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Wednesday, October 13, 2021

‘Good intentions & a fascinating central figure’: IDA RUBINSTEIN – Playground Theatre ★★ by Alun Hood

Disparaging somebody else’s passion project is a bit like telling a doting parent that their baby is ugly. This stage tribute to Art Nouveau darling Ida Rubinstein is one such endeavour.

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Wednesday, October 6, 2021

‘Thunderously exciting’: & JULIET — West End ★★★★★(★!) by Alun Hood

A musical that riffs on Shakespeare while plundering the back catalogue of one of the most successful and prolific songwriters in pop history (Max Martin, who is only not a household name be…

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Tuesday, September 28, 2021

‘A bonkers theatrical thrill ride’: IS GOD IS – Royal Court ★★★★★ by Alun Hood

One of the Urban Dictionary definitions of “nasty” is a word to describe something that is ridiculously good. Between that and the more traditional meaning of the word, I have no hesitat…

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Monday, September 27, 2021

‘Theatrical comfort food’: BLITHE SPIRIT – West End ★★★ by Alun Hood

Written and premiered in the early 1940s while WW2 raged on and the prospect of losing a precious loved one at short notice felt like a very real possibility, Noël Coward’s ghostly comedy…

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Friday, September 24, 2021

‘This gem of a show’: THE LAST FIVE YEARS – Garrick ★★★★★ by Alun Hood

Jonathan O’Boyle’s inspired actor-musician take on Jason Robert Brown’s song cycle-cum-musical felt like an eye-opening reinvention of a fascinating but conflicted piece (one half of t…

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Tuesday, September 21, 2021

‘A revival to savour’: SMALL CHANGE – Omnibus Theatre ★★★★ by Alun Hood

First presented at the Royal Court in 1976 and last seen in London in a starry 2008 revival directed by the author, Peter Gill’s knotty, elegiac text is a dense, tense jumble of memory pla…

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Monday, September 20, 2021

‘Disconcerting, essential stuff’: CAMP SIEGFRIED – Old Vic Theatre ★★★★ by Alun Hood

Highly recommended, but I wouldn’t bank on getting a good nights sleep afterwards. Evil in plain sight is a real chiller, and that’s exactly what Wohl is serving up here. Disconcerting, …

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Sunday, September 19, 2021

‘This is powerful, thought-provoking stuff’: NW TRILOGY – Kiln Theatre ★★★★ by Alun Hood

Educational and richly entertaining, NW Trilogy emerges, in Taio Lawson and Susie McKenna’s vibrant production as a sparky, moving valentine to what is traditionally one of the capital’s…

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Wednesday, September 15, 2021

‘Unmissable, breathtaking piece of theatre’: INDECENT – Menier Chocolate Factory ★★★★★ by Alun Hood

This may be a sweeping statement, but if you’re not profoundly affected by Indecent, Paula Vogel’s provocatively titled powder keg of a play, as staged here in Rebecca Taichman’s Tony …

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Tuesday, September 7, 2021

’Andrew Lloyd Webber’s first solid smash hit for quite some time’: CINDERELLA – Gillian Lynne Theatre ★★★★ by Alun Hood

Andrew Lloyd Webber may have composed better scores than his new Cinderella, but he has certainly never created anything camper, and no, I haven’t forgotten Sunset Boulevard. This collabor…

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Sunday, September 5, 2021

‘It’s as much fun as it is unexpected’: 13 – Cadogan Hall ★★★★ by Alun Hood

British Theatre Academy’s 13 proves to be an upbeat piece of musical theatre that could well prove a calling card into the industry for enthusiastic young people on both sides of the footl…

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