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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Flute Theatre's A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM, Orange Tree Theatre by Aliya Al-Hassan

Immersive theatre is a popular and fashionable way of presenting work where the audience are not passive observers, but are involved and become part of the production. After last year's insp…

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Thursday, October 12, 2017

EVERYONE'S TALKING ABOUT JAMIE Rehearsals Are In Full Swing by Aliya Al-Hassan

After receiving rave reviews during its run at Sheffield's Crucible Theatre, new musical Everyone's Talking About Jamie is making the final preparations for its transfer to the Apollo Theatr…

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BWW Review: TOSCA, King's Head Theatre by Aliya Al-Hassan

Adam Spreadbury-Maher has a long history with the King's Head Theatre. As its Artistic Director and co-founder of OperaUpClose, he has overseen many successful opera productions, including T…

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Sunday, October 8, 2017

BWW Review: THE BARBER OF SEVILLE, London Coliseum by Aliya Al-Hassan

It is said that Rossini wrote his most famous opera, The Barber of Seville, in three weeks, but few opere buffe remain as fresh and funny as this one. The well known plot of cunning barber F…

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Tuesday, October 3, 2017

BWW Review: THE BEST MAN, Richmond Theatre by Aliya Al-Hassan

Playwright Gore Vidal was well placed to have in depth knowledge of what goes on behind the scenes in US politics. After all, his mother was the daughter of a Democratic senator and his fath…

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Wednesday, September 27, 2017

BWW Review: THE WIPERS TIMES, Richmond Theatre by Aliya Al-Hassan

Amid the horrors of the First World War, The Wipers Times is the unlikely, but true, story of when two officers found a printing press in the bombed out remains of Ypres Wipers was the soldi…

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Wednesday, September 6, 2017

BWW Review: WAIT UNTIL DARK, Richmond Theatre by Aliya Al-Hassan

Wait Until Dark first opened on Broadway in 1966, but many know it from the 1967 Hollywood film, where the lead role of Susy went to Audrey Hepburn, who was nominated for an Academy Award an…

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Wednesday, August 30, 2017

BWW Review: THE RAILWAY CHILDREN, Richmond Theatre by Aliya Al-Hassan

The Railway Children holds a special place in Britain's heart E Nesbit's well-loved tale was first published in 1905, but most of us know it from Lionel Jeffries' iconic 1970 film, which als…

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Saturday, August 12, 2017

BWW Review: DANGLING, Southwark Playhouse by Aliya Al-Hassan

There is a profound darkness to Abigail Hood's new play, Dangling, both in look and in content. A bleak depiction of sexual abuse, mental illness and disturbing family secrets, it looks at s…

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Monday, July 24, 2017

BWW Review: OLIVER TWIST, Regent's Park Open Air Theatre by Aliya Al-Hassan

There is much about Charles Dickens' Classic tale Oliver Twist to recommend it to children the comic pomposity of Mr Bumble, the sinister actions of Fagin, the cheekiness of the Artful Dodge…

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Friday, July 14, 2017

BWW Review: BODIES, Royal Court by Aliya Al-Hassan

How far would you go to have a baby What and who would you overlook to make it happen Vivienne Franzmann has never shied away from controversial subjects in her plays. The 2012, critically a…

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Tuesday, June 13, 2017

BWW Review: JANE EYRE, Richmond Theatre by Aliya Al-Hassan

Before the world had an understanding of the word feminism, Charlotte Bronte was delivering a masterpiece tutorial in female independence and emancipation. Jane Eyre demonstrates that being …

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Wednesday, June 7, 2017

BWW Review: THE BOY IN THE STRIPED PYJAMAS, Richmond Theatre by Aliya Al-Hassan

Northern Ballet has a reputation for pioneering contemporary, narrative ballet, but this may be its most challenging subject to date. The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas has been a book and later…

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Thursday, May 25, 2017

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

An Octoroon is a person who has one eighth black heritage. In 1850s Louisiana, that meant they are automatically unclean and, ultimately, a slave. Branden Jacobs-Jenkins radically reimagines…

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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

BWW Review: THE ADDAMS FAMILY, New Wimbledon Theatre by Aliya Al-Hassan

Since it's first publication as a comic strip in 1938, The Addams Family has seen many incarnations, but did not become a musical until it launched on Broadway in 2010. Now the quirky comedy…

