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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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Saturday, January 12, 2019

BWW Review: COMING CLEAN, Trafalgar Studios by Aliya Al-Hassan

Playwright Kevin Elyot is best known for his brilliant AIDS-era play My Night With Reg, but after being revived at Islington's King's Head Theatre, his debut play Coming Cleanhas now transfe…

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Friday, January 4, 2019

BWW Review: SWAN LAKE, London Coliseum by Aliya Al-Hassan

After a rather pedestrian version of Tchiakovsky's iconic Swan Lake by the St Petersburg Ballet at London's Coliseum in the summer, ballet fans are eager for a more immersive and emotionally…

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Saturday, December 29, 2018

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

London is already blessed with two outstanding productions of the Christmas ballet The Nutcracker. Birmingham Royal Ballet now also presents Peter Wright's beautiful version in the challengi…

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Friday, December 21, 2018

BWW Review: CIRCUS 1903, Southbank Centre by Aliya Al-Hassan

With extraordinary feats of bravery, strength and skill, the appeal of old-fashioned circus is not hard to understand. Performing a show that is the essence of traditional circus entertainme…

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Saturday, December 15, 2018

BWW Review: HANSEL & GRETEL, Rose Theatre by Aliya Al-Hassan

The perfect family show at Christmas is a big ask for theatres. The pressure is on to cater for the biggest range of audiences they see all year. They expect fun, jokes, a good story, great …

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2018 Year in Review: Aliya Al-Hassan's Best of Theatre by Aliya Al-Hassan

What a bizarre year 2018 has been. In the months that saw too much Trump, devastating Californian wildfires, an escalation in the refugee crisis, not to mention the dreaded 'B' word, it make…

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Friday, December 14, 2018

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

London is lucky enough to have three different productions of Nutcrackerplaying this year. With fabulous reviews for The Royal Ballet's immaculate version already in and anticipation for the…

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BWW Review: A CHRISTMAS CAROL, Arts Theatre by Aliya Al-Hassan

Was there ever an actor more suited to perform a one-man show than Simon Callow Add in the evocative and mellifluous writings of Dickens at Christmas time and you have the recipe for a show …

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BWW Review: PETER PAN, Richmond Theatre by Aliya Al-Hassan

Alexander Pope's poignant quote 'To wake the soul with the gentle strokes of art' hangs above the stage of the beautiful Richmond Theatre to remind us of the potent power of art and theatre.…

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Wednesday, December 12, 2018

BWW Review: THE DOUBLE DEALER, Orange Tree Theatre by Aliya Al-Hassan

William Congreve's rarely performed Restoration comedy, The Double Dealer, is an interesting choice to be revived at Richmond's Orange Tree theatre and, for some, will be a welcome relief to…

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Thursday, December 6, 2018

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

If you are struggling to get into the festive spirit this year, a visit to London's Old Vic theatre is highly recommended. After the roaring success of Jack Thorne's charming adaptation of C…

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Saturday, December 1, 2018

BWW Review: LA BOHEME, London Coliseum by Aliya Al-Hassan

The best versions of La boheme are simple enough to let the genius of Puccini's opera shine, rather than distracting the audience with quirky updates and subliminal messages. The ENO's decis…

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Tuesday, November 20, 2018

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

As one of the most famous coming-of-age films, the story of Dirty Dancing is loved by many. The 2004 stage shownowcomes to the New Wimbledon Theatrein an energetic but occasionally awkward r…

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Thursday, November 8, 2018

BWW Review: DON CARLOS, Rose Theatre by Aliya Al-Hassan

Back in 2005, Friedrich Schiller's 18th century offering Don Carlos won rapturous reviews when it transferred to the Gieldgud from Sheffield's Crucible. Now revived by the newly formed Ara t…

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Sunday, November 4, 2018

BWW Review: STILL NO IDEA, Jerwood Theatre Upstairs by Aliya Al-Hassan

In 2010, Lisa Hammond and Rachael Spence created a show called No Ideabased entirely on what the general public said they should make a piece of theatre about. The result was an uncomfortabl…

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Saturday, November 3, 2018

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

If there was ever a film to screen with a live orchestra and choir, it would be Peter Shaffer's multi-award-winning Amadeus. London's Royal Albert Hall continues its successful series of blo…

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Thursday, November 1, 2018

BWW Review: HIGH SOCIETY, Richmond Theatre by Aliya Al-Hassan

High Societyhas a chequered past as a stage show even Richard Eyre failed at adapting Cole Porter's 1956 film. However, the last outing in 2015 at The Old Vic sparkled under Maria Friedman's…

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Wednesday, October 31, 2018

BWW Review: DEALING WITH CLAIR, Orange Tree Theatre by Aliya Al-Hassan

Dealing With Clair was first staged thirty years ago at the Orange Tree Theatre. It now returns in a disturbingly well observed revival, still striking a very darkly comic and contemporary s…

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Tuesday, October 16, 2018

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

The Habit of Artis a wonderfully funny and deeply moving revival of Alan Bennett's fantastic 2009 follow up to The History Boys. The play focuses on a fictional meeting between WH Auden and …

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Sunday, October 14, 2018

BWW Review: PORGY AND BESS, London Coliseum by Aliya Al-Hassan

After a disappointing start to the new season with the bizarre Salome, the ENO fights back with a towering production of the Gershwin brothers' Porgy and Bess. After nearly 80 years since it…

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Sunday, October 7, 2018

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

In opera, there is often nothing more dangerous than female sexuality. Salomeis a story where a woman's love becomes dangerous obsession, leading to bloodshed and necrophilia. From a feminis…

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BWW Review: JOURNEY TO THE UNDERWORLD, Pedley Street Station by Aliya Al-Hassan

Immersive dining theatre seems to be in the in-thing in the capital at the moment. The result can be painful performances with even worse food, but happily Journey To The Underworldis an fun…

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Wednesday, September 19, 2018

BWW Review: STILL ALICE, Richmond Theatre by Aliya Al-Hassan

Dementia is a difficult topic to tackle on stage, mainly due to the intensely internal struggle that the disease inflicts. Florian Zeller handled it beautifully in The Fatherand now Lisa Gen…

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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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