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Thursday, November 15, 2018

‘A really fun experience’: DRUNK WOMEN SOLVING CRIME – Pleasance by Debbie Gilpin

I’ve never been to a live podcast recording before so I had a little trepidation going into Drunk Women Solving Crime, not knowing quite what to expect.

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Monday, November 12, 2018

Wise Children ‘has blossomed into a show as joyous as I’ve come to expect from Emma Rice’ by Debbie Gilpin

he beauty of seeing a show several times is that you can take in so many different things across the hours you spend in a theatre with it. With it being Emma Rice (and, let’s face it, Katy…

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Sunday, November 11, 2018

‘Representing a little bit of South America’: Thoughts on The Wider Earth from cast member Marcello Cruz by Debbie Gilpin

You couldn’t ask for a much more perfect show for me than The Wider Earth. Puppets? Yes. Evolution? Yes. Natural History Museum? Yes.

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Friday, November 9, 2018

‘We dream in the dark’: The power of Hamilton track ‘The Room Where It Happens’ by Debbie Gilpin

The Hamilton track ‘The Room Where It Happens’ stands up well as a track to listen to on the cast recording, but something really special happens when you watch it being performed.

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Thursday, November 8, 2018

‘A masterclass in storytelling’: PICKLE JAR – Soho Theatre ★★★★★ by Debbie Gilpin

Maddie Rice (star of the recent tour of Fleabag) brings her debut play Pickle Jar to Soho Theatre, following on from an acclaimed engagement at this year’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

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Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Debbie’s Top 10 ideas for stage adaptations by Debbie Gilpin

I thought I should have a think about what sort of things I’d like to be adapted for the stage – basically anything with a bit more originality to it than the endless parade of teen movi…

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Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Are we in the middle of a golden age of Shakespeare productions? by Debbie Gilpin

So what can be done to make Shakespeare less boring, or prove that Shakespeare isn’t boring (depending on how you look at it)? It does feel to me that we’re in the middle of a golden age…

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Friday, November 2, 2018

MISSED THE BOAT: Fleabag by Debbie Gilpin

Thankfully, Nick Hern Books has published the playtext of Fleabag, so I thought it was about time I made the most of that for this series of posts.

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What’s Debbie looking forward to in November 2018? by Debbie Gilpin

Big openers include Pinter 4 (Moonlight/Night School), the return of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (Piccadilly Theatre), Caroline, or Change at the Playhouse and Hadestow…

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Thursday, November 1, 2018

‘A challenging & intriguing watch’: JERICHO’S ROSE – Hope Theatre by Debbie Gilpin

Jericho’s Rose is a challenging and intriguing watch that demonstrates a blend of various disciplines, but is also slightly repetitive at times – Lilac Yosiphon gives a committed & …

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Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Theatrical tricks & treats for Halloween by Debbie Gilpin

There’s plenty of Halloween treats to choose from all across London, so if you fancy doing something a little bit spooky this week then here’s a selection of highlights…

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Monday, October 29, 2018

‘A great statement of intent from Emma Rice’: WISE CHILDREN – The Old Vic ★★★★ by Debbie Gilpin

Wise Children is a beautifully designed and performed show, that’s faithful to the source material without ever feeling constrained by it – a great statement of intent from Emma Rice.

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Sunday, October 28, 2018

BWW Review: A CELEBRATION OF JOHN WILLIAMS IN CONCERT at Royal Albert Hall by Debbie Gilpin

This year sees the 40th anniversary of John Williams' first concert with the London Symphony Orchestra, which was performed at the Royal Albert Hall in February 1978. Friday's concert would …

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Friday, October 26, 2018

‘Full of purpose & great storytelling’: MACBETH – Touring ★★★★★ by Debbie Gilpin

Something wicked this way comes…” It’s Merely Theatre, as the company tours its brand new production of the Scottish Play in rep with Much Ado About Nothing.

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Monday, October 22, 2018

‘The reunion concert of your dreams’: LET IT BE – Touring ★★★★ by Debbie Gilpin

Let It Be is fab way to experience the Fab Four, and without a doubt the reunion concert of your dreams – it’s about time for it to ‘Get Back’ to the West End…

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Saturday, October 20, 2018

BWW Review: GUYS AND DOLLS, Royal Albert Hall by Debbie Gilpin

For three performances only, renowned directorchoreographer Stephen Mears has brought his own semi-staged version of the classic musical Guys and Dolls to the Royal Albert Hall. The Royal Ph…

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Wednesday, October 17, 2018

‘A beautifully compact version of a well-known opera’: LA TRAGEDIE DE CARMEN – Touring ★★★★ by Debbie Gilpin

A beautifully compact version of a well-known opera, La Tragedie de Carmen is backed by stunning historic surroundings – the vocals and performances are impressive.

