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Sunday, May 20, 2018

BOOK REVIEW: Twenty Theatres to See Before You Die by Amber Massie-Blomfield ❤❤❤ by Emma Clarendon

Amber Massie-Blomfield’s book explores the history of theatres from across the UK, affectionately written but also deeply researched.

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Saturday, May 19, 2018

‘Hard for the audience not to get swept along with it all’: H.R. HAITCH – Union Theatre ❤❤❤ by Emma Clarendon

Perfectly timed to coincide with the upcoming royal wedding, musical comedy H.R Haitch is packed full of laughs but seems to run out of steam towards the end.

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Friday, May 18, 2018

‘Performances that keep the audience captivated from beginning to end’: RED – West End ❤❤❤❤❤ by Emma Clarendon

Alfred Enoch and Alfred Molina both shine in this revival of John Logan’s play Red, now playing at the Wyndham’s Theatre.

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Thursday, May 17, 2018

‘Feels as classy and fresh as ever’: CHICAGO – West End ❤❤❤❤ by Emma Clarendon

Overall, it is pleasing to have Chicago back in the West End to offer new audiences an opportunity to see the classic musical. But it is just lacking a little bit of sparkle in the performan…

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‘A true celebration of people of all backgrounds & cultures’: Five reasons to visit the Underbelly Festival by Emma Clarendon

Now in its 10th year along the Southbank, the Underbelly Festival is a highlight of editor Emma Clarendon’s calendar. Here’s five reasons why she loves visiting it each year…

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Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Album Review: Frozen – Original Broadway Cast Recording ❤❤❤❤ by Emma Clarendon

Capturing the spirit of the story and the characters, the Broadway Cast Recording of Frozen features a wealth of talent vocally to make it a joy to listen to.

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Tuesday, May 15, 2018

‘Who could ask for anything more?’: AN AMERICAN IN PARIS – Cinema Screening – The Hospital Club ❤❤❤❤❤ by Emma Clarendon

Following a recent run in the West End at the Dominion Theatre, hit musical An American in Paris arrives on the big screen this week.

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Monday, May 14, 2018

‘Thought-provoking & beautifully presented’: NIGHTFALL – Bridge Theatre ❤❤❤❤ by Emma Clarendon

Nightfall, a sensitive play about the impact of grief on one family’s life, might be slow to unravel but is completely relatable and engaging.

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Saturday, May 12, 2018

‘Takes the whole concept of having a bath to new heights’: SOAP – Underbelly Festival by Emma Clarendon

Flowing seamlessly from beginning to end, SOAP not only has a great energy about it but also is a reminder of why 250 years on circus is still considered fascinating to audiences as a form o…

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Friday, May 11, 2018

REVIEW ROUND-UP: Mood Music at The Old Vic Theatre by Emma Clarendon

Joe Penhall’s play Mood Music about the music industry has officially opened at The Old Vic Theatre. Here’s what critics have been saying about it…

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Thursday, May 10, 2018

INTERVIEW: Spotlight On… comedian & blogger Sam Avery by Emma Clarendon

The comedian and blogger Sam Avery spoke to Love London Love Culture about his new stand-up show going on tour from October, including a date at the Leicester Square Theatre.

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‘Sharply written, perceptive & balanced’: THE FALL – Southwark Playhouse ❤❤❤❤❤ by Emma Clarendon

The Fall is a play that lingers on in the mind long after the show has finished and is performed to perfection by all of the cast. Well worth a watch.

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Wednesday, May 9, 2018

REVIEW ROUND UP: Chess at the London Coliseum by Emma Clarendon

Chess is officially back in London, directed by Laurence Connor and starring Alexandra Burke, Michael Ball and Cassidy Janson. Here’s what the critics have been saying about it…

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Tuesday, May 8, 2018

‘Bold & confident production well worth seeing’: CHESS – West End ❤❤❤❤ by Emma Clarendon

There’s no denying that the plot in Chess could, despite changes in this version, be better structured. But this is a show best enjoyed by sitting back and letting the music and staging bl…

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Monday, May 7, 2018

‘A lightly entertaining watch’: AN IDEAL HUSBAND – West End ❤❤❤ by Emma Clarendon

There is certainly no faulting any of the cast’s performances or the look of the production as a whole, but it feels as though Jonathan Church’s production of An Ideal Husband is just la…

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Sunday, May 6, 2018

REVIEW ROUND-UP: Nine Night at the National Theatre by Emma Clarendon

The National Theatre presents Natasha Gordon’s debut play Nine Night, directed by Roy Alexander Weise and stars Franc Ashman, Oliver Alvin-Wilson and Michelle Greenidge among the cast. Her…

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Saturday, May 5, 2018

INTERVIEW: Tiger Lillies on their ‘emotional rollercoaster ride’, Devil’s Fairground by Emma Clarendon

Tiger Lillies spoke to Love London Love Culture’s Emma Clarendon about their upcoming show Devil’s Fairground, playing at London’s Wilton’s Music Hall from the 15 to 26 May 2018.

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Friday, May 4, 2018

REVIEW ROUND UP: Absolute Hell at the National Theatre by Emma Clarendon

The reviews are in for the National Theatre’s production of Rodney Ackland’s Absolute Hell, directed by Joe Hill-Gibbins (playing until 16 June 2018). Here, Love London Love Culture roun…

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Wednesday, May 2, 2018

7 shows to look out for in May – Red, Chess, An Ideal Husband & more by Emma Clarendon

Here’s a guide to a few of the shows that Love London Love Culture is looking forward to throughout May…

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Tuesday, May 1, 2018

‘Vibrant & mesmerising’: CIRCUS ABYSSINIA: ETHIOPIAN DREAMS – Underbelly Festival ❤❤❤❤ by Emma Clarendon

Bold and vibrant, Circus Abyssinia offers plenty of thrills in its mesmerising show at the Underbelly Festival.

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Monday, April 30, 2018

INTERVIEW: Spotlight On… Voices from the Deep’s Kheira Bey by Emma Clarendon

Kheira Bey is about to star in Voices from the Deep at the King’s Head Theatre. She spoke to Love London Love Culture’s editor Emma Clarendon about what to expect from the show…

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Saturday, April 28, 2018

‘Celebrates the world of dancing to full effect’: STRICTLY BALLROOM THE MUSICAL – West End ❤❤❤❤ by Emma Clarendon

This glitter filled and entertaining production of Strictly Ballroom might rely slightly too much on Will Young but is fun to watch unfold.

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Friday, April 27, 2018

INTERVIEW: Spotlight On… Not Talking’s Gemma Lawrence by Emma Clarendon

Gemma Lawrence spoke to Love London Love Culture’s Emma Clarendon about the world stage premiere of Mike Bartlett’s Not Talking. The production at the Arcola Theatre, London continues un…

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Thursday, April 26, 2018

‘Hysterical from start to finish’: SHIT-FACED SHAKESPEARE: THE MERCHANT OF VENICE – Leicester Square Theatre ❤❤❤❤ by Emma Clarendon

Actors being completely inebriated is probably not what you expect when you go to see a Shakespeare play. However, Shitfaced Shakespeare’s production of The Merchant of Venice is entirely …

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Wednesday, April 25, 2018

REVIEW ROUND UP: The Moderate Soprano at the Duke of York’s Theatre by Emma Clarendon

Jeremy Herrin’s production transfers to the Duke of York’s Theatre, having played at the Hampstead Theatre (running until 30 June 2018). But what have critics been making of David Hare…

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Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Where will we all be in 60 years’ time? Interview with The Fall’s director Matt Harrison by Emma Clarendon

"Over the course of three stories, we draw a very direct line between the young actors the audience see on stage and the people they’ll be in 60 years time – asking what conversations do…

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‘The real question is: what can audiences unexpect?’ Benjamin Alborough on Cream Tea & Incest by Emma Clarendon

The writer and producer spoke to Love London Love Culture about Cream Tea and Incest, now playing at The Hope Theatre following a run at the 2017 Edinburgh Festival Fringe.  For those w…

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Monday, April 23, 2018

‘Gradually ramps up the tension to great effect’: RASHEEDA SPEAKING – Trafalgar Studios ❤❤❤❤ by Emma Clarendon

With many moments that hit a powerful punch, Rasheeda Speaking is a powerful and thoughtful piece of drama, designed to make audiences re-evaluate their own attitudes. Well worth paying a vi…

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Sunday, April 22, 2018

‘Draws out all of the emotion & rawness of the characters’: THE GULF – Tristan Bates Theatre by Emma Clarendon

The quality of Matthew Gould’s production of The Gulf is high, particularly drawing out two raw and emotionally engaging performances from Louisa Lytton and Anna Acton who thrash out their…

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Saturday, April 21, 2018

INTERVIEW: Spotlight On… Alfred Molina & Alfred Enoch on the West End production of Red by Emma Clarendon

Alfred Enoch and Alfred Molina spoke about the upcoming West End premiere of Michael Grandage’s production of Red, opening for previews at London’s Wyndham’s Theatre from 4 May to 28 J…

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Friday, April 20, 2018

‘Hilariously chaotic production’: MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING – Rose Theatre, Kingston ❤❤❤❤ by Emma Clarendon

But overall, this is a light and entertaining production of Much Ado About Nothing that just needs some more focus in some scenes to keep the pace flowing better. Worth a visit.

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