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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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Thursday, March 16, 2017

STEPPING OUT – West End by Caroline Hanks-Farmer

It is both Amanda Holden and Tracy-Ann Oberman who for me totally steal the show as busybody Vera and Maxine respectively. Holden is delightfully over the top only to crushingly bring you to…

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Wednesday, March 15, 2017

HONEYMOON IN VEGAS – West End by Caroline Hanks-Farmer

Honeymoon in Vegas ★★★★★ Review  by Soraya Scrivener Freddie Tapner, London Musical Theatre Orchestra’s founder and principal conductor introduced th…

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Saturday, March 11, 2017

ONE WAS NUDE AND ONE WORE TAILS – Hen and Chickens Theatre by Caroline Hanks-Farmer

The London premiere of an overlooked gem from the back pages of the playbook of a genius; a Nobel winning, genre defining, mould breaking titan of 20th century drama. One was Nude & One…

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Friday, March 10, 2017

NOT DEAD ENOUGH – Touring by Caroline Hanks-Farmer

Being obsessed with crime drama, I was interested to see how something that would usually be a six part television series would adapt to the stage. I was surprised and delighted to find that…

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Monday, March 6, 2017

IN OTHER WORDS – Hope Theatre by Caroline Hanks-Farmer

In Other Words – A lifetime of love and loss is condensed into this touching play about the pain and confusion of losing yourself, and those around you, to Alzheimer’s.

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Sunday, March 5, 2017

SCRIPTS FOR SUPPER – London Cooking Project by Caroline Hanks-Farmer

You’ll enjoy a retelling of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night whilst being served an Elizabethan inspired five course feast by chef Annie McKenzie.

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Friday, March 3, 2017

INTERVIEW: Spotlight On… Les Misérables’ Paul Wilkins by Caroline Hanks-Farmer

"It’s really hard to find the words to describe it – I’ve been lucky to be in it since I left drama school. I went in as second cover and then progressed to lead role."

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Saturday, February 25, 2017

THE GIRLS – West End by Caroline Hanks-Farmer

In 1998 a husband of one of the wives in a WI branch in Yorkshire was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. The close-knit picture postcard village was rocked by this devastating news.

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Monday, February 20, 2017

BEAU BRUMMELL – AN ELEGANT MADNESS – Jermyn Street Theatre by Caroline Hanks-Farmer

We first meet Brummell sitting in his tin bath being attended to by Austin, his faithful valet (note the t is pronounced). He is preparing to dress in anticipation of being reunited with his…

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THAT’S JEWISH ENTERTAINMENT – Upstairs at The Gatehouse by Caroline Hanks-Farmer

This lovely revue show takes its audience on a journey spanning over a hundred years. From the mass migration of Jews in the 19th Century, from the shtetl or Eastern Europe.

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SUMMER NIGHTS IN SPACE – Vaults by Caroline Hanks-Farmer

This eclectic mix of science fiction, rock music and theatre combine beautifully to create an enjoyable, albeit totally bizarre show in Summer Nights In Space.

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Sunday, February 19, 2017

THE SOUTH AFREAKINS – Vaults by Caroline Hanks-Farmer

In most patriarchal societies, it is taken as fact that the men rule the proverbial roost. Of course, the truth is totally different.

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Monday, February 13, 2017

THIS MUST BE THE PLACE – Vaults by Caroline Hanks-Farmer

This Must Be The Place is a very relevant piece of theatre in this day and age. It looks at how life can change in an instant; how we can run to, or run away from our hopes or our fears.

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THRILLER LIVE – West End by Caroline Hanks-Farmer

One of my regrets in life, was not seeing “The King Of Pop” Michael Jackson perform live. Like many people I was going to book tickets but just never actually got around to it.

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Wednesday, February 8, 2017

HENRY V – Southwark Cathedral by Caroline Hanks-Farmer

Using a play within a play format, this version of Henry V begins in a field hospital in France in 1915 a group of French and English patients decide to put on a version of Henry V.

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Tuesday, February 7, 2017

HIP – Vaults by Caroline Hanks-Farmer

Remember the old song,"if you go down to the woods today, you’re sure of a big surprise”? Well, let’s bring it right up to date with some new lyrics so, altogether now “If you go dow…

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SALOME – Hoxton Hall by Caroline Hanks-Farmer

Salome takes place in an altogether different age and the archaic language and prosaic story arc reflect this. The title character is both victim and victimiser, and Wilde plays strongly on …

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Monday, February 6, 2017

THE GLASS MENAGERIE – West End by Caroline Hanks-Farmer

The Glass Menagerie ★★★★ Review by Franco Milazzo Its taken her a lifetime but finally the American stage and TV actress Cherry Jones has finally made it to London in…

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THE COMMITMENTS – Touring by Caroline Hanks-Farmer

Written in 1986 by Roddy Doyle, The Commitments tells the story of Jimmy Rabbitte, a young working class music fan, who shapes an unlikely bunch of amateur musicians into an amazing live act…

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Sunday, February 5, 2017

FOCUS GROUP – Ovalhouse by Caroline Hanks-Farmer

Ever fancied being in a focus group? You know, the dreadful prospect of sitting on substandard office furniture under acidic fluorescent lights while ticking away your personality on a slidi…

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BARE ESSENTIALS – Seven Dials Club by Caroline Hanks-Farmer

This was my first experience of a Bare Essentials new writing night, and I was unsure what to expect - an opportunity to observe a supportive and encouraging platform for new, rising writers…

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Friday, February 3, 2017

INTERVIEW: Spotlight On… The Commitments’ Kevin Kennedy by Caroline Hanks-Farmer

Kevin Kennedy is currently on tour with the stage show The Commitments. I had the opportunity to catch up with Kevin before the tour arrives in Southampton.

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Monday, January 30, 2017

A YEAR FROM NOW – Vault Festival by Caroline Hanks-Farmer

A Year From Now is everything you hope it would be. It’s very clever, it sounds good, it looks good, it has philosophical messages. A true delight.

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Friday, January 27, 2017

CINDERELLA (Birmingham Royal Ballet) – Touring by Caroline Hanks-Farmer

Closely following the traditional Cinderella story and split into 3 short acts this would delight audiences, young and old.

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GAZING AT A DISTANT STAR – Greenwich Theatre by Caroline Hanks-Farmer

Dan and Arun were bright but socially awkward kids in a south London school. They, and their inspirational teacher Jane, provide the common thread to this work.

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