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Wednesday, May 22, 2019

BWW Review: MAN OF LA MANCHA, London Coliseum by Fraser Macdonald

As the alternate AldonzaDulcinea, Cassidy Janson would be forgiven for feeling a little out of place amongst the otherwise established company. On the contrary, Janson brings the feisty Scot…

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Friday, April 12, 2019

BWW Review: FAUST, Royal Opera House by Fraser Macdonald

Bruno Ravella sparks new magic into David McVicar's production, refreshing the feel of the piece whilst ensuring its original spark is retained. Although the fifth revival of McVicar's take …

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Tuesday, March 26, 2019


As far as play texts go, Company jumps off the page from the word go - carefully crafted and delicately complied, to result in a magic mixture of New York grit and Broadway schmaltz. It's a …

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Tuesday, March 5, 2019

BWW Review: SIX THE MUSICAL, Arts Theatre, by Fraser Macdonald

They say that history is written by the victors. Though the ill-fated wives of Henry VIII may not seem to come out on top in your average history textbook, Six The Musical proves that there …

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Tuesday, February 12, 2019

BWW Review: A BEAUTIFUL NOISE, Lyric Theatre by Fraser Macdonald

He's penned some of the greatest hits of the 20th century and is revered the world over. Now, the legendary music of Neil Diamond is brought to life on a West End stage for a night you won't…

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Thursday, January 10, 2019

BWW Review: SONGS FOR NOBODIES, Ambassadors Theatre by Fraser Macdonald

As a performer, Robinson excels in her vocal talent and is sure to deliver a glorious homage to many of the great voices that are sadly no longer with us.

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Monday, December 17, 2018

BWW Review: A CHRISTMAS CAROL THE MUSICAL IN CONCERT, Lyceum Theatre by Fraser Macdonald

The performance itself is as a live concert rather than a fully costumed and set production,allowingactors to focus on the delivery of the score, bringing the musicto life in a way that othe…

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Sunday, December 16, 2018

BWW Review: BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, King's Theatre, Edinburgh by Fraser Macdonald

Every so often, a show comes along that completely redefines how theatre should be done. In this year's panto adventure, Beauty and the Beast at Edinburgh's King's Theatre not only shows tha…

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BWW Review: SLEEPIN' CUTIE, Macrobert Arts Centre, Stirling by Fraser Macdonald

For kids of all ages - even mums and dads, who are just big kids at heart - this panto really does give something for all.

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Friday, December 14, 2018

BWW Review: ALADDIN, King's Theatre, Glasgow by Fraser Macdonald

Under the direction of Nigel West, Glasgow's King's Theatre once again delivers a seriously entertaining pantomime.

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Sunday, December 2, 2018

BWW Review: DICK WHITTINGTON, Lyric Hammersmith by Fraser Macdonald

It's been a decade since the Lyric Hammersmith theatre first brought a panto to their local faithful. Following plucky young hero Dick Whittington, Londoners can expect a heartwarming story …

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Tuesday, November 27, 2018

BWW Interview: Keith McLeish Talks Panto SLEEPIN' CUTIE at Macrobert Arts Centre by Fraser Macdonald

Keith McLeish takes on larger-than-life panto dame Fairy B inSleepin' Cutieat Macrobert Arts Centre in Stirling, playing until 31 December.

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Monday, November 26, 2018

Book Review: NATIONAL YOUTH THEATRE MONOLOGUES, Michael Bryher by Fraser Macdonald

With detailed explanatory notes for every piece of its 75-strong compilation, this must-have guide is sure to bolster the confidence of those lining up to take part in the most important min…

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Tuesday, November 13, 2018

BWW Review: THE KING AND I, Cinema Broadcast by Fraser Macdonald

The screened version of this year's Palladium run brings a completely new perspective to the show, not only delivering a true reflection of the live experience but enhancing it beyond any re…

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Tuesday, November 6, 2018

BWW Review: RED, Broadcast In Cinemas by Fraser Macdonald

John Logan's Red, which debuted at the Donmar Warehouse in 2009, enjoyed a belatedWest End run at the beginning of this year. As afurther encore, a cinema broadcast of Michael Grandage'saccl…

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Saturday, October 27, 2018

CD Review: SI, Andrea Bocelli by Fraser Macdonald

Orchestrations are deliciously rich and offer the impression of a grand concert hall with musicians in fine tune. Si is a delightful little album that allows you to escape into the Italian r…

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Tuesday, October 23, 2018

BWW Review: THE WIPERS TIMES, Arts Theatre by Fraser Macdonald

Returning to the Arts Theatre in London's West End after a UK tour, The Wipers Times proves that the history of the Great War can be engaging and at times entertaining.

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Sunday, September 9, 2018

Book Review: BOUBLIL AND SCHONBERG'S LES MISERABLES, Sarah Whitfield by Fraser Macdonald

The musical phenomenon that continues to take audiences by storm is arguably uplifting and depressing in equal measure. In this new book, Sarah Whitfield explores the audience's relationship…

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Tuesday, June 26, 2018

BWW Review: LOVE FROM A STRANGER, Theatre Royal, Glasgow by Fraser Macdonald

Whilst the 1930s may be almost a century behind us, the suspense that this aged text brings rivals that of any psychological thriller on the silver screen these days.

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Wednesday, May 30, 2018

BWW Review: BIRDSONG, Theatre Royal, Glasgow by Fraser Macdonald

As the centenary of the armistice of the First World War approaches, there is no better time for Sebastian Faulks's Birdsong to be revived once again in its staged adaptation by Rachel Wagst…

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Tuesday, May 22, 2018

BWW Review: THRILLER LIVE, King's Theatre, Glasgow by Fraser Macdonald

Despite an incredible back catalogue to choose from, and a nine year production history, the show never really captivates it's audience in the way it should.

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Saturday, May 5, 2018

BWW Review: Little Shop of Horrors, Cumbernauld Theatre, 5 May by Fraser Macdonald

Cumbernauld Musical Theatre Society bring their first staged musical to Cumbernauld Theatre's only a year since the Society's inception. Audiences can expect spooks, laughs and a ridiculousl…

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