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Friday, December 15, 2017

A CHRISTMAS CAROL by Fitzrovia Radio Hour – Spiegeltent, Leicester Square ❄❄❄❄❄ by Debbie Gilpin

There are some really quite ingenious methods of creating the required sound effects – a particular favourite has to be Gretchen using rubber gloves, dipped in water, to push along an infl…

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Wednesday, December 13, 2017

THE LOST BOY PETER PAN – Pleasance Theatre ❄❄❄ by Debbie Gilpin

What has also changed in the process of the show’s development is its running time; for reasons I can’t understand, an interval has been added in.

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Saturday, December 9, 2017

BWW Review: ROBERT PLANT, Royal Albert Hall by Debbie Gilpin

In January 1970, Led Zeppelin played the Royal Albert Hall, widely lauded as one of their most famous gigs. Robert Plant has returned once again, this time as part of a tour with the Sensati…

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Thursday, December 7, 2017

BWW Review: THE BOX OF DELIGHTS, Wilton's Music Hall by Debbie Gilpin

Victorian music hall Wilton's takes a trip back to the 1930s this Christmas, as it brings a new version of John Masefield's fantasy story The Box of Delights to the stage. Justin Audibert di…

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Monday, December 4, 2017

A CHRISTMAS CAROL – Old Vic Theatre ❄❄❄❄❄ by Debbie Gilpin

Despite our typical view of the Victorians being highly conservative in every aspect of their lives, the young queen was relatively liberal – and A Christmas Carol is almost surprisingly s…

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Thursday, November 30, 2017

BWW Review: MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET, Bridge House Theatre by Debbie Gilpin

As usual, come the festive season, there is a plethora of shows on offer to begin the merriment - and if a pantomime or version of A Christmas Carol isn't for you, there is still plenty of c…

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Wednesday, November 29, 2017

ROMANTICS ANONYMOUS – Shakespeare’s Globe by Debbie Gilpin

Frankly, you can’t ignore the fact that every time you see it you get a free piece of chocolate. As long as you have the patience to wait for “le moment de magique” before you eat it.

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Monday, November 27, 2017

BWW Review: FIVER, Live At Z?del by Debbie Gilpin

The latest production from New. Theatre Company is a song cycle from Alex James Ellison and Tom Lees as with last month's The Dysfunctional Guide to Being a Third Wheel it is playing in the …

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Thursday, November 23, 2017

TWELFTH NIGHT – Stratford-upon-Avon (RSC) ★★★★ by Debbie Gilpin

Following in the footsteps of Emma Rice’s production of the same play in her final summer season at the Globe, director Christopher Luscombe moves from Nell Gwynn’s 17th century setting …

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BWW Review: THE SECRET THEATRE, Sam Wanamaker Playhouse by Debbie Gilpin

Terrorist plots, underfunded government departments, unjustifiable military action - all very modern worries, I'm sure you'll agree. However, playwright Anders Lustgarten and director Matthe…

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Wednesday, November 22, 2017

THE DARK ROOM – Theatre503 ★★★★ by Debbie Gilpin

What is really clever about this play is how it manages to layer up the separate plots and points in time. There is one set (a cheap-looking motel room with a small bathroom and cupboard) an…

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Thursday, November 16, 2017

INSIGNIFICANCE – Arcola Theatre by Debbie Gilpin

Set in a hotel room in 1954, the play brings together The Professor, The Senator, The Actress and The Ballplayer. None are actually named (“There’s a price to pay for fame; your name’s…

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How was #LoveTheatreDay 2017 for you? A day in the life of a blogger by Debbie Gilpin

How did you celebrate the fourth annual #LoveTheatreDay on Twitter yesterday? MyTheatreMates' latest addition Debbie Gilpin (who runs Mind the Blog) marked the occasion online by sharing thi…

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Celebrated performer Barb Jungr put this collection of songs together a couple of years ago alongside long-time collaborator and pianist, Simon Wallace and has been taking the songs across t…

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Sunday, November 12, 2017

THE RED LION – Trafalgar Studios ★★★★★ by Debbie Gilpin

Red Lion FC is a northern, semi-professional club with an ambitious manager and not a lot of cash. When Yates (club stalwart turned kit man) discovers an incredible new talent, Jordan, manag…

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Friday, November 10, 2017

RICHARD III – Barons Court Theatre ★★ by Debbie Gilpin

Shakespeare's play has been adapted and transported to 1960s London, where the Krays reign supreme and hold the East End in terror – in a nod to these famous twins, Richard himself is spli…

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Monday, October 30, 2017


This is the first in a series of original musicals that will be brought to Live at Z del thanks to New., whose aim is to showcase young, emerging talent on the stage. The Dysfunctional Guide…

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Friday, October 27, 2017

BWW Review: ROMANTICS ANONYMOUS, Sam Wanamaker Playhouse by Debbie Gilpin

What do you get if you take a French film, a liberal portion of chocolate and a sprinkling of Emma Rice magic The opening winter season production, Romantics Anonymous This brand new musical…

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Wednesday, October 25, 2017

BWW Review: DR. SEUSS'S THE LORAX, Old Vic by Debbie Gilpin

After a successful run in 201516, leading to an Olivier Award nomination, David Greig's stage adaptation of the Dr. Seuss tale is back at the Old Vic for a three-week run prior to a North Am…

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Monday, October 23, 2017

BWW Review: WITNESS FOR THE PROSECUTION, London County Hall by Debbie Gilpin

With her most famous play, The Mousetrap, celebrating its 65th anniversary in London's West End, it only seems right for another of Agatha Christie's stage works to be brought back for a lim…

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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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