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Wednesday, June 20, 2018

‘Keeps you guessing right until the end’: THE UNEXPECTED GUEST – Sonning ★★★★ by Caroline Hanks-Farmer

Expertly directed by Brian Blessed, this charming quintessentially British murder mystery is a thoroughly enjoyable evening out.

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Monday, June 18, 2018

‘Sweet, endearing & perfectly charming’: IT’S ONLY LIFE – Union Theatre ★★★★ by Caroline Hanks-Farmer

It’s true what “they” say, you know, small is beautiful. This can definitely be said for the small but very beautiful It’s Only Life. This life-affirming musical makes you rediscover…

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Sunday, June 17, 2018

‘One of the best productions I’m likely to see this year’: PRESSURE – West End ★★★★★ by Caroline Hanks-Farmer

I would simply implore you to go and see this show. It’s clever, witty, exceptionally well-written, outstandingly acted and kept my attention throughout. Even knowing the outcome, I was fa…

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Monday, June 11, 2018

‘A good romp’: GHOST ABOUT THE HOUSE – King’s Head Theatre ★★★ by Caroline Hanks-Farmer

Ghost About the House at the King’s Head Theatre is a good romp, with pratfalls, slapstick and comic parodies, and loads of sight gags.

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Sunday, June 10, 2018

‘An interesting and rewarding play’: THE UNBUILT CITY – King’s Head Theatre ★★★★ by Caroline Hanks-Farmer

In The Unbuilt City, a young man and an old woman meet in the house where she has lived since childhood. At first it is difficult to imagine two characters so utterly unlike each other and w…

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Saturday, June 9, 2018

‘It truly is a dream come true’: Toby Miles makes his West End debut as Marius in Les Miserables by Caroline Hanks-Farmer

I caught up with Toby Miles who is about to make his West End debut in the long-running musical Les Misérables. We talked about his dreams, how it felt to be joining such an iconic musical,…

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Wednesday, June 6, 2018

‘In many ways ahead of its time’: THE CHALK GARDEN – Chichester ★★★ by Caroline Hanks-Farmer

The Chalk Garden is visually stunning to look at and has some extremely impressive performances from a talented and very well-rehearsed cast.

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Tuesday, June 5, 2018

‘Really needs to be seen to appreciate its beauty’: THE RINK – Southwark Playhouse ★★★★★ by Caroline Hanks-Farmer

It’s a short run at Southwark Playhouse but I truly feel this production deserves several more spins around ‘The Rink‘ and definitely has a future life.

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Saturday, June 2, 2018

‘Huge potential of this idea needs to be realised’: TRIOPERAS – Peacock Theatre ★★★ by Caroline Hanks-Farmer

I would recommend seeing TriOperas as an introduction to opera as it offers a good night out but would hope at some point in the future the score can be given the overhaul it desperately nee…

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Thursday, May 31, 2018

‘Potential to get lost in translation’: TARTUFFE – West End ★★ by Caroline Hanks-Farmer

I think some of the elements in Tartuffe might have been lost in translation, they were certainly lost on me, but for anyone who is fluent in French and English, it could be just the thing f…

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Monday, May 28, 2018

‘Well executed, solid production’: INTO THE WOODS – Cockpit Theatre ★★★ by Caroline Hanks-Farmer

Into the Woods at the Cockpit Theatre is a well executed, solid production with some extremely strong vocal performances.

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Thursday, May 17, 2018

‘Falls short of receiving any royal approval’: H.R. HAITCH – Union Theatre ★★ by Caroline Hanks-Farmer

Unfortunately, H.R. Haitch just didn’t hit the mark and certainly didn’t receive my royal approval. That said, it would be the ideal antidote for an anti-Royalist or football loathing pe…

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Saturday, May 12, 2018

‘Gritty, visceral writing evokes strong emotions’: THE SWALLOW – Cervantes Theatre ★★★★ by Caroline Hanks-Farmer

Prompted by the attack in a gay nightclub in Orlando that saw the deaths of 50 people, The Swallow is a highly emotional work exploring how loss can simultaneously separate and unite people.

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Thursday, May 3, 2018

‘Breathtakingly stunning’: CHESS – West End ★★★★★ by Caroline Hanks-Farmer

The beauty and simplicity of Chess allowed the audience to enjoy the sublime orchestration and performances. It really is a beautiful visual delight which shouldn’t be missed in this short…

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Tuesday, May 1, 2018

‘Brash, bold, bonkers & a little flawed’: STRICTLY BALLROOM THE MUSICAL – West End ★★★★ by Caroline Hanks-Farmer

Strictly Ballroom has all the sparkle and dazzling choreography you’d wish to see and the cast is superb. For me, there were fundamental flaws but that did not deter me from immensely enjo…

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Monday, April 30, 2018

‘Light laughter for a light comedy’: PRESENT LAUGHTER – Chichester Festival Theatre ★★★★ by Caroline Hanks-Farmer

The entire cast of Present Laughter executed every scene with a fabulous, animated, flamboyant energy yet there seemed to be an awful lot of unnecessary shouting throughout this production.

