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Friday, November 10, 2017

GLENGARRY GLEN ROSS – West End ★★★★ by Jonathan Baz

Camel coated Christian Slater (who bears more than a hint of Tony Blair in his appearance) is Ricky Roma, the alpha-male of the pack. Canny and mercenary, Roma’s senses and reflexes are ra…

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Thursday, November 9, 2017

MOTHER COURAGE & HER CHILDREN – Southwark Playhouse ★★★★ by Jonathan Baz

Josie Lawrence is an absolute triumph, embracing the audience on her journey from cocky tradeswoman to a woman that Mother Courage would be ashamed of, so downtrodden is her outlook and situ…

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Tuesday, October 31, 2017

#HappyHalloween: Clare Louise Connolly talks about playing Regan in The Exorcist by Jonathan Baz

We worked a few scenes during the audition run, including the iconic movie moment where Regan spins her head around. I made sure I told our director Sean Mathias that my neck was extremely f…

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Monday, October 30, 2017

IMAGINE THIS – Union Theatre ★★★★ by Jonathan Baz

Harry Blumenau’s production at the Union manages to shed the show’s previous blunders, succeeding in telling a harrowing and touching story with tenderness and care in a production that …

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Wednesday, October 25, 2017

TRYST – Tabard Theatre ★★★★ by Jonathan Baz

The script is beautifully crafted, moving at a pace that flits between thundering forward to reflect the fast passage of time and pulling back to uncover a multitude of truths.

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Friday, October 20, 2017

YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN – West End ★★★★ by Jonathan Baz

Like The Producers before it, Young Frankenstein hails from a Brooks movie of some 40 years earlier with the veteran writer/director reframing the comedy-horror flick around his own composit…

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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

KING LEAR – Chichester ★★★★★ by Jonathan Baz

King Lear is the jewel in the crown of Daniel Evans’ opening year as Chichester’s Artistic Director. Ian McKellen is every inch a king in Jonathan Munby’s production that is currently …

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LUCKY STIFF – Union Theatre ★★★★ by Jonathan Baz

There’s a charming treatment of Ahrens and Flaherty’s Lucky Stiff, currently playing at the Union Theatre. The musical is a short slight piece, set in a minimalist stage design, but with…

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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

31 HOURS – Bunker Theatre ★★★★ by Jonathan Baz

Bleak statistics show that a person commits suicide on Britain’s rail network every 31 hours and, as we learn in the play, for every fatality there are another three people who attempt to …

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Saturday, October 14, 2017

HAIR – The Vaults ★★★★ by Jonathan Baz

Transferring down from Manchester’s Hope Mill Theatre, Jonathan O’Boyle’s production of Hair is an exciting revival of a show that was to define so much of the 1960s.

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Friday, October 13, 2017

Album Review: Broadway Melodies ★★★★ by Jonathan Baz

It is a delight to review Dan Burton’s debut album Broadway Melodies. As choreographer Stephen Mear has long known, Burton is currently amongst the finest of musical theatre “triple thre…

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Sunday, October 8, 2017

INTERVIEW: Spotlight On… The Toxic Avenger’s (& Bon Jovi’s) David Bryan by Jonathan Baz

As The Toxic Avenger returns to London's Arts Theatre, Jonathan Baz spoke with composer and Bon Jovi keyboards ace, David Bryan. David , what attracted you to write The Toxic Avenger...

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Wednesday, October 4, 2017

BILLIE & ME: PATTI BOULAYE LIVE – Zedel ★★★★ by Jonathan Baz

It's nigh on forty years since this reviewer first clapped eyes on Patti Boulaye. Her braided hair in tight plaits, Boulaye lit up our TV screens on a Saturday evening.

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WHAT SHADOWS – Park Theatre ★★★ by Jonathan Baz

What Shadows from Chris Hannan is a well-researched fiction that weaves its narrative around the closing chapters of the real life of Enoch Powell.

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THE TOXIC AVENGER – Arts Theatre ★★★★ by Jonathan Baz

It’s no small tale they have to tell, as small-town nerd Melvin takes on the corrupt establishment of New Jersey (Who Will Save New Jersey) who are taking bribes from the Manhattan elite s…

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Sunday, October 1, 2017

SUNSET BOULEVARD – Touring ★★★★★ by Jonathan Baz

There is a magic that pervades Nikolai Foster’s production of Sunset Boulevard, and it flows from leading lady Ria Jones. Twenty-six years after creating the role of Norma Desmond for Andr…

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Tuesday, September 26, 2017

LE GRAND MORT – Trafalgar Studios ★★★★ by Jonathan Baz

Trafalgar Studios, London****Written by Stephen ClarkDirected by Christopher RenshawJulian ClaryIt is a rare treat these days to see a play written for its star. So it is with Le Grand Mort,…

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Monday, September 25, 2017

PIPPIN – Manchester ★★★★★ by Jonathan Baz

Pippin closed this weekend at Manchester’s Hope Mill Theatre with, yet again, this Northern powerhouse of fringe theatre delivering a stunning take on a Broadway Tony-winner.

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Sunday, September 24, 2017

LEGALLY BLONDE – Touring ★★★★ by Jonathan Baz

Lucie Jones is exquisite as Elle, seamlessly blending nods to Reese Witherspoon's film portrayal with her own flavour. This Elle comes with a level of self-awareness and sass that makes her …

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Friday, September 22, 2017

THE REVLON GIRL – Park Theatre ★★★★★ by Jonathan Baz

On a 1966 October morning in the small Welsh mining village of Aberfan, an estimated 150,000 tonnes of colliery waste suddenly began to move.

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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

FIVE GUYS NAMED MOE – Marble Arch Theatre ★★★★★ by Jonathan Baz

Created thirty years ago by Clarke Peters and swiftly transferring from the Theatre Royal Stratford East across town to the West End and then to Broadway, it is a delight to see the show ret…

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Monday, September 18, 2017

THE KNOWLEDGE – Charing Cross Theatre ★★★★ by Jonathan Baz

The titular knowledge is famously what is required to become a licensed London black-cab driver, a process so demanding that 70% of hopeful candidates fail to make the grade.

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Saturday, September 16, 2017

PARADE – Apsley ★★★★ by Jonathan Baz

To stage Parade at the Frogmore Paper Mill, a preserved factory that dates back to the Industrial Revolution, was an inspired idea from director Dan Cowtan.

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Wednesday, September 13, 2017

OSLO – National Theatre & West End ★★★ by Jonathan Baz

Oslo, a new play from JT Rogers is evidently meticulously researched. It is a tale of diplomacy and negotiation, and as a history lesson, it offers moments that are fascinating.

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Saturday, September 9, 2017

FOLLIES – National Theatre ★★★★★ by Jonathan Baz

It’s been a while since the National Theatre last revived a great song and dance extravaganza and a Sondheim one at that. But with Dominic Cooke’s production of Follies, the NT’s reput…

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Wednesday, September 6, 2017

DEADLINE DAY – Theatre N16 ★★★ by Jonathan Baