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Saturday, September 15, 2018

BWW Review: FOXFINDER, Ambassadors Theatre by Aliya Al-Hassan

The English countryside in crisis, a couple grieving the death of their son and the fox as the deadly enemy of man. First seen to critical acclaim in 2011 at the Finborough Theatre, Dawn Kin…

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Wednesday, September 12, 2018

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

In choosing Jo Clifford's comic satire Losing Venice,Artistic Director Paul Miller has served up another unique offering at Richmond's Orange Tree Theatre. Delightfully bonkers, idiosyncrati…

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Saturday, September 8, 2018

BWW Review: UNEXPECTED JOY, Southwark Playhouse by Aliya Al-Hassan

Take a feuding mother and daughter, a rebellious teenager granddaughter and throw in an outspoken lesbian feminist and you have the recipe for an unexpected treat at the Southwark Playhouse.…

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Friday, September 7, 2018

BWW Interview: The KINKY BOOTS London Cast Talks Nostalgia, Audience Reaction and Acceptance by Aliya Al-Hassan

It's now three years since Kinky Bootsstrutted its way into the West End. Based on a true story, the show follows Charlie Price who turns his father's failing shoe factory into a success by …

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Sunday, September 2, 2018

BWW Review: QUEEN OF ROSES, London Cabaret Club by Aliya Al-Hassan

As part of their 5th anniversary, the London Cabaret Club presents their new show Queen of Roses as a celebration of the reigns of Elizabeth I, Victoria and Elizabeth II. Originally a pop cl…

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Saturday, August 11, 2018

BWW Review: LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS, Regent's Park Open Air Theatre by Aliya Al-Hassan

It's over 35 years since Little Shop of Horrorshad its off-Broadway debut, but it remains a consistent choice for revival. Now Director Maria Aberg brings a new version to Regent's Park Open…

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Thursday, August 9, 2018

BWW Review: THE THREE MUSKETEERS, St Paul's Church by Aliya Al-Hassan

It is 1626 and a young d'Artagnan heads for Paris, determined to join the King's Musketeers. After befriending legendary Musketeers Athos, Aramis and Porthos, the four friends quickly become…

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Wednesday, August 8, 2018

BWW Review: SILK ROAD (HOW TO BUY DRUGS ONLINE), Trafalgar Studios by Aliya Al-Hassan

As the first play to be funded by Bitcoin, the origins of Alex Oates' play Silk Road are as intriguing as the contents. For those who are unfamiliar with the name, Silk Road was the now defu…

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Sunday, August 5, 2018

BWW Review: SACRIFICE, Soho Theatre by Aliya Al-Hassan

What would you do to achieve your dream of becoming an actor How long would you wait for the call that will change everything What would you suffer to be able to watch and wait for the dream…

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Sunday, July 29, 2018

BWW Review: JOE STILGOE BAND, Ronnie Scott's by Aliya Al-Hassan

There are live performers who bring a charisma and immediate sense of warmth and charm to the stage, along with an astounding talent. Joe Stilgoe is one such performer sliding onto the tiny …

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Thursday, July 26, 2018

BWW Review: MADAGASCAR THE MUSICAL, New Wimbledon Theatre by Aliya Al-Hassan

Based on the hugely popular Dreamworks animation, Madagascar The Musical brings the much-loved film to life in an energetic whirl of funky dance routines and quirky characters.After becoming…

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Wednesday, July 18, 2018

BWW Reviewers Reflect On Why We Return To Long-running Shows by Aliya Al-Hassan

BWW Reviewers Reflect On Why We Return To Long-running Shows

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Sunday, July 15, 2018

BWW Review: DID IT HURT?/HI. I'M DAVID, King's Head Theatre by Aliya Al-Hassan

Fringe festivals can be places where performances are to be endured, rather than enjoyed. Fortunately, they can also showcase absorbing and innovative work. As part of Playmill, the King's H…

