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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

BWW Review: VENUS IN FUR, Theatre Royal Haymarket by Debbie Gilpin

David Ives's two-hander was first performed seven years ago Off-Broadway, before heading to Broadway and subsequently running in theatres around the world and being adapted to film by Polans…

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Friday, October 13, 2017

BWW Review: METROPOLIS, Ye Olde Rose And Crown Theatre by Debbie Gilpin

First performed in London in 1989 at the Piccadilly Theatre with stars including the inimitable Brian Blessed, the musical version of Metropolis by Joe Brooks and Dusty Hughes has been reviv…

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Saturday, October 7, 2017

BWW Review: RAIN: 50 YEARS OF SGT. PEPPERS, London Palladium by Debbie Gilpin

Fifty years ago, The Beatles changed the face of pop music when they released the iconic Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band album. Billed by many as the first concept album, it marked a sh…

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Wednesday, October 4, 2017

BWW Review: WHAT SHADOWS, Park Theatre by Debbie Gilpin

Transferring to London after debuting rather appropriately in Birmingham last year, Chris Hannan's play is based around Enoch Powell's 1968 'Rivers of blood' speech. Powell's speech famously…

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Sunday, October 1, 2017

BWW Review: CASINO ROYALE IN CONCERT, Royal Albert Hall by Debbie Gilpin

This weekend, for the first time, a James Bond score was performed in its entirety, as the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra accompanied a screening of the 2006 film Casino Royale. This w…

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Friday, September 22, 2017

BWW Review: INK, Duke Of York's Theatre by Debbie Gilpin

Read all about it Following a wildly successful run at the Almeida in the summer, James Graham's first of three new plays for 2017 has transferred to London's West End for a limited run at t…

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Wednesday, September 13, 2017

BWW Review: BOUDICA, Shakespeare's Globe by Debbie Gilpin

The final new production in this year's Summer of Love season is a brand new piece of writing from Tristan Bernays, telling the story of the famous warrior queen. It may not fit quite so obv…

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Wednesday, August 30, 2017

BWW Review: HAMLET, Park Theatre by Debbie Gilpin

With Robert Icke's Andrew Scott-led Hamlet successfully transferring to the West End from the Almeida, and Tom Hiddleston about to get in on the action for Kenneth Branagh at RADA, it is pot…

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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

BWW Review: KING LEAR, Shakespeare's Globe by Debbie Gilpin

Nancy Meckler makes her Globe debut with the penultimate show of the season, a well-known tragedy to contrast with recent comedies King Lear. It casts a darker shadow over the Summer of Love…

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Wednesday, July 26, 2017

BWW Review: CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF, Apollo Theatre by Debbie Gilpin

Continuing the resurgence of Tennessee Williams plays is the Young Vic's Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. This is the popular theatre's first production to make its debut in the West End, in contrast …

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Thursday, July 20, 2017

BWW Review: MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING, Shakespeare's Globe by Debbie Gilpin

Matthew Dunster brings some desert sun to a so far patchy summer, with his Mexican inspired production of Much Ado About Nothing. It truly is the beating heart of the Summer of Love, running…

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Friday, July 14, 2017

BWW Review: A TALE OF TWO CITIES, Regent's Park Open Air Theatre by Debbie Gilpin

'It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.' The opening line of Charles Dickens' classic novel seems quite apt in describing the current Regent's Park Open Air Theatre's season to…

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Tuesday, July 11, 2017

BWW Review: YANK!, Charing Cross Theatre by Debbie Gilpin

With this year's Pride still fresh in Londoners' minds, there couldn't be a more appropriate time for Joseph and David Zellnik's musical about gay US soldiers in World War Two to open in cen…

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Sunday, July 2, 2017

BWW Review: SH*T-FACED SHOWTIME: THE WONDERFUL WIZARD OF OZ, Leicester Square Theatre by Debbie Gilpin

The world of musical theatre is being shaken up once again, as The Wonderful Wizard of Oz gets the Sht-faced Showtime treatment. The company's Shakespeare sibling is also in town over the su…

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BWW Review: ROMEO AND JULIET, Norfolk Square Gardens by Debbie Gilpin

Shakespeare in the Squares returns after a successful introduction in 2016 with Much Ado About Nothing, this time taking on a tragedy that has been another popular choice this year - Daniel …

