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Thursday, November 22, 2018

‘Vauxhall Tavern-style cabaret meets political stand-up’: DENIM – THE REUNION TOUR – Soho Theatre ★★★ by Johnny Fox

Old Spice: If you couldn’t obtain/afford/be bothered to get tickets for the Spice Girls’ re-re-reunion, Denim The Reunion Tour may just be the very thing you’ve been waiting for.

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Tuesday, November 13, 2018

‘Vocally they are extraordinary’: THE SIMON & GARFUNKEL STORY – West End ★★★ by Johnny Fox

I’d been looking forward to The Simon & Garfunkel Story thinking how much this was the music of my coming of age years – but it’s funny what tricks your memory plays.

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Saturday, November 10, 2018

‘There are decent laugh-out-loud jokes’: BREXIT – King’s Head Theatre ★★★ by Johnny Fox

I wonder if in years to come we’ll look back on the ‘Theatre of Brexit’ in the same way we analyse Shakespeare’s treatment of Agincourt, or the Trojan Wars in Sophocles?

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Thursday, November 8, 2018

‘Simply & sensitively told’: BILLY BISHOP GOES TO WAR – Jermyn Street Theatre ★★★★ by Johnny Fox

It’s always a pleasure to hear an untold story. In Billy Bishop Goes to War we learn about a baby-faced Canadian teenager who by a string of lucky chances became the world’s most decorat…

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Saturday, November 3, 2018

‘The best interaction is between Stubbs & Brayben’: HONOUR – Park Theatre by Johnny Fox

The best interaction in Honour at the Park Theatre is between Imogen Stubbs and Katie Brayben, largely very convincing as the sharp journalist and they trade some good points about agency an…

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Wednesday, October 31, 2018

‘Vividly depicting the frictions between soldiers & their families’: SOLDIER ON – The Other Palace ★★★★ by Johnny Fox

Soldier On is a brave enterprise of the Soldiers’ Arts Academy charity which helps rehabilitate ex-service people through involvement with theatre, and this excellent company is part-milit…

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Tuesday, October 30, 2018

‘Go, you will not regret it’: THE CURIOUS VOYAGE – Secret location WC1 ★★★★ by Johnny Fox

I love a bit of immersive interactive theatre shiz: The Grift at Bethnal Green’s Town Hall Hotel was last year’s big winner imported from San Diego. Now from Canada comes Talk is Free Th…

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Monday, October 29, 2018

‘McDonagh’s plot is its own hired assassin’: A VERY VERY VERY DARK MATTER – Bridge Theatre by Johnny Fox

I’m fairly sure the land on which the Bridge Theatre was built was once a plague pit, but I’m beginning to wonder if the place isn’t itself cursed. How else can it commission a play by…

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Friday, October 26, 2018

‘Sarah Tynan is undoubtedly the best actress on the modern opera stage’: LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR – London Coliseum ★★★★ by Johnny Fox

The madwoman playing the title role in Lucia di Lammermoor is Sarah Tynan – ENO’s most popular soprano, in her debut in this bel canto role. Tynan is undoubtedly the best actress on the …

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Thursday, October 25, 2018

‘Still slow cooked, but mmm… delicious’: THE WILD DUCK – Almeida Theatre ★★★★ by Johnny Fox

Robert Icke’s conversational, documentary production of The Wild Duck at the Almeida Theatre makes this complex morality play immediately accessible.

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Wednesday, October 24, 2018

‘All human theatrical life is here’: WISE CHILDREN – The Old Vic ★★★ by Johnny Fox

Now listen carefully’ says the wonderful Gareth Snook, hosting the proceedings as 75-year-old chorus girl Dora Chance in Emma Rice’s Wise Children, ‘or it’s going to be a long evenin…

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Wednesday, October 17, 2018

‘May have redefined the gay writing genre for a new generation’: THE INHERITANCE – West End ★★★★★ by Johnny Fox

It would be hard to imagine a play about young gay lives that speaks more eloquently to older gay men than the moving, informative and often hilarious The Inheritance now transferred to the …

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Saturday, October 13, 2018

‘The chorus is the absolute highlight of the piece’: Porgy & Bess – London Coliseum ★★★★ by Johnny Fox

English National Opera celebrates 50 years at the Coliseum with a grandstanding production of Porgy & Bess, the first in its history.

