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Saturday, December 9, 2017

THE WOMAN IN WHITE – Charing Cross Theatre ★★★★ by Caroline Hanks-Farmer

Are you a fan of Victorian melodrama? Are you a fan of Musicals? And finally, are you a fan of the work of ’The Lord’ – you know who I mean? If you can answer yes to at least two of th…

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Friday, December 8, 2017

PROJECT POLUNIN’S SATORI – London Coliseum ★★★ by Caroline Hanks-Farmer

Satori is a Buddhist term, meaning enlightenment. Polunin begins in First Solo and then the rest of the evening he is joined by a stellar international line up including the Royal Ballet pri…

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Wednesday, December 6, 2017

NUTCRACKER (English National Ballet) – Touring & London by Caroline Hanks-Farmer

Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker is a truly spectacular score. There are three ballet versions this season in London alone. ENB have brought their production to the Mayflower, before heading home …

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Monday, December 4, 2017

LA SOIREE – West End ★★★★★ by Caroline Hanks-Farmer

An evening with La Soirée offers a heady mix of cabaret, vaudeville, circus, nightclub, dance, acrobatics and highly original comedy.

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Saturday, December 2, 2017

KING TUT – King’s Head Theatre by Caroline Hanks-Farmer

Welcome to the Charles Court Christmas party. Their seasonal panto has achieved legendary status in north London over the last 10 or more years, playing to packed houses, both in its origina…

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Wednesday, November 29, 2017

HETTY FEATHER – Touring by Caroline Hanks-Farmer

Olivier Award-nominated West End sensation Hetty Feather has hit Southampton for the Christmas period in its 2nd UK tour. It’s author Jacqueline Wilson is well-known for creating Tracy Bea…

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Tuesday, November 28, 2017

INTERVIEW: Spotlight On… Freddie, Ted & the Death of Joe Orton’s Helen Sheals by Caroline Hanks-Farmer

"The play is set in Brighton in the sixties around the time that Joe Orton came to prominence. At the end of the piece, he is dead and homosexuality has been partially decriminalised."

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Friday, November 24, 2017

CRAZY FOR YOU – Touring ★★★★ by Caroline Hanks-Farmer

Perfectly cast as Bobby, Tom Chambers is a charming leading man and plays this giddy, amusing character with enthusiasm

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Thursday, November 23, 2017

GLENGARRY GLEN ROSS – West End ★★★ by Caroline Hanks-Farmer

David Mamet’s obscenity-strewn script won a Pulitzer Prize in its day and it is easy to see why. Amidst the coarse language, this tale of desperate real estate agents is a testosterone-fil…

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Wednesday, November 22, 2017

LEGALLY BLONDE – Touring ★★★★ by Caroline Hanks-Farmer

Based on the 2001 film of the same name, it is the heartwarming tale of Elle Woods, a rich, blonde, airhead sorority girl from California who follows her snake of an ex-boyfriend to Harvard …

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REAL MAGIC – Platform Theatre ★★★ by Caroline Hanks-Farmer

Real Magic is definitely a show that makes you think; or rather, forces you to think. A parody of humanity which just continues to surprise you with its slapstick jokes, sexual innuendos and…

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Wednesday, November 15, 2017

MOTHER COURAGE & HER CHILDREN – Southwark Playhouse ★★★ by Caroline Hanks-Farmer

Josie Lawrence gives a great performance as Mother Courage despite the heartache she endured on a daily basis. Giving such a poignant performance you feel like her “On stage” children we…

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Monday, November 13, 2017

BIG FISH THE MUSICAL – The Other Palace ★★★ by Caroline Hanks-Farmer

Kelsey Grammer brings gravitas and empathy to this largely bed-bound role. His decent singing voice does its best to wrest emotion from Edward’s gruff Southern accent but on boisterous son…

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Friday, November 3, 2017

THE EXORCIST – West End ★★★★ by Caroline Hanks-Farmer

Be warned, The Exorcist is, quite rightly, billed as age 18+ and definitely not for the faint-hearted. An atmospheric and very dark evening's entertainment.

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Thursday, November 2, 2017

THE BAND – Touring by Caroline Hanks-Farmer

The authentic era staging, from a huge Teletext screen showing the Top 40 with Take That’s ‘Pray’ topping the chart, down to references of Smash Hits and Top of the Pops, catapult you …

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Monday, October 23, 2017

VENUS IN FUR – West End ★★★ by Caroline Hanks-Farmer

In a swanky London theatre probably more suited to an M&S crowd, Venus In Fur seems an odd choice for a plot which evocatively explores the very origins of S&M.

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Friday, October 6, 2017

THE TOXIC AVENGER – Arts Theatre ★★★★★ by Caroline Hanks-Farmer

Based on the cult movie of the 1980’s The Toxic Avenger is a gloriously silly and immensely enjoyable spoof on comic book heroes. It doesn’t take itself seriously, it’s just one deligh…

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Saturday, September 30, 2017

LE GRAND MORT – Trafalgar Studios ★★★ by Caroline Hanks-Farmer

Are there laughs after death? Award-winning playwright and librettist Stephen Clark’s comedy-drama Le Grand Mort makes its world debut almost a year after the celebrated writer died and se…

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Tuesday, September 26, 2017

LEGALLY BLONDE – Tour ★★★ by Caroline Hanks-Farmer

This production’s look is over-the-top and blatantly kitsch – the sorority house screams Polly Pocket whilst the looming bookcases of Harvard have a distinct faux-Harry Potter feel.

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Sunday, September 24, 2017

MACK & MABEL – London Musical Theatre Orchestra ★★★★★ by Caroline Hanks-Farmer

Natasha J Barnes as Mabel must surely be on her way to an Olivier at some point in the near future.

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THE LITTLE MERMAID – Touring ★★★★ by Caroline Hanks-Farmer

I have eagerly anticipated this production since its announcement last year and after the glimpse of the livestream rehearsal The Little Mermaid, Beneath the Surface (still available on YouT…

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Saturday, September 23, 2017

THE TEST – White Bear Theatre ★★★ by Caroline Hanks-Farmer

This play is extremely relevant and mind-opening, which is why I believe more people should see it. The Test builds up questions – it provides little answers but definitely makes one think…

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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

FOOTLOOSE – Peacock Theatre ★★★ by Caroline Hanks-Farmer

You can see where this is going. The theme is rather reminiscent of those films with Judy Garland and Mickey Rooney were put upon youngsters fight their way out of a difficult situation by…

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Saturday, September 16, 2017

BULLISH – Camden People’s Theatre ★★★★ by Caroline Hanks-Farmer

Rich in comic one-liners, song, dance and movement, the company give a tight and entertaining performance, at times coming close to pastiche, but carrying things off with the brio of the per…

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FIVE GUYS NAMED MOE – Marble Arch Theatre ★★★★ by Caroline Hanks-Farmer

A tent has popped up near Hyde Park, right next to the Marble Arch. Step inside and you will be transported to New Orleans, with a bouncing bar, a band to match and Southern-style decor and …

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Thursday, September 14, 2017

THE KNOWLEDGE – Charing Cross Theatre ★★★ by Caroline Hanks-Farmer

The Knowledge, a new stage-adaptation of Jack Rosenthal’s 1979 film, tells the story of the seemingly impossible test required to become a taxi driver. The show transports us back to Londo…

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Friday, September 1, 2017

LOOT – Park Theatre ★★★★ by Caroline Hanks-Farmer

A sparkling new production of Loot – the classic farce, fifty years on. The talented and well-drilled cast tear into this absurdist comedy with a reckless pace and energy.

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Saturday, August 26, 2017

DANGLING – Southwark Playhouse ★★★★ by Caroline Hanks-Farmer

Two parallel narratives, one in Oldham and one in London. Two very different families, both torn apart by loss, suspicion and betrayal.

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Friday, August 18, 2017

STOMP – Touring by Caroline Hanks-Farmer

I had never seen it and was somewhat apprehensive that 100 minutes of people banging buckets wouldn’t be that interesting. I was soon proven wrong.

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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

From Page to Stage new musicals festival: Report from yesterday’s press launch by Caroline Hanks-Farmer

On behalf of Carn's Theatre Passion, Sarah Tinsley attended the press preview event for the three-week new musicals festival From Page to Stage, which opened yesterday and runs until 3 Septe…

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Monday, August 14, 2017

PAGEANT – London Irish Centre by Caroline Hanks-Farmer

Pageant London Irish Centre Camden Fringe Until 26th August ★★★★ Review by Nick Holland The Camden Fringe prides itself on originality and energy. As well as giving e…

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