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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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Sunday, August 13, 2017

DON’T BLAME THE BANKERS…$TOOPID – Canal Cafe Theatre by Caroline Hanks-Farmer

This two-woman show is written and presented by the talented Serafina Salvador, and tells, in a highly original way, the story of one woman’s first-hand experience of the banking world on …

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A SPOONFUL OF SHERMAN – Live at Zedel by Caroline Hanks-Farmer

An enchanting evening with a trip down memory lane across four generations of the Sherman dynasty awaits you at Brasserie Zedel this August. Robert J Sherman narrates this fun collection of …

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Friday, August 11, 2017

INTERVIEW: Spotlight On… Re: Production’s Jenna May Hobbs by Caroline Hanks-Farmer

I know other writers feel like their brains are always buzzing with different plots, but that rarely happens for me so I spend a lot of my time waiting for the muse to strike

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Wednesday, August 9, 2017

From Page to Stage to Yank, Hair, Toxic & The Addams Family: Focus on Katy Lipson by Caroline Hanks-Farmer

Katy Lipson: "Every show you’ve seen me do I’ve loved and I would see it every night if I could. From Jerry’s Girls to Tommy to The Return Of The Soldier to The Addams Family to Toxic …

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Tuesday, August 8, 2017

EVITA – West End by Caroline Hanks-Farmer

There’s not much I can add about Emma Hatton’s powerhouse of a performance that hasn’t been said already. I was also impressed with Kevin Stephen-Jones portrayal of Perón which seemed…

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Monday, August 7, 2017

APOLOGIA – West End by Caroline Hanks-Farmer

This is Alexi Kaye Campbell’s third play, written and first performed in 2009 at the Bush Theatre. It has the opportunity to make the audience question their own pasts and life choices.

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Sunday, August 6, 2017

THE ADVENTURES OF PINOCCHIO – West End by Caroline Hanks-Farmer

Here’s a fun thing for the holidays! This production of The Adventures of Pinocchio will be a sure-fire hit for young audience who love nothing better than seeing other children performing…

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Saturday, August 5, 2017

EVITA – West End by Caroline Hanks-Farmer

Emma Hatton, who stars as Evita, is what can only be described as phenomenal and it is undoubtedly her show.

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Friday, August 4, 2017

THE UNMARRIED – #EdFringe ★★★★ by Caroline Hanks-Farmer

Luna has a one-night stand with ‘fun fuck Pete’, who unbeknownst to her, becomes her future partner of seven years.

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Thursday, August 3, 2017

WILLEMIJN VERKAIK LIVE IN CONCERT – West End by Caroline Hanks-Farmer

Throughout the evening Verkaik had a wonderful rapport with the audience. From Sondheim to Schwartz and from Dolly Parton to a foot tapping tribute to her idol George Michael she shone. Verk…

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THE WASP – Jermyn Street Theatre by Caroline Hanks-Farmer

The Wasp in its relatively short lifespan has already become known as a compelling piece of writing. This production, directed by Anna Simpson, highlights the brilliant writing once again.

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Thursday, July 27, 2017

CANDIDE – Cadogan Hall by Caroline Hanks-Farmer

Candide opened on Broadway in 1956 and despite numerous revivals has never gained the recognition it deserves due to the underlying confusion – Comic Opera or Musical. The reluctance of Ca…

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CLOSE ENCOUNTERS – Underbelly Southbank by Caroline Hanks-Farmer

With sci-fi themes interspersing this erotic show, it’s a surprise that Briefs’ Close Encounters wasn’t titled The Big Bang. The all-male Australian troupe return to London with their …

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Wednesday, July 26, 2017

THE BLUES BROTHERS SUMMER SPECIAL – Hippodrome Casino by Caroline Hanks-Farmer

Directed by Joshua Mumby and choreographed by Lily Howkins this two-hour fun-filled show has the audience on its feet and yelling for more – we just couldn’t get enough of Joshua Mumby a…

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THE HIRED MAN – Union Theatre by Caroline Hanks-Farmer

The Hired Man is a love story set at the turn of the last century, amongst the rural fields, industrial towns and dangerous coal mines of northern England. In this moving musical, sensitivel…

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I LOVED LUCY – Arts Theatre by Caroline Hanks-Farmer

As wonderful as Matthew is, the evening really belongs to Sandra Dickinson. She really is Lucy. The voice, the mannerisms and the highly infectious laugh are all there.

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INTERVIEW: Spotlight On… Joshua Mumby by Caroline Hanks-Farmer

Joshua is spending his summer at the Hippodrome Casino in the Blues Brothers Summer Special. So I caught up with him before they open to discuss The Blues Brothers, the era and who would be …

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Tuesday, July 25, 2017

CITY OF CHAMPIONS – London Theatre Workshop by Caroline Hanks-Farmer

When working with a subject so raw as child pedophilia, in the TV industry there is a lot at stake, research and preparation is key. Which is abundantly clear in Steve Brown’s City of Cham…

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Monday, July 24, 2017

THE ADDAMS FAMILY – Touring by Caroline Hanks-Farmer

This production and cast has recently been reviewed by one of the team, but I wanted to see for myself how fun it is. Therefore this review will simply be a revised version, however the sent…

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Sunday, July 23, 2017

MUMBURGER – Old Red Lion Theatre by Caroline Hanks-Farmer

In a claustrophobic set where the actors never really leave, we are confronted with a father and daughter’s grief, after the loss of the one person who held them together – Mum.

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Friday, July 21, 2017

FIDDLER ON THE ROOF – Chichester by Caroline Hanks-Farmer

Omid Djalili is truly sensational as Tevye. His witty ‘If I were a Rich Man’ is worth the ticket price and five stars alone. Djalili’s meticulous gesticulation, facial expressions and …

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Monday, July 17, 2017

YANK! – Charing Cross Theatre by Caroline Hanks-Farmer

Yank!, a musical by Joseph Zellnik with books and lyrics by David Zellnik, follows the fortunes of a young (nearly 19) squaddie, drafted into the American army in the early 1940s. The fictio…

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Saturday, July 15, 2017

THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG – Touring by Caroline Hanks-Farmer

Make sure you get to your seat early so you don’t miss the pre-show shenanigans but more importantly you have time to read the hilarious programme. Never have I laughed so much before a sh…

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Sunday, July 9, 2017

VOICES OF THE AMAZON – Sadler’s Wells by Caroline Hanks-Farmer

Following their Grammy Award nominated production Inala, Sisters Grimm return to Sadler’s Wells this week with their new dance musical Voices of the Amazon. Inspired by indigenous myth, it…

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Friday, July 7, 2017

THE MENTOR – West End by Caroline Hanks-Farmer

Benjamin Rubin (F Murray Abraham) wrote his one hit play decades ago at the age of 24 and has not tasted success again. He is asked (and paid handsomely) by an art foundation to mentor up-an…

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Tuesday, July 4, 2017

THE WIND IN THE WILLOWS – West End by Caroline Hanks-Farmer

A new West End production opened this week in one of the most prestigious theatres in London, the show was The Wind In The Willows. Previously touring, it’s now hit London for a limited ru…

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Monday, July 3, 2017

GREASE – Touring by Caroline Hanks-Farmer

We all know and love the 1978 hit film Grease and for many years now it has been a stage show. I’ve seen this musical a good number of times and so I was interested to see how this touring…

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Friday, June 30, 2017

LADY DAY AT EMERSON’S BAR & GRILL – West End by Caroline Hanks-Farmer

Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill and the incomparable Audra McDonald are finally in London and on the West End. Following a year postponement due to McDonald falling pregnant, this c…

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