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Friday, October 6, 2017

THE TOXIC AVENGER – Arts Theatre ★★★★★ by Caroline Hanks-Farmer

Based on the cult movie of the 1980’s The Toxic Avenger is a gloriously silly and immensely enjoyable spoof on comic book heroes. It doesn’t take itself seriously, it’s just one deligh…

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Saturday, September 30, 2017

LE GRAND MORT – Trafalgar Studios ★★★ by Caroline Hanks-Farmer

Are there laughs after death? Award-winning playwright and librettist Stephen Clark’s comedy-drama Le Grand Mort makes its world debut almost a year after the celebrated writer died and se…

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Tuesday, September 26, 2017

LEGALLY BLONDE – Tour ★★★ by Caroline Hanks-Farmer

This production’s look is over-the-top and blatantly kitsch – the sorority house screams Polly Pocket whilst the looming bookcases of Harvard have a distinct faux-Harry Potter feel.

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Sunday, September 24, 2017

MACK & MABEL – London Musical Theatre Orchestra ★★★★★ by Caroline Hanks-Farmer

Natasha J Barnes as Mabel must surely be on her way to an Olivier at some point in the near future.

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THE LITTLE MERMAID – Touring ★★★★ by Caroline Hanks-Farmer

I have eagerly anticipated this production since its announcement last year and after the glimpse of the livestream rehearsal The Little Mermaid, Beneath the Surface (still available on YouT…

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Saturday, September 23, 2017

THE TEST – White Bear Theatre ★★★ by Caroline Hanks-Farmer

This play is extremely relevant and mind-opening, which is why I believe more people should see it. The Test builds up questions – it provides little answers but definitely makes one think…

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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

FOOTLOOSE – Peacock Theatre ★★★ by Caroline Hanks-Farmer

You can see where this is going. The theme is rather reminiscent of those films with Judy Garland and Mickey Rooney were put upon youngsters fight their way out of a difficult situation by…

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Saturday, September 16, 2017

BULLISH – Camden People’s Theatre ★★★★ by Caroline Hanks-Farmer

Rich in comic one-liners, song, dance and movement, the company give a tight and entertaining performance, at times coming close to pastiche, but carrying things off with the brio of the per…

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FIVE GUYS NAMED MOE – Marble Arch Theatre ★★★★ by Caroline Hanks-Farmer

A tent has popped up near Hyde Park, right next to the Marble Arch. Step inside and you will be transported to New Orleans, with a bouncing bar, a band to match and Southern-style decor and …

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Thursday, September 14, 2017

THE KNOWLEDGE – Charing Cross Theatre ★★★ by Caroline Hanks-Farmer

The Knowledge, a new stage-adaptation of Jack Rosenthal’s 1979 film, tells the story of the seemingly impossible test required to become a taxi driver. The show transports us back to Londo…

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Friday, September 1, 2017

LOOT – Park Theatre ★★★★ by Caroline Hanks-Farmer

A sparkling new production of Loot – the classic farce, fifty years on. The talented and well-drilled cast tear into this absurdist comedy with a reckless pace and energy.

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Saturday, August 26, 2017

DANGLING – Southwark Playhouse ★★★★ by Caroline Hanks-Farmer

Two parallel narratives, one in Oldham and one in London. Two very different families, both torn apart by loss, suspicion and betrayal.

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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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