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Monday, October 15, 2018

‘A fun-filled adventure for all the family’: THE WIDER EARTH – Natural History Museum ★★★★ by Debbie Gilpin

The Wider Earth is a fun-filled adventure for all the family, lifting the lid on a lesser known part of the life of Charles Darwin – the puppetry is simply extraordinary.

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Friday, October 12, 2018

‘A very dark but very funny play’: A Funny Thing Happened On the Way to the Gynaecologic Oncology Unit at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center o by Debbie Gilpin

With a title like A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Gynecologic Oncology Unit at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center of New York City, Halley Feiffer’s play definitely attracts y…

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Tuesday, October 9, 2018

BWW Review: TWELFTH NIGHT, Young Vic by Debbie Gilpin

The Notting Hill Carnival comes to Illyria, bathing its mournful sadness in music and colour this concept couldn't be more apt, given the tragedies the West London community has gone through…

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Friday, October 5, 2018

‘Incredible amount of potential’: WE’LL LIVE & DIE IN THESE TOWNS – Coventry ★★★ by Debbie Gilpin

Full of great promise, We’ll Live & Die in These Towns has a blistering soundtrack that is masterfully performed by a band of talented actor-musicians – a real audiovisual gift from…

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Thursday, October 4, 2018

BWW Review: COCK, Minerva Theatre by Debbie Gilpin

First performed at the Royal Court in 2009, Mike Bartlett's play Cock has been revived as part of the Chichester Festival season at the Minerva Theatre, following on from Michael Frayn's Cop…

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What’s Debbie looking forward to in October 2018? by Debbie Gilpin

It honestly doesn’t let up. At all. After an Edinburgh-focused August, and a ‘keep myself busy at all costs’ September (mostly to avoid the hell that is rush hour transport), October h…

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Sunday, September 30, 2018

BWW Review: HOGARTH'S PROGRESS, Rose Theatre Kingston by Debbie Gilpin

Over 30 years since The Art of Success was first performed, beginning in Stratford-upon-Avon and running in both New York and London where it picked up an Olivier Award nomination, and Nick …

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Thursday, September 27, 2018

BWW Review: 17C, Old Vic by Debbie Gilpin

Most people will associate Samuel Pepys with the Great Fire of London, but there were more to his extensive diaries than that. In fact, he would note down pretty much anything that happened …

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BWW Review: ANTONY AND CLEOPATRA, National Theatre by Debbie Gilpin

A pair of Shakespeare's star-crossed lovers make their return to the National Theatre for Simon Godwin's much-anticipated production of Antony and Cleopatra, that sees Ralph Fiennes and Soph…

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Wednesday, September 26, 2018

‘A gloriously colourful adaptation’: ARABIAN NIGHTS – Hoxton Hall ★★★★ by Debbie Gilpin

Iris Theatre’s Arabian Nights is a gloriously colourful adaptation of a well-known collection of tales, freshened up by Iris Theatre – the puppetry is a highlight of the storytelling.

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Tuesday, September 25, 2018

‘Shaping up to be a brilliantly crafted show’: Behind the scenes at the Natural History Museum for The Wider Earth by Debbie Gilpin

First announced back in July, David Morton’s play The Wider Earth about Charles Darwin will be settling in at the Natural History Museum at the beginning of next month in a brand new theat…

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Sunday, September 23, 2018

‘One of the best productions at the Globe this year’: EYAM – Shakespeare’s Globe ★★★★ by Debbie Gilpin

Eyam is a celebration of the strength of human spirit in the face of seemingly impossible odds, highlighting the power and comfort of community – a stirring watch.

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Wednesday, September 19, 2018

‘An atmospheric piece with terrific performances’: FOXFINDER – West End ★★★★ by Debbie Gilpin

Foxfinder is a mysterious drama that chimes eerily well with the current political climate and general sense of unease – an atmospheric piece with terrific performances from the cast of fo…

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Friday, September 14, 2018

‘Real & definitive progress could be made’: Here’s to all the women’s stories we’ve yet to hear by Debbie Gilpin

Apparently, 2018 is the ‘Year of the Woman’, and it has definitely felt like the world of theatre has stepped up for the occasion.

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