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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
Saturday, February 28, 2015

Review: Harajuku Girls, Finborough Theatre by Samuel Sims

We’re strong advocates for fringe, here at A Younger Theatre. We – I, love seeing shows in small venues with a small cast and budget. The excitement of being unawares is far more than wa…

SOURCE: A Younger Theatre at 09:31AM

Review: Closer, Donmar Warehouse by Samuel Sims

Oh simplicity how I adore thee. Even before the cast of Patrick Marber’s Closer arrive on stage, I am slapped in the face with the excitable foresight of what is to come. The set is effort…

SOURCE: A Younger Theatre at 08:34AM
Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Review: How I Learned to Drive, Southwark Playhouse by Samuel Sims

Unfamiliar with Paula Vogel’s 1997 play, How I Learned to Drive, I acquainted myself and immediately felt as though this could be something really special. I had expectations of a deeply r…

SOURCE: A Younger Theatre at 03:27PM
Thursday, February 5, 2015

Review: Di and Viv and Rose, Vaudeville Theatre by Samuel Sims

Those that have gone to university will know that special friendships can indeed be formed and further, seek longevity. Obviously there are exceptions but sharing such an intense experience …

SOURCE: A Younger Theatre at 08:29AM
Friday, January 16, 2015

Review: Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, Playhouse Theatre by Samuel Sims

Good grief, why don’t more West End shows dose up their characters on Valium? One of the highlights of Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, skirts on the brink of misandry whils…

SOURCE: A Younger Theatre at 09:10AM
Saturday, January 10, 2015

Review: Swan Lake, London Coliseum by Samuel Sims

Swan Lake is perhaps the most well-known of all classical ballets. Since debuting at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow in 1877, Tchaikovsky’s masterpiece has been performed by countless co…

SOURCE: A Younger Theatre at 09:27AM
Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Film Review: Into the Woods, Disney by Samuel Sims

Since debuting on Broadway 27 years ago, Stephen Sondheim’s fairytale musical Into the Woods has won countless awards and gained a strong and very loyal fan-base. It’s hardly …

SOURCE: A Younger Theatre at 07:00PM
Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Review: Usagi Yojimbo, Southwark Playhouse by Samuel Sims

Whilst Usagi Yojimbo, currently showing at Southwark Playhouse’s larger space is running until early January, it is by no means a traditional Christmas show. Based on Stan Sakai’…

SOURCE: A Younger Theatre at 10:03AM
Sunday, November 23, 2014

Review: Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Savoy Theatre by Samuel Sims

Praise bejesus Katherine Kingsley hasn’t disappeared during Dirty Rotten Scoundrels‘ current cast change. Instead, Alex Gamound has replaced Rufus Hound as Freddy Benson, joining…

SOURCE: A Younger Theatre at 11:33AM

Review: Behind the Beautiful Forevers, National Theatre by Samuel Sims

Many cities have stark socio-economic contrasts. Take London for example: one moment you could be standing amongst some of the most obscenely expensive shops and houses, and twenty minutes l…

SOURCE: A Younger Theatre at 11:18AM
Sunday, November 9, 2014

Review: Made In Dagenham, The Adelphi by Samuel Sims

The rather tiresome but quite successful fashion for creating musicals based on movies has settled down this year. Instead we have seen Broadway transfers (Urinetown, The Scottsboro Boys an…

SOURCE: A Younger Theatre at 05:37PM
Saturday, November 1, 2014

Review: La Bohème, London Coliseum by Samuel Sims

Call me crazy but I’m partial to a love story with some believability. I find myself feeling frustrated and bored with my experience of Puccini’s La Bohème, which is often co…

SOURCE: A Younger Theatre at 01:33PM
Saturday, October 11, 2014

Review: Urinetown, Apollo Theatre by Samuel Sims

Ultra-violence with a cracker of a smile on its face is one of my favourite things; add in singing and it becomes a large gorge-fest of brand spanking new fun. Is Urinetown that brutal? We…

SOURCE: A Younger Theatre at 11:51AM
Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Review: Speed-the-Plow, Playhouse Theatre by Samuel Sims

There’s an undeniably cliched 80s feel to David Mamet’s three-hander, Speed-the-Plow. It captures a Working Girl-esque image of corporate America, of the dog-eat-dog world tha…

SOURCE: A Younger Theatre at 05:26AM
Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Review: The Girl of the Golden West, London Coliseum by Samuel Sims

I like neon yellow lights on the front of a Wild West saloon as much as the next theatre critic, but even Mimi Jordan Sherin’s lighting and Miriam Buether’s set design isn’…

SOURCE: A Younger Theatre at 02:15PM
Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Review: West End Heroes, Dominion Theatre by Samuel Sims

