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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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Saturday, January 9, 2021

’An easy informality that elevates this concert to the best kind of cabaret’: TOGETHER AGAIN – Thespie by Ian Foster

Featuring the marvellous Sophie Isaacs, Jodie Steele and T’Shan Williams, Together Again might be Thespie’s best Reunited gig yet.

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Monday, January 4, 2021

‘Fierce & fresh’: LIVING NEWSPAPER – Royal Court Theatre (Online review) by Ian Foster

Sneaking in in the nick of time, I catch the delights of the second edition of the Royal Court’s Living Newspaper.

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Wednesday, December 30, 2020

‘Streaming feels like the show’s ideal home’: The Jinkx & DeLa Holiday Special – Soho Theatre (Online review) by Ian Foster

Jinkx Monsoon and BenDeLaCreme tackle Christmas the only way they know how in the highly entertainting The Jinkx & DeLa Holiday Special.

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Monday, December 28, 2020

‘A theatrical enterprise growing from strength to strength’: The Theatre Channel – Episode 4 Holiday Special (Online review) by Ian Foster

Nipping in just before Santa arrives, The Theatre Channel’s fourth episode delivers festive treats aplenty in The Holiday Special.

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Wednesday, December 23, 2020

Album Reviews: A Hadestown Holiday Album / Leslie Odom Jr / Michael Ball & Alfie Boe by Ian Foster

A trio of festive album reviews with If The Fates Allow: A Hadestown Holiday Album, Leslie Odom Jr – The Christmas Album and Michael Ball and Alfie Boe – Together at Christmas.

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Tuesday, December 15, 2020

‘Just the kind of inclusive comedic treat we need’: THE COMEBACK – Noël Coward Theatre by Ian Foster

The Comeback proves to be a piece of warmly inclusive comedy at the Noël Coward Theatre, it’s perfect festive fare.

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Monday, December 14, 2020

‘Wonderful delights galore’: THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE – Palace Theatre by Ian Foster

Sasha Regan’s All Male The Pirates of Penzance proves a feast for ears and the eyes in a glorious but short run at the Palace Theatre.

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Thursday, December 10, 2020

‘Treat after treat’: UNLIMITED: The SONGS OF STEPHEN SCHWARTZ (Online review) by Ian Foster

Check out Wicked alumni Nikki Bentley, Sophie Evans, Alice Fearn, Alexia Khadime, Liam Tamne and more in Unlimited: The Songs of Stephen Schwartz.

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Friday, December 4, 2020

‘I was happy to give it a whirl’: The Theatre Channel – Episode Three (Online review) by Ian Foster

Exploring the world of rock musicals, Episode 3 of The Theatre Channel features Alex Gaumond, Shan Ako, John Owen-Jones, Francesca Jackson, Aisha Jawando and Rob Houchen.

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Friday, November 20, 2020

’An unalloyed pleasure’: MARRY ME A LITTLE – Barn Theatre, Cirencester (Online review) by Ian Foster

Rob Houchen and Celinde Schoenmaker star in a beautifully sung, beautifully filmed digital version of Sondheim’s revue Marry Me A Little for the Barn Theatre.

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Thursday, November 19, 2020

‘There’s quite the digital treasure trove in store’: HOARD: REDISCOVERED – New Vic Theatre, Newcastle-under-Lyme (Online review) by Ian Foster

Theatrical archaeology meets real archaeology in Hoard – Rediscovered as the New Vic Theatre revisits their Staffordshire Hoard Festival for the streaming age.

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Wednesday, November 11, 2020

CD Review: Mazz Murray – Midnight Mazz – Here We Go Again / Mascherato the Musical / Howard Goodall’s Songs from the Musicals Vol 1 by Ian Foster

This set of album reviews covers Mazz Murray – Midnight Mazz – Here We Go Again, Mascherato the Musical (Original Studio Cast Recording) and Howard Goodall’s Songs from the Musicals Vo…

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Monday, November 9, 2020

‘Offers startlingly fresh perspective on these tales’: 15 HEROINES – Jermyn Street Theatre & Digital Theatre (Online review) by Ian Foster

Reinterpreting the women of Greek mythology for today, the theatrical enterprise of 15 Heroines is a major achievement and a highlight of the year, digital or otherwise.

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