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Tuesday, November 20, 2018

‘A moving & powerful concert’: THE SIMON & GARFUNKEL STORY – West End & Touring ★★★★ by Caroline Hanks-Farmer

Using state of the art video projection, contemporary newsreel footage, TV commercials, incredible concert-style lighting and a full live brass ensemble The Simon & Garfunkel Story is a…

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Thursday, November 8, 2018

‘Crazy, cheesy, raucous comedy at its best’: BENIDORM LIVE – Touring ★★★★★ by Caroline Hanks-Farmer

Award-winning ITV comedy show’s series creator and writer Derren Litten is bringing Benidorm’s signature sunshine and shenanigans to theatres across the UK and Ireland.

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Thursday, November 1, 2018

‘Excellent, thoughtful & enjoyable production’: SOLDIER ON – The Other Palace ★★★★ by Caroline Hanks-Farmer

Soldier On reminds us that, whilst the memory of those conflicts has faded from the front pages, the price is still being paid, the grief and horror of what occurred made new and raw every d…

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Sunday, October 28, 2018

INTERVIEW: Spotlight On… Full Monty star Gary Lucy & director Rupert Hill by Caroline Hanks-Farmer

The Full Monty heads to Southampton from 11 to 16 February next year. Recently I caught up with the cast, including star Gary Lucy, and director Rupert Hill and we had a chat.

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Friday, October 26, 2018

‘It’s rare to see something as iconic & groundbreaking’: COMPANY – West End ★★★★★ by Caroline Hanks-Farmer

Where to start on something that is so perfect that it defies belief, for, Company is the very definition of perfection in my opinion. From the opening to the closing moment time just flashe…

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Thursday, October 25, 2018

‘Entertaining, funny & heartwarming’: THE MIDNIGHT GANG – Chichester Festival Theatre ★★★★★ by Caroline Hanks-Farmer

David Walliams has an incredible talent of telling stories of normal, everyday children who achieve remarkable things in the face of adversity, with a fair amount of gross humour and giggles…

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Monday, October 22, 2018

INTERVIEW: Meet the cast of the Mayflower Southampton pantomime Dick Whittington by Caroline Hanks-Farmer

It’s pantomime time at the Mayflower Southampton and some of the best-seasoned pantomime performers in the UK are within the stellar cast of Dick Whittington including Joe McElderry, Bobby…

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Friday, October 19, 2018

‘Imaginatively directed glimpse of life in the theatre of war’: THE TRENCH – Southwark Playhouse ★★★ by Caroline Hanks-Farmer

The Trench, conceived, written, co-directed and performed by Oliver Lansley and his lively company, Les Enfants Terribles, was inspired by the story of Sapper William Hackett, the only tunne…

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Tuesday, October 9, 2018

‘A spectacular feast for the eyes & ears’: WICKED – Touring ★★★★ by Caroline Hanks-Farmer

The newly refurbished Mayflower theatre deserved a blockbuster of a show to be its first big three-week resident and who better to fly in than the cast of Wicked.

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Monday, October 8, 2018

‘Moving & memorable interpretation’: CAMELOT – West End ★★★★ by Caroline Hanks-Farmer

I feel sorry that this production of Camelot was for one night only but what a pleasure and a privilege it was to be in the audience for this great occasion.

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Monday, October 1, 2018

‘Has even more sparkle’: 42ND STREET – West End ★★★★★ by Caroline Hanks-Farmer

42nd Street, made famous by the 1933 film, is based on the 1932 novel by Bradford Ropes. This glitzy, glamorous revival is set to make your heart soar, and have you tap dancing down the step…

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Saturday, September 29, 2018

‘A play to put a smile on your face & warmth in your heart’: PERSUASION – Touring ★★★★★ by Caroline Hanks-Farmer

The Pomegranate Theatre in Chesterfield is a gem of the East Midlands theatre scene. It may be compact, but it’s perfectly formed, and the same could be said of Theatre6 and Catherine Schr…

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Monday, September 17, 2018

‘One of the most heartwarming shows I have ever seen’: FLOWERS FOR MRS HARRIS – Chichester ★★★★★ by Caroline Hanks-Farmer

Flowers for Mrs Harris is one of the most heartwarming shows I have ever seen and a return to the great British musical. The audible gasps, from the audience, at certain parts a testament to…

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Saturday, September 15, 2018

‘What makes this show is the cast’: HEATHERS THE MUSICAL – West End ★★★★ by Caroline Hanks-Farmer

The hype for Heathers The Musical is real, awards need to be nominated for and won. High School will never be the same again, it’s just ‘So Very’.

