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Saturday, July 21, 2018

‘A love letter to the NHS, masterfully written’: ALLELUJAH! – Bridge Theatre ★★★★ by Debbie Gilpin

A love letter to the NHS, masterfully written by Alan Bennett with lots of lovely touches – the 25-strong cast is impressive and really brings the play to life.

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Friday, July 20, 2018

‘Explores interesting themes around female relationships’: THE LAUNDRY – Drayton Arms Theatre ★★★ by Debbie Gilpin

The Laundry explores some interesting themes around female relationships, all brought to life by a talented cast, but unfortunately it tries to take on too much, resulting in the characters …

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Thursday, July 19, 2018

MISSED THE BOAT: Amélie by Debbie Gilpin

Amélie is my favourite French film, and where I first discovered the magical Audrey Tautou; the prospect of seeing it performed onstage was an intriguing one, with the film’s slightly qui…

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Wednesday, July 18, 2018

‘Takes itself far too seriously’: KNIGHTS OF THE ROSE – Arts Theatre by Debbie Gilpin

A Knight’s Tale takes itself far too seriously, missing a camp comedy open goal in its attempt to be intelligent – it’s well sung, but everything else leaves a lot to be desired.

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Monday, July 16, 2018

‘A truly immersive piece with a magnificent cast’: RENT – Apsley ★★★★ by Debbie Gilpin

Rent is a timeless story and this Vivo D’Arte production is well worth the trip to the Frogmore Paper Mill, Apsley to see it.

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Friday, July 13, 2018

‘Another dark delight from the world of Jim Mannering’: CAFE OF THE DAMNED – Etcetera Theatre ★★★★ by Debbie Gilpin

Another dark delight from the world of Jim Mannering that might make you think twice before you venture into another greasy spoon – there are many memorable moments from a talented cast.

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Thursday, July 12, 2018

‘We are a powder keg about to explode’: Why is Hamilton so popular and so relevant to Britain today? by Debbie Gilpin

So if this period of American history doesn’t potentially have a wide appeal, in the first instance, and the context is a major British loss… Why is Hamilton so popular and so relevant t…

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Wednesday, July 11, 2018

BWW Review: AS YOU LIKE IT, Regent's Park Open Air Theatre by Debbie Gilpin

Reunited following successful runs of The Lorax, the director-composer team of Max Webster and Charlie Fink bring a new version of the Shakespeare classic to the picturesque and rather appro…

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‘Fun, disturbing & unique piece’: FAT JEWELS – Hope Theatre ★★★★ by Debbie Gilpin

A really fun, disturbing and unique piece blessed with performers who can carry the material off.

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Monday, July 9, 2018

Responding to the latest debate on ‘theatre etiquette’ or should that term be banned? by Debbie Gilpin

In case you were unaware (unlikely, considering it’s now made it to the BBC news website) at Tuesday evening’s performance of Titanic last week in Nottingham, a pair of women in the fron…

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Friday, July 6, 2018

‘An important message as well as a whole load of humour’: FLESH & BONE – Soho Theatre ★★★★★ by Debbie Gilpin

A vital piece of theatre with an important message as well as a whole load of humour, performed with passion and physicality by a talented cast – an entertainingly filthy play that you wil…

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Thursday, July 5, 2018

BWW Review: THE JUNGLE, Playhouse Theatre by Debbie Gilpin

Joe Murphy and Joe Robertson's play had such a good reception during its run at the Young Vic Theatre back in the winter that it has transferred across the river to the Playhouse Theatre in …

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Wednesday, July 4, 2018

‘Very memorable indeed’: A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM – Wilton’s Music Hall ★★★★ by Debbie Gilpin

A wonderfully innovative take on the classic comedy, with incredible physicality employed to assist the storytelling – some terrific performances make this very memorable indeed.

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Tuesday, July 3, 2018

BWW Review: THE KING AND I, London Palladium by Debbie Gilpin

Following a hit run at New York's Lincoln Center Theater in 2015, Bartlett Sher's production of the Rodgers and Hammerstein classic makes its way to London's West End for a limited run at th…

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

There are, of course, a range of new shows to choose from – both in and out of London. Pigspurt’s Daughter (by Ken Campbell’s daughter Daisy) plays at Hampstead’s Downstairs venue, H…

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Monday, July 2, 2018

‘You’ve not lived until you’ve seen Juliet swigging a pint at the altar’: SHIT-FACED SHAKESPEARE: ROMEO & JULIET – Leicester Square Thea by Debbie Gilpin

A Romeo and Juliet like no other, made all the more unpredictable with the inclusion of alcohol – you’ve not lived until you’ve seen Juliet swigging a pint at the altar!

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Sunday, July 1, 2018

‘A visual wonder’: THE TEMPEST – St Paul’s Church ★★★ by Debbie Gilpin

A nice enough experience and a valiant attempt at making The Tempest more bearable, though a bit more trimming would be ideal – however, it’s a visual wonder that makes excellent use of …

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Friday, June 29, 2018

‘An enlightening production of a potentially troublesome play’: THE WINTER’S TALE – Shakespeare’s Globe ★★★★★ by Debbie Gilpin

An enlightening production of a potentially troublesome play, fantastically well conceptualised and beautifully designed – complete with some memorable and scene-stealing performances.

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Thursday, June 28, 2018

MISSED THE BOAT: Girls & Boys by Debbie Gilpin

Posted on June 21, 2018June 21, 2018 by Debbie Girls & Boys Photo credit: Marc BrennerEarlier this year, award-winning actress Carey Mulligan made her return to the London stag…

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Wednesday, June 27, 2018

‘A play with great potential’: CARE NOT, FEAR NAUGHT – Bridewell Theatre & Edinburgh ★★★ by Debbie Gilpin

An interesting story and a play with great potential, with a few tweaks it could become a powerful production – Anna Herzog is magnetic as the bloodthirsty Anne Bonny.

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Tuesday, June 26, 2018

‘A strong concept for a show’: GUY – A NEW MUSICAL: Bunker Theatre by Debbie Gilpin

There are points during the story of Guy: A New Musical which are funny, and scenes which are relatable whichever gender you choose to date, but there are many clichés and unnecessary innue…

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Monday, June 25, 2018

‘An important hour of theatre that moves, amuses & informs’: SECTION 2 – Bunker Theatre ★★★★★ by Debbie Gilpin

An important hour of theatre that moves, amuses & informs in equal measure – exquisitely written and brilliantly performed.

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Sunday, June 24, 2018

‘Smart & gripping play’: NO ONE IS COMING TO SAVE YOU – Bunker Theatre ★★★★★ by Debbie Gilpin

A smart and gripping play that leads you from one suspenseful situation to another, through the thoughts of two independent people – Agatha Elwes’ performance in particular marks her out…

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Friday, June 22, 2018

‘Such a refreshing concept’: KISS CHASE – Bunker Theatre ★★★★ by Debbie Gilpin

The songs which open and close the show (explaining the night and the rules) are simple and funny, the cast is strong and believable, and the two presenters create a comfortable atmosphere f…

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Wednesday, June 20, 2018

‘Sharp & funny piece examining ableism’: Libby’s Eyes – Bunker Theatre by Debbie Gilpin

The first of six productions in the Bunker Theatre’s inaugural Breaking Out season is Amy Bethan Evans’ play Libby’s Eyes. Inspired by her own experience with the PIP system, the play …

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Tuesday, June 19, 2018

‘This Fringe-focused frolic has to be a win’: ED FRINGE: THE MUSICAL REVUE – Canal Cafe ★★★★ by Debbie Gilpin

As a lover of the Fringe, Edinburgh and musicals, this show was made for me. For 55 minutes Emily Jane Kerr, Laura Hyde and James Witt sing and dance their way through Fringe related sketche…

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Sunday, June 17, 2018

‘A heartfelt, personal & relatable insight into dementia’: COCKAMAMY – Hope Theatre ★★★★★ by Debbie Gilpin

This beautifully written show is hilarious, heart-warming and painfully realistic; an emotional rollercoaster that will leave you in tears and wanting to hug your own loved ones tight. Don…

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Friday, June 15, 2018

‘A confused piece of theatre’: I AM OF IRELAND – Old Red Lion Theatre ★★★ by Debbie Gilpin

A timely topic, but ultimately a confused piece of theatre that gives you brain ache as well as back ache – would possibly benefit from a rethink in format.

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Thursday, June 14, 2018

‘There’s no doubt in my mind: the West End needs it’: SUNSHINE ON LEITH – Touring ★★★★★ by Debbie Gilpin

A wonderfully warm hug of a show, perfectly produced and performed – and you know you’re gonna be humming the tunes all the way out of the theatre.

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Wednesday, June 13, 2018

‘Detail, comedy & honesty really bring this piece to life’: BINGO – Pleasance London ★★★★ by Debbie Gilpin

Bingo is a friendly trip through the humorous and hard-hitting. While there is an element of predictability, especially the ending, it is moving; I found myself falling in love again with th…

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Tuesday, June 12, 2018

‘An evening that will stay with you’: THE END OF HISTORY – St Giles-in-the-Fields ★★★★ by Debbie Gilpin

A curious but compelling play, with emotional depth and more than a hint of social commentary – an evening that will stay with you.

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