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Thursday, October 11, 2018

‘We may need a bit more nourishment’: OTHELLOMACBETH – Lyric Hammersmith ★★★ by Johnny Fox

Plays for poor theatre: in Brexit Britain, once we’re reduced to eating rats whilst clutching our blue passports, a Shakespeare mashup may seem like a doubly good idea – patriotic and ec…

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Wednesday, October 10, 2018

‘An extremely good piece’: A Funny Thing Happened On the Way to the Gynaecologic Oncology Unit at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center of New Yo by Johnny Fox

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Gynecologic Oncology Unit at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center of New York City is an extremely good piece, but its failure to be even edgier an…

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Saturday, October 6, 2018

‘There’s some crisp writing’: PEOPLE LIKE US – Union Theatre by Johnny Fox

Mike Leigh’s genius was to offer Abigail’s Party to audiences who roared with laughter without recognising themselves on the stage. Julie Burchill and Jane Robins may have pulled off the…

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Wednesday, September 12, 2018

‘A breathtakingly clever fusion of food & theatre’: GASTRONOMIC – Norwich by Johnny Fox

Still in development by the enterprising curious directive company – Gastronomic, at Theatre Royal Norwich’s black box Stage Two is already on its way to a firm handshake from Paul Holly…

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Friday, September 7, 2018

‘Fresh casting has enhanced the show’: EUGENIUS! – The Other Palace ★★★★ by Johnny Fox

I wonder if a new genre is forming in musical theatre? Let’s call it ‘cartoon rock’ – because products like Eugenius!, Six and Knights of the Rose have little in common with the cano…

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Tuesday, September 4, 2018

‘As a launch to an ambitious season, it’s a fine start’: ABIGAIL’S PARTY – Hornchurch ★★★★ by Johnny Fox

At Hornchurch, artistic director Douglas Rintoul seems to have gone for the faithful-to-the-first-production approach: for example, Melanie Gutteridge’s Beverly is a neatly dutiful homage …

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Monday, September 3, 2018

‘It’s a blast’: LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS – Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre ★★★★ by Johnny Fox

Meanness and greenness have often gone hand in hand at Regent’s Park – £3.50 for a tiny ice cream cone, really? – but never more so than in Maria Aberg’s confident production of Lit…

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Monday, August 27, 2018

‘As a first ballet, this could be life-changing’: SWAN LAKE – London Coliseum ★★★★ by Johnny Fox

There is undoubtedly a thrill in seeing a huge and highly professional ballet company perform one of the classic masterworks in one of the city’s most beautiful settings.

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Saturday, August 25, 2018

‘Undoubtedly a clever & resourceful company’: MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING – Gray’s Inn Hall ★★★ by Johnny Fox

Does Beatrice love Benedick? Does Macron love May? The entente cordiale is alive and well in award-winning Antic Disposition’s lively production of Much Ado About Nothing.

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Thursday, August 23, 2018

‘To my Lancastrian ear it just sounds wrong’: THE RISE & FALL OF LITTLE VOICE – Park Theatre ★★★ by Johnny Fox

In Tom Latter’s stolid revival of The Rise and Fall of Little Voice at the Park Theatre, relocation to Hull does a lot for the pitiable poverty, nothing for the snappy Lancashire dialo…

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Tuesday, August 14, 2018

‘It is Bennett’s lasting gift to amateur dramatic societies up and down the country’: ALLELUJAH! – Bridge Theatre ★★★★ by Johnny Fox

I am fully content to hail Alan Bennett as a National Treasure, and while I enjoyed many aspects of Allelujah!, I still hoped for even better and a return to his form in, say, The Madness of…

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Friday, August 10, 2018

‘If you’re a fan of the movie franchise, you’re bound to enjoy this’: BRING IT ON – Southwark Playhouse ★★★ by Johnny Fox

‘She’s a little bit Hairspray, he’s a little bit Glee …’ is not actually a lyric from Bring It On, a high school musical being given a sparky showcase by the British Theatre Academ…

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Monday, July 30, 2018

‘All just a bit too weak & corny’: THE GLENN MILLER STORY – West End ★★★ by Johnny Fox

Combining a realistic portrayal of Glenn Miller with Steele’s genial narration could be the saving of this piece.

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Saturday, July 7, 2018

‘Like a bootleg World of Warcraft game’: KNIGHTS OF THE ROSE – Arts Theatre by Johnny Fox

All the advance publicity for Knights of the Rose gave me a sense of foreboding. I thought the Arts Theatre had hit rock bottom with Ruthless but it seems there is further to go.

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Thursday, July 5, 2018

‘There is something extraordinary about how Kelli O’Hara sings’: THE KING & I – West End ★★★★ by Johnny Fox

Kelli O’Hara trails a cloud of Broadway success and redefines the role of Anna in The King & I in a way that lays the ghost of previous incumbents and outshines all our homegrown tale…

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Saturday, June 30, 2018

‘Impressive work from a playwright to be taken seriously’: ONE FOR SORROW – Royal Court Theatre ★★★★ by Johnny Fox

For all my scepticism about the views expressed by some characters, I decidedly think this is impressive work from a playwright to be taken seriously and it’s only very slightly too long a…

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Friday, June 29, 2018

‘One of the best productions the theatre has housed’: FUN HOME – Young Vic ★★★★★ by Johnny Fox

At last, the Young Vic has come of age. Fun Home marks one of the best productions it has housed and breaks new ground for musical theatre.

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Friday, June 22, 2018

‘A mystery why tutors chose this spoof as a graduate showcase’: DAISY PULLS IT OFF – Charing Cross Theatre by Johnny Fox

With such an array of talent on offer, it’s a mystery why tutors chose as a graduate showcase this thinly-written early 80s spoof of 1920s girls’ school fiction long eclipsed by St Trini…

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