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Tuesday, May 28, 2019

‘A rib-cracking satire’: BENEATH THE BLUE RINSE – Park Theatre by Shanine Salmon

Beneath the Blue Rinse is polemical; packed with scathingly humorous and myth-busting scenes and information about the lives of older people.

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Saturday, May 25, 2019

‘Rollicking political comedy’: THE LAST TEMPTATION OF BORIS JOHNSON – Park Theatre ★★★ by Shanine Salmon

The Last Temptation of Boris Johnson, currently playing at the Park Theatre, is a rollicking political comedy which leaves the audience in stitches.

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Tuesday, May 21, 2019

‘Isn’t a show I will let go of in a hurry’: ELEGIES FOR ANGELS, PUNKS & RAGING QUEENS – Union Theatre ★★★★★ by Shanine Salmon

Elegies for Angels, Punks and Raging Queens is such a beautiful and moving piece of work celebrating the lives and commemorating the deaths of those who have been lost to AIDS.

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Sunday, May 19, 2019

‘Ranges from hysterically funny to stark & dangerous’: YVETTE – Bush Theatre by Shanine Salmon

Originally commissioned in 2017, this incarnation of Yvette is being brought to the intimate studio space of the Bush Theatre.

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Friday, May 17, 2019

‘Misses the mark’: DIDO – Unicorn Theatre by Shanine Salmon

I was brimming with excitement to see how the Unicorn Theatre would reframe Dido and Aeneas, as they’re usually so successful in fulfilling their aim to produce inspiring and invigorating …

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Thursday, May 16, 2019

‘Shows how drama can go so much further than documentary’: Fanny & Stella: The Shocking True Story – Above the Stag Theatre by Shanine Salmon

Fanny & Stella: The Shocking True Story hangs on the brilliant performances of the two leads, Kieran Parrott and Tobias Charles (making what the programme notes is his professional debut…

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Tuesday, May 14, 2019

‘A fun show that makes its audience think’: DRINK RUM WITH EXPATS – Touring by Shanine Salmon

Finding the fun in a difficult subject is not easy but Drink Rum with Expats is a fun show that makes its audience think at a time when the theatre world has mostly ignored the impact of Bre…

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Saturday, May 11, 2019

‘Most joyful, engaging & uplifting night at the theatre I’ve had in years’: IN THE WILLOWS – Touring by Shanine Salmon

Metta Theatre’s touring production In The Willows transforms the classic tale of Wind in the Willows into a hip-hop musical for the 21st century.

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‘A family-friendly Holmes everyone can enjoy’: THE SIGN OF FOUR – Greenwich Theatre & Touring by Shanine Salmon

Nick Lane’s bright and breezy adaptation of Conan Doyle’s oft adapted Sherlock Holmes story The Sign of Four gives the frustrated Sherlockian everything they could ask for in an evening.

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Thursday, May 9, 2019

‘Accessible as it is fun without pretension’: THE CULT Of K*NZO – Touring by Shanine Salmon

In The Cult of K*nzo Paula Varjack takes us on a humorous journey of her life in fashion, comparing it to getting into the hottest nightclubs as well as her ability to laugh, and allow us to…

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Thursday, May 2, 2019

‘A little too much froth’: HELL YES I’M TOUGH ENOUGH – Park Theatre by Shanine Salmon

Hell Yes I’m Tough Enough is the latest in a long line of political plays seemingly written for people who dislike politics enough not to really bother finding out how it really works. As …

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Wednesday, May 1, 2019

’As relevant as ever’: THE CASTLE – The Chapel Playhouse & Touring by Shanine Salmon

Old Dog Theatre’s adaptation of Kafka’s The Castle makes Kafka feel accessible. Kafka’s writing about bureaucracy and being a stranger in a strange land is as relevant as ever.

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Saturday, April 27, 2019

‘An intensely claustrophobic examination of one marriage’: JANE CLEGG – Finborough Theatre by Shanine Salmon

The cast is cracking in Jane Clegg at the Finborough Theatre with direction becoming pacey after the early scenes. Over time the action and emotion draw you in.

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Wednesday, April 24, 2019

‘A really fun night out’: DINNER IS COMING – The Vaults by Shanine Salmon

Ami Stidolph and Sam Carrack’s Dinner is Coming, produced by The Vaults, is a triumph not only for dining theatre but also for immersive productions.

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Saturday, April 20, 2019

‘Exactly how a small-scale musical should be done’: AMELIE THE MUSICAL – Touring ★★★★★ by Shanine Salmon

Amelie is a magical show; with puppets, flying lampshades, a singing gnome and terrifying figs. I couldn’t fault it, and judging from the audience reaction, they couldn’t either.

