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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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Sunday, January 19, 2020

‘Fascinating drama’: THE STORY / HELA – Touring by Ian Foster

The Other Room’s The Story and Hela make a delightful and daring double bill of Welsh drama at Theatre503.

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Friday, January 17, 2020

‘Bold & striking’: THE PROCESS – Bunker Theatre by Ian Foster

BAZ Productions’ The Process proves bold and striking in its use of BSL and spoken English, if a little flawed too, now running at the Bunker Theatre.

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Thursday, January 16, 2020

‘Playful & intermittently powerful’: TOM BROWN’S SCHOOL DAYS – Union Theatre by Ian Foster

A musical adaptation of Tom Brown’s School Days at the Union Theatre has some moments, and performances, to treasure.

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Sunday, January 12, 2020

‘At the cutting edge of the zeitgeist’: SIX THE MUSICAL – Touring by Ian Foster

As well as providing a welcome opportunity for performers to really cut loose, Six also – sadly – remains at the cutting edge of the zeitgeist.

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Saturday, January 11, 2020

‘Toys interestingly with ideas of representation’: ANTIGONE – New Diorama Theatre by Ian Foster

Holy What’s Antigone at the New Diorama shifts the focus of Sophocles’ play onto two young sisters to powerful effect.

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Sunday, January 5, 2020

Broadway Album Reviews: The New Yorkers, Kiss Me, Kate! & Beetlejuice by Ian Foster

Ought To Be Clowns tackles a trio of Broadway cast recordings in the shape of Cole Porter’s The New Yorkers, Kiss Me, Kate! and Beetlejuice.

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Saturday, January 4, 2020

Ought To Be Clowns’ 10 favourite shows of 2019 by Ian Foster

Ought To Be Clowns barely saw 250 shows this year, quiet by his standards. And as is the way of these things, here’s a rundown of some of the productions that moved me most…

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Thursday, January 2, 2020

20 shows to look forward to in 2020 by Ian Foster

Looking ahead to some of 2020’s exciting shows, most with an emphasis away from the West End and instead focusing at the London Fringe and across the UK.

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2019-2020 BROADWAY SEASON
Oct 06: Slave Play
Feb 01: The Minutes
TBA: Blue