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Saturday, January 9, 2021

’An easy informality that elevates this concert to the best kind of cabaret’: TOGETHER AGAIN – Thespie by Ian Foster

Featuring the marvellous Sophie Isaacs, Jodie Steele and T’Shan Williams, Together Again might be Thespie’s best Reunited gig yet.

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Monday, January 4, 2021

‘Fierce & fresh’: LIVING NEWSPAPER – Royal Court Theatre (Online review) by Ian Foster

Sneaking in in the nick of time, I catch the delights of the second edition of the Royal Court’s Living Newspaper.

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Wednesday, December 30, 2020

‘Streaming feels like the show’s ideal home’: The Jinkx & DeLa Holiday Special – Soho Theatre (Online review) by Ian Foster

Jinkx Monsoon and BenDeLaCreme tackle Christmas the only way they know how in the highly entertainting The Jinkx & DeLa Holiday Special.

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Monday, December 28, 2020

‘A theatrical enterprise growing from strength to strength’: The Theatre Channel – Episode 4 Holiday Special (Online review) by Ian Foster

Nipping in just before Santa arrives, The Theatre Channel’s fourth episode delivers festive treats aplenty in The Holiday Special.

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Wednesday, December 23, 2020

Album Reviews: A Hadestown Holiday Album / Leslie Odom Jr / Michael Ball & Alfie Boe by Ian Foster

A trio of festive album reviews with If The Fates Allow: A Hadestown Holiday Album, Leslie Odom Jr – The Christmas Album and Michael Ball and Alfie Boe – Together at Christmas.

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Tuesday, December 15, 2020

‘Just the kind of inclusive comedic treat we need’: THE COMEBACK – Noël Coward Theatre by Ian Foster

The Comeback proves to be a piece of warmly inclusive comedy at the Noël Coward Theatre, it’s perfect festive fare.

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Monday, December 14, 2020

‘Wonderful delights galore’: THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE – Palace Theatre by Ian Foster

Sasha Regan’s All Male The Pirates of Penzance proves a feast for ears and the eyes in a glorious but short run at the Palace Theatre.

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Thursday, December 10, 2020

‘Treat after treat’: UNLIMITED: The SONGS OF STEPHEN SCHWARTZ (Online review) by Ian Foster

Check out Wicked alumni Nikki Bentley, Sophie Evans, Alice Fearn, Alexia Khadime, Liam Tamne and more in Unlimited: The Songs of Stephen Schwartz.

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Friday, December 4, 2020

‘I was happy to give it a whirl’: The Theatre Channel – Episode Three (Online review) by Ian Foster

Exploring the world of rock musicals, Episode 3 of The Theatre Channel features Alex Gaumond, Shan Ako, John Owen-Jones, Francesca Jackson, Aisha Jawando and Rob Houchen.

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Friday, November 20, 2020

’An unalloyed pleasure’: MARRY ME A LITTLE – Barn Theatre, Cirencester (Online review) by Ian Foster

Rob Houchen and Celinde Schoenmaker star in a beautifully sung, beautifully filmed digital version of Sondheim’s revue Marry Me A Little for the Barn Theatre.

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Thursday, November 19, 2020

‘There’s quite the digital treasure trove in store’: HOARD: REDISCOVERED – New Vic Theatre, Newcastle-under-Lyme (Online review) by Ian Foster

Theatrical archaeology meets real archaeology in Hoard – Rediscovered as the New Vic Theatre revisits their Staffordshire Hoard Festival for the streaming age.

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Wednesday, November 11, 2020

CD Review: Mazz Murray – Midnight Mazz – Here We Go Again / Mascherato the Musical / Howard Goodall’s Songs from the Musicals Vol 1 by Ian Foster

This set of album reviews covers Mazz Murray – Midnight Mazz – Here We Go Again, Mascherato the Musical (Original Studio Cast Recording) and Howard Goodall’s Songs from the Musicals Vo…

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Monday, November 9, 2020

‘Offers startlingly fresh perspective on these tales’: 15 HEROINES – Jermyn Street Theatre & Digital Theatre (Online review) by Ian Foster

Reinterpreting the women of Greek mythology for today, the theatrical enterprise of 15 Heroines is a major achievement and a highlight of the year, digital or otherwise.

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Thursday, November 5, 2020

‘The show’s coup comes with a spine-tingling performance from Linzi Hateley’: The Theatre Channel – Episode Two (Online review) by Ian Foster

Episode Two of The Theatre Channel takes its Halloween theme and has a ball with it, with brilliant performances from the likes of Linzi Hateley, Jordan Shaw, Bradley Jaden and Sophie Isaacs.

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Saturday, October 31, 2020

‘Touches on subjects that feel so powerfully resonant today’: SHIFT+ALT+RIGHT – ALP Musicals (Online review) by Ian Foster

This innovative production by ALP Musicals of Hilmi Jaidin’s new digital musical Shift+Alt+Right points towards the future of new musical theatre.

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Monday, October 26, 2020

‘I kinda thought, huh, this is a modern classic?’ – BETRAYAL – Theatre Royal Bath by Ian Foster

An hour plus of a straight white man justifying his affair or a modern classic? I go in for more Betrayal at the Theatre Royal Bath.

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Friday, October 23, 2020

‘Moments of piercing emotion’: NOW. HERE. THIS – Golden Goose Theatre by Ian Foster

The newly opened Golden Goose Theatre brings some interesting musical theatre to Camberwell with Now. Here. This.

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Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Album Review: Lucie Jones Live at the Adelphi by Ian Foster

Covid-19 may have cut her time in Waitress short but Lucie Jones Live at the Adelphi is a great reminder of the leading lady she is and will surely continue to be.

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Sunday, October 18, 2020

‘Deftly experienced hands are shaping this new kind of experience’: MACBETH – Big Telly Theatre Company (Online review) by Ian Foster

Not quite ‘when shall we three Zoom again’, Big Telly Theatre’s imaginative online version of Macbeth has some impressive moments.

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Wednesday, October 14, 2020

‘You have to admire a creative response to this Coronavirus bullsh*t’: SEEDS / At YOUR PERIL (Online review) by Ian Foster

A rare foray into the world of podcasts sees Ian Foster listening to the Nina Sosanya-starring Seeds and getting properly freaked out by horror anthology At Your Peril.

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Sunday, October 4, 2020

CD Review: Amanda Holden – Songs From My Heart by Ian Foster

Britain’s Got Talent judge Amanda Holden releases her debut album Songs From My Heart, full of musical theatre treats and Sheridan Smith.

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Monday, August 31, 2020

‘Intermittently affecting blend of personal struggle & political outrage’: BEAT THE DEVIL – Bridge Theatre by Ian Foster

David Hare gets in first with his Coronavirus monologue Beat The Devil at the Bridge Theatre, evocatively performed by Ralph Fiennes.

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Tuesday, August 18, 2020

‘The whole company impresses’: HENRY V / THE MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR – St Albans by Ian Foster

A return to live theatre is well marked by these vibrant open-air productions of Henry V and The Merry Wives of Windsor at the Roman Theatre of Verulamium in St Albans.

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Tuesday, August 11, 2020

’An inspired, interactive & family-friendly journey’: ALICE: A VIRTUAL THEME PARK – Creation Theatre (Online review) by Ian Foster

Doing the Macarena with the Queen of Hearts? But of course. Alice – A Virtual Theme Park does an excellent job of blending technical innovation with live theatre

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Sunday, July 19, 2020

’An absolute ray of sunshine’: Hello, Harry! A Celebration of 40 Years at Stage Door (Online review) by Ian Foster

Hello Harry!, an online concert celebrating the incredible 40-year career of Harry Gabriel, the Shaftesbury Theatre’s Stage Door Keeper, was an absolute ray of sunshine.

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Wednesday, June 10, 2020

‘There are so many talented writers out there deserving of opportunity’: Composer Darren Clark on launching new UK Musicals platform by Ian Foster

As his new digital sheet music store New UK Musicals launches, I talk with multi-award winning composer and lyricist Darren Clark about the site and his career.

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Monday, June 1, 2020

‘Suffused with joy’: HAIRSPRAY LIVE! – The Shows Must Go On (Online review) by Ian Foster

Hairspray Live! is such a joyous show it should perk up many a flagging spirit. It proves far superior to the previous week's NBC Live offering of The Sound of Music.

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Monday, May 25, 2020

‘There’s a fresh sprightliness to so much of the music that’s hard to resist’: RAGS – The Musical (Album review) by Ian Foster

Sometimes a musical just doesn’t grab you, and so it was for me with Rags The Musical. The universe clearly wants me to hear it one way or another though, as Ghostlight Records are now rel…

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Friday, May 15, 2020

‘A bittersweetly beautiful chamber musical’: PIECES OF STRING – Mercury Theatre (Online review) by Ian Foster

Finally, a show I haven’t seen before being streamed! And what a beauty Pieces of String turned out to be.  “Sometimes it’s good to remember‘Sometimes it’s good to forget'” Fo…

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Saturday, May 9, 2020

‘They all spent time in Bat Out of Hell’s Obsidian’: The Songsmiths – Tenors of the West End (Album review) by Ian Foster

Vocal group The Songsmiths’ Tenors of the West End offers up some fascinating harmonies on some classic pop tunes.

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Tuesday, April 28, 2020

‘The top-notch cast sing as if it’s the first time they’re hearing the music’: Les Misérables – The Staged Concert (Online review) by Ian Foster

Les Misérables – The Staged Concert is released on digital download, along with a bonus featurette which is highly amusing.

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