odd Days, a set of four short plays by Caryl Churchill at Greenwich Theatre.

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Monday, June 21, 2021

‘Rather rowdily, raucous bit of good fun’: The Frida Kahlo of Penge West – Golden Goose Theatre by Ian Foster

The Frida Kahlo of Penge West proves a comic surprise at the Golden Goose Theatre. The level of theatrical in-jokes might deter the casual viewer but there’s such vibrancy in the performan…

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Friday, June 18, 2021

‘Sonic screwdrivers at the ready’: DOCTOR WHO – TIME FRACTURE by Ian Foster

It’s the end of the universe – so of course Doctor Who – Time Fracture is utterly chaotic. It is also rather good fun.

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Thursday, June 17, 2021

‘Quietly roars its pain for all the lives lost’: UNDER THE MASK – Theatre Peckham & Touring by Ian Foster

Playing at Theatre Peckham before a UK tour, Tamasha Theatre’s Under the Mask – written by a junior doctor – is a haunting revisit of the early days of the pandemic.

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Tuesday, June 15, 2021

‘It is huge amounts of fun’: SHOWSTOPPER! THE IMPROVISED MUSICAL – Garrick Theatre by Ian Foster

Showstopper! The Improvised Musical kick off their new West End residency at the Garrick Theatre in their own inimitable style.

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Monday, June 7, 2021

‘So many treats’: THE SHOW MUST GO ON – Palace Theatre & Online by Ian Foster

Featuring 18 West End musicals, The Show Must Go On is a concert to remember, featuring a whole host of theatrical talent both on and off the stage.

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Tuesday, May 25, 2021

’An entirely seductive mixture’: ABBA MANIA – Shaftesbury Theatre by Ian Foster

ABBA MANIA offers uncomplicated and undoubted pleasures with this effervescent tribute concert at the Shaftesbury Theatre.

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Wednesday, May 19, 2021

‘A real sense of live theatre bursts through the screen’: WAITING FOR LEFTY – Two Lines Productions (Online review) by Ian Foster

A digital production of Waiting for Lefty, updated to the modern day, breathes some sharp, fresh air into the Zoom theatre form.

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Monday, May 10, 2021

‘Marking out just how powerful digital theatre can be’: Still Life: Untold Stories of Nottingham Now – Nottingham Playhouse (Online review) by Ian Foster

Julie Hesmondhalgh and Frances De La Tour, among others, star in the heartbreakingly excellent Still Life: Untold Stories of Nottingham Now.

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Tuesday, April 27, 2021

‘Short, sharp stabs of real brilliance’: LIVING NEWSPAPER #6 – Royal Court Theatre (Online review) by Ian Foster

Moments of dark humour are scattered throughout Edition #6 of the Royal Court’s Living Newspaper but elsewhere it is a bit more hit and miss.

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Monday, April 26, 2021

‘Honouring the profound truths of these stories’: SAFE – Hackney Empire (Online review) by Ian Foster

Alexis Gregory’s Safe puts the stories of homeless and at-risk LGBTQ+ young people front and centre.

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Tuesday, April 20, 2021

‘Significant piece of new theatre writing’: THE MOTHERHOOD PROJECT – BAC (Online review) by Ian Foster

The likes of Hannah Khalil, Morgan Lloyd Malcolm, Sarah Niles and Juno Dawson deliver some excellent work in The Motherhood Project.

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Monday, April 19, 2021

‘Identifies how so very much is at stake’: LIVING NEWSPAPER #5 – Royal Court Theatre (Online review) by Ian Foster

The Royal Court’s Living Newspaper continues with edition #5 which feels a little less reactive to the headlines and a little more reflective on the state of the world as we find it today.

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Sunday, April 11, 2021

‘Investigating the world of theatre & film creatively & inventively’: TALKING GODS FESTIVAL – Arrows & Traps (Online review) by Ian Foster

Talking Gods sees Arrows & Traps move online with a creative hybrid of theatre and film hoiking Ancient Greek mythology into the modern age.

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Friday, April 9, 2021

Album Reviews: Amélie The Musical / Cases / After You by Ian Foster

A trio of cast recording reviews covers musicals Amélie The Musical, Cases and After You – each one a winner in its own way.

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Wednesday, April 7, 2021

‘This is contemporary Shakespeare at its finest’: ROMEO & JULIET (National Theatre / Sky Arts) by Ian Foster

Jessie Buckley is astonishing as the National Theatre’s Romeo and Juliet makes the jump from stage to screen to extraordinary effect.

