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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

THE KITE RUNNER – West End by Caroline Hanks-Farmer

At one point in The Kite Runner, taxi driver Farid says “I don’t think there is a more Afghan way to die than stepping on a mine.” Or, indeed, live. The role may be one of the smallest…

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Monday, June 19, 2017

INTERVIEW: Spotlight On… Grease star Tom Senior by Caroline Hanks-Farmer

Tom is currently appearing as Kenicky in Grease touring the country. I caught up with Tom and we chatted previous roles, what he enjoys in this show and touring life.

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Saturday, June 17, 2017

TAJ EXPRESS – Peacock Theatre by Caroline Hanks-Farmer

A vibrantly painted backdrop hangs over the stage, with piercing blue lights reaching their fingers out to the audience. With its exuberant staging and lighting that encourages everyone to g…

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Monday, June 12, 2017

SWEET BIRD OF YOUTH – Chichester by Caroline Hanks-Farmer

Sweet Bird of Youth is a 1959 play by now legendary playwright Tennessee Williams. As with many of his plays it follows the themes of age, mental illness and social standing as well as faile…

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Sunday, June 11, 2017

THE UGLY ONE – Park Theatre by Caroline Hanks-Farmer

Lette works in plugs. His life seems normal – he is happily married, and doing well in his firm. But then he is told that he may not present a new product at a convention because his face …

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TAPE FACE – West End by Caroline Hanks-Farmer

Understated and superbly strange Tape Face is a show that twists and turns and asks it’s audience to suspend their disbelief and enjoy the pure silliness on offer. The Boy With Tape On His…

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SISTER ACT – Touring by Caroline Hanks-Farmer

I keenly took up my seat half an hour before curtain-up, which is where my confusion began. Recorded music is usually welcome pre-show however Carols filled the auditorium. It’s June! Thou…

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Saturday, June 10, 2017

WORKING – Southwark Playhouse by Caroline Hanks-Farmer

You meet someone at a party. The first question is nearly always: ‘What do you do?’ We are curious, it’s a starting point for a conversation and upon the answer we tend to judge whethe…

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Monday, June 5, 2017

INTERVIEW: Spotlight On… Michael Moor by Caroline Hanks-Farmer

Having sat on audition panels for over 25 years – I have seen too many very talented young people make obvious and often silly mistakes at audition. The aim, vision and inspiration for my …

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THE ADDAMS FAMILY – Touring by Caroline Hanks-Farmer

The Addams Family, created by American cartoonist, Charles Addams, have been a part of popular culture for decades through a audience-pleasing sitcom, several films and now a musical. The Ad…

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Saturday, June 3, 2017

ORDINARY DAYS – London Theatre Workshop by Caroline Hanks-Farmer

We are sat in a stifling hot theatre space, it’s been an ordinary kind of day. The heat makes you wonder if you are ever going to experience goosebumps or a chill to the spine again. And t…

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Friday, June 2, 2017

SAND IN THE SANDWICHES – West End by Caroline Hanks-Farmer

Sir John Betjeman: now, there was a poet. In Hugh Whitemore’s Sand In The Sandwiches, we get a soup-to-nuts understanding of the Poet Laureate who was more than the simple versifier that t…

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Tuesday, May 30, 2017

INTERVIEW: Spotlight On… The Addam’s Family cast by Caroline Hanks-Farmer

"I sobbed when I came off stage the first night, just went into my dressing room and had a little cry. It’s incredible. I’d never heard of The Addams Family (musical) until a few years a…

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Sunday, May 28, 2017

SNAPSHOT – Hope Theatre by Caroline Hanks-Farmer

On the face of it, Jamie has it all. A handsome, successful and, let’s make no bones about it, pretty rich boyfriend. A fabulous fag hag and a nice older gentleman friend who shares his lo…

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Thursday, May 25, 2017

FUNNY GIRL – Touring Mayflower Southampton until 27th May by Caroline Hanks-Farmer

Opening on Broadway in 1964 and more often known for the 1968 motion picture starring Barbara Streisand and Omar Sharif, Funny Girl is a biographical show based on the book of the same name …

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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

THE COLOR PURPLE IN CONCERT – Cadogan Hall by Caroline Hanks-Farmer

If like me you are interested in all theatre whether it be in the U.K. or on Broadway then you can’t have failed to hear about the phenomenon of The Color Purple. Based on the novel by Ali…

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Sunday, May 21, 2017

JUDY! – Arts Theatre by Caroline Hanks-Farmer

This could be the briefest review I’ve ever written – Quite simply if you are interested in or a fan of Judy Garland or just want to see a masterclass in performance, you need to get you…

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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

THIS WAS A MAN – Leicester Square Theatre by Caroline Hanks-Farmer

With some memorable performances and incredibly witty moments, Noel Coward’s play This Was a Man is a refreshingly entertaining evening out. It also leaves you musing over the difference b…

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Monday, May 15, 2017

INTERVIEW: Spotlight On.. Jesse Scott, Shannon Vitali and Johnathon Brown by Caroline Hanks-Farmer

I met with Jesse Scott, Shannon Vitali and Johnathon Brown ahead of the press night for Driftwood. During the interview we talked about the ethos behind Casus, how Johnny is the newest membe…

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Sunday, May 14, 2017

INTERVIEW: Spotlight on… cast of No Place For A Woman by Caroline Hanks-Farmer

Currently playing at Theatre503 is No Place For A Woman which is written by Cordelia O’Neill and has actresses Ruth Gemmell and Emma Paetz in it.

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Saturday, May 13, 2017

JANE EYRE – Touring by Caroline Hanks-Farmer

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte has been a much-loved book since it was written in 1847. It has inspired many unofficial sequels, plays, television serials and films. An important work, which …

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Friday, May 12, 2017

DRIFTWOOD – Underbelly by Caroline Hanks-Farmer

Casus originate from Brisbane Australia, a contemporary circus renowned for creating delicately human circus. Following on from the international sensation of their premier work Knee Deep, D…

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Monday, May 1, 2017

PYGMALION – Southampton by Caroline Hanks-Farmer

This radical production of Pygmalion is a collaboration between Nuffield Southampton Theatres, Headlong and West Yorkshire Playhouse. It was certainly bold and brave and bought it right up t…

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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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