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Wednesday, August 9, 2017

ROAD – Royal Court Theatre by Johnny Fox

I started to wonder whether being cast with an all Indian company – to reflect the population of a typical Lancashire street of terraces nowadays – might better highlight the characters…

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Saturday, August 5, 2017

APOLOGIA – West End by Johnny Fox

There's more than a touch of Bette Davis in The Anniversary in this Jamie Lloyd-directed version of Alexei Kaye Campbell’s acidulated family drama Apologia, now lightly Americanised to sui…

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Sunday, July 30, 2017

I LOVED LUCY – Arts Theatre by Johnny Fox

Revival is a strange word. It suggests something rescued from its deathbed and shocked into fresh vigour by an infusion of talent, or money, or inspiration. In the case of I Loved Lucy, th…

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TWILIGHT SONG – Park Theatre by Johnny Fox

Sadly, despite a few crisp one-liners and a catchy title I’m surprised was never used elsewhere, Twilight Song emerges as a frail Rattiganesque slice of sixties’ repressed sexuality cont…

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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

TOUCH – Soho Theatre by Johnny Fox

Touch may come from the same stable as the amazing Fleabag but drops the posh and goes Welsh: imagine Stacey left Gavin for a squalid London studio, a diet of Echo Falls, microwave dinners a…

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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

THE WIND IN THE WILLOWS – West End by Johnny Fox

The concentric hooped wooden arches framing the proscenium should give you a clue: made from the barrels scraped during the production process

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Sunday, July 16, 2017

YANK! – Charing Cross Theatre by Johnny Fox

A ‘Privates on Parade’ for the war in the Pacific, YANK! is everything you don’t expect from the cheesy title – a cleverly-constructed and original musical about illicit gay love whi…

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Tuesday, June 27, 2017

BLONDEL – Union Theatre by Johnny Fox

I’ve been trying to remember why I didn’t go to either the 1983 original or the 2006 London revival of Blondel. Especially as its central character is King Richard I of England whose hei…

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Sunday, June 25, 2017

MY COUNTRY; A WORK IN PROGRESS – Touring by Johnny Fox

My Country: A Work in Progress is an oral tapestry woven by Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy from knitted squares of conversation collected by National Theatre researchers from pockets of popul…

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Saturday, June 24, 2017

ROTTERDAM – Arts Theatre by Johnny Fox

Said it before so let’s say it again and this time hope they put it on the posters: “Jon Brittain’s Rotterdam is the best ‘gay play’ since My Night With Reg” – a clever sharply…

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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

ANNIE GET YOUR GUN – Union Theatre by Johnny Fox

This is a difficult one. I really like Annie Get Your Gun but the 1946 original was butchered in 1999 for a US revival with Bernadette Peters and most references to ‘Injuns’ excised to s…

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Friday, May 26, 2017

THE MIKADO – Touring by Johnny Fox

I’ve said this lots of times before but you can’t spoof a spoof – when written in 1885 The Mikado was already a parody, satirising British Imperial politics and institutions by transpo…

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Monday, May 22, 2017

LETTICE & LOVAGE – Menier Chocolate Factory by Johnny Fox

So why doesn’t the current production of Lettice and Lovage at the Menier Chocolate Factory push my buttons? I fear it suffers from Forty Years On Syndrome – a circumstance whereby even …

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Thursday, May 18, 2017

THE ADDAMS FAMILY – Touring by Johnny Fox

These are the skeletons you want in your closet. In Addams Family Musical, Samantha Womack brings unexpected warmth to Morticia – is that a good thing? – and Cameron Blakeley’s Gomez, …

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Friday, May 5, 2017

MADAM RUBENSTEIN – Park Theatre by Johnny Fox

Madam Rubinstein focuses on her career-long rivalries with Revlon and particularly Elizabeth Arden played with venomous camp by Frances Barber dripping fox furs and acid putdowns. It’s sta…

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Tuesday, May 2, 2017

LATE COMPANY – Finborough Theatre by Johnny Fox

Jordan Tannahill’s taut, 70 minute darkly comic real-life social drama Late Company draws two Toronto couples into God of Carnage country as they attempt to broker closure over the suicide…

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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

HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS WITHOUT REALLY TRYING – Wilton’s Music Hall by Johnny Fox

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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