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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

HALF A SIXPENCE – West End by Caroline Hanks-Farmer

Arthur Kipps (Charlie Stemp), is an orphan and over-worked draper’s assistant at the turn of the last century. Kipps unexpectedly inherits a fortune that propels him into high society.

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Monday, April 24, 2017

THE PHILANTHROPIST – West End by Caroline Hanks-Farmer

The cast taking their bows looked awkward, even embarrassed. At the end the polite clapping in the audience with some notable no-return gaps after the interval, gave more evidence that I was…

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Saturday, April 22, 2017

WONDERLAND – Touring by Caroline Hanks-Farmer

Frank Wildhorn, Jack Murphy and Gregory Boyd have created a whole new take on this classic story bringing bang up to date with the musical Wonderland. In this version Alice is a 40-year-old …

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Friday, April 21, 2017

PLUTO – Barons Court Theatre by Caroline Hanks-Farmer

Moonchild Theatre Company’s ethos is “to create stimulating theatre that our audiences can discuss and evaluate.” Written by Callum O’Brien their new play, Pluto, was definitely one …

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THE WHISPER HOUSE – The Other Palace by Caroline Hanks-Farmer

I don’t suppose many of us have ever lived in a lighthouse. These sturdy structures, perched on cliff edges or clinging to rocky outcrops figure strongly in the imagination as places of is…

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Monday, April 17, 2017

INTERVIEW: Moonchild Theatre Company founders by Caroline Hanks-Farmer

I talk to Liam Joseph and Callum O’Brien, founders of Moonchild Theatre Company about their upcoming new play Pluto. Liam and Callum are both friends who met through working at the Harold …

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IT’S NOT YET MIDNIGHT… – Roundhouse by Caroline Hanks-Farmer

Compagnie XY present It’s Not Yet Midnight…, a huge visual display, where 22 acrobats engage in flips, tumbles and handstands that reach almost to the very top of the Roundhouse (where i…

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Friday, April 14, 2017

AUDRA McDONALD IN CONCERT – Leicester Square Theatre by Caroline Hanks-Farmer

Let’s face it, you do not win six Tony Awards for being average, you win them for being sensational.

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Tuesday, April 11, 2017

46 BEACON – Trafalgar Studios by Caroline Hanks-Farmer

Bill Rosenfield has written something truly extraordinarily special. It’s well constructed, funny and beautiful.

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INTERVIEW: Spotlight On… Wonderland’s Rachael Wooding by Caroline Hanks-Farmer

I recently visited Oxford, where Wonderland was playing at the time. I grabbed a few minutes with Rachael Wooding (Alice) before she went on stage for that evening’s performance.

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Monday, April 10, 2017

INTERVIEW: Bill Rosenfield and Oliver Coopersmith by Caroline Hanks-Farmer

Written by Drama Desk and Richard Rodgers Award winner Bill Rosenfield, 46 Beacon is a memory play, directed by Alexander Lass and produced by Oli Sones and Ed Sinke. I caught up with 46 Bea…

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Sunday, April 9, 2017

THE GOAT, OR WHO IS SYLVIA? – West End by Caroline Hanks-Farmer

No sooner does Edward Albee die, than two of his most famous works hit the London stage: Who’s Afraid Of Virginia Woolf opened last month while The Goat, Or Who Is Sylvia followed this wee…

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Saturday, April 8, 2017

THIS JOINT IS JUMPIN’ – The Other Palace by Caroline Hanks-Farmer

Brought to London for the first time by producer Hoagy B Carmichael, This Joint is Jumpin’ is an exuberant homage to Fats Waller, the famous jazz pianist, composer, and virtuoso talent of …

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Friday, April 7, 2017

THE WEDDING SINGER – Touring by Caroline Hanks-Farmer

The Wedding Singer was originally conceived as a romantic comedy film starring Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore in 1998. Being made into a musical which premiered on Broadway eight years late…

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42ND STREET – West End by Caroline Hanks-Farmer

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

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Wednesday, April 5, 2017

INTERVIEW: Spotlight On… Wonderland legend Dave Willetts by Caroline Hanks-Farmer

