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Sunday, June 19, 2022

‘The immersive experience is a must’: Fawlty Towers The Dining Experience – President Hotel ★★★★★ by Elaine Chapman

The President Hotel located in Russell Square is currently the home to Fawlty Towers The Dining Experience. Situated a few minutes walks away from Russell Square tube station it’s convenie…

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Saturday, June 11, 2022

‘The ensemble precision & attention to detail are superb’: CHICAGO – Touring ★★★★ by Elaine Chapman

New Wimbledon Theatre presented the latest touring production of the “sleek and sassy” successful West End musical Chicago. Set in the heart of 1920s America, the inner moral compass has…

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Saturday, June 4, 2022

‘Humorous & bawdy’: BLEAK EXPECTATIONS – Watermill Theatre, Newbury ★★★★ by Elaine Chapman

Anthology Theatre productions and David Wolstencroft have adapted the BBC Radio 4 comedy production Bleak Expectations and bought it to the stage. Its cast of nine brings many of the famous …

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Wednesday, May 25, 2022

‘A perfectly balanced & in sync production’: DIRTY DANCING IN CONCERT –Touring ★★★★ by Elaine Chapman

Marking the 35th anniversary of the popular iconic film Dirty Dancing written by Eleanor Bergstein which starred Jennifer Grey and the late Patrick Swayze, Dirty Dancing The Movie in Concert…

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Sunday, May 22, 2022

‘This complicated murder mystery unravels before us’: THE DA VINCI CODE – Touring ★★★★★ by Elaine Chapman

This touring version of The Da Vinci Code maintains the storyline of the original book where the codes come thick and fast and the dialogue is clear and concise allowing you to follow the st…

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Friday, April 22, 2022

‘Unrushed & sympathetic performances’: THE RED – Original Theatre (Online show) ★★★★★ by Elaine Chapman

Back in 2019 when Marcus Brigstocke premiered The Red at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, I was lucky enough to meet him at one of the food venue vans and was personally flyered by him.

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Thursday, April 14, 2022

‘Throughout the play, I felt personally caught up in this family battlefield’: THE FEVER SYNDROME – Hampstead Theatre ★★★★ by Elaine Chapman

The first thing you notice upon entering the auditorium is the impressive dominating cross-section of the Myers' family's four-storey, ageing townhouse based in Manhattan.

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Saturday, April 9, 2022

‘Christina Bianco doesn’t fail to deliver with an incredible range of voices’: THE RISE & FALL OF LITTLE VOICE – Touring ★★★★ by Elaine Chapman

Suffering, poverty, grief and alcoholism predominantly run through the entire performance of The Rise and Fall of Little Voice.

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Wednesday, February 9, 2022

‘Rich, funny & heart-rending’: SAME TIME, NEXT YEAR – Touring ★★★★ by Elaine Chapman

Sarah Kempton in the role of Doris and Kieran Buckeridge as George embark on two extremely challenging roles in Same Time, Next Year.

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Wednesday, December 22, 2021

‘For Alan Bennett fans such as myself, it is a real treat’: HABEAS CORPUS – Menier Chocolate Factory ★★★★ by Elaine Chapman

In 1973 when Habeas Corpus was first staged, it reflected attitudes and behaviour indicative of its time.

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Saturday, October 30, 2021

‘A touch of 1920s glamour & toe-tapping musical entertainment’: TOP HAT – Sonning by Elaine Chapman

Jack Butterworth as Jerry Travers and co-star Billie-Kay as Dale Tremont dance their way through the confusion of mistaken identity as to whether they will or won’t get together.

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Friday, October 22, 2021

‘Any actor that can purposely act badly deserves credit’: THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG – Touring ★★★★★ by Elaine Chapman

Since the play began in 2012 on the stage in the Off West End venue The Old Red Lion, The Play that Goes Wrong has gone from strength to strength and spent nine years in the West End and is …

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Tuesday, October 19, 2021

‘A superb credit to the 19th-century Gothic novel’: THE LEGEND OF SLEEPY HOLLOW – Touring ★★★★★ by Elaine Chapman

Based on the American Gothic novel by Washington Irving, which was first published in 1819, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow has been adapted for the stage by Tilted Wig Productions in this highl…

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Friday, October 8, 2021

‘A dramatic end with impressive lighting effects’: THE BALLAD OF MARIA MARTEN — Theatre Royal, Winchester (UK Tour) by Elaine Chapman

The Red Barn murder in 1827 took place in Polstead, Suffolk it’s the notorious tale about Maria Marten who was brutally shot dead by her partner William Corder.