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Tuesday, May 16, 2017

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

There seem to be something consistently appealing about the music of the 1980s acts such as Rick Astley and Bananarama seem to attract more concert-goers today than they did in their heyday.…

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Wednesday, May 10, 2017

BWW Review: FRACKED!, Richmond Theatre by Aliya Al-Hassan

Alistair Beaton has solid form as a political satirist as writer on Spitting Image and author of The Trial of Tony Blair. In Fracked he turns his hand to the political hot potato of drilling…

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Thursday, May 4, 2017

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

Billed as a new musical adaptation of Lewis Carroll's beloved books, Wonderland sees Alice as a deflated and disappointed 40 year old, living in a grimy tower block with her teenage daughter…

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Tuesday, May 2, 2017

BWW Review: EVERYTHING BETWEEN US, Finborough Theatre by Aliya Al-Hassan

In a captivating UK premiere, Sandra is preparing to take her seat on the first day of the Truth and Reconcilliation Commission for Northern Ireland at Stormont, when her estranged sister Te…

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Saturday, April 29, 2017

BWW Review: CITY OF GLASS, Lyric Hammersmith by Aliya Al-Hassan

If City of Glass was a modern art installation, it would undoubtably be worth five stars. It is one of the most visually impressive productions I have ever seen on a London stage.

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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

BWW Review: ALICE'S ADVENTURES UNDERGROUND, The Vaults by Aliya Al-Hassan

Following the sell-out run in 2015 at The Vaults deep under Waterloo Station, Les Enfants Terribles' and ebp bring their Olivier award nominated Alice's Adventures Underground back to celebr…

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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

BWW Review: ABIGAIL'S PARTY, Richmond Theatre by Aliya Al-Hassan

Mike Leigh wrote his most famous play, Abigail's Party, 40 years ago, as a reaction to the boom in consumerism after the war and as a general commentary at the absurdism of class aspiration.…

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Monday, April 24, 2017

BWW Review: AFTER YOU, Live at Zedel by Aliya Al-Hassan

After You is the first musical to be performed at The Crazy Coqs venue, deep under Piccadilly Circus at Brasserie Zedel in London's West End. Childhood friends and musical collaborators Kati…

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Thursday, April 13, 2017

BWW Review: THE CRUCIBLE, Richmond Theatre by Aliya Al-Hassan

Arthur Miller's The Crucible was written in response to the McCarthy-era in America, as an allegory for the witch hunts against supposed communists. The presidential order resulted in an obs…

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Saturday, April 1, 2017

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

In a plot more than a little reminiscent of Daphne du Maurier, Gabriel seesJeanne Becquet is trying to keep her young daughter and Jewish daughter-in-law safe under the ever-increasing threa…

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Friday, March 24, 2017

BWW Review: DOG ENDS, Tabard Theatre by Aliya Al-Hassan

Last seen in 1984 as BBC's Play for Today, Dog Ends establishes a scenario familiar to many George is growing weary of looking after his frail elderly father and his beloved dog. Set in an o…

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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

BWW Review: SHIRLEY VALENTINE, Richmond Theatre by Aliya Al-Hassan

There are few male playwrights who have captured the female psyche as well as Willy Russell. The character of Shirley is both simple and complex. On one hand all she wants is to escape her l…

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Tuesday, March 14, 2017

BWW Review: NOT DEAD ENOUGH, Richmond Theatre by Aliya Al-Hassan

Not Dead Enough is the third novel by best-selling crime writer Peter James to be adapted by Shaun McKenna and directed by Ian Talbot. Brighton socialite Katie Bishop is found raped and murd…

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Tuesday, March 7, 2017

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

Patrick Hamilton's Gaslight had its premiere in Richmond Theatre in 1938 and so it seems suitable for it to end its UK tour in the same setting. Set firmly in an era of Victorian melodrama B…

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Tuesday, February 28, 2017

BWW Review: LA STRADA, Richmond Theatre by Aliya Al-Hassan

Federico Fellini's Oscar-winning film La Strada has earned its place as a cinematic classic. As a film, it is a visual feast and so therefore a huge challenge to put on the stage.In a world …

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Friday, February 24, 2017

BWW Review: MADAM BUTTERFLY, King's Head Theatre by Aliya Al-Hassan

The wonderful thing about fringe theatre is the variety and quality of what can be produced in a tiny space, with very little budget. Creativity is key to make an audience return to what is …

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