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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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Tuesday, November 8, 2016

SWEENEY TODD – Colchester by Johnny Fox

Hugh Maynard is extremely handsome and charismatic off stage but on stage required to bury his charm beneath Todd’s persistently dour and single-minded revenge against Judge Turpin. His pe…

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Saturday, November 5, 2016

FOOL FOR LOVE – Found 111 by Johnny Fox

Despite being written in 1983, Sam Shepard’s Fool For Love never made it to Broadway until this time last year. Even then, Daniel Aukin’s production ran for a limited twelve week engagem…

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Thursday, November 3, 2016

THE LAST FIVE YEARS – St James Theatre by Johnny Fox

I despair of two-handed musicals. Required to judge the personalities or take sides, you feel trapped. Nowhere more so than at The Last Five Years, in which the partners wail their issues at…

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Friday, October 28, 2016

SIDE SHOW – Southwark Playhouse by Johnny Fox

Daisy and Violet’s true confessions make more shocking reading than anything covered in the musical: they each married a gay man – one for ten years, one for ten days – and were allege…

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AMADEUS – National Theatre by Johnny Fox

If you can’t take a joke, you really shouldn’t have joined. Some critics are up in arms that the 1979 ‘classic’ piece Amadeus has been deconstructed and, they say, dumbed down in the…

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Monday, October 24, 2016

THE GRINNING MAN – Bristol Old Vic by Johnny Fox

The master stroke of the creative team at Bristol Old Vic is to re-imagine his The Man Who Laughs through the dirty lens of Tim Burton, and to centre The Grinning Man on the brutally malevol…

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Friday, October 21, 2016

THE TEMPEST – Donmar at the King’s Cross Theatre by Johnny Fox

Shakespeare 101: muck/fuck about with it all you like, the poor sod’s well out of copyright, but the acid test for any modern rendering is ‘if you hadn’t seen this play before, would t…

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Tuesday, October 18, 2016

RAGTIME – Charing Cross Theatre by Johnny Fox

A dozen of Thom Southerland' excellent cast of triple threats also play the entire score as actor-musicians seamlessly blended into the action: I have never seen this done better. In a word,…

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Monday, October 17, 2016

Christmas planning: Pantomime previews by Johnny Fox

This isn’t an exhaustive list because there’ll be a panto somewhere in practically every postcode come December, but it is a rundown of your options – financial and artistic – for a …

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Thursday, October 13, 2016

THE BOOK CLUB – King’s Head Theatre by Johnny Fox

As this is a one-woman show, the characters are realised only through Muggleton’s scathing commentaries in the mouth of once-literary but now blowsy Deborah, a superannuated Shirley Valent…

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Tuesday, October 11, 2016

LUNCH & THE BOW OF ULYSSES – Trafalgar Studios by Johnny Fox

There’s something instantly inviting about the bench on the seaside pier where average Tom meets average Mary and the crash of the waves under the boardwalk echoes the crash of the noisy i…

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