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Wednesday, September 4, 2019

‘Definitely has potential’: THE FEELING – The Other Palace by Olivia Mitchell

With an influx of Broadway transfers and film/book to movie adaptations dominating the London theatre scene, it's always wonderful to see new British theatre developing. The Feeling by Kyra …

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Thursday, August 29, 2019

FROM DOWN UNDER: West Side Story in Sydney ★★★★★ by Olivia Mitchell

One of the most iconic musicals of all time, this West Side Story is an explosion of colour and culture clashes which immerses all your senses at the Sydney Opera House. This heart wrenching…

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Monday, August 19, 2019

‘Enthralling & authentic to watch’: ONCE ON THIS ISLAND – Southwark Playhouse ★★★★ by Olivia Mitchell

The British Theatre Academy’s production of the Caribbean-inspired Little Mermaid adaptation, Once On This Island is an enchanting show with dynamic, heart-wrenching performances, energy i…

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Tuesday, July 30, 2019

‘A fantastic debut’: GAMES FOR LOVERS – The Vaults ★★★★ by Olivia Mitchell

Games for Lovers isn't going to leave you questioning your life choices but it will leave you beaming from an utterly hilarious and fantastically enjoyable two hours.

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Thursday, July 25, 2019

‘The uniformly thrilling cast brings vocals that cause involuntary whoops’: THE VIEW UPSTAIRS – Soho Theatre ★★★★ by Olivia Mitchell

Jonathan O'Boyle has directed a moving production of The View Upstairs which feels like an homage to those fighting for gay rights in the past, those fighting now and those who are yet to re…

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Wednesday, July 10, 2019

‘Exciting, vibrant & thrilling’: JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR – Barbican Theatre ★★★★ by Olivia Mitchell

Back for its third triumphant year, the Regent’s Park Open Air production of Jesus Christ Superstar is exciting, vibrant fresh and thrilling.

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Monday, July 8, 2019

‘Pure delight of a musical’: FIVER – Southwark Playhouse ★★★★★ by Olivia Mitchell

New British musical by Alex James Ellison and Tom Lees, Fiver follows a humble five pound note as it passes through the hands and pockets of various people in London.

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Saturday, July 6, 2019

‘Full of heart & energy’: The Secret Diary Of Adrian Mole Aged 13¾ The Musical – West End ★★★★ by Olivia Mitchell

The Secret Diary Of Adrian Mole Aged 13¾ The Musical is an expressive and animated production, full of heart and energy.

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Sunday, June 30, 2019

‘An entertaining delight of a show’: ON YOUR FEET! – West End ★★★★ by Olivia Mitchell

Overall On Your Feet! is an entertaining delight of a show. The book is hugely lacking but for fans of Gloria Estefan it's a perfect portrayal of her life and music. Transport yourself to th…

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Friday, June 28, 2019

‘The audience loved this show’: LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE – Touring ★★★★ by Olivia Mitchell

I can’t help but wholly recommend Little Miss Sunshine, a feel good road trip with an unconventional, dysfunctional family that brings a smile to your face.

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Thursday, June 27, 2019

‘The young cast does a fantastic job’: BARE: A POP OPERA – The Vaults by Olivia Mitchell

The performances are strong in Bare: A Pop Opera at The Vaults and the music itself is extremely clever and mostly engaging.

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Friday, June 21, 2019

‘A sumptuous treat for the eyes & ears’: THE LIGHT IN THE PIAZZA – Royal Festival Hall – ★★★★★ by Olivia Mitchell

The marvellously swooping score by Adam Guettel for The Light In The Piazza whisks you away from the opening moment and enthrals you in the beauty and magic of this delicate Italian love sto…

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Wednesday, June 19, 2019

‘I get to pretend to be a pop star’: Vicki Manser on bringing herstory to life in Six The Musical by Olivia Mitchell

Vicki Manser told us about Six the Musical, who she’d like to play her in her own pop concert musical and what she’d say to Henry VIII if she got the chance...

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‘Lucie Jones is second to none’: WAITRESS – West End ★★★★ by Olivia Mitchell

Three new cast members have joined the Waitress diner at the Adelphi Theatre to form the second West End cast.

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Monday, June 17, 2019

‘Energetic & magnetic throughout’: Ben Platt – Eventim Apollo ★★★★★ by Olivia Mitchell

In his premiere London concert, Ben Platt performed his Sing To Me Instead tour to thunderous applause and proved that sublime vocal skill and authentic connection are the perfect combinatio…

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Saturday, June 15, 2019

‘A highly recommended piece of viewing for all’: AFTERGLOW – Southwark Playhouse ★★★★ by Olivia Mitchell

Afterglow is ‘The little play that could’. After its impressive Off-Broadway run of 14 months and 467 performances, it has made its way across the pond to the Southwark Playhouse, a thea…

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Wednesday, June 12, 2019

‘It certainly has the heart to inspire’: ANNIE – Touring ★★★ by Olivia Mitchell

Although the sun might not be coming out in Surrey tomorrow, there’s no doubt that this production of Annie will bring light and joy to many children.