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Friday, September 14, 2018

‘You can’t Beat It for an awesome evening of entertainment’: Thriller Live – West End ★★★★★ by Caroline Hanks-Farmer

Sometimes you know that a particular show or indeed performance will not only be special, but also remain with you for a long time to come. The Thriller Live 4,000th Charity Gala Performance…

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Monday, September 10, 2018

‘We & the cast are all united by song’: UNEXPECTED JOY – Southwark Playhouse by Caroline Hanks-Farmer

From the moment a smock-dressed lady ambles on stage, the cramped space in South London erupts into a burst of foot-tapping tunes. Unexpected Joy boasts a rousing chorus of tunes and some im…

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Sunday, September 9, 2018

‘Cheesy, baffling & a visual delight all in one’: EUGENIUS! – The Other Palace ★★★★★ by Caroline Hanks-Farmer

Eugenius! really is an extravaganza showcase for the completely nonsensical musical. It’s cheesy, baffling and a visual delight all in one.

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Tuesday, September 4, 2018

‘Sexy, sassy, sensational, seductive, stunning & superb’: SIX THE MUSICAL – Arts Theatre ★★★★★(★) by Caroline Hanks-Farmer

Toby Marlow and Lucy Moss have created something truly special here in Six – a complete one of a kind, act of genius. Who knew history could be so entertaining? Seeing is believing though,…

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Monday, September 3, 2018

‘My hope & enthusiasm evaporated’: SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER –Touring ★★ by Caroline Hanks-Farmer

What should be a dazzling, if possibly dated, show was disappointing on so many levels. I would love to see it later in its journey and my expectation is that it will be a very different sto…

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Thursday, August 30, 2018

INTERVIEW: Spotlight On… Jersey Boys’ Simon Bailey by Caroline Hanks-Farmer

The second national tour of Jersey Boys is fully underway and it concludes at the Mayflower in March 2019. First up in my series of interviews is Tommy Devito played by Simon Bailey.

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Sunday, August 26, 2018

‘Great songs, talented performers & fun banter’: SOMEBODY CALL ME A CABARET! – Phoenix Artist Club by Caroline Hanks-Farmer

This cabaret show not only had great performances by its leading ladies and supporting artists, but also it has the biggest heart.

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‘Just as headily thrilling as the first time you ever saw it’: SWAN LAKE – London Coliseum ★★★★★ by Caroline Hanks-Farmer

If, as a child, you had a box of treasures and would open it to admire and cherish the contents, knowing what was there but loving seeing each precious thing, you might have the same sensati…

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Saturday, August 4, 2018

‘Poignant, highly relevant & thought-provoking’: BROKEN WINGS – West End ★★★★ by Caroline Hanks-Farmer

Broken Wings illustrates different cultural issues very well and, whilst there is further refinement required, it does not detract from the fact that it is definitely a dramatic new musical …

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Thursday, August 2, 2018

‘A delightful story which young & old alike can enjoy’: THE SCARECROWS’ WEDDING – Leicester Square Theatre ★★★★ by Caroline Hanks-Farmer

Once again Scamp Theatre brings to life this delightful story, The Scarecrows’ Wedding, which young and old alike can enjoy. Hopefully, the memory will stay with the youngsters forever, br…

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Wednesday, August 1, 2018

INTERVIEW: Richard Shelton continues to follows his dreams by taking his new play Sinatra: Raw to the Edinburgh Fringe by Caroline Hanks-Farmer

‘If you never dream – then you can never have a dream come true.” This is something that Richard Shelton firmly believes in. We sat down to have a chat about just that and Richard’s…

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Sunday, July 29, 2018

‘There is nothing not to like here’: MADAGASCAR THE MUSICAL – Touring ★★★★★ by Caroline Hanks-Farmer

There is nothing not to like here in Madagascar The Musical. It’s bright, fun, has audience participation, brilliant choreography and great singing.

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Tuesday, July 24, 2018

‘Indulge yourself in an evening of pure musical delights’: THE SIMON & GARFUNKEL STORY – Touring ★★★★ by Caroline Hanks-Farmer

If I were you I’d check out The Simon & Garfunkel Story for future dates. All the hits are there along with some lesser known ones and Philip Murray Warson and Charles Blyth are sensa…

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Saturday, July 14, 2018

‘Has some deeply moving moments’: IT HAPPENED IN KEY WEST – Charing Cross Theatre by Caroline Hanks-Farmer

It Happened in Key West has some deeply moving moments which are snatched away all too quickly and replaced by witty lines, thereby losing its potency. It promises to be a good production, b…

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Thursday, July 12, 2018

‘Next stop the West End?’: ME AND MY GIRL – Chichester ★★★★★ by Caroline Hanks-Farmer

This really is a delightful revival of classic show Me and My Girl – next stop the West End? I think or rather I believe it so.

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Wednesday, July 11, 2018

A Brief Encounter with cast members Isabel Pollen & Jim Sturgeon by Caroline Hanks-Farmer

I met with Isabel Pollen and Jim Sturgeon who play the leading roles of Laura and Alec in Brief Encounter. We spoke about what its like to re-create such an iconic film on stage.

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Tuesday, July 10, 2018

‘Vision & passion for Macbeth’: In discussion with the National Theatre’s Rufus Norris by Caroline Hanks-Farmer

Artistic Director of the National Theatre Rufus Norris met with invited guests this week at the Theatre Royal Bath to talk about the touring production of Macbeth and his vision and passion.…

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