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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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Saturday, April 11, 2020

‘When You Believe has a choral majesty that is undeniable’: THE PRINCE OF EGYPT (Album review) by Ian Foster

There was a moment in the last couple of days as I listened to ‘Make It Right’ for the umpteenth time that I wondered whether I’d been a bit harsh to The Prince of Egypt when it opened…

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Sunday, April 5, 2020

‘Trying to capture just a spark of that charge that comes with live theatre’: ONE MAN, TWO GUVNORS – National Theatre (Online review) by Ian Foster

National Theatre at Home is a huge success. The type of scheme that only large institutions can hope to really pull off but even so, managing the kind of appointment-to-view occasion that wa…

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Friday, April 3, 2020

ALBUM REVIEW: #ZoologicalSociety by Ian Foster

New musical #ZoologicalSociety, written by Vikki Stone and Kate Mulgrew, gets a well-timed concept album release.

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Wednesday, March 4, 2020

‘Big misjudgement. Huge’: PRETTY WOMAN THE MUSICAL – West End by Ian Foster

Aimie Atkinson is good but deserves far better than Pretty Woman: the Musical, the blatant cash grab at the Piccadilly Theatre.

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Tuesday, March 3, 2020

‘A refreshing change to the norm’: MACBETH – Greenwich Theatre by Ian Foster

Lazarus Theatre’s ensemble-based take on Macbeth at Greenwich Theatre proves thrilling in its stylish directorial vision.

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Thursday, February 27, 2020

‘Might be in need of a miracle’: THE PRINCE OF EGYPT – West End by Ian Foster

In The Prince Of Egypt highly committed cast does their best to ride out inconsistent production choices to deliver work that fills the Dominion well.

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Tuesday, February 25, 2020

‘Properly entertaining & endlessly watchable’: The Extraordinary Time-Travelling Adventures of Baron Munchausen – Vault Festival by Ian Foster

I go and see The Extraordinary Time-Travelling Adventures of Baron Munchausen at the VAULT Festival and end up playing a tree with killer leaves.

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Wednesday, February 19, 2020

‘Its vibrant energy is thrilling to behold’: POET IN DA CORNER – Royal Court Theatre & Touring by Ian Foster

As rap and spoken word emerge as the primary storytelling modes in Poet in da Corner, along with some evocative dancing, there’s a compelling sense of the potential of what theatre can be.

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Monday, February 10, 2020

‘An intriguing start to Bloomer’s tenure’: I WOKE UP FEELING ELECTRIC – Hope Theatre by Ian Foster

Jack Robson’s I Woke Up Feeling Electric asks some morally and technologically challenging questions at the Hope Theatre.

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Friday, February 7, 2020

‘A truly astonishing piece of acting’: DEATH OF ENGLAND – National Theatre by Ian Foster

In Death of England, Rafe Spall delivers the performance of a lifetime in this punchy monologue by Clint Dyer and Roy Williams at the National Theatre.

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Thursday, February 6, 2020

‘It’s hilarious but also moving’: AFTER(S) – White Bear Theatre by Ian Foster

The perils of midweek drinking writ large – After(s) examines what it means to be in your mid-twenties today at the White Bear Theatre in Kennington.

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Wednesday, February 5, 2020

‘You’ll find it hard not to be won over’: THE MISDAVENTURES OF DAVID & SAM – Vault Festival by Ian Foster

The Misadventures of David and Sam proves a good-natured and light-hearted piece of fun family theatre at the VAULT Festival.

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Thursday, January 30, 2020

‘Its power is unmistakeable’: THE SUGAR SYNDROME – Orange Tree Theatre by Ian Foster

A fine revival of Lucy Prebble’s first play The Sugar Syndrome features a strong debut performance from Jessica Rhodes at the Orange Tree Theatre.

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Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Twenty shows to look out for at the VAULT Festival 2020 by Ian Foster

Insofar as it is humanly possible for any one person to know everything that is happening at the VAULT Festival this year, I present a handful of my recommendations for 2020.

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Sunday, January 26, 2020

‘A triumphant tragicomedy’: UNCLE VANYA – West End by Ian Foster

Conor McPherson’s adaptation of Uncle Vanya featuring Toby Jones and Richard Armitage at the Harold Pinter Theatre is so good you can forgive the “wanging on”.

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Saturday, January 25, 2020

‘A historical epic that demands to be heard’: THE WELKIN – National Theatre by Ian Foster

Lucy Kirkwood returns to the National Theatre with The Welkin, starring a brilliant ensemble led by Maxine Peake.

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Thursday, January 23, 2020

‘Delicate but delicious’: YOU STUPID DARKNESS! – Southwark Playhouse by Ian Foster

With its focus on the small things, Sam Steiner’s play You Stupid Darkness! is a delicate but delicious thing at the Southwark Playhouse.

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