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Tuesday, April 6, 2021

‘Possesses an up-to-the-minute urgency’: LIVING NEWSPAPER #3 – Royal Court Theatre (Online review) by Ian Foster

The third edition of Royal Court’s Living Newspaper moves online only, with some seriously fierce political writing this time around.

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Saturday, April 3, 2021

‘Production does wonders’: ORDINARY DAYS – Pickle Productions (Online review) by Ian Foster

In Pickle Productions’ Ordinary Days a musical about human connection is given the production full of humanity it deserves.

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Monday, March 29, 2021

‘Can’t help but feel more poignant’: TRESTLE – Maltings Theatre, St Albans (Online review) by Ian Foster

Stewart Pringle’s beautiful two-hander Trestle is revived digitally and delectably by Matthew Parker for Maltings Theatre.

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Monday, March 22, 2021

‘Deliciously wry’: ADVENTUROUS – Jermyn Street Theatre (Online review) by Ian Foster

Ian Hallard’s debut play Adventurous finds a gently comic soul in its exploration of middle-aged online pandemic dating.

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Saturday, March 20, 2021

‘A tale lifted wholesale into the 21st century’: THE PICTURE OF DORIAN GRAY (Online review) by Ian Foster

Alfred Enoch and Russell Tovey enliven a digital take on Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray.

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Thursday, March 11, 2021

‘You’re left with lots to think about’: BIRDS & BEES – Theatre Centre (Online review) by Ian Foster

Charlie Josephine’s Birds and Bees captures teenage awkwardness perfectly, in the shadow of a school sexting scandal.

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Tuesday, March 9, 2021

‘Intelligently nuanced & perceptive’: CRIPS WITHOUT CONSTRAINTS PART 2 – Graeae (Online theatre) by Ian Foster

Graeae’s Crips Without Constraints Part 2 shows off UK Deaf and disabled artists firing brilliantly on all creative cylinders.

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Monday, March 8, 2021

Album Reviews: Marisha Wallace – Tomorrow / Shan Ako – Brave Heart / Soviet Zion by Ian Foster

A trio of music reviews with Marisha Wallace’s album Tomorrow, Shan Ako’s EP Brave Heart and the original concept album of Soviet Zion.

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Saturday, March 6, 2021

‘Theatre of this quality is not that typical at all’: TYPICAL – Soho Theatre (Online theatre) by Ian Foster

Richard Blackwood excels in Ryan Calais Cameron’s searing monologue Typical, the weight of its enduring relevance painfully clear.

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Friday, March 5, 2021

‘Offers huge entertainment’: Sherlock Holmes An Online Adventure – The Case of the Hung Parliament (Online review) by Ian Foster

Taking immersive theatre online in great style, Sherlock Holmes: An Online Adventure offers huge entertainment in The Case of the Hung Parliament.

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Wednesday, March 3, 2021

‘The contemporary lens really sharpens the focus’: THE REGINA MONOLOGUES – Maltings Theatre (Online review) by Ian Foster

Before Six, there was The Regina Monologues! Maltings Theatre’s streaming debut offers an interesting set of monologues.

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Friday, February 26, 2021

‘Creatively it is a show that is firing on all cylinders’: THE SORCERER’S APPRENTICE – Southwark Playhouse (Online review) by Ian Foster

The Sorcerer’s Apprentice brushes up well as a classy and confident new British musical.

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Thursday, February 25, 2021

‘A different, special atmosphere’: Grimm Tales for Fragile Times & Broken People – Creation Theatre (Online review) by Ian Foster

Fresh from winning an ONCOMM Award for their inventive reinvention of Wonderland in Alice – A Virtual Theme Park, Creation Theatre is continuing its exploration of the digital auditorium w…

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Tuesday, February 23, 2021

‘There’s a real joy in hearing the 100% live vocals’: WEST END MUSICAL DRIVE-IN – Stream.Theatre (Online review) by Ian Foster

This capture of last summer’s West End Musical Drive In delivers much of the thrill of live performance, with Shan Ako and Layton Williams in particularly fine form.

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Monday, February 15, 2021

‘Often powerfully affecting’: GOOD GRIEF (Online review) by Ian Foster

Straddling the line between theatre and film, Good Grief is a two-hander with moments of searing insight.

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