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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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Sunday, February 3, 2019

‘Fun & unforgettable experience’: SEANCE – Vault Festival by Shanine Salmon

Seance is a sensory rather than a theatrical performance. In a small audience, you find yourselves being asked to contact the dead, in 20 minutes and in the blackest darkness with headphones…

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Wednesday, January 30, 2019

‘A realistic portrayal of a relationship falling apart’: CUZCO – Theatre503 by Shanine Salmon

Victor Sanchez Rodriguez’s Cuzco makes its English debut with translation by William Gregory. It is a passionate play about a couple She (Dilek Rose) and He (Gareth Kieran Jones) who find …

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Saturday, January 26, 2019

‘A brilliant opportunity to showcase fantastic new talent’: MOTOWN THE MUSICAL – West End ★★★★ by Shanine Salmon

At the end of Motown The Musical you will leave the theatre feeling a love of Motown music that you have never experienced before.

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‘An interesting look at an unsolved crime’: KOMPROMAT – Vault Festival by Shanine Salmon

Kompromat at the Vaults Festival is a thoughtful production with warm performances that distracts its audience with missed marks.

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Friday, January 25, 2019

‘An epic musical score filled with soaring romantic melodies’: Notre Dame de Paris – London Colesium by Shanine Salmon

At first glance Notre Dame de Paris appears as a mashup of an Andrew Lloyd Webber musical and a Cirque du Soleil show in French. But it goes deeper, as it should, being based on Victor Hugo…

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Thursday, January 24, 2019

‘Experience the fun of this spectacular live concert’: THRILLER LIVE – West End by Shanine Salmon

Experience the fun of this spectacular live concert, celebrating Michael Jackson’s legacy as an artist; a singer, songwriter, composer, arranger, dancer and all-round entertainer who creat…

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Tuesday, January 22, 2019

‘Strong & enjoyable production’: VIOLET – Charing Cross Theatre by Shanine Salmon

Violet is a warm, considerate musical with a lot to say about the past and some real faces of the future to look out for.

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Monday, January 21, 2019

‘Pacey & engaging’: A MODEST LITTLE MAN – Bread & Roses Theatre ★★★★ by Shanine Salmon

A Modest Little Man is a pacey and engaging one-act play. The characters are – for the most part – well fleshed out and well realised.

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Friday, January 18, 2019

‘Gripping & heartbreaking’: ANOMALY – Old Red Lion Theatre by Shanine Salmon

In the light of #metoo, post-Weinstein, post-Spacey and post all the other creeps that have been exposed Liv Warden’s debut play Anomaly (produced by Wildchild Productions) looks at what h…

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Thursday, January 17, 2019

‘One of the best pieces of theatre I’ve seen in years’: ROSENBAUM’S RESCUE – Park Theatre by Shanine Salmon

The themes and ideas Rosenbaum’s Rescue centres around are explored in a fascinating manner, and it’s one of the best pieces of theatre I’ve seen in years, I’d urge all to see it, wh…

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Wednesday, January 16, 2019

‘A real sense of isolation & claustrophobia’: OUTLYING ISLANDS – King’s Head Theatre by Shanine Salmon

David Grieg’s play about an uninhabited outer Hebrides island doesn’t know whether it wants to be a political thriller, based on the true story of Gruinard Island which was conta…

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Saturday, January 12, 2019

‘This story will never be more timely’: AN ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE – Union Theatre by Shanine Salmon

Arthur Miller’s adaptation of Henrik Ibsen’s An Enemy of the People could have easily been adapted in the last couple of years as a, not at all subtle rebuke to the election of Donald Tr…

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Sunday, January 6, 2019

‘To have the opportunity to play him on stage is an honour’: Christopher Tajah brings Dream of a King to the Playground Theatre by Shanine Salmon

Playground Theatre will host the premiere of Dream of a King, a one-man play written and performed by Christopher Tajah (directed by Bernie C. Byrnes), depicting Martin Luther King Jr on the…

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Sunday, December 23, 2018

‘For the under-fives, you can’t go wrong’: PEPPA PIG’S ADVENTURE – West End ★★★★★ by Shanine Salmon

While you may be tempted to see a classic like The Nutcracker, you’ll quickly learn that it sold out last August, so you could do worse than comfort yourself with Peppa Pig’s Adventure.

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Friday, December 21, 2018

‘An excellent production of a poor play’: THE DOUBLE DEALER – Orange Tree Theatre by Shanine Salmon

The chaise longue has been dug out of storage for this re-imagining of William Congreve’s 1693 marriage farce The Double Dealer at the Orange Tree Theatre.

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Tuesday, December 18, 2018

‘I could happily go for another treatment’: NEURAL ENHANCEMENT WITH DR LEON – Secret London location by Shanine Salmon

Neural Enhancement With Dr Leon is an immersive experience which began life as a Secret Cinema activity and continues to return and entertain audiences.

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Thursday, December 13, 2018

‘Features some wonderful performances’: DIALEKTIKON – Park Theatre by Shanine Salmon

It is appropriate that Park Theatre is staging Jacky Ivimy’s Dialektikon at this time of year. Theatres are full of pantomimes, humorous re-workings of classic fairy tales, so why not a le…

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Wednesday, December 12, 2018

‘Shrewdly-observed portrait of grief & nationality’: NINE NIGHT – Trafalgar Studios by Shanine Salmon

Arriving at the Trafalgar Studios after a wave of critical acclaim at its National Theatre run earlier this year, Nine Night already bears the acclaim and intense scrutiny that comes with be…

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Friday, December 7, 2018

INTERVIEW: Spotlight On… Neural Enhancement with Dr Leon’s director & performer Sofi Lee-Henson by Shanine Salmon

Director and performer Sofi Lee-Henson on what keeps audiences coming back to Neural Enhancement with Dr Leon, running at a secret location in SE1.

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