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Friday, May 31, 2019

Dinner and a Show: The Immersive Theatrical Dining Trend by Aliya Al-Hassan

These days, it seems that it's not enough to simply go for dinner or a night at the theatre. For decades, diners have been entertained by music and cabaret performances, but now, immersive d…

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Sunday, May 26, 2019

BWW Review: DOES MY BOMB LOOK BIG IN THIS?, Soho Theatre by Aliya Al-Hassan

What makes a seemingly ordinary 15-year-old girl travel to Syria to become a jihadi bride Years before Shamima Begum became front page news, writer and actor Nyla Levy was developing the sto…

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Friday, May 24, 2019

BWW Review: AMELIE, New Wimbledon Theatre by Aliya Al-Hassan

It is the irresistible tale of a lonely Parisian waitress who tries to spread happiness in the lives of others, set in a fantasy world. Having been significantly reworked since appearing on …

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Sunday, May 19, 2019

BWW Review: THE WIND IN THE WILLOWS, Stepney City Farm by Aliya Al-Hassan

Take one of the best-loved stories for children and some fantastic food served by waiters who are also the actors and you have the latest project from Scripts For Supper, creators of immersi…

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Thursday, May 16, 2019

BWW Review: REGINALD D HUNTER: FACING THE BEAST, Richmond Theatre by Aliya Al-Hassan

Reginald D Hunter's latest show was originally titled Reginald D Hunter Facing The Beast and Niggas when it premiered at his 20th appearance at the Edinburgh Festival last summer. Never one …

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Thursday, May 2, 2019

BWW Review: OUT OF WATER, Orange Tree Theatre by Aliya Al-Hassan

The omens were good for the Orange Tree Theatre's new production, Out Of Water. Writer Zoe Cooper created the beautiful Jess and Joe Forever back in 2016 and Guy Jones directed the heartbrea…

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Wednesday, May 1, 2019

BWW Review: THE MAN OF LA MANCHA, London Coliseum by Aliya Al-Hassan

The London Coliseum has established a run of successes with some excellent revivals of almost-forgotten musicalsin recent years. It now turns toMan of La Manchain the hope of a new box offic…

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Tuesday, April 30, 2019

BWW Review: THE FULL MONTY, New Wimbledon Theatre by Aliya Al-Hassan

Based on his 1997 smash hit film and adapted for the stage by Oscar-winning writer Simon Beaufoy, The Full Montyis the bittersweet story of a group of unemployed Sheffield steelworkers who, …

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Friday, April 26, 2019

BWW Review: CAPTAIN CORELLI'S MANDOLIN, Rose Theatre by Aliya Al-Hassan

Selling millions of copies and adapted into a 2001 film, Louis de Bernieres' epic wartime novel, Captain Corelli's Mandolin, is a literary tour de force. Now inventively, if not entirely fai…

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Wednesday, April 24, 2019

BWW Review: THE PICTURE OF DORIAN GRAY, Richmond Theatre by Aliya Al-Hassan

At a time when youth and beauty are valued above all andwe can edit our own images at the touch of a button, a staging of Oscar Wilde's novel The Picture of Dorian Grayseems both prescient a…

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Tuesday, April 16, 2019

BWW Review: GLENGARRY GLEN ROSS, Richmond Theatre by Aliya Al-Hassan

It is over 35 years since David Mamet's scorching critique of the male ego and the dangers of capitalism debuted at the National Theatre. Glengarry Glen Rosswent on the win the Pulitzer Priz…

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Sunday, April 7, 2019

BWW Review: BALLETBOYZ THEM/US, Richmond Theatre by Aliya Al-Hassan

From the founding duo of ex-Royal Ballet dancers, Michael Nunn and Billy Trevitt, Balleboyz has seen many variations and additions to the group. Always innovating and never predictable, the …

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Saturday, April 6, 2019

BWW Review: ROTTERDAM, Rose Theatre by Aliya Al-Hassan

John Brittain's nuanced and tender play Rotterdam has had a whirlwind of success since it debuted in 2015 at the tiny Theatre503. It moved to the Trafalgar Studios, won an Olivier award, the…

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Sunday, March 31, 2019

BWW Review: JACK THE RIPPER: THE WOMEN OF WHITECHAPEL, London Coliseum by Aliya Al-Hassan

In February this year, historian Hallie Rubenfold brought out a poignant book describing the backstories of the five women killed in 1888 by a murderer nicknamed Jack the Ripper. It has alwa…

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Wednesday, March 13, 2019

BWW Review: BLOOD KNOT, Orange Tree Theatre by Aliya Al-Hassan

Family ties are complicated things. Those we are connected to through blood are often those we love the most, but who we can also treat the most poorly. Athol Fugard's visceral 1961 play, Bl…

