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Monday, April 23, 2018

‘The kind of show that is beyond critique’: BAT OUT OF HELL – West End by Ian Foster

Newly installed at the Dominion Theatre, after runs in Manchester, Toronto and at the Coliseum last year, Bat Out of Hell has lost little of the bizarre, baffling energy that saw it find a v…

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Sunday, April 22, 2018

‘Truly awe-inspiring’: ETHIOPIAN DREAMS – Underbelly by Ian Foster

Circus Abyssinia: Ethiopian Dreams traces a true-life story of two Ethiopian brothers who were also responsible for founding the first circus in their country.

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Saturday, April 21, 2018

‘Shimmers with a sense of real quality’: AN OFFICER & A GENTLEMAN – Touring by Ian Foster

An Officer and a Gentleman, beginning its national tour at Curve Leicester, is a show that is unashamedly feel-good, even through its darker moments, and just waiting to sweep you off your f…

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Friday, April 20, 2018

A unique & relaxed vibe’: JOHN BARROWMAN & SETH RUDETSKY – Leicester Square Theatre by Ian Foster

John Barrowman’s force of personality means the anecdotes flow out of him with barely any prompting from the wonderfully acerbic Seth Rudetsky, but with such a storied career he’s certai…

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Wednesday, April 18, 2018

‘Something really quite intriguing’: INSTRUCTIONS FOR CORRECT ASSEMBLY – Royal Court Theatre by Ian Foster

The result in Instructions for Correct Assembly at the Royal Court may be that we’re not as moved as we feel we ought to be, though there’s much dark wit here. Maybe we’re the problem.

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‘Adrienne Warren’s performance makes it worth the while’: TINA THE MUSICAL – West End by Ian Foster

With the almighty back catalogue of Tina Turner to call on, there’s a thrilling sense of energy in Tina the Musical which is perfectly encapsulated in the star-making performance of a fric…

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Saturday, April 14, 2018

‘I loved the elegant, artistic touches’: Relentless Unstoppable Human Machine – Roundhouse by Ian Foster

Opening this year’s CircusFest, Pirates of the Carabina’s Relentless Unstoppable Human Machine offers gentle delights at the Roundhouse.

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Friday, April 13, 2018

Album Review: Carrie Hope Fletcher – When The Curtain Falls by Ian Foster

Fresh from winning awards, racking up her third novel, vlogging regularly and quite possibly plotting world domination, Carrie Hope Fletcher has now released her debut album When The Curtain…

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Thursday, April 12, 2018

‘Deeply poetic & deftly performed’: PLASTIC – Old Red Lion Theatre by Ian Foster

Brutal and bleak, Kenneth Emson’s Plastic is uncompromising about how desperate life can get for those feeling left behind.

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Wednesday, April 11, 2018

‘Its intent feels murkier than it necessarily need be’: LOVE ME NOW – Tristan Bates Theatre by Ian Foster

Sex and love in the modern age gets a little confusing, for everyone. In Love Me Now at the Tristan Bates Theatre it can be anything you want it to be.

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Monday, April 9, 2018

‘Far from easy but great fun with it’: CODEBREAKERS – MISSION: BREAKOUT – South Kentish Town Tube Station by Ian Foster

It has been a little while since our escape-the-room group has actually tried to escape a room, rather than just meeting to drink gin-based cocktails, but a special offer in Time Out led us …

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Sunday, April 8, 2018

‘Holds the audience in the palm of its wonderfully m@OughtToBeClowns by Ian Foster

Absolutely no disrespect to Terence Wilton and James Byng who currently tell this ghost story so well, it just feels like the time is now is now to expand The Woman in Black’s horizon.

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Saturday, April 7, 2018

‘Rice sprinkles in her own brand of magic’: BRIEF ENCOUNTER – Empire Cinema Haymarket by Ian Foster

Brief Encounter is a love letter to both film and theatre in which Rice combines elements of David Lean’s 1946 film with the 1936 Noël Coward play Still Life that it was based on, and the…

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Thursday, April 5, 2018

‘Never really gripped me as a piece of storytelling’: FANNY & ALEXANDER – Old Vic Theatre by Ian Foster

Fancy three and a half hours of Ingmar Bergman? At least the Old Vic’s seats are comfortable for Fanny and Alexander with a marvellous Penelope Wilton.

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Tuesday, April 3, 2018

‘Locates its troubling sexual dynamics in the gender politics of right now’: A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE – Touring by Ian Foster

Chelsea Walker helms a blistering update of A Streetcar Named Desire for English Touring Theatre.

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‘Musically, the show packs a real punch’: ALL OR NOTHING – Ambassadors Theatre by Ian Foster

So not necessarily my cup of tea but in the fervour All Or Noting inspired in the majority of the audience, one can see why this show’s journey has been going for a good couple of years no…

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Monday, April 2, 2018

‘Performances are as broad as they come in some surprisingly luxurious casting’: RUTHLESS – Arts Theatre by Ian Foster

Ruthless? Charging up to over £70 for a show at the Arts. Ruthless? Advertising yourselves as an all-female musical when you’ve a man in the cast. Ruthless? Putting said man above the tit…

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Saturday, March 31, 2018

‘Bold fringe work’: UNDER THE SKIN/IS THIS THING ON? – Old Red Lion Theatre by Ian Foster

As Women’s History Month draws to a close, the folks at the Old Red Lion have put on a double-bill featuring up-and-coming female theatre-makers – Tik-sho-ret Theatre Company’s Under T…

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‘Views that feel even more important in today’s society’: MOONFLEECE – Pleasance Theatre by Ian Foster

Is it London if there’s isn’t at least a couple of Philip Ridley plays in the offing?! Hot on the heels of Angry in Southwark and with Vincent River now on at the Park, Lidless Theatre i…

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Friday, March 30, 2018

‘A brave and epic piece of new writing’: THE INHERITANCE – Young Vic by Ian Foster

The Inheritance is a brave and epic piece of new writing from Matthew Lopez, taking a scalpel to contemporary gay life in New York, asking what does it mean to be a gay man today and just ho…

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Thursday, March 29, 2018

‘A fresh take on the emotional stasis at the heart of the play’: THREE SISTERS – Brockley Jack Studio Theatre by Ian Foster

Chekhov’s Three Sisters, presented here by Arrows and Traps in a new version by Ross McGregor, continues that strong tradition, paring back the starch to locate a real emotional directness…

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Tuesday, March 27, 2018

‘Characterful musical direction ensures aural treats’: ASSASSINS – Pleasance Theatre by Ian Foster

The allure of Assassins, this slice of Americana, as much musical history as it is socio-political, has proven enduringly popular as it explores something of the people behind the nine recor…

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Saturday, March 24, 2018

‘Beautifully calibrated & ferociously emotive study of love & loneliness’: KISS OF THE SPIDER WOMAN – Menier Chocolate Factory by Ian Foster

Rivera and Baker’s adaptation does focus more on the personal than the political, so this does feel very much like the story of these two men rather than a searching insight into the LGBTQ…

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Thursday, March 22, 2018

‘Words can barely do justice to the way Sharon D Clarke inhabits her role’: CAROLINE, OR CHANGE – Hampstead Theatre by Ian Foster

Tony Kushner and Jeanine Tesori’s complex and challenging civil rights musical Caroline, or Change makes its long-awaited London return to the Hampstead Theatre.

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Wednesday, March 21, 2018

‘The future could be rosy’: The Secret Garden – Cirencester by Ian Foster

A lively and emotional actor-musician production of The Secret Garden marks a fantastic debut for the brand new Barn Theatre in the Cotswolds.

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Monday, March 19, 2018

‘Occupies a place between living history and immersive theatre’: SUFFRAGETTE CITY – London Pavilion by Ian Foster

I really appreciated my experience at Suffragette City. The attention to detail from the designers and directors is second to none and the company miss few opportunities to gently educate an…

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Sunday, March 18, 2018

‘Potential rarely gets exploited’: FRANKENSTEIN – Manchester by Ian Foster

This Frankenstein ends up feeling a little po-faced as seriousness alone does not dramatic imperative make, especially when the material is as familiar as this.

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Saturday, March 17, 2018

Album Review: Andrew Lloyd Webber Unmasked – The Platinum Collection by Ian Foster

Upon reaching 70 this year, Andrew Lloyd Webber is clearly in a reflective mood and hot on the heels of his autobiography Unmasked released last week, comes this new compilation album Unmask…

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Friday, March 16, 2018

‘Pulls no punches’: ONE LAST WALTZ – Greenwich Theatre by Ian Foster

Scathing humour, bluff directness and an innate desire to empathise rounds all three characters out beautifully in The Last Waltz, as underwear is forgotten, grapefruit searched for, wine dr…

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‘A score that is nagging away at earworm territory’: LOCK & KEY – Vault Festival by Ian Foster

A nippy little thing this, Lock and Key. A new musical from writing duo Barlow & Smith, a couple of cracking musical theatre actresses in Tiffany Graves and Evelyn Hoskins, and the swea…

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Thursday, March 15, 2018

‘Probes deep into the darkness under the pier’: BRIGHTON ROCK – Touring by Ian Foster

This production of Brighton Rock has a striking physicality to it, utterly eyecatching but careful not to overly glamourise this noirish world.

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