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Friday, March 22, 2019

‘Entirely unconvinced about Hare’s legacy’: THE BAY AT NICE – Menier Chocolate Factory by Ian Foster

Penelope Wilton almost, almost, makes it worth seeing a David Hare play with The Bay at Nice at the Menier Chocolate Factory.

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Saturday, March 16, 2019

‘A real commitment to the value of crowd-pleasing entertainment’: A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DROLL – Vault Festival by Ian Foster

The Owle Schreame’s A Midsummer Night’s DROLL is a supremely silly and highly enjoyable Shakespearean adaptation at the VAULT Festival.

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Thursday, March 14, 2019

‘Finds the sweet spot between concert & confessional’: THE GINGER SNAPPED – Leicester Square Theatre & Touring by Ian Foster

Jinkx Monsoon and Major Scales’ cabaret show The Ginger Snapped mixes music, musings on mental health and moments of queer solidarity at the Leicester Square Theatre.

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Wednesday, March 13, 2019

‘Feels curiously dated’: CIRCA – Old Red Lion Theatre by Ian Foster

I was a big fan of Tom Ratcliffe’s VELVET at the VAULT Festival and so was intrigued to catch this production of his debut play Circa at the Old Red Lion Theatre.

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Saturday, March 9, 2019

‘Real spirit & success’: THE LIMIT – Vault Festival by Ian Foster

Ooh, a real treat this. The world of new musical theatre can be a little unforgiving but on the evidence of The Limit, Freya Smith and Jack Williams’ Bottle Cap Theatre are marking themsel…

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Friday, March 8, 2019

‘Funnier & lighter than you might expect’: WAITRESS – West End by Ian Foster

Fresh from Broadway, hit musical Waitress proves funnier and lighter than you might expect at the Adelphi Theatre.

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Wednesday, March 6, 2019

‘Ends up feeling slight & inconsequential’: ALYS, ALWAYS – Bridge Theatre by Ian Foster

Nicholas Hytner finally directs a play by a woman but Lucinda Coxon’s adaptation of novel Alys, Always is a disappointment for me at the Bridge Theatre.

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Tuesday, February 19, 2019

‘Something special is on offer’: [title of show] – Above the Stag Theatre by Ian Foster

Four cracking performances make [title of show] a musical highlight of the month at the Above the Stag Theatre, more than holding its own with the West End.

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Sunday, February 17, 2019

Album Review: The Clockmaker’s Daughter – 2019 Studio Cast Recording by Ian Foster

Webborn and Finn’s cracking new musical The Clockmaker’s Daughter receives a delectable cast recording treatment that features the likes of Ramin Karimloo, Hannah Waddingham, Christine A…

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Friday, February 15, 2019

‘A high-kicking delight’: CAN-CAN! – Union Theatre by Ian Foster

Courtesy of choreographer Adam Haigh, there is some seriously impressive dance going on at the Union Theatre right now. You might expect some good moves from a musical Can-Can! but the full …

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Thursday, February 14, 2019

‘Looks set to win over a whole new generation of fans’: AVENUE Q – Touring by Ian Foster

This Sell A Door tour of the excellent puppet musical Avenue Q shows just how well it is standing the test of time.

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Wednesday, February 13, 2019

‘The kind of emotional intensity that remains rare’: ALL ABOUT EVE – West End by Ian Foster

Ivo van Hove’s take on All About Eve ticks all my boxes at the Noël Coward Theatre, great work from Gillian Anderson, Lily James and a stellar Monica Dolan.

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Tuesday, February 5, 2019

‘A smart production of a play that has endured well’: DI & VIV & ROSE – White Bear Theatre by Ian Foster

Flying Rabbit Productions’ Di & Viv & Rose at the White Bear Theatre is a smart production of a play that has endured well.

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Sunday, February 3, 2019

‘A hugely enjoyable show’: YOURS SINCERELY – Vault Festival by Ian Foster

Any show that references Céline Dion’s epic key change in ‘All By Myself’ is onto a winner, never mind featuring a lip-sync there of. So I was always going to be well-inclined towards…

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‘Bio that turns into something far more intriguing’: TARO – Brockley Jack Studio Theatre by Ian Foster

If Taro is to be Arrows & Traps’ final production, then it’s a hell of a high note to go out on. Bringing together so much of what has made them an enjoyable and enlightening compan…

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Saturday, February 2, 2019

‘Refreshingly good fun’: THE NOBLE NINE – Vault Festival by Ian Foster

The delightfully daft The Noble Nine at the VAULT Festival asks what happens when people like The Famous Five grow up.

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Friday, February 1, 2019

‘A powerful piece’: VELVET – Vault Festival by Ian Foster

Velvet proves a powerful piece, investigating #MeToo from a gay perspective at the VAULT Festival.

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Thursday, January 31, 2019

‘Has never failed to leave me helpless with laughter’: SHOWSTOPPER! THE IMPROVISED MUSICAL – The Other Palace by Ian Foster

I’ve been watching the Showstopper crew for as long as I’ve been blogging (the King’s Head was a great venue for them), so it’s a real treat to see them constantly move onwards and u…

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Sunday, January 27, 2019

‘Has to be some of the best improv I’ve seen’: SORRY – Vault Festival by Ian Foster

Improv done well is one of the greatest pleasures I know, and Sorry’s take on the form, which is inexplicably only playing at the VAULT Festival for a couple of dates, has to be some of th…

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Friday, January 25, 2019

‘A truly virtuosic turn that ends on an operatic high’: SONGS FOR NOBODIES – West End by Ian Foster

An impressive transfer sees one-woman show Songs for Nobodies move into the Ambassadors Theatre from a run last year at Wilton’s Music Hall and it is a striking, if ultimately a little sli…

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Thursday, January 24, 2019

‘There’s something to enjoy in its batshit relentlessness’: When We Have Sufficiently Tortured Each Other – National Theatre by Ian Foster

Strong performances from Cate Blanchett and Stephen Dillane make the challenging When We Have Sufficiently Tortured Each Other worth the effort at the National Theatre.

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Wednesday, January 23, 2019

‘An intriguing proposition all told’: VIOLET – Charing Cross Theatre by Ian Foster

Great design work from Morgan Large and a strong lead performance from Kaisa Hammarlund make Violet an intriguing proposition at the Charing Cross Theatre.

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Monday, January 21, 2019

‘An illuminating work of biography’: GENTLEMAN JACK – Brockley Jack Studio Theatre by Ian Foster

it is pleasing to see that Ross McGregor’s new play Gentleman Jack respects its subject enough to give a full picture of their life.

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Thursday, January 17, 2019

VAULT Festival 2019 – 20 shows to see by Ian Foster

With less than a week to go before the 2019 VAULT Festival opens, I wade my way through the catalogue and come up with 20 shows I think you should catch – in their own words.

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Monday, January 7, 2019

‘Eminently watchable’: PINTER SIX – West End by Ian Foster

One of the benefits in producing such a wide-ranging festival as Pinter at the Pinter has been the flexibility in its programming, allowing for thematic evenings to emerge as opposed to a st…

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‘The highlight of Pinter At The Pinter so far’: PINTER FIVE – West End by Ian Foster

Pinter Five sees Patrick Marber, someone who could call Harold Pinter a friend and colleague, take the directorial wheel as he presents a triple-bill of The Room, Victoria Station and Family…

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Monday, December 31, 2018

Twenty shows to look forward to in 2019 by Ian Foster

So many of the recommendations for shows to see next year focus on the West End. And for sure, I’m excited to catch big ticket numbers like All About Eve, Come From Away and Waitress but I…

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Sunday, December 30, 2018

‘Powerfully moving’: CAROLINE, OR CHANGE – West End by Ian Foster

The extraordinary Caroline or Change makes the leap into the West End at the Playhouse Theatre, with a titanic Sharon D Clarke at the helm.

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Saturday, December 29, 2018

‘Shows us what Shakespeare can be’: THE TRAGEDY OF KING RICHARD THE SECOND – Almeida Theatre by Ian Foster

Simon Russell Beale and Leo Bill shine in Joe Hill-Gibbins’ perfectly reimagined The Tragedy of King Richard the Second at the Almeida Theatre.

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Tuesday, December 18, 2018

‘Does a great job of really making you think’: THE CANE – Royal Court Theatre by Ian Foster

Inspired by Mark Ravenhill’s realisation that some teachers retiring now would have been active when corporal punishment was outlawed in 1986, The Cane is his first new play for a goodly w…

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Monday, December 17, 2018

Film Review: Mary Poppins Returns by Ian Foster

Fifty-four years is quite the wait for a sequel but the sweetness and charm with which Mary Poppins Returns lands on our screens makes it pretty much worth it.

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