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Sunday, May 20, 2018

‘One to have a giggle at but not take too seriously’: H.R. HAITCH – Union Theatre ★★★ by Debbie Gilpin

H.R. Haitch is a slightly repetitive, but not unenjoyable, new musical that’s come at the right time for Royal Wedding fever – one to have a giggle at but not take too seriously.

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Saturday, May 19, 2018

‘Has the chance to bring a lot of young, forgotten men back from the brink’: ISAAC CAME HOME FROM THE MOUNTAIN – Theatre503 ★★★★ by Debbie Gilpin

Let this production of Isaac Came Home From the Mountain go to the towns the writer drew on for inspiration, use their village halls if you must. I honestly believe this show has the chance …

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BWW Review: A TRIP ACROSS THE UNIVERSE, Bob Hope Theatre by Debbie Gilpin

In 2007, Across the Universe brought the songs of The Beatles to a new generation in the form of a jukebox musical film that incorporated 34 of the band's songs, from the very famous to the …

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Friday, May 18, 2018

INTERVIEW: Section 2’s Alex Da Silva & Esmé Patey-Ford by Debbie Gilpin

It’s now just under a month to go until the Breaking Out season begins at The Bunker Theatre, so I took the opportunity to chat to Alex Da Silva (Kay) and Esmé Patey-Ford (Rachel) who wil…

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Thursday, May 17, 2018

A round-up of reservations about where to sit – and what on – in fringe theatre… by Debbie Gilpin

Not that seating is perfect in many venues, but there are probably fewer things to consider. If you’re like me, however, and spend the vast majority of your time trundling around the Fring…

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Wednesday, May 16, 2018

INTERVIEW: Falling Pennies Theatre Company’s Ryan Penny by Debbie Gilpin

This time round Ryan Penny’s bringing back the evening of new writing, On The Night, in a slightly different format, split over two Mondays this month, and heading straight down to Plymout…

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Tuesday, May 15, 2018

‘A quietly affecting piece that has the potential to touch anyone’: NIGHTFALL – Bridge Theatre ★★★ by Debbie Gilpin

Nightfall is a subtle affair that is funny and quietly affecting – the production is beautifully designed and features some outstanding performances.

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Monday, May 14, 2018

‘A dystopian look at one of Shakespeare’s most well-known plays’: MACBETH – National Theatre ★★★★ by Debbie Gilpin

Macbeth at the National Theatre is a dystopian look at one of Shakespeare’s most well-known plays, ushering in a new dark age in the aftermath of civil war – Anne-Marie Duff and Nicholas…

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Thursday, May 10, 2018

‘Feels as if they’re all part of the same little world’: 143 – Theatre NI6 by Debbie Gilpin

What’s nice about the three plays in 143 is that it feels as if they’re all part of the same little world – obviously recognisable as a representation of the world in which we live, bu…

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Wednesday, May 9, 2018

‘Peppered with witty observations & dark humour’: GROTTY – Bunker Theatre ★★★★ by Debbie Gilpin

Grotty is a sharp new play that’s full to the brim with humour, as well as hiding a dark heart – cleverly directed and brilliantly performed.

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Tuesday, May 8, 2018

’More of a rank outsider than a dead cert’: Worth A Flutter – Hope Theatre ★ by Debbie Gilpin

Two hours of sexist lad ‘humour’ that all too often veers into soap territory, with performances of varying quality – more of a rank outsider than a dead cert.

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Saturday, May 5, 2018

‘The immersive theatre experience to end them all’: FOR KING & COUNTRY – Colab Factory ★★★★★ by Debbie Gilpin

Posted on April 30, 2018 by DebbieFor King and Country Photo credit: Owen KingstonJust when you think you’ve got your head around the concept of immersive theatre, a company comes alon…

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Thursday, May 3, 2018

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

An exciting couple of months coming up on the Fringe – this month I’m checking out Theatre N16’s new venue for a couple of shows, for one thing, and next month The Bunker Theatre will …

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Monday, April 30, 2018

BWW Review: NINE NIGHT, National Theatre by Debbie Gilpin

Natasha Gordon's debut play opens the new season at the Dorfman Theatre. 2018 marks 70 years since the Empire Windrush brought many hopeful Jamaicans across to Britain, some were specificall…

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Sunday, April 29, 2018

CD REVIEW: Twelfth Night (RSC 2017) – Music & Speeches by Debbie Gilpin

I was glad to see the RSC’s recent Twelfth Night (starring Adrian Edmondson and Kara Tointon) has become part of its CD collection, saving several musical performances and songs for eterni…

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Saturday, April 28, 2018

‘Will probably alienate as many people as it attracts’: MOORMAID – Arcola Theatre ★★ by Debbie Gilpin

Moormaid is a puzzling and pretentious play that will probably alienate as many people as it attracts – though visually striking, it struggles to tell an engaging story.

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Tuesday, April 24, 2018

‘Not sure the play really knows what it wants to say’: REARED – Theatre503 ★★★ by Debbie Gilpin

Reared features a tangled web of secrets that can’t all fit under one roof, leading to a hurried conclusion, but Paddy Glynn stands out.

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Monday, April 23, 2018

‘Guaranteed to never see the same show twice’: SHIT-FACED SHAKESPEARE: THE MERCHANT OF VENICE – Leicester Square Theatre ★★★★★ by Debbie Gilpin

Shakespearean silliness continues to entertain, as drunkenness diverts Shylock’s scheming in Shit-faced Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice.

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Sunday, April 22, 2018

MISSED THE BOAT: Photograph 51 by Debbie Gilpin

I do hope Photograph 51 might be revived over here one day, though maybe in a more intimate space than the Noel Coward Theatre, to really play up the atmosphere and tension.

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Friday, April 20, 2018

Emma Rice at Shakespeare’s Globe: Top 10 by Debbie Gilpin

I thought it would be great to celebrate some of my favourite things about Emma Rice’s time as the artistic director of Shakespeare’s Globe.

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Wednesday, April 18, 2018

‘Refreshing & funny’: COCONUT – Ovalhouse & Touring ★★★★ by Debbie Gilpin

My verdict? A refreshing and funny look at life for a proportion of British Muslims – an entertaining 90 minutes with some standout performances.

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Monday, April 16, 2018

Have you experienced Opera Undressed? La traviata by Debbie Gilpin

I finally managed to secure a ticket for La traviata through Opera Undressed, a scheme run by the English National Opera for productions at the London Coliseum. It’s a great package: the …

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Sunday, April 15, 2018

‘What is so good is how it lulls you into a false sense of security’: PLASTIC – Old Red Lion Theatre ★★★★ by Debbie Gilpin

What is so good about this play is how it lulls you into a false sense of security. The informality of how the characters address the audience, speaking in verse (sometimes rhyming, sometime…

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Saturday, April 14, 2018

‘Everyone’s going through something’: Interview with Paper Creatures about new play Section 2 by Debbie Gilpin

"You worry (especially with fringe theatre): are you going to put bums on seats? Is it going to be able to portray the message you want? Will the audience get much out of it?"

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Wednesday, April 11, 2018

‘Gripping from start to finish’: DEVIL WITH THE BLUE DRESS – Bunker Theatre ★★★★ by Debbie Gilpin

Devil With the Blue Dress is a sharp and incisive play that takes another look at an infamous part of US political history, with compelling performances from the cast of five – gripping fr…

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Tuesday, April 10, 2018

‘One of the best original British musicals out there’: TEDDY – The Vaults ★★★★★ by Debbie Gilpin

Bursting into The Vaults following a run at the Watermill Theatre and a short UK tour, Tristan Bernays’ musical Teddy transports the audience back to Elephant & Castle in 1958 for a r…

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BWW Review: PERICL?S, PRINCE DE TYR, Barbican by Debbie Gilpin

Cheek by Jowl began life in 1981, first producing plays in English before branching out to other languages their current production of Shakespeare's Pericles is performed in French, which ha…

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Monday, April 9, 2018

Debbie Gilpin on Olivier Awards: Disappointment for Everybody’s Talking About Jamie & Hamlet by Debbie Gilpin

So, that just happened! Despite some small disappointments in the nominations (nothing too much, just some things felt unnecessarily overlooked), I was rather looking forward to this year’…

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Saturday, April 7, 2018

‘Don’t criticise what you can’t understand’: Are critics beyond reproach? by Debbie Gilpin

It’s frustrating when people don’t subscribe to your point of view, but you’ve just got to deal with it. Love the things you love and support them to the hilt, just draw the line at at…

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Tuesday, April 3, 2018

BWW Review: THE FANTASTIC FOLLIES OF MRS RICH, Swan Theatre by Debbie Gilpin

Next up at the RSC's Swan Theatre is an oft-forgotten Restoration comedy by Mary Pix originally titled The Beau Defeated, Jo Davies' production shifts the focus onto the widowed protagonist …

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CD REVIEW: Something Rotten (Original Broadway Cast Recording) by Debbie Gilpin

When everywhere else was cashing in on it being the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, London’s big theatres passed up the opportunity to bring Karey & Wayne Kirkpatrick’s …

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