I first remember seeing Dave Willetts playing The Phantom in The Phantom of The Opera; it was my first real experience of live theatre. So it was nice to catch up and have a chat with this h…

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POSH – The Pleasance Theatre by Caroline Hanks-Farmer

“I’m sick of poor people” shouts one of the thrusting young men seated around a table groaning with empty wine and champagne bottles. Uniformed buttons have been unfastened, waistbands…

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Monday, April 3, 2017

HONK! – Union Theatre by Caroline Hanks-Farmer

It is springtime and in a rural farm, the feathered inhabitants are getting ready to meet the new generation. For Ida (Ellie Nunn) this means sitting for hours on end on the nest while her p…

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Sunday, April 2, 2017

ADAM & EVE AND STEVE – King’s Head by Caroline Hanks-Farmer

We’re in a familiar setting. At the dawn of time, God is tinkering about with his new toys and creating some humans. But there’s a twist.

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INTERVIEW: Scott Reid by Caroline Hanks-Farmer

Scott Reid is currently touring with The Curious Incident of the Dog In the Night-Time playing Christopher Boone. I caught up with Scott and we had a chat about “Curious” and his journey…

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Saturday, April 1, 2017

THE LIFE – Southwark Playhouse by Caroline Hanks-Farmer

The Life was described by the New York Times as “Broadway’s best kept secret”. Well, some secrets cannot and should not be kept, this is certainly true of, The Life. This sassy, sizzli…

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Thursday, March 30, 2017

THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME – Touring by Caroline Hanks-Farmer

I first saw The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time when it was at the Mayflower last year. Winner of 7 Olivier’s and 5 Tony awards on Broadway the bar is set exceptionally high…

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Saturday, March 25, 2017

DOG ENDS – Tabard Theatre by Caroline Hanks-Farmer

Delving into themes ranging from euthanasia to this generation’s inability to detach themselves from a mobile phone, Dog Ends focuses on the life of an average British family as they deal …

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KICKED IN THE SH*TTER – The Hope Theatre by Caroline Hanks-Farmer

Two parallel narratives, set ten years apart, introduce us to the anonymous siblings. We first meet the teenage Her and the ten-year-old Him.

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Friday, March 24, 2017

THE RED SHOES – Touring by Caroline Hanks-Farmer

This exhilarating adaptation by Sir Matthew Bourne OBE is based on the Academy Award winning 1948 Powell and Pressburger film The Red Shoes, which is renowned for its Technicolour cinematogr…

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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

FOUR THIEVES VINEGAR – Barons Court Theatre by Caroline Hanks-Farmer

Tales of plague-ridden London were Christine Foster’s inspiration to write the play, so it’s no surprise that this is where the story’s strongest. Because we never leave the cell, we …

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AN AMERICAN IN PARIS – West End by Caroline Hanks-Farmer

Seeing An American in Paris made me ponder the question what constitutes the perfect musical? If I’m honest, I haven’t got the answer, but I’m pretty sure having seen this production, …

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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Exclusive: Ray Rackham on the enduring popularity of Judy Garland by Caroline Hanks-Farmer

That is the Garland I want my play to celebrate. Let’s not ignore the troubles she had, but let’s also not become solely transfixed by them.

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Monday, March 20, 2017

THE FROGS – Jermyn Street Theatre by Caroline Hanks-Farmer

Aristophanes' The Frogs, originally adapted by Burt Shevelove and later adapted by Nathan Lane is a modern retelling of Dionysus’ journey to Hades to retrieve the great dramatist Euripides…

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Saturday, March 18, 2017

THE MISER – West End by Caroline Hanks-Farmer

I had high expectations for The Miser with a cast that boasts Griff Rhys Jones, Lee Mack and Mathew Horne. It promised to be full of wit and mirth but if anything by trying too hard it conse…

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Friday, March 17, 2017

GHOST – Touring by Caroline Hanks-Farmer

I can safely say that there were no ‘weak links’ in the performances of this show but there were highlights. Carolyn Maitland, as Molly Jensen was stunning.

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