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Saturday, July 1, 2017

BWW Review: THE VIEW FROM NOWHERE, Park Theatre by Debbie Gilpin

After exploring themes of vanity and corporate culture in Marius Von Mayerburg's The Ugly One, Park90 now turns its attentions towards science and the environment with Chuck Anderson's brand…

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Thursday, June 29, 2017

BWW Review: THE WIND IN THE WILLOWS, London Palladium by Debbie Gilpin

Hot on the heels of the success of the reworked Half a Sixpence, Stiles amp Drewe team up with Julian Fellowes once more to adapt a well-loved children's book for the stage. The Wind in the …

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Thursday, June 15, 2017

BWW Review: TRISTAN & YSEULT, Shakespeare's Globe by Debbie Gilpin

Another tale of doomed love continues Emma Rice's 'Summer of Love' apace. Currently making its way around the country, Kneehigh's revival production of their much-beloved Tristan amp Yseult …

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Tuesday, June 13, 2017

BWW Review: TOMMY, Theatre Royal Stratford East by Debbie Gilpin

Following a successful national tour, Ramps on the Moon's co-production of The Who's Tommy continues its journey with a run at Theatre Royal Stratford East this month. Ramps on the Moon is a…

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Saturday, June 10, 2017

BWW Review: SWEET BIRD OF YOUTH, Chichester Festival Theatre by Debbie Gilpin

Continuing Chichester Festival Theatre's run of plays, prior to its first musical offering of the season, is Tennessee Williams' 1959 work Sweet Bird of Youth. It comes a few months after Wi…

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Friday, June 9, 2017

BWW Review: COVER MY TRACKS, Old Vic by Debbie Gilpin

Following the success of Dr Seuss's The Lorax during the festive season of 2015-16, and prior to its return this autumn, the creative team have reunited to create an original piece of theatr…

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Wednesday, June 7, 2017

BWW Review: WORKING, Southwark Playhouse by Debbie Gilpin

With Wicked going strong across the world, and Hamilton a few months away from its much anticipated West End transfer, it seems like the perfect time for the European premire of a reworked m…

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Thursday, June 1, 2017

BWW Review: TWITSTORM, Park Theatre by Debbie Gilpin

With Donald Trump's social media habits regularly causing a stir worldwide, it seems quite apt for the latest Park Theatre production to focus on this wide-ranging topic. Chris England's pla…

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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

BWW Review: TWELFTH NIGHT, Shakespeare's Globe by Debbie Gilpin

This seems to be the year of Twelfth Night, with the National Theatre's production recently closing and several other touring companies taking it on. But what better place to bring it to lif…

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Tuesday, May 16, 2017

BWW Review: LIFE OF GALILEO, Young Vic by Debbie Gilpin

A timely revival of the Brecht epic continues the 2017 Young Vic season with a vengeance. Joe Wright directs a wholly modern production, which also features music composed by Tom Rowlands of…

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Saturday, May 13, 2017

BWW Review: HARRY POTTER IN CONCERT, Royal Albert Hall by Debbie Gilpin

The first in a series of film concerts dedicated to the massively successful Harry Potter film franchise is currently making its way around the world, stopping off for a few days at the hist…

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Monday, May 8, 2017


In our new column, THESE ARE A FEW OF MY FAVOURITE SONGS, BroadwayWorld writers discuss their top picks from musical theatre. Let us know your favourite

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Wednesday, May 3, 2017

BWW Review: MADAME RUBINSTEIN, Park Theatre by Debbie Gilpin

Based on the life and career of cosmetics magnate Helena Rubinstein, John Misto's new play stars Miriam Margolyes and continues a varied season at the Park Theatre. It's a successor of sorts…

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Sunday, April 9, 2017

On the red carpet and behind the scenes at the OLIVIER AWARDS 2017 by Debbie Gilpin

The sun and stars were out at the same time this afternoon as London's theatre community descended upon the Royal Albert Hall for this year's Olivier Awards. With excitement high, the nomine…

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Monday, April 3, 2017

BWW Review: THE LOTTERY OF LOVE, Orange Tree Theatre by Debbie Gilpin

Love and disguise are the order of the day as the Orange Tree's 2016-17 programme continues with a new John Fowles translation of Pierre Marivaux's The Lottery of Love. The 18th century play…

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Tuesday, March 14, 2017

BWW Review: A DARK NIGHT IN DALSTON, Park Theatre by Debbie Gilpin

Stewart Permutt's two-hander is the latest piece to run in Park Theatre's Park90 performance space, running alongside Action To The Word's A Clockwork Orange in Park200. As the play begins i…

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