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Friday, July 13, 2018

BWW Review: BUT IT STILL GOES ON, Finborough Theatre by Aliya Al-Hassan

To present the world premiere of a re-discovered play written by Great War veteran and poet Robert Graves in the centenary year of the First World War is something of a coup for the tiny Fin…

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Tuesday, June 19, 2018

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

In this time of endless Brexit questions, the NHS in crisis and the world generally seeming to be going to hell in a handcart, a lighthearted and exuberant show like Legally Blonde is someti…

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Tuesday, June 12, 2018

BWW Review: 84 CHARING CROSS ROAD, Richmond Theatre by Aliya Al-Hassan

In an age of Instant Messenger, Snapchat and Twitter, many of us may have never experienced the quiet thrill of receiving a handwritten, personal letter.84 Charing Cross Roadis James Roose-E…

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Wednesday, June 6, 2018

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

In many ways, the timing of the European premiere of American playwright Emily Schwend's award-winning play Utility could not be more prescient. The portrayal of a quotidian Texan family try…

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Wednesday, May 23, 2018

BWW Review: BEAUTIFUL THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL, New Wimbledon Theatre by Aliya Al-Hassan

For those not around in 1971, it's easy to be ignorant of the huge impact that Carole King's seminal album, Tapestry, had at the time. Beautiful The Carole King Musical opens with King's con…

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Thursday, May 17, 2018

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

Iolanthe is arguably one of Gilbert and Sullivan's finest works. This frivolous and frothy opera was successfully revived by the ENO earlier this year, but now returns as something a little …

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Wednesday, May 9, 2018

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

On the face of it, a play based upon a 13-year-old boy being expelled from his naval college for allegedly stealing a five-shilling postal order does not sound like the stuff of captivating …

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Wednesday, May 2, 2018

BWW Review: LOVE FROM A STRANGER, Richmond Theatre by Aliya Al-Hassan

Director Lucy Bailey has solid form with adaptations of Agatha Christie stories her Olivier-award nominated version of Witness For The Prosecution is currently a hit at County Hall. She has …

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Wednesday, April 25, 2018

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

At a time when anti-Semitism appears dangerously current and desperate refugees flee their homelands, a revival of Diane Samuels' engrossing play Kindertransport could not be more timely. An…

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Tuesday, April 24, 2018

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

Historically, Richmond's Orange Tree Theatre was a well-known champion of new talent. However, until now, Artistic Director Paul Miller and Executive Director Sarah Nicholson were yet to sta…

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Monday, April 23, 2018

BACK FOR GOOD: PASSION PLAY Is Aching To Be Revived by Aliya Al-Hassan

In our new series, BroadwayWorld UK writers nominate the shows they'd love to see revived

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Thursday, April 19, 2018

BWW Review: MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING, Rose Theatre by Aliya Al-Hassan

o kick off it's 10th anniversary season, the Rose Theatre turns to Shakepeare to give it a needed boost. This new production of Much Ado About Nothing is not quite a hit, but still an entert…

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Wednesday, March 14, 2018

BWW Review: GREAT EXPECTATIONS, Richmond Theatre by Aliya Al-Hassan

Following a chance encounter with an escaped convict, orphan Pip is given an unexpected opportunity to visit the reclusive Miss Havisham. In the decay and faded grandeur of her house, Pip fa…

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Tuesday, March 13, 2018

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

The first major revival of Charlotte Jones' play Humble Boy is another interesting choice by the Orange Tree's Artistic Director Paul Miller. It is surely a challenge to pull off a play that…

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Thursday, March 1, 2018

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

It is Ida's 86th birthday, but it's a milestone she would rather have not reached. Her family wants to gather and celebrate, but she would rather be removed from her small world of pain and …

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Wednesday, February 28, 2018

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

In essence, there is not much to Conor McPherson's intimate play four men drink in a remote Irish pub, entertain a female newcomer with ghost stories and then leave. However, The Weir is a t…

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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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