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Monday, November 22, 2021

‘Hopeful & joyful without being sickly sweet’: THE MAGICIAN’S ELEPHANT – Stratford-upon-Avon (RSC) ★★★★ by Debbie Gilpin

My first time back in Stratford-upon-Avon since February 2019, and roughly three years since I’d last stepped foot in the Royal Shakespeare Theatre – and after seeing some rehearsal foot…

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Wednesday, November 10, 2021

‘A reasonable introduction to the wider themes of DH Lawrence’s book’: LADY CHATTERLEY’S LOVER (Online review) by Debbie Gilpin

This GBM Productions musical version of DH Lawrence’s Lady Chatterley’s Lover originally had a limited run at the Shaftesbury Theatre but has now been given a digital revival by Stream.T…

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Monday, October 25, 2021

‘Surprisingly hilarious about a not-so-hilarious subject’: YELLOWFIN – Southwark Playhouse ★★★★ by Debbie Gilpin

What would you do if all the fish suddenly vanished? It’s a question that would have sounded faintly ridiculous a few years ago, but as climate change grips the world, a mass extinction ev…

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Friday, October 22, 2021

Puppetry, top casting & other reasons you should see The Magician’s Elephant by Debbie Gilpin

The RSC's brand-new musical, an adaptation of The Magician's Elephant, started performances this week at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon. Earlier this month, the company…

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Monday, October 18, 2021

‘Shines a disquieting light on a truly terrifying period in history’: THE WITCHFINDER’S SISTER – Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch ★★★★ by Debbie Gilpin

Beth Underdown's debut novel The Witchfinder’s Sister, now adapted for the stage by Vickie Donoghue, gives a voice to a possible sister of Witchfinder General Matthew Hopkins and interroga…

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Saturday, July 17, 2021

‘An interesting take on the Oscar Wilde classic’: DORIAN: A ROCK MUSICAL – Stream.Theatre (Online review) by Debbie Gilpin

Dorian: A Rock Musical is an interesting take on the Oscar Wilde classic, probably better suited to live & in-person shows – Bart Lambert gives an arresting performance as Dorian Gray.

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Sunday, July 11, 2021

‘This is not about romance, it’s about escape’: Romeo & Juliet – Shakespeare’s Globe ★★★★ by Debbie Gilpin

Romeo & Juliet at Shakespeare’s Globe is a new and vital take on the classic Verona tale, contextualising the characters’ motives – this is not about romance, it’s about escape.

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Monday, July 5, 2021

Book Review: Hamilton & Me – Giles Terera ★★★★★ by Debbie Gilpin

Illuminating about both the craft of acting and the glorious show that is Hamilton, Giles Terera’s book Hamilton And Me takes the reader on a whirlwind journey through what was clearly an …

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Tuesday, June 29, 2021

‘What comes across incredibly strongly is a sense of hope’: SHEDDING A SKIN – Soho Theatre ★★★★★ by Debbie Gilpin

“I’m afraid of the skin I’m in.” Quick out of the blocks in Soho Theatre’s reopening season is Amanda Wilkin’s Verity Bargate Award-winning debut play, Shedding A Skin. The run h…

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Monday, April 5, 2021

‘Another superb bit of escapism’: THE TEMPORAL SOCIETY – CtrlAltRepeat (Online review) ★★★★ by Debbie Gilpin

The Temporal Society is another superb bit of escapism from the minds of CtrlAltRepeat, taking you back in time and keeping you on your toes – Rebekah Finch and Rachel Waring are the doubl…

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Saturday, March 27, 2021

‘A superb hour of movies & dance’: REMEMBERING THE OSCARS (Online review) ★★★★ by Debbie Gilpin

A superb hour of movies and dance, with a fun concept and brilliant choreography – Aljaž & Janette are absolutely in their element in Remembering the Oscars.

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Friday, March 26, 2021

‘Shane Richie gives a momentous performance’: SCARAMOUCHE JONES – Ginger Quiff Media & Stream.Theatre (Online review) ★★★★★ by Debbie Gilpin

Shane Richie follows in the footsteps of Pete Postlethwaite, taking on Justin Butcher’s one-man play Scaramouche Jones or the Seven White Masks for Ginger Quiff Media and Stream.Theatre.

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Wednesday, March 17, 2021

‘A thrilling piece of entertainment’: THE PICTURE OF DORIAN GRAY (Online review) ★★★★★ by Debbie Gilpin

Not only does it work as a standalone piece of digital theatre, this adaptation of The Picture of Dorian Gray is also really intelligently linked to the original story.

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Thursday, December 24, 2020

‘An inventive & compelling retelling of a classic’: A CHRISTMAS Carol – Polka Theatre (Online review) ★★★★ by Debbie Gilpin

An inventive and compelling retelling of a Christmas classic, the Polka Theatre’s A Christmas Carol is a great introduction to the tale of Mr Scrooge for audience members young and old.