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Sunday, September 19, 2021

‘Superb & moving start to a long-awaited season’: SEPTEMBER IN THE RAIN – Salisbury Playhouse ★★★★ by Elaine Chapman

Salisbury Playhouse reopens its doors with September in the Rain by John Godber. Liz (Nicola Sloane) and Jack Munroe (Ian Kelsey) fondly reflect on holiday memoirs from their thirty years of…

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Monday, September 13, 2021

‘Bad taste jokes & plenty of laughs’: AY UP, HITLER! – Touring ★★★★ by Elaine Chapman

We watch as Ay Up, Hitler is set “down the pub” with an array of Yorkshire accents, lots of warm beer drunk (mimed) and donning the flat cap. Writer David McCulloch has certainly put the…

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Thursday, September 9, 2021

‘It’s refreshing’: WAITRESS – New Wimbledon Theatre & Touring ★★★★ by Elaine Chapman

New Wimbledon Theatre has opened its doors with the West End smash hit production Waitress starring Lucie Jones as Jenna and ex Busted star Matt Willis in the role of Dr Pomatter. The book b…

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Saturday, August 28, 2021

‘Perfect timings’: IT ALL – Edinburgh Fringe ★★★★ by Elaine Chapman

What does it mean to have “It All?” I am not sure the answer to that question can ever be answered as it means something different to everyone. Cameron Cook raises this point several tim…

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Thursday, August 26, 2021

‘An absolute pleasure to watch’: ROSSETTI’S WOMEN – Edinburgh Fringe ★★★★★ by Elaine Chapman

Dante Gabriel Rossetti’s raunchy, eccentric and outrageous sex life has been written and brought to the stage by writer and director Joan Greening in Rossetti’s Women.

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Tuesday, August 24, 2021

‘One the most powerful performances I have ever watched’: 1902 – Edinburgh Fringe ★★★★★ by Elaine Chapman

The atmospheric setting for 1902 has been set in a disused arches space in an industrial area of Leith. It’s a bit off the Fringe beaten track but I can assure you it’s well worth the tr…

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Saturday, August 21, 2021

‘Satirical ridicule on familiar faces’: THUNDERJAB 3 – Edinburgh Fringe ★★★★ by Elaine Chapman

If you are looking to end the day with an abundance of laughter then definitely go and check out Eric Robinson in Thunderjab 3 at the Bevan Theatre in The Surgeons Hall Space.

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Tuesday, August 17, 2021

‘A raw testosterone-fueled performance’: SHOOK – Edinburgh Fringe ★★★★ by Elaine Chapman

Director Rebecca Morgan has brought the hard-hitting play Shook by Samuel Bailey to the Edinburgh Fringe for 2021. Three young men are facing the daunting reality of being fathers as their g…

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Saturday, August 14, 2021

‘One of the funniest performances I have seen at the Fringe so far’: CORPSING – Edinburgh Fringe ★★★★ by Elaine Chapman

Have you ever wondered how an undertaker can stay in business when they operate in small villages, with limited populations? Corpsing might be able to answer some of these questions.

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Tuesday, August 10, 2021

‘Interesting & heartfelt’: PLASTERS – Edinburgh Fringe ★★★★ by Elaine Chapman

The writing of Plasters at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival shows much depth into relationship break ups and how “we” see love. Emma Tadmor delivers a moving and heartfelt performance. Espe…

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Tuesday, August 3, 2021

‘Prepare to be astounded & enthralled’: WONDERVILLE – Palace Theatre ★★★★★ by Elaine Chapman

The art of illusion and magic has arrived at the Palace Theatre as Wonderville takes to the stage. Normally home to Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Wonderville has taken up residence for …

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Saturday, July 31, 2021

‘Never defaults into a tale of woe is me’: HEAD/LINING – Pleasance Theatre ★★★★★ by Elaine Chapman

Hard-hitting autobiographical theatre such as head/lining offers audiences an insight into the harsh and angry struggles that go unspoken behind many homes throughout the country.

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Monday, July 26, 2021

‘Outstanding tribute’: QUENTIN CRISP: NAKED HOPE – Stream Theatre (Online review) ★★★★★ by Elaine Chapman

Famous flamboyant, charasmatic homosexual writer, raconteur and actor Quentin Crisp aka Denis Pratt returns to the stage through an entertaining and heartfelt performance by the extremely ta…

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Wednesday, June 9, 2021

‘Brings a new life & dimension to the dangerously charismatic Gray’: THE TRAGEDY OF DORIAN GRAY – Blue Devil Productions (Online review) ★ by Elaine Chapman

Writer and director Ross Dinwiddy’s vision to create a black and white adaptation of Dorian Gray adds a twist to the gothic tale. Moving away from the rich luxury often associated with Wil…

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Sunday, June 6, 2021

‘Lockyer’s adaptation brings this incredible play to a new audience’: TAKE OFF YOUR CORNFLAKES – White Bear Theatre ★★★★★ by Elaine Chapman

The first of two press night for the White Bear’s latest production Take Off Your Cornflakes saw Mark Lockyer leave the stage to rapturous applause. After performing to sell-out audiences …

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Thursday, June 3, 2021

‘Delightful & informative’: Gilbert & Sullivan’s Improbable New Musical – Brighton Fringe (Online review) ★★★★ by Elaine Chapman

Coily Dart Theatre presents Gilbert & Sullivan’s Improbable New Musical, a brand new production for the Brighton Fringe 2021. This fully audio production tells the little known story o…

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Saturday, May 29, 2021

’Takes you on a fast track journey through social media platforms’: PUBLIC DOMAIN – Vaudeville Theatre ★★★★★ by Elaine Chapman

Written and performed by Francesca Forristal and Jordan Paul Clarke, Public Domain is now making its first appearance on the West End stage in the Vaudeville Theatre.

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