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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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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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