Being surrounded by die-hard Michael Ball fans isn’t usually something I go for on a Sunday eve (more like a Wednesday) but being present for the second West End Heroes in so many years to…

SOURCE: A Younger Theatre at 08:59AM
Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Review: The Play That Goes Wrong, Duchess Theatre by Samuel Sims

I’m wildly impressed when I review a show that requires its otherwise talented cast to perform ‘badly’. It must take a great deal of skill and awareness and a distinct lack…

SOURCE: A Younger Theatre at 04:11PM
Sunday, August 10, 2014

Review: Hetty Feather, Vaudeville Theatre by Samuel Sims

Up until a month ago I’d never read a book by Jacqueline Wilson; a matter that wasn’t particularly alarming to me as after all, I am not a pre-pubescent girl – the author&#…

SOURCE: A Younger Theatre at 06:31AM
Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Review: Diaghilev Festival, London Coliseum by Samuel Sims

There was a wonderful atmosphere and overwhelming feeling of respectful acknowledgement at the Coliseum on Sunday, not least for the great Russian impresario, Sergei Diaghilev but the overal…

SOURCE: A Younger Theatre at 06:01AM
Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Review: Once the Musical, Phoenix Theatre by Samuel Sims

I think many of us, and especially veteran theatre-goers, have a definite idea of what a ‘musical’ is. There are usually plenty of big dance numbers and a hefty amount of bruisin…

SOURCE: A Younger Theatre at 05:42AM
Monday, June 30, 2014

Review: Twelfth Night, Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre by Samuel Sims

Luckily, the weather uncharacteristically behaved itself for Friday’s performance of Twelfth Night – the latest production at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre. What a relief. Th…

SOURCE: A Younger Theatre at 06:58AM
Thursday, June 19, 2014

Review: The Pearl Fishers, London Coliseum by Samuel Sims

Another revival for ENO and one that yet again aims to catapult its audience’s senses into oblivion. But where many of the company’s previous efforts have been mind-blowing, this…

SOURCE: A Younger Theatre at 05:49PM
Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Review: Clive and Other Stories, Peckham Asylum by Samuel Sims

I can’t think of a more perfect setting for such a disturbing and dark opera than this one: Peckham’s eerily atmospheric Asylum, which sits idly and, quite frankly, oddly in the …

SOURCE: A Younger Theatre at 04:03PM
Sunday, June 1, 2014

Review: Bakersfield Mist, Duchess Theatre by Samuel Sims

There’s something wonderfully appealing about seeing a Hollywood star break away from their pedestal to tread the boards of a small West End theatre. Kathleen Turner, Oscar nominee and…

SOURCE: A Younger Theatre at 06:00AM
Friday, April 25, 2014

Review: The Silver Tassie, National Theatre by Samuel Sims

Bound by disturbing realities and mortifying contrasts, Sean O’Casey’s World War I play, The Silver Tassie has just begun its three month run at the National Theatre. Where Howar…

SOURCE: A Younger Theatre at 02:23PM
Monday, April 21, 2014

Review: Rapunzel, Sadler’s Wells by Samuel Sims

The Easter holiday is well under way and in theatre world there’s a bunch of really cool things going on. I’ve been to a couple of shows now that are marketed as ‘for the…

SOURCE: A Younger Theatre at 05:45AM
Thursday, April 10, 2014

Review: My First Ballet: Coppelia, Peacock Theatre by Samuel Sims

Coppelia is a comic ballet first performed in Paris in 1870, enjoying great success until the run was interrupted by the Franco-Prussian War and siege of Paris, which ultimately led to the t…

SOURCE: A Younger Theatre at 08:45AM
Sunday, March 30, 2014

Review: I Can’t Sing!, London Palladium by Samuel Sims

So doctor-turned-comedian Harry Hill has decided to write a musical based not-at-all loosely on industry beast Simon Cowell’s The X Factor – and my oh my, what an experience it is. Hil…

SOURCE: A Younger Theatre at 05:03PM
Monday, March 24, 2014

Review: Grimm Tales, Shoreditch Town Hall by Samuel Sims

I’m always apprehensive walking into an immersive theatre piece, imagining something along the lines of the London Dungeons where the actors jump out and touch you. Philip Pullman’s …

SOURCE: A Younger Theatre at 04:45PM
Saturday, March 1, 2014

Review: Ghosts Stories, Arts Theatre by Samuel Sims

Are you ready to be so ferociously scared that you’ve no choice but to shriek like a little girl at regular intervals and maybe dribble a teensy bit? Ghost Stories is back in London to…

SOURCE: A Younger Theatre at 06:50PM

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