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Friday, April 19, 2019

‘A comedy sprinkled with horror & splashes’: NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD LIVE! – Pleasance Theatre by Shanine Salmon

The play Night of the Living Dead is not quite like the eponymous B movie cult classic on which it is based. It’s very much a comedy sprinkled with horror and splashes of gore and I love i…

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Thursday, April 18, 2019

‘Never has Gilbert and Sullivan been more groovy’: HMS PINAFORE – King’s Head Theatre by Shanine Salmon

Charles Court Opera’s production of HMS Pinafore has all the joie de vivre you could ever want. The messages remain sadly culturally relevant. But ultimately this is the English having a b…

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Wednesday, April 17, 2019

‘Has some real highlights’: ROCKY HORROR SHOW – Touring by Shanine Salmon

I love Rocky Horror. Yes, it is a bit camp, yes it may not have aged that well, but it is a good night out with catchy songs, audience participation and one of the finest characters to grace…

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Monday, April 15, 2019

‘See this magnificently disturbing play come to life’: THE CRUCIBLE – Yard Theatre by Shanine Salmon

The Yard Theatre presents a modern production of Arthur Miller’s The Crucible. Directed by Jay Miller, this new interpretation of The Crucible begins as a storytelling.

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Saturday, April 13, 2019

‘This is a great production’: QUEEN OF THE MIST – Brockley Jack Studio Theatre by Shanine Salmon

The Brockley Jack Studio is constantly offering interesting and challenging productions and Queen of the Mist is a must see for fans of musicals with a strong book as well as beautiful music…

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Friday, April 12, 2019

‘I could easily imagine it transferring to the West End’: LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE – Arcola Theatre & Touring by Shanine Salmon

Little Miss Sunshine is impressively directed with a high energy level, the songs are so good that I hope a soundtrack CD is soon released, and overall it’s a very solid four-star musical …

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Thursday, April 11, 2019

‘A deeply moving play’: NIGEL SLATER’S TOAST – The Other Palace by Shanine Salmon

Toast is a deeply moving play that isn’t afraid to find the humour in Slater’s tragedy. Toast looks at Slater’s relationship not only with his family but with food.

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Sunday, April 7, 2019

‘Isn’t afraid to say what is often left unsaid’: KILLYMUCK – The Bunker Theatre by Shanine Salmon

Killymuck, looking at life for a Northern Irish working-class woman living amongst the Troubles, isn’t just a moving portrayal of the past but a worrying reminder of how little has changed…

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Tuesday, March 19, 2019

‘A beautiful & ornate chocolate box of a production’: ROMANCE ROMANCE – Above the Stag Theatre by Shanine Salmon

Romance Romance, the all-male gay musical which opened at the Above the Stag Theatre in Vauxhall, is a beautiful and ornate chocolate box of a production.

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Thursday, March 14, 2019

‘Timely portrait’: ANGRY ALAN – Soho Theatre by Shanine Salmon

There’s something very timely in Angry Alan, Penelope Skinner’s portrait of a lost man finding refuge in the “men’s rights movement”.

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Saturday, March 2, 2019

‘Keep an eye on these two extremely capable clowns’: THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST – Tara Theatre by Shanine Salmon

Oscar Wilde’s comedy of manners is rightly regarded as a classic, so we must give thanks for Ayesha Casley-Hayford and Kudzanayi Chiwawa coming along and giving The Importance of Being Ear…

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Sunday, February 17, 2019

‘Stay for the ambitious dance moments’: CAN-CAN! – Union Theatre by Shanine Salmon

Set in Belle Époque France, Can-Can! sells itself as a fun and frivolous new dance musical adapted from Offenbach’s original operetta Orpheus in the Underworld featuring a 17-strong all-s…

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Tuesday, February 12, 2019

‘A production with a lot to offer’: FIGHT NIGHT – Vault Festival by Shanine Salmon

Fight Night is an immersive, underground boxing match as the audience’s actions and reactions determines the winner.

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Monday, February 11, 2019

‘A first-rate piece of children’s theatre’: ICARUS – Unicorn Theatre by Shanine Salmon

A first-rate piece of children’s theatre, this retelling of the familiar myth Icarus (by playwright Katrin Lange, directed by Cressida Brown) challenges a young audience to reflect on whet…

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Saturday, February 9, 2019

‘I have fallen in love with it all over again’: AVENUE Q – Touring by Shanine Salmon

Committing to review a show that you adore is a risk, especially a show you saw ten years ago, obsessed over, bought the soundtrack, played it a hundred times over and to which you know almo…

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Friday, February 8, 2019

‘Could go down as a classic’: THE HALF – Vault Festival by Shanine Salmon

Danielle Ward’s The Half, which transfers to London after a sold-out Edinburgh 2018 run, is a brutal look at friendship, comedy and being a woman.

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