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Friday, April 28, 2017

FORTY YEARS ON – Chichester by Johnny Fox

I am inordinately fond of Forty Years On. In only my second ever trip to London, my mother took me to see the original production the year I was fifteen and therefore readily able to identi…

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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

THE BRAILLE LEGACY – Charing Cross Theatre by Johnny Fox

It was marvellous to have RNIB guests with their dogs in the audience, and there’s a cleverness in the musical that you can enjoy it without sight.

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Saturday, April 15, 2017

AUDRA McDONALD IN CONCERT – Leicester Square Theatre by Johnny Fox

She’s joky, and open, and delightful company – and when she sings, although that Juilliard operatic training diction is ever present and the resonance of her chest cavity empowers even t…

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Thursday, April 13, 2017


I had high hopes for this first-full-London-staging-in-50-years production of How to Succeed In Business Without Really Trying.

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Sunday, April 9, 2017

42ND STREET – West End by Johnny Fox

The ultimate ‘backstage musical’ 42nd Street lifted America from the depression, and its timely arrival at Drury Lane in such majestic style is still an evening of total escapism, total …

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Friday, April 7, 2017

BOUNDER AND CAD – Live at Zedel by Johnny Fox

Two thoroughly nice chaps you’d safely take home to mother. Two Cambridge choral scholars and occasionally camp satirists at pains to remind you they’re heterosexual. One a bit shorter a…

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Sunday, April 2, 2017

THE LIFE – Southwark Playhouse by Johnny Fox

In The Life, drug-dealing Guys and rent-by-the-hour Dolls walk a side of 42nd Street far shadier than the tapdancing one at Drury Lane. The daily grit and the nightly grind are underpinned w…

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Thursday, March 30, 2017

ADAM & EVE AND STEVE – King’s Head by Johnny Fox

It is a delightful curiosity, though, in the sense that it’s a show deliberately aiming at a long life on college and festival circuits rather than having eyes on the prize of Broadway or …

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Wednesday, March 29, 2017

CHINGLISH – Park Theatre by Johnny Fox

Character development in Chinglish comes second to the brisk pace of the jokes in Andrew Keates’ clever and compact staging

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THE WIPERS TIMES – West End by Johnny Fox

Ian Hislop and Nick Newman’s stage version of their more realistic television play screened by the BBC in 2013 neatly captures their schoolboy humour but is just a bit too schoolboyish in …

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Friday, March 24, 2017

AN AMERICAN IN PARIS – West End by Johnny Fox

I have been waiting years for a musical of this quality, of this range of imagination and musical excellence, and of this sheer unadulterated beauty to arrive in London. Happily – so happi…

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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

LA CAGE AUX FOLLES – Touring by Johnny Fox

The first thing to say about the tour of La Cage Aux Folles is it has to be Bill Kenwright’s most generous production to date: no expense has been spared in beautifully detailed sets – s…

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HONEYMOON IN VEGAS – West End by Johnny Fox

The plot fuses a caper like Dirty Rotten Scoundrels with Indecent Proposal where mobster types hijack the love story of Jack and Betsy by offering her a weekend in Hawaii to pay off his gamb…

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Monday, March 20, 2017

THE FROGS – Jermyn Street Theatre by Johnny Fox

‘Waiter, have you got frog’s legs?’ ‘Yes, sir.’ ‘Well hop over the counter and fetch me a bacon sandwich …’ – is about the only old joke not shoehorned by Nathan Lane into …

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Friday, March 17, 2017

STEPPING OUT – West End by Johnny Fox

I know it’s fashionable to deride Amanda Holden – well put me on the cover of Vogue because I think she’s awful. In Stepping Out, trying to combine her tabloid image as a vapid nymph w…

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Thursday, March 16, 2017

A DARK NIGHT IN DALSTON – Park Theatre by Johnny Fox

If, as she says, Corrie and EastEnders veteran Michelle Collins wants to shed her ‘soap actress’ image, she needs to find bolder challenges than Stewart Permutt’s comic but empty two-h…

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Monday, March 13, 2017


There are few theatrical pleasures greater than witnessing the formidable Imelda Staunton graft fresh insights onto a well-known role: it can be almost as exhausting to watch as to do since …

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Friday, March 3, 2017

HAMLET – Almeida Theatre by Johnny Fox

It’s Shakespeare for the Borgen generation – a slick and surveillance-heavy visual on a cool penthouse set where Juliet Stevenson’s splendid dirty dancing Gertrude can shag Claudius on…

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Saturday, February 25, 2017

THE WILD PARTY – The Other Palace by Johnny Fox

There is an incredible array of top talent assembled – powerful singers, athletic dancers and intelligent actors – but The Wild Party lacks the wit and humour of Chicago so that its effe…

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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

ANYONE CAN WHISTLE – Union Theatre by Johnny Fox

Anyone Can Whistle: the Sondheim flop whose signal moment in the original 1964 production was when a dancer fell into the orchestra pit, inadvertently killing a musician.

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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE – London Coliseum by Johnny Fox

It makes for a cold and rather soulless evening as the simplicity of the production highlights both its age and its many flaws. Gilbert’s libretto might have had them rolling in the aisles…

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Tuesday, February 7, 2017

CYNTHIA ERIVO in concert – Shoreditch Town Hall by Johnny Fox

There are few divas for whom you would queue an hour in the pouring rain on a cold night in January, but it was almost worth getting trench foot to witness the extraordinary, uplifting, gene…

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Saturday, February 4, 2017

DIRTY GREAT LOVE STORY – Arts Theatre by Johnny Fox

Best I can say about Dirty Great Love Story is it could make a great date night for Valentine’s Day because your own relationship will seem so much better than dopey Richard and neurotic K…

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Wednesday, February 1, 2017

BU21 – Trafalgar Studios by Johnny Fox

Stuart Slade’s Black-Mirror-dark London-centric BU21 delivers six interconnected young Londoners’ reactions to a terrorist attack on the city from the burns victim to the white van man w…

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Wednesday, January 25, 2017

KINKY BOOTS – West End by Johnny Fox

Sometimes, however much you like the genre, a musical fails to capture your imagination or engage you in the way it should. So maybe it’s my fault that Kinky Boots comes over as trite, der…

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DEATH TAKES A HOLIDAY – Charing Cross Theatre by Johnny Fox

Would we be more ‘half in love with easeful Death’ if instead of some cadaver in a cowl with a scythe he came at us as a handsome young man? Can you love someone ‘more than life’? …

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Thursday, January 19, 2017

EVITA – Southampton by Johnny Fox

It won’t be easy, you’ll think it strange – but Evita in 1978 was the last show co-written by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice. Despite their later separate successes, it remains an of…

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Sunday, November 27, 2016

DEAD FUNNY – West End by Johnny Fox

Twenty years ago, there was a lot of it about: light comedies afloat in the West End, chronicling the disintegration of a suburban marriage while simultaneously lampooning the middle-class e…

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Saturday, November 19, 2016

HALF A SIXPENCE – West End by Johnny Fox

George Stiles and Anthony Drewe have given the 1963 David Henecker score a complete re-boot with new songs which fit seamlessly into the story – their ragtime ‘Pick Out A Simple Tune’ …

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Wednesday, November 16, 2016

THE DROP OFF – Immersive Ensemble by Johnny Fox

Needle, meet haystack. Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to find one man identified only by a fuzzy faxed photograph in a city of nine million. He has a beard and a bad haircu…

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Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Five things you may not know about Glenda Jackson… now King Lear by Johnny Fox

I suppose what I’m driving at is that having swerved from the stage into a political career, my concern was how easily could she take up acting again? The astonishing thing about King Lear…

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