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Wednesday, May 4, 2022

‘Absolutely worth investing your time in’: HENRY VI: WARS OF THE ROSES – Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford upon Avon ★★★★ by Debbie Gilpin

Running in rep alongside Henry VI: Rebellion (a.k.a. Henry VI, part two), the Royal Shakespeare Company’s Royal Shakespeare Theatre is also currently home to Henry VI, part three. As with …

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Tuesday, April 26, 2022

‘This exhilarating production makes you wonder why the play is often so overlooked’: HENRY VI: REBELLION – Stratford-upon-Avon (RSC) by Debbie Gilpin

The story begins with Henry welcoming his new bride, Margaret of Anjou, with a boisterous feast that isn’t exactly suited to his calm and reserved temperament – though Margaret immediate…

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Friday, April 1, 2022

‘The intimate moments are so credible it feels borderline voyeuristic sat in the audience’: COCK – West End by Debbie Gilpin

Watching Mike Bartlett’s play Cock today, it seems strange to think that it was actually written 13 years ago, as it covers themes that are so resonant with life in 2022.

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Friday, March 4, 2022

‘Sometimes you should just leave things alone’: MOULIN ROUGE! The Musical – West End ★★ by Debbie Gilpin

If you’ve seen Moulin Rouge! The Musical and loved it, I’d advise you to read no further – this is not going to be pleasant.

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Tuesday, February 22, 2022

‘An important show deservedly being shared with a wider audience’: RIOT ACT – Stream Theatre (Online review) ★★★★ by Debbie Gilpin

This is a piece of verbatim theatre, telling three stories of queer activism from the mid-20th century to the present day; Alexis Gregory conducted interviews with Michael-Anthony Nozzi (a s…

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Thursday, February 10, 2022

‘There is quite a bit going on but it balances perfectly’: HAMLET – Sam Wanamaker Playhouse by Debbie Gilpin

As soon as Hamlet was announced as part of the 2021-22 winter season my eyes rolled so hard I nearly saw the inside of my eye sockets. I was desperately disappointed. But then something magi…

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Sunday, February 6, 2022

‘Elizabeth McGovern is excellent as Ava through the ages’: AVA: THE SECRET CONVERSATIONS – Riverside Studios by Debbie Gilpin

On the anniversary of Hollywood legend Ava Gardner’s death, she lived again in the form of Elizabeth McGovern, whose play AVA: The Secret Conversations has now opened at Hammersmith’s Ri…

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Saturday, February 5, 2022

It’s going to be epic: What are you most looking forward to at the Globe this summer? by Debbie Gilpin

It seems like we’ve been made to wait an inordinately long time for this announcement, but it was definitely worth it as far as I’m concerned.

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Sunday, January 23, 2022

Year in review: My favourite digital shows 2021 by Debbie Gilpin

Despite the fact that theatres were once again up and running for about half the year (varying from place to place), there was still a massive appetite for digital productions going into 202…

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Monday, January 17, 2022

Year in review: My favourite in-person shows 2021 by Debbie Gilpin

When I had a look through my list of shows, it wasn’t too hard to choose a top 10 – the hardest thing was getting them in the right order

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Tuesday, December 21, 2021

‘A theatrical experience that you will never forget’: CABARET – West End ★★★★★ by Debbie Gilpin

A theatrical experience that you will never forget – Eddie Redmayne revels in the role of the Emcee, but Jessie Buckley steals the show in Cabaret.

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Wednesday, December 15, 2021

‘It is a real achievement to come up with such an original spin’: A CHRISTMAS CAROL – Old Royal Naval College ★★★★ by Debbie Gilpin

Once you reach December, you don’t have to look far to find several adaptations of a certain Charles Dickens novella – the key is finding an original take on the story.

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‘It’s thrilling to see working-class Bob given some agency’: CRATCHIT – Park Theatre ★★★★ by Debbie Gilpin

Marley was dead to begin with – and what of it? There’s still work to be done, and Bob Cratchit has to bear the brunt of his remaining master’s foul moods whilst remaining industrious.

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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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