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Saturday, October 15, 2016

Feature: Theresa Ikoko on the beauty of imagination and why we scapegoat the young by Samuel Sims

Theresa Ikoko is on a roll. She’s taken a quick lunch break from her day job helping to reduce youth crime in London and we’re having a natter about her play Girls, currently playing …

SOURCE: A Younger Theatre at 05:14AM
Monday, September 12, 2016

Feature: Power shifts and the hidden world of toilet attendants by Samuel Sims

Could the hidden struggles of Britain’s toilet attendants spark powerful change? A play inspired by a whole night in a nightclub’s toilets, conjuring up the overwhelming scent of Britney…

SOURCE: A Younger Theatre at 05:40PM
Friday, August 19, 2016

Review: Echoes of Eternity, London Coliseum by Samuel Sims

Who knew ballet would go down such a treat with a boisterous child? The little boy sitting in front of me flings his arms about gleefully with abandon. I’m reminded of myself during a very…

SOURCE: A Younger Theatre at 07:45AM
Friday, July 29, 2016

Feature: Blurring the line between political fact and fiction in Proud by Samuel Sims

It’s impossible to escape the numb uncertainty that has screeched in our mostly, dumbfounded faces for the last month. Like a banshee that has devoured four bags of Skittles, the Brexit re…

SOURCE: A Younger Theatre at 04:14PM

Review: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child: Parts 1 and 2, Palace Theatre by Samuel Sims

We’re so hell-bent on maintaining the idea of nature or nurture – an either-or that it has become ubiquitous in determining humanity’s actions. But what if it’s domin…

SOURCE: A Younger Theatre at 11:06AM
Sunday, July 24, 2016

Review: The Bodyguard, Dominion Theatre by Samuel Sims

I don’t know what I did to deserve almost being set on fire but to see The Bodyguard‘s fully charged, pyrotechnic laden opening number thrown at the audience with such glorious f…

SOURCE: A Younger Theatre at 06:32AM
Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Review: Aladdin, Price Edward Theatre by Samuel Sims

Based on the (teensy bit) popular 1992 Disney film and hugely successful Broadway show, Aladdin has finally arrived in the West-End. As one would expect from Disney, MEGA BUCKS have been thr…

SOURCE: A Younger Theatre at 06:02PM
Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Review: The Spoils, Trafalgar Studios by Samuel Sims

At once energetic and breathtakingly self obsessed, Jesse Eisenberg’s protagonist, Ben never initially exudes malicious intent, however by the end of Act One, you are left wondering ho…

SOURCE: A Younger Theatre at 02:36AM
Sunday, April 17, 2016

Review: Guys and Dolls, Phoenix Theatre by Samuel Sims

The classics really do have their mega-fans. Chuckles and guffaws are thrown at the stage like a downpour of die on a poker table and my neighbour looks fit to burst with delighted glee. Guy…

SOURCE: A Younger Theatre at 06:25PM

Review: Goosebumps: Alive, The Vaults by Samuel Sims

Deep in the groin of Waterloo station, the memories of many a grown-up come to life, but only threaten to be nostalgic. For me and many other twenty-odd (and perhaps younger) year-olds, R.L …

SOURCE: A Younger Theatre at 09:46AM
Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Review: Sunset Boulevard, London Coliseum by Samuel Sims

The earth shattering, appreciative and rather long applause that greets Glenn Close as she makes her entrance on to the Coliseum’s stage may feel a little disruptive and ‘lovey’, but h…

SOURCE: A Younger Theatre at 03:20PM
Sunday, April 3, 2016

Review: The Witches, Rose Theatre Kingston by Samuel Sims

Of all of Roald Dahl’s books, The Witches has got to be one of the scariest for a young child to even entertain. The idea of an adult woman hating children and wanting to hurt them deeply …

SOURCE: A Younger Theatre at 01:27PM
Saturday, March 26, 2016

Review: People, Places and Things, Wyndham’s Theatre by Samuel Sims

There’s been unanimous appreciation for People, Places and Things for quite some time now, and a collective agreement that seeing it on stage – with Denise Gough in the lead role – …

SOURCE: A Younger Theatre at 07:57PM
Sunday, March 20, 2016

Review: The Truth, Menier Chocolate Factory by Samuel Sims

What a bloody pickle. You’re having an affair with your best friend’s wife, sneaking around hotel rooms, being all naughty and ringing in sick to work like you’re part-time at Greggs a…

SOURCE: A Younger Theatre at 05:21PM
Monday, December 14, 2015

Review: Sleeping Beauty, Sadler’s Wells by Samuel Sims

Nearly 700 years have passed since the world first caught a glimpse at the cursed princess who sleeps for a century. The prose romance, written anonymously in French between 1330 and 1344 ta…

SOURCE: A Younger Theatre at 07:10AM
Sunday, December 13, 2015

Review: A Christmas Carol, Noel Coward Theatre by Samuel Sims

There’s nothing with more Christmas pizzazz than the nostalgic images of carol singers, and ladies and gents dressed in their finery against the backdrop of the snow-layered, ancient stree…

SOURCE: A Younger Theatre at 01:58PM
Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Review: I Want My Hat Back, National Theatre by Samuel Sims

I really cannot deal with hats but, hypothetically speaking, if someone stole mine I’d like to think I’d hunt them down to the ends of the earth and destroy them. I Want My Hat …

SOURCE: A Younger Theatre at 07:58PM
Saturday, November 7, 2015

Review: Elf, Dominion Theatre by Samuel Sims

Lordy do I want to sit on the big guy’s lap and get a big sack of treats now. It’s only the beginning of November but watching Broadway’s latest export, Elf it may as wel…

SOURCE: A Younger Theatre at 04:18PM
Saturday, October 31, 2015

Review: Let the Right One In, Lost Theatre by Samuel Sims

Being informed that a show you’re about to see is unsuitable for under 13s may just be one of the worst things one could ever hear. I mean Signs was bloody horrific. But not I. Oh no…

SOURCE: A Younger Theatre at 08:12PM
Sunday, October 18, 2015

Review: In The Heights, King’s Cross Theatre by Samuel Sims

On a night out in Vauxhall some time ago, my pal tried to teach me some salsa. “Moi? Salsa? I couldn’t possibly!” The rhythm necessary unfortunately alludes me, but I have …

SOURCE: A Younger Theatre at 04:10PM
Thursday, October 8, 2015

Review: Wuthering Heights, Ambassador’s Theatre by Samuel Sims

Helping young people accomplish their dreams is a bit of alright in my book, and especially when they are at a serious disadvantage because of a lack of money. Ian McKellen thinks the Nation…

SOURCE: A Younger Theatre at 05:22PM
Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Review: The Father, Wyndham’s Theatre by Samuel Sims

Writer Florian Zeller has expressed his keenness on this piece – on this journey to not simply be voyeuristic but for the audience to become lost in a mental labyrinth. He doesn’…

SOURCE: A Younger Theatre at 09:00PM
Friday, September 18, 2015

Review: Kinky Boots, Adelphi Theatre by Samuel Sims

Bugger me, this show makes you want to go out and party. My boyfriend has mentioned having a drag inspired birthday shindig next year and at first I was very skeptical. I like my heels below…

SOURCE: A Younger Theatre at 01:43PM
Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Review: Photograph 51, Noel Coward Theatre by Samuel Sims

“I suppose she just wasn’t exceptional enough”: at first a seemingly passing statement but in the final moments of Anna Ziegler’s play, Photograph 51, Nicole Kidman summarises her ch…

SOURCE: A Younger Theatre at 01:09PM
Monday, August 17, 2015

Review: I Believe in Unicorns, Vaudeville Theatre by Samuel Sims

Gotta love a unicorn. They’re just so horny and precious and long-maned. I Believe in Unicorns isn’t totally devoted to the creatures, but the story does every now and again return …

SOURCE: A Younger Theatre at 12:58PM
Monday, August 10, 2015

Review: The Adventures of Pinocchio, Greenwich Theatre by Samuel Sims

Most popularly associated with Disney’s 1940 film, Pinocchio actually started life in 1883 in Italy as The Adventures of Pinocchio and was written in serial form. It is the author Carlo Co…

SOURCE: A Younger Theatre at 02:03PM
Friday, May 8, 2015

Review: Carrie, Southwark Playhouse by Samuel Sims

The inevitability of yet more cuts to the arts after today’s election result has brought morale to a staggering low. At the same time I’m seeing hope and I’m still seeing some excellen…

SOURCE: A Younger Theatre at 07:57PM
Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Review: Between Worlds, Barbican by Samuel Sims

I’m sure some of our readers are too young to vividly remember the devastating 9/11 attacks on New York’s Twin Towers but would have undoubtedly since seen or heard about them in one fo�…

SOURCE: A Younger Theatre at 04:28PM
Sunday, April 19, 2015

Review: The Twits, Royal Court Theatre by Samuel Sims

It’s fair to say that Roald Dahl’s 1980 children’s book The Twits offers a strong aversion to ‘bad’ people, and a general consensus that they’ll inevitably get their comeuppance…

SOURCE: A Younger Theatre at 05:47PM
Friday, April 3, 2015

Review: Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, London Coliseum by Samuel Sims

A feeling of bewilderment befell the Coliseum’s auditorium as, happy as Larry, Emma Thompson, Bryn Terfel and the remainder of Sweeney Todd’s cast strolled onto stage and propp…

SOURCE: A Younger Theatre at 08:30AM
Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Review: Stevie, Hampstead Theatre by Samuel Sims

There’s an overwhelming feeling of self-importance among the human race; an unavoidable subjective notion that we are special and, in the early stages of life, invincible. Then there is th…

SOURCE: A Younger Theatre at 04:15PM

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