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Friday, June 7, 2019

‘The spectacular dancers fizzle with precision & energy’: The Firebird / A Month in the Country / Symphony in C – Royal Opera House ★★ by Olivia Mitchell

The Royal Ballet is wrapping its summer season up with a trio of delightful works by three of the greatest choreographers: The Firebird / A Month in the Country / Symphony in C at the Royal …

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Tuesday, June 4, 2019

‘Utterly wrapped up in this glorious production’: TOSCA – Royal Opera House ★★★★★ by Olivia Mitchell

Jonathan Kent's production of Tosca is a must-see and is a perfect introduction to the drama and beauty of opera.

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Tuesday, May 28, 2019

‘Inventive & entertaining treat’: HENRY V – Cirencester ★★★★ by Olivia Mitchell

The Barn Theatre’s Henry V is an inventive and entertaining treat. A strong, well directed cast bring a classic to life with a verve and energy that should be seen and appreciated.

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Monday, May 27, 2019

‘It’s impossible not to get swept up in the excitement’: MATILDA THE MUSICAL – Touring ★★★★ by Olivia Mitchell

For many parents unable to travel to London, this is their opportunity to take children to Matilda The Musical for the first time, and it’s impossible not to get swept up in the excitement…

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Saturday, May 25, 2019

‘Captures the whimsy & delight of the film wonderfully’: AMELIE THE MUSICAL – Touring ★★★★ by Olivia Mitchell

The cult French film Amélie has been on a long journey to get to the UK and it’s finally set down here for a shortbread-box-sweet tour which captures the whimsy and delight of the film wo…

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Friday, May 24, 2019

‘One saving grace is the vocals’: ELEGIES FOR ANGELS, PUNKS & RAGING QUEENS – Union Theatre by Olivia Mitchell

Elegies For Angels, Punks & Raging Queens has all the potential to be fantastic, but the material is, in my opinion, interpreted wrongly and overall missed the mark.

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Thursday, May 23, 2019

‘It’s striking how relevant this play remains’: VINCENT RIVER – Trafalgar Studios ★★★★ by Olivia Mitchell

Vincent River written by Philip Ridley is a thought-provoking, highly-moving play which focuses on hate crime in the LGBTQ+ community whilst delicately and truthfully studying grief.

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Wednesday, May 22, 2019

‘Highlights the importance & power of music’: SCHOOL OF ROCK – West End ★★★ by Olivia Mitchell

School of Rock is one of those cult films that is genuinely wonderful. Funny, sweet and a crowd pleaser, the 2003 Jack Black hit transfers well to the stage and provides an entertaining nigh…

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Saturday, May 18, 2019

‘Fun, silly, spoofy & full of gags’: SUMMER STREET – Waterloo East Theatre ★★★★ by Olivia Mitchell

Everything is a little brighter on Summer Street, or in this case Waterloo East Theatre. Summer Street takes us back to the heyday of the 1990’s to 00’s Australian soap opera or ‘Soapy…

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Thursday, May 16, 2019

‘Packs all the right punches’: AMERICAN IDIOT – Touring ★★★★ by Olivia Mitchell

The storyline itself is pretty thin but thanks to the outstanding vocal performances and incredibly emotive and shocking scenes, American Idiot provides a fun, feisty night out.

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Friday, May 10, 2019

‘A whole lot of fun, mountains of sparkle & enough magic to enthral’: ALADDIN – West End ★★★★ by Olivia Mitchell

The mix of comedy, romance, fantastic performances and magic in Aladdin mean something is provided for everyone and you can't help but feel whisked up in the wonder of it all.

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Thursday, May 9, 2019

‘Intriguing & mystical’: AMOUR – Charing Cross Theatre by Olivia Mitchell

Amour is a sweet and bittersweet story which is delicately handled by director Hannah Chissick. The concept of is intriguing and mystical, and the style of the music is chocolate box sweet.

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Wednesday, May 8, 2019

‘Insufficiently developed’: MAN OF LA MANCHA – West End by Olivia Mitchell

Man of La Mancha is considered a ‘rare’ revival and from this production it’s pretty clear why. The story is highly dated and it’s evidently a very hard piece to stage.

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Friday, May 3, 2019

‘Charm & spectacle’: MADAGASCAR THE MUSICAL – Touring ★★★★ by Olivia Mitchell

Madagascar the Musical is a ninety minute escape from technology and provides the innocence needed for an uncomplicated and fun evening.

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