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Wednesday, February 21, 2018

BWW Review: STRANGERS ON A TRAIN, Richmond Theatre by Aliya Al-Hassan

Strangers On A Train was a highly successful, taut thriller written by Patricia Highsmith in 1950. Master of suspense Alfred Hitchcock adapted it into a highly charged and provocative film n…

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Sunday, February 18, 2018

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

Originally intended as a stinging satire on Victorian politics and the House of Lords in particular, Gilbert and Sullivan's supremely silly comic opera Iolanthe is in fine form as it returns…

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Thursday, February 15, 2018

BWW Review: DR JEKYLL & MR HYDE, Rose Theatre by Aliya Al-Hassan

Robert Louis Stevenson's gothic thriller has had such an impact on the public psyche that a reference to 'Jekyll and Hyde' is universally known as referring to a person with a dual personali…

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Thursday, February 8, 2018

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

For many people, theirfirst introduction to The Jungle Book is the Disney film of the same name. This new adaptation from Olivier award winner Jessica Swale deserves the effort of disassocia…

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Wednesday, January 24, 2018

BWW Review: LADY WINDERMERE'S FAN, Vaudeville Theatre by Aliya Al-Hassan

Sex, equality, morality and fidelity are all issues currently in the forefront of many people's minds. As part of a year-long celebration of Oscar Wilde, Dominic Droomgoole's Classic Spring …

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Saturday, January 20, 2018

BWW Review: SWAN LAKE, Richmond Theatre by Aliya Al-Hassan

Swan Lake was Tchaikovsky's first ballet, but it is arguably his best known and well loved. The bewitching and ultimately tragic story follows Prince Siegfried as meets the beautiful but cur…

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Friday, January 19, 2018

BWW Review: AMADEUS, Olivier Theatre by Aliya Al-Hassan

Greeted by rapturous reviews in 2016, Peter Shaffer's acclaimed production of Amadeus makes a triumphant return to the National Theatre this week. The enthralling story of a fictional confes…

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Thursday, January 18, 2018

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

There's no doubt it feels quite strange to be seeing a ballet set at Christmas time in the middle of January. It's a similar feeling to passing a house with a tree still up in the living roo…

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Saturday, January 13, 2018

BWW Review: THE RAT PACK-LIVE FROM LAS VEGAS, Theatre Royal Haymarket by Aliya Al-Hassan

The boys are back. Based on an imaginary night at the Sands Hotel, the three musical legends of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr. come together to perform a show featuring bante…

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Thursday, January 11, 2018

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

It would be disingenuous to call Cirque Du Soleil simply a circus. The Canadian performance group are world famous and synonymous with incredible feats of physical strength and endurance. Si…

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Monday, January 8, 2018

BWW Review: THE CRYSTAL EGG LIVE, The Vaults by Aliya Al-Hassan

What would you do if someone or something was watching you Adapted from the H.G. Well's short story, The Crystal Egg Live tells the story of Charley Wace, taken in by his eccentric Uncle Cav…

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Sunday, December 24, 2017

BWW Review: A CHRISTMAS CAROL, Middle Temple Hall by Aliya Al-Hassan

This Christmas there seem to be more productions of Dickens' festive tale than ever. This is the fourth revival of Antic Disposition's musical production of A Christmas Carol. Its return to …

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Saturday, December 16, 2017

BWW Review: ALICE IN WINTERLAND, Rose Theatre by Aliya Al-Hassan

With the success of last year's fantastical take on The Wind in the Willows, Kingston's Rose Theatre looks to another classic this year with Alice in Winterland, a new take on Lewis Carroll'…

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Friday, December 15, 2017

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

To be frank, Christmas has not begun until you have seen Christopher Biggins sashaying across a stage to the Strictly Come Dancing theme tune in a fuschia pink fringed dress with giant red f…

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Thursday, December 14, 2017

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

The beautiful story of Clara and her enchanted Nutcracker doll is as much a part of Christmas as carols and novelty jumpers. The pair discover a magical world where they battle with the Mous…

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Tuesday, December 12, 2017

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

Of all of Bernard Shaw's wonderful plays, it seems a brave and slightly odd choice for the Orange Tree theatre to choose to revive Misalliance. When the play premiered in 1910, it was hated …

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Thursday, November 30, 2017

BWW Review: A CHRISTMAS CAROL, Old Vic by Aliya Al-Hassan

There are many reasons why Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol has been adapted endlessly. A cautionary tale of debt, ghosts, meanness of spirit and salvation set in a snowy Victorian Christm…

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Sunday, November 19, 2017

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

After a season that saw some triumphant returns of classic operas, such as the magnificent revival Jonathan Miller's The Barber of Seville, the ENO has taken another gamble on bringing a bra…

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Wednesday, November 15, 2017

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

The British appetite for thrillers is seemingly unquenchable. Agatha Christie's The Mousetrap has now been running for 65 years in London and detective and murder mystery stories are standar…

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Saturday, November 11, 2017

BWW Review: JAMAICA INN, Tabard Theatre by Aliya Al-Hassan

Daphne du Maurier is the master of Cornish gothic storytelling and ghostly intrigue. Jamaica Inn is her 1936 novel a haunting tale set in Cornwall in the 1800s. Following the death of her mo…

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Thursday, November 9, 2017

BWW Review: RULES FOR LIVING, Rose Theatre by Aliya Al-Hassan

With the release of the Christmas advert from Marks And Spencer, we can all rest assured that the festive season is drawing ever near. Sam Holcroft's well received play, Rules For Living, ge…

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Tuesday, November 7, 2017

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

A bereaved couple meet after a long separation. Stilted pleasantries give way to raw accusations and brutal truths. It would be very easy for Poison to be a melodramatic hour and twenty minu…

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Tuesday, October 24, 2017

BWW Review: DUET FOR ONE, Richmond Theatre by Aliya Al-Hassan

There is always a risk in seemingly simple dramatic two-handers. Where there are no visual tricks, no impressive set changes or sparkling costumes, the whole play relies on the chemistry and…

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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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