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Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Review: Evita, Phoenix Theatre by Dan Rubins

What’s new, Buenos Aires? Not much, unfortunately, in the West End revival of Evita, that singing timeline of a rock opera by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice. With the exception of some e…

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Review: The Adventures of Pinocchio, Ambassadors Theatre by Dan Rubins

Very young audiences may well be inspired by seeing their peers storm the stage en masse in the British Theatre Academy’s The Adventures of Pinocchio, currently playing a month-long run at…

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Monday, July 31, 2017

Review: The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole, Menier Chocolate Factory by Dan Rubins

Matilda, Annie, and School of Rock may be employing myriad youngsters on the West End, but the Menier Chocolate Factory Theatre’s new musical proves that there’s plenty of youthful talen…

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Review: Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Apollo Theatre by Dan Rubins

Words, words, words. That’s Shakespeare, not Tennessee Williams, but I’ve seldom been more spellbound by the pursuit of language – the desperation to find the right words, the frustrat…

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Sunday, July 23, 2017

Review: The Tempest, Barbican Centre by Dan Rubins

In the second scene of The Tempest, Prospero famously recounts to his daughter Miranda how the pair came to inhabit their magical island all those years ago, peppering his story with calls t…

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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Review: Queen Anne, Theatre Royal Haymarket by Dan Rubins

Helen Edmundson’s Queen Anne makes a convincing case that this neglected monarch deserves more attention and that the powerful Duchess of Marlborough, Sarah Churchill, who shared a tumultu…

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Sunday, July 16, 2017

Review: Superhero, Southwark Playhouse by Dan Rubins

The Southwark Playhouse has had an excellent, eclectic season so far, with shows ranging from a thrilling production of conjoined twins musical Side Show, the brilliant dive into the 17th-ce…

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Review: Mitridate, re di Ponto, Royal Opera House by Dan Rubins

At the Royal Opera House’s Saturday evening performance of Mozart’s opera seria, Mitridate, re di Ponto, two parallel tales of young artists who are suddenly thrust into the spotlight co…

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Saturday, July 15, 2017

Review: Otello, Royal Opera House by Dan Rubins

First things first: vocally and orchestrally, the new production of Otello at the Royal Opera House, starring the legendary Jonas Kaufmann singing the title role at last, comes close to flaw…

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Review: Romeo and Juliet, Connaught Square by Dan Rubins

It’s all about the audience in Shakespeare in the Squares’ outdoor touring production of Romeo and Juliet. From the opening 1950s Italian musical medley (the cast plays two saxophones, t…

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Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Review: I Know You Of Old, The Hope Theatre by Dan Rubins

What walks like Shakespeare, talks like Shakespeare, but isn’t Shakespeare? It’s tough to keep an audience in suspense at a Romeo and Juliet or a Hamlet production these days – those t…

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Monday, June 19, 2017

Review: Working, Southwark Playhouse by Dan Rubins

I came into the European premiere of the musical Working at the Southwark Playhouse with a very specific set of associations. While the UK has not previously encountered this 1978 musical, c…

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Thursday, June 8, 2017

Review: Annie, Piccadilly Theatre by Dan Rubins

Nikolai Foster’s new Annie at the Piccadilly Theatre is decidedly a post-Matilda production. The feel-good story’s tinged with darker edges, these orphans seem shrewder and cruder than e…

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Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Review: Twelfth Night, St. Mary Aldermanbury’s Garden by Dan Rubins

The Three Inch Fools’ Twelfth Night may have been the third production of the play that I’ve reviewed in 2017, but the young troupe’s jovial, musically inventive performance demonstrat…

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Sunday, June 4, 2017

Review: On the Town, Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre by Dan Rubins

On the Town is a story suitable for the outdoors for sure, one that charts the adventures of three sailors as they look for love during their 24 hours on land, tearing through New York City…

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Thursday, May 25, 2017

Review: Othello, Wilton’s Music Hall by Dan Rubins

Director Richard Twyman makes a stirring case for setting his touring production of Othello, now playing in-the-round at Wilton’s Music Hall, in modern dress. In one scene early on, when O…

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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Review: Lettice and Lovage, Menier Chocolate Factory Theatre by Dan Rubins

The first 45 minutes or so of Trevor Nunn’s production of Lettice and Lovage at the Menier Chocolate Factory Theatre are an utter delight. Peter Shaffer’s three-act play, originally writ…

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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Review: The Addams Family, New Wimbledon Theatre by Dan Rubins

Gomez and Morticia might be hoping for an unhappily ever after, but the UK tour of The Addams Family, now stopping off at the New Wimbledon Theatre, offers only unabashedly cheery, good-natu…

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Friday, May 19, 2017

Review: This Was A Man, Leicester Square Theatre by Dan Rubins

Noël Coward’s 1926 This Was A Man had the good fortune to be banned before its London premiere for its casual depiction of adultery. That scandalous history has leant the play one of the …

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Review: Don Carlo, Royal Opera House by Dan Rubins

The Act 1 set for Nicholas Hytner’s stellar production of Don Carlo, now in its third revival at the Royal Opera House, looks a bit like a dollhouse designer’s rendering of a wintry fore…

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Monday, May 15, 2017

Review: Salomé, National Theatre by Dan Rubins

Plenty of pretty sand swirls around the stage of the National Theatre in director-writer Yaël Farber’s new play Salomé. But that’s not enough to conceal the barebones skeleton of this …

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Sunday, May 14, 2017

Review: Nova Insula, Putney Library by Dan Rubins

A confession: I find few immersive theatre experiences as unpleasant as those in which performers take notice of me: I don’t like being talked to or touched or sequestered in solitude or a…

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Saturday, May 13, 2017

Review: The Buried Moon, The Rose Playhouse by Dan Rubins

If you haven’t been inside The Rose Playhouse, that other seventeenth century theatre on the South Bank, it’s well worth a visit. Unlike Shakespeare’s Globe, the Rose actually stands o…

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Monday, May 8, 2017

Review: Madame Rubinstein, Park Theatre by Dan Rubins

Maybe it’s something in the water, but whichever side of the Atlantic you happen to be on, you can currently catch a new piece of theatre that dives behind the scenes of the legendary cosm…

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Saturday, May 6, 2017

Review: Wonderland, New Wimbledon Theatre by Dan Rubins

Musicals often go through many different reincarnations, even after they’ve made it big. Think of Candide or Cabaret or Merrily We Roll Along, shows that each received a full script overha…

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Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Review: CAT – (THE PLAY!!!), Ambassadors Theatre by Dan Rubins

Dave, a lonely actor cut from the original London production of Cats and now trapped in an endless monologue recounting that theatrical tragedy, would like to tell us about his unfunny upbri…

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Monday, May 1, 2017

Review: The Cardinal, Southwark Playhouse by Dan Rubins

Resurrection scenes abound in the theatre of the late sixteenth and early seventeenth century, the era we usually think of as Shakespearean. Think of Hermione’s statue coming to life in Th…

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Review: Obsession, Barbican Centre by Dan Rubins

Omnipresent in London this season, Ivo van Hove has emerged as one of contemporary western theatre’s most divisive figures. I found his recent Hedda Gabler at the National Theatre lazy and…

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Saturday, April 29, 2017

Review: Twelfth Night, Blue Elephant Theatre by Dan Rubins

Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night is all over the place this year. The glorious production starring Tamsin Greig at the National Theatre closes in mid-May, only days before Emma Rice’s interpr…

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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Review: Junkyard, Rose Theatre Kingston by Dan Rubins

I can pinpoint the precise moment that the Rose Theatre’s new musical Junkyard comes to life. Halfway through the first act, idealistic teacher Rick (Calum Callaghan) has finally convinced…

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Saturday, April 22, 2017

Review: Whisper House, The Other Palace by Dan Rubins

What do you do when you’re a ghost doomed to roam the moody corners of Duncan Sheik’s new musical Whisper House for all eternity? You can blow out candles and knock papers out of people…

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