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Sunday, March 10, 2019

BWW Review: MACBETH, Hackney Empire by Aliya Al-Hassan

There is something very noble about the mission of English Touring Opera to bring the art form to parts of the country that would normally never see it. They often bravely overlook the popul…

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Thursday, March 7, 2019

BWW Review: THE MERRY WIDOW, London Coliseum by Aliya Al-Hassan

A comic operetta is a difficult thing to pull off, but the ENO has good form with the genre, having had great success with an irreverent version of Iolanthe last year. This year, they turn t…

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Wednesday, March 6, 2019

The PHANTOM OF THE OPERA Experience by Aliya Al-Hassan

The Phantom of the Opera was how Aliya fell in love with theatre, but then she fell out of love with the show.

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Tuesday, March 5, 2019

BWW Review: ART, Richmond Theatre by Aliya Al-Hassan

In 1998, French playwright Yasmina Reza was slightly bemused to win an Olivier Award for Best Comedy with her play ART. Her intention was to write a biting satire, tinged with tragedy, but B…

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Thursday, February 28, 2019

BWW Review: MY MOTHER SAID I NEVER SHOULD, Richmond Theatre by Aliya Al-Hassan

Written in 1985 and first performed in 1987, Charlotte Keatley's sensitive drama My Mother Said I Never Shouldis a warm and understated show about the complex relationships between mothers a…

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Wednesday, February 27, 2019

BWW Review: ROCK OF AGES, New Wimbledon Theatre by Aliya Al-Hassan

Taking us back to a world of hideous stonewashed denim, huge hair and even bigger rock anthems, Rock of Agesis on a new national tour. The jukebox musical has been doing the rounds since it …

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Tuesday, February 19, 2019

BWW Review: TRIAL BY LAUGHTER, Richmond Theatre by Aliya Al-Hassan

As Editor and Lead Cartoonist of Private Eye, Ian Hislop and Nick Newman are certainly not immune to the issue of libel. In Trial By Laughter they expand what was a Radio 4 afternoon drama t…

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Monday, February 18, 2019

BWW Review: MACBETH, Orange Tree Theatre by Aliya Al-Hassan

School is where most of us are introduced to William Shakespeare and the nature of this introduction will often impact on how much we love or loath The Bard in later life.In their series Sha…

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Tuesday, February 12, 2019

BWW Review: THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW, New Wimbledon Theatre by Aliya Al-Hassan

Theatre audiences are certainly less easy to shock these days than they were back in 1973 when Richard O'Brien's outrageous musical The Rocky Horror Showfirst debuted at the Royal Court. The…

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Monday, February 11, 2019

BWW Review: CHITA RIVERA, Cadogan Hall by Aliya Al-Hassan

At 86, Chita Rivera could easily justify putting her feet up a little. She first performed in London back in 1958 in the iconic role of Anita in West Side Story and has never stopped since. …

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Sunday, February 10, 2019

BWW Review: BLACK IS THE COLOR OF MY VOICE, Trafalgar Studios by Aliya Al-Hassan

Inspired by the music and the political activism of the legendary Nina Simone, Black Is The Color Of My Voiceis the tiny gem of a show, written by singer and writer Apphia Campbell. The prod…

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Thursday, February 7, 2019

BWW Review: AVENUE Q, New Wimbledon Theatre by Aliya Al-Hassan

Avenue Qis an interesting show to describe to those who have never seen it. Naive graduate Princeton comes to New York with big dreams and little money to match. When he moves to Avenue Q he…

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Wednesday, February 6, 2019

BWW Review: COUGAR, Orange Tree Theatre by Aliya Al-Hassan

Possession, power and control, with climate change thrown in. Cougaris a new play by Rose Lewenstein which is essentially a series of 80 snapshots into the lifespan of a dysfunctional relati…

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Thursday, January 24, 2019

BWW Review: NOTRE DAME DE PARIS, London Coliseum by Aliya Al-Hassan

It is difficult to overestimate how popular Notre Dame de Paris is in France, leaving audiences in raptures for twenty years. However, the critics were not kind when it was last performed in…

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Friday, January 18, 2019

BWW Review: MANON, London Coliseum by Aliya Al-Hassan

Manonis not a ballet for the MeToo era. The story follows Manon as she falls in love with Des Grieux, a poor student. She is, essentially, pimped out by her brother to become the mistress of…

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Thursday, January 17, 2019

BWW Review: TOTEM, Royal Albert Hall by Aliya Al-Hassan

It is easy to be wowed by Cirque du Soleil the acts themselves are often utterly thrilling and defy any expectations of human strength, dexterity and flexibility. With TOTEM, returning to th…

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