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Wednesday, November 18, 2020

‘It felt like we were all creating something very special together’: A fond farewell to The Show Must Go Online series by Debbie Gilpin

I may be woefully behind on my show write-ups, but I couldn’t not mark The Show Must Go Online coming to an end – at least until further notice.

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Friday, November 13, 2020

‘Natasha Karp’s performance is particularly moving’: LITTLE WARS (Online review) by Debbie Gilpin

At a time when hatred seems to be the new norm (whether antisemitism, homophobia, or literally anything else), narratives like those discussed in Little Wars are more important than ever.

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Wednesday, November 4, 2020

‘Intricately thought out & masterfully constructed’: VIPER SQUAD – CtrlAltRepeat (Online review) ★★★★★ by Debbie Gilpin

Viper Squad is a highly entertaining and thoroughly engaging piece of interactive Zoom theatre, providing human connection and a welcome sense of escapism.

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Sunday, August 16, 2020

‘My favourite part of working in casting is meeting fresh, exciting talent’: Sydney Aldridge on the casting process for The Show Must Go Online by Debbie Gilpin

I’ve really admired the work of Sydney Aldridge throughout the course of The Show Must Go Online, so who better to talk to about casting and her experiences with this innovative Zoom theat…

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Wednesday, August 12, 2020

‘All in all, yet another brilliant show’: AS YOU LIKE IT – The Show Must Go Online (Online review) by Debbie Gilpin

From Rome to the Forest of Arden, as The Show Must Go Online next tackles As You Like It.

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Thursday, July 30, 2020

‘I could have written an entire post about Ruth Page’s performance’: HENRY V – The Show Must Go Online (Online review) by Debbie Gilpin

I’m running out of superlatives for The Show Must Go Online. Each show is exceptional, including the latest staging of Henry V, and manages to improve upon the previous week in as many way…

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Sunday, July 26, 2020

‘Enlightening & moving at the same time’: INVISIBLE MUSIC (Online review) ★★★★ by Debbie Gilpin

Platform 4’s Invisible Music presents a beautiful and thought-provoking soundscape that is a wonderful manifestation of creativity in this period of isolation.

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Monday, July 20, 2020

’A top quality production’: NIGEL SLATER’S TOAST (Online review) ★★★★ by Debbie Gilpin

Nigel Slater’s Toast is a top quality production full of heartwarming moments and alimentary temptations – grab yourself a Walnut Whip and make yourself comfy.

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Saturday, July 11, 2020

’It’s perfect to adapt for the internet’: Writers Henry Roadnight & Adam Johnson on musical theatre web series Third Wheel by Debbie Gilpin

Writers Henry Roadnight and Adam Johnson have set about adapting their musical Third Wheel into an online production.

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Wednesday, July 8, 2020

‘I was keen to continue to devise in a stimulating creative theatre space’: Actress Lucy Aarden on joining verbatim project Isolation Ensemble by Debbie Gilpin

Actress Lucy Aarden is part of #IsolationEnsemble, a company formed by director Abbie Riddell to raise urgent funds for theatres across the UK.

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Tuesday, June 9, 2020

I feel I personally have to advocate for Shakepeare’s Globe even more strongly by Debbie Gilpin

Reading that the Globe may struggle to come back from this current crisis without the help of donations and emergency funding didn’t seem quite real.

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Wednesday, June 3, 2020

‘Thoughtfully & inclusively cast’: RICHARD II – The Show Must Go Online by Debbie Gilpin

The Show Must Go Online was firmly back in history mode with the beginning of Shakespeare’s second tetralogy in Richard II. Not quite as much bloodshed as the previous set of histories tha…

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Wednesday, May 6, 2020

‘Every single week gets more inventive!’ The Show Must Go Online actors discuss their lockdown hit by Debbie Gilpin

I posed some questions to The Show Must Go Online returnees Luke Barton, Kristin Atherton, David Johnson and Lucy Aarden about their experiences with this weekly lockdown hit.

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Wednesday, April 29, 2020

‘I’m glad this version has helped me to appreciate the play more’: The Show Must Go Online’s Titus Andronicus (Online review) by Debbie Gilpin

Last week was Shakespeare’s birthday, so The Show Must Go Online went all out with their latest production, holding a Titus Andronicus party in the Bard’s honour.

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Monday, April 27, 2020

Lockdown has made me realise, as much as theatre, I’ve been missing live music by Debbie Gilpin

It feels slightly odd that my final show before the curtains came down wasn’t a play or musical – instead, it was a dance show.

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Thursday, April 9, 2020

10 wish-list productions for future National Theatre At Home screenings by Debbie Gilpin

Following on from the instant success of National Theatre At Home streaming event, it’s got me thinking about all the other wonderful NT Live screenings that I’d love to come to the smal…

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Tuesday, March 31, 2020

‘Quite extraordinary innovation’: THE TAMING OF THE SHREW – The Show Must Go Online by Debbie Gilpin

The success of Show Must Go Online’s engrossing The Taming Of The Shrew is a real credit to the company’s creativity and the magic of this emerging art form.

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