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Thursday, April 26, 2018

‘Riotous fun’: EDUCATION, EDUCATION, EDUCATION – Shoreditch Town Hall & Touring ★★★★ by Caroline Hanks-Farmer

What riotous fun Education, Education, Education show is. Conceived and performed by Wardrobe Ensemble, the small band of players conjures the crazed world of an inner-city comprehensive ful…

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Wednesday, April 25, 2018

‘Dignified production’: TITANIC THE MUSICAL – Touring ★★★★ by Caroline Hanks-Farmer

This dignified production has a glorious and moving score with a story full of aspirations, hope, love, ambition and ultimately tragedy. A fantastic performance which deserved the standing o…

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Tuesday, April 24, 2018

‘Riotous fun’: WEST END EUROVISION – Shaftesbury Theatre by Caroline Hanks-Farmer

Cast members from the West End’s longest-running musical, The Phantom of the Opera, were hailed the stars of West End Eurovision 2018, scoring a remarkable double victory. The post West En…

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Saturday, April 21, 2018

‘All the sass and sexiness you want’: CHICAGO – West End ★★★★ by Caroline Hanks-Farmer

The ‘Razzle Dazzle’ and sparkling performances made me leave Chicago with a firm smile on my face. It would be simply criminal to miss this production.

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Sunday, April 15, 2018

‘It’s a musical that people who don’t necessarily like musicals enjoy’: Interview with the Miss Nightingale team by Caroline Hanks-Farmer

"When we play up north, it is very much Maggie’s show being a northern girl. Then when we bring it down south, it is about the boys and Jewish refugees. The power dynamics people identify …

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Sunday, April 8, 2018

‘Madcap success & monstrous consequences’: YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN – West End ★★★★★ by Caroline Hanks-Farmer

If you want thoroughly entertaining, which requires no thought, just the ability to laugh, then this is the show for you. Young Frankenstein is a monstrously fun night out.

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Saturday, April 7, 2018

‘The performers act as if their lives depend on it’: TEDDY – The Vaults ★★★★ by Caroline Hanks-Farmer

Both George Parker and Molly Chesworth give excellent performances in Tedd, at times it feels like they are acting as if their lives depend on it, such is the palpable intensity.

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Wednesday, April 4, 2018

‘Full of energy from beginning to end’: A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE – Touring by Caroline Hanks-Farmer

A Streetcar Named Desire was full of energy from beginning to end, with some wonderful movement as well as acting, so much so that, at times, it was quite exhausting to watch. I thoroughly e…

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Tuesday, April 3, 2018

‘Makes the songs her own’: LIZA PULMAN SINGS STREISAND – Touring ★★★★★ by Caroline Hanks-Farmer

I’ve always admired the small intimate venue that Crazy Coqs is. Having seen quite a few cabarets there, it made a perfect venue to house Liza Sings Streisand.

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‘Excels on many fronts’: CATHY – Touring ★★★★★ by Caroline Hanks-Farmer

As writer Ali Taylor rightly begins his programme notes, ‘there are thousands of Cathys in this country’ – we can only hope that, to its audiences, this play will be the impetus to hel…

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Monday, April 2, 2018

‘A mighty sprawling Italian opera’: Verdi’s La Forza del Destino (Welsh National Opera) – Touring ★★★★ by Caroline Hanks-Farmer

If you are a seasoned opera fan, I urge you to force your destiny to align with Welsh National Opera and watch this production – the music is to die for.

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Sunday, April 1, 2018

‘Worlds change forever when a terrorist bomb goes off on a crowded Tube on 7/7’: OUR BIG LOVE STORY – Hope Theatre ★★★★ by Caroline Hanks-Farmer

A year on from the terrorist attack on Westminster bridge, Our Big Love Story came to the Hope Theatre, a play set around a teacher and four students in the wake of what became known as the …

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Thursday, March 29, 2018

‘Warms the heart in new musical land’: MISS NIGHTINGALE – Hippodrome Casino by Caroline Hanks-Farmer

Miss Nightingale is a charmingly sweet musical which has a heart. I love the fact that it’s gone against the trend and does not have your predictable archetypal ending. It’s full of char…

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Tuesday, March 27, 2018

‘Maybe it has taken a female director to finally tell the story how Mozart intended’: DON GIOVANNI (Welsh National Opera) – Touring ★★★★ by Caroline Hanks-Farmer

A solid four stars for Welsh National Opera’s production of Don Giovanni which finds the perfect balance between comedy and tragedy. An absolute must see.

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Sunday, March 11, 2018

INTERVIEW: Vocal impressionist Véronic DiCiare by Caroline Hanks-Farmer

Véronic DiCiare brings her stage show to the London Hippodrome from 12 to 13 March 2018 and I was lucky enough to catch up with her, grab a coffee and see her in action.

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