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Sunday, October 22, 2017

Album Review: Before After (2016 Studio Cast Recording) by Ian Foster

Confession time - I've had this album for an unforgivably long time, mainly because I managed to forget about it, despite the fact I was meant to be reviewing it. D'oh, and sorry Mr G. And m…

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Saturday, October 21, 2017

Album Review: Jason Manford – A Different Stage by Ian Foster

"I'll gather up my past, and make some sense at last" Unless you've caught him in tours of The Producers or Chitty Chitty Bang Bang or in occasional TV performances, you might not know that …

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Friday, October 20, 2017

VENUS IN FUR – West End by Ian Foster

In Natalie Dormer and David Oakes' hands, directed by Patrick Marber, the continual fluctuations in the relationship between actor and director, man and woman, sub and dom, are gripping thro…

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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

THE LIE – Menier Chocolate Factory by Ian Foster

British theatre's amour fou for Florian Zeller continues apace with another of his comedies making it over to London but are we approaching diminishing returns as we delve deeper into his ba…

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NEWS: Shakespeare’s Globe announces more cast for indoor winter programme by Ian Foster

Emma Rice's tenure at Shakespeare's Globe is winding to its close - the outdoor season is done but there's still a winter's worth of programming in the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse to get through.

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Welcome to the Bridge: An early visitor’s view from foyer to gender-neutral toilets & comfy seats by Ian Foster

First things first, the foyer is extremely spacious and rather beautifully lit. So whilst there were hefty queues at the box office and the bar, there was still plenty of room to mill about,…

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Sunday, October 15, 2017

Album Review: Comrade Rockstar (2017 Studio Cast Recording) by Ian Foster

Comrade Rockstar is based on the properly fascinating tale of Dean Reed, an American singer known as the Soviet Elvis after he defected to the other side of the Iron Curtain at the height of…

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Friday, October 13, 2017

GRAEME OF THRONES – Charing Cross Theatre by Ian Foster

The blurb for Graeme of Thrones mentions it could be seen as "an introduction for the unenlightened" but let's be frank, to expect a rapid-fire comedy show to catch you up on seven seasons o…

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BEGINNING – National Theatre by Ian Foster

"I feel like my life's turning on the toss of a coin"There's something about the sweet spot as the embers of a house party start to die out - people lingering behind usually there for a reas…

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Thursday, October 12, 2017

IN EVENT OF MOONE DISASTER – Theatre503 by Ian Foster

There's something rather delicious about the winner of the Theatre503's International Playwriting Award hailing from Sunderland but a Mackem Andrew Thompson is, and what a winner In Event of…

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MEDEA, WRITTEN IN RAGE – Touring by Ian Foster

Nothing becomes Medea (or at least this version of her) as much as her entry into the world. Into a liminal space shrouded in smoke, summoned by a clarion call from the ether, an unknowable …

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Wednesday, October 11, 2017

YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN – West End by Ian Foster

It's alive...barely. Mel Brooks' Young Frankenstein staggers into the West End after some more time on the operating table since its 2007 Broadway opening. But for a piece of new musical the…

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Sunday, October 8, 2017

Album Review: The Bridges of Madison County (2014 Original Broadway Cast Recording) by Ian Foster

Though often cited as one of the titans of new musical theatre writing, I think it is fair to say that Jason Robert Brown has never managed to nail a proper commercial hit on Broadway. Despi…

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Thursday, October 5, 2017

THE NORMAN CONQUESTS – Chichester Festival Theatre by Ian Foster

Seeing the plays from different perspectives felt appropriate as that is the nature of Ayckbourn's trilogy written in 1973. Three times we visit the same group of six characters over the sam…

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Wednesday, October 4, 2017

AFTER THE REHEARSAL/PERSONA – Barbican by Ian Foster

Toneelgroep Amsterdam have made the Barbican their base pretty much every time they've visited London, so it was little surprise that is where their 2017 residency was announced. We say resi…

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Tuesday, October 3, 2017

KING LEAR – Chichester by Ian Foster

As I wrote when the full cast was first announced, "the world is hardly crying for more productions of King Lear, but if you're going to put it on, you might as well go balls out on some ama…

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Monday, October 2, 2017

TURKEY – Hope Theatre by Ian Foster

It's a bold move to put a character as flawed as Madeline front and centre in your debut play; still more to not give her the kind of redemption arc that conventional wisdom suggests we crav…

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SUNSET BOULEVARD – Touring by Ian Foster

Ria Jones’ extraordinary history with Sunset Boulevard might well be entitled The Norma Conquests... And, 26 years on, was it worth the wait?

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Sunday, October 1, 2017

LUCKY STIFF – Union Theatre by Ian Foster

What would you do for six million dollars? That's the question underlying Lynn Ahrens (book and lyrics) and Stephen Flaherty's (music) 1988 musical farce Lucky Stiff.

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Album Review: Alan Cumming Sings Sappy Songs – Live at the Cafe Carlyle (2015) by Ian Foster

Recorded just after he completed his 2014/5 return to Cabaret at Studio 54, Alan Cumming Sings Sappy Songs - Live at the Cafe Carlyle is one of the best cabaret records I've had the pleasure…

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News & interesting titbits: Janie Dee cabarets & London Horror Festival programme by Ian Foster

Given how she's doing such amazing work in Follies at the minute, it's kinda gobsmacking to discover that Janie Dee has not one but two cabaret shows lined up for the beginning of October. R…

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Friday, September 29, 2017

FRANKENSTEIN – Brockley Jack Theatre by Ian Foster

Chances are that Arrows & Traps' version of Frankenstein will disarm you and make you consider it anew as it introduces a new, crucial character into the narrative - Mary Shelley hersel…

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Wednesday, September 27, 2017

THE FERRYMAN – West End by Ian Foster

I always find it fascinating to watch how the critical community deals with a play that becomes a big success. The overnight rush to acclaim genius, the enthusiasm with which some greet it, …

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THE BAND – Manchester & tour by Ian Foster

What I found particularly pleasing was that The Band actually proves an engaging and entertaining piece of theatre, one that has clearly thought about the jukebox form and how it might be pl…

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Tuesday, September 26, 2017

MACK & MABEL – London Musical Theatre Orchestra by Ian Foster

Ostensibly, these are concert presentations of musicals but the joy in what you actually get, the bonuses that get incorporated into the creation of genuine one-off experiences makes LMTO on…

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THE REVLON GIRL – Park Theatre by Ian Foster

I saw an earlier incarnation of The Revlon Girl a couple of years ago and I was deeply impressed then and deeply moved. But now, in these post-Grenfell times, its relevance stings.

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Sunday, September 24, 2017

35mm: A MUSICAL EXHIBITION – The Other Palace Studio by Ian Foster

This is modern musical theatre, probing into rock and folk as much as showtunes and pizzazz, and as with any collection so mixed, there are going to be some songs which work much better for …

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Saturday, September 23, 2017

News & interesting titbits: Madalena Alberto, Slaves of Solitude & a south London library tour by Ian Foster

West End leading lady Madalena Alberto will perform in the new concert series Pizza Express Live! in Holborn on Sunday 3rd December 2017, 8pm.

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Thursday, September 21, 2017

MOULDY GRAPES – White Bear Theatre by Ian Foster

What surprises most about the play is the way in which it manages to combine its smart study of the fluidity of sexual identities with a classic comedy model, and pull both off successfully.

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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

FOOTLOOSE – Peacock Theatre by Ian Foster

Jukebox musicals are fine in their place, movie adaptations likewise are ever increasingly the norm, but they need love and inspiration to elevate them.

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THE TEST – White Bear Theatre by Ian Foster

The world of artificial intelligence may feel like the realm of sci-fi but in reality is closer than we think, the next frontier in the progression of scientific knowledge. And Ian Dixon Pot…

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