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Wednesday, February 21, 2018

‘A charming watch’: THE SHADOW FACTORY – Southampton ★★★ by Caroline Hanks-Farmer

The Shadow Factory showcases the stupendous technological capability of this new theatre. It gives us a taster of what can be shown here and this in itself excites. A fitting inaugural produ…

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INTERVIEW: Trainspotting Live actor Andrew Still by Caroline Hanks-Farmer

This week fans of Trainspotting will get the opportunity to see it performed live in Southampton ahead of its London run (The Vaults – 27 March to 20 May 2018). I caught up with Andrew Sti…

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Monday, February 19, 2018

‘Huntley & Henley give near-perfect performances’: ANGRY – Southwark Playhouse ★★★★★ by Caroline Hanks-Farmer

Polymath, poet, storyteller, songwriter, visual artist …and arguably one of Britain’s greatest living playwright’s, Philip Ridley’s work is always full of surprises.

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Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Rehearsal room visit: A Spoonful of Sherman heads out on tour by Caroline Hanks-Farmer

A Spoonful of Sherman launches its first UK and Ireland tour from Bournemouth next week. As the rehearsal process drew to a close, a small group of invited guests had a sneak preview of what…

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Tuesday, February 6, 2018

‘Exciting, welcoming & engaging: JULIUS CAESAR – Bridge Theatre ★★★★ by Caroline Hanks-Farmer

So would I go to more Shakespeare after this experience seeing Julius Caesar,? Yes, I would. More importantly, could I see myself as a regular visitor to the Bridge Theatre? That has to be a…

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Saturday, February 3, 2018

‘No sleeping through this beauty of a production’: THE SLEEPING BEAUTY (Birmingham Royal Ballet) – Touring ★★★★ by Caroline Hanks-Farmer

Sleeping Beauty follows the well-loved fairytale of good triumphing over evil, Princess Aurora is cursed by the evil fairy Carabosse then saved by the good Lilac Fairy and a Prince. Peter Wr…

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Saturday, January 27, 2018

#Vault2018: DIETRICH – NATURAL DUTY – The Vaults @VAULTFestival by Caroline Hanks-Farmer

Dietrich – Natural Duty, as part of the VAULT Festival, flies by and ends at the perfect moment. It’s such an interesting piece that you’d like more but are satisfied that you have bee…

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Monday, January 22, 2018

‘One of the most astounding performances I’ve ever seen’: SUNSET BOULEVARD – Touring ★★★★★ by Caroline Hanks-Farmer

This Curve staging of Sunset Boulevard successfully manages to keep the glamour and scale required of a show documenting the golden age of Hollywood whilst making it suitable for a touring c…

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‘A spectacle that should not be missed’: THE WEDDING – Touring by Caroline Hanks-Farmer

Gecko’s seventh touring production, The Wedding, is an artistic exploration of a number of sociopolitical issues still present in our world today.

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Sunday, January 21, 2018

‘Leads us down the path taken by a once great nation’: Fear & Misery of theThirdReich – Brockley Jack Theatre ★★★★ by Caroline Hanks-Farmer

With some super performances, smart direction and staging, this is a production that is well worth seeking out.

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Tuesday, January 16, 2018

‘The evening belongs to Garrett Phillips as Frank Sinatra’: RAT PACK LIVE – West End ★★★1/2 by Caroline Hanks-Farmer

Seeing is believing, isn’t that what “they” say? Well, I’d certainly agree when it comes to the performance of Garrett Phillips as Frank Sinatra. Every characteristic of old blue eye…

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Wednesday, January 10, 2018

‘Packed with lively songs’: BANANAMAN – Southwark Playhouse ★★★★ by Caroline Hanks-Farmer

All generations must have their superheroes; for children in the 1980s, tea-time television presented awe-struck audiences with the adventures of Bananaman, a particularly dim-witted super-h…

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Saturday, December 30, 2017

Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs (with Craig Revel Horwood) – Southampton by Caroline Hanks-Farmer

The Chuckle Brothers were the perfect foil for Craig Revel-Horwood’s evil Queen Lucretia who was sexy, sultry, evil and really rather beautiful with a powerful singing voice.

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Friday, December 29, 2017

‘An astonishing piece of theatre’: THE GRINNING MAN – West End ★★★★★ by Caroline Hanks-Farmer

The Grinning Man is an astonishing piece of theatre which will appeal to anyone with an appetite for an entertainment which is piquant, curious, original and just a little bit macabre.

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Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Looking back: Caroline’s top 10 shows of 2017 > #theatre2017 #YearinReview by Caroline Hanks-Farmer

As another year passes it’s time to reflect on this years theatre trips. There have been some massive openings this year, a few well-deserved West End transfers and as always a few little …

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Sunday, December 24, 2017

‘Fun & imaginative touches’: Matthew Bourne’s CINDERELLA – Sadler’s Wells & touring ★★★★ by Caroline Hanks-Farmer

This production twists the Cinderella story a little too far for younger audiences who would be more suited to the traditional fairy tale version by Sir Frederick Ashton. As expected this is…

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Wednesday, December 13, 2017

A CHRISTMAS CAROL – London Musical Theatre Orchestra ★★★★★ by Caroline Hanks-Farmer

Robert Lindsay is sublime as Scrooge and throughout the evening delivered some delicate comic moments and gestures without ever detracting from his impeccable and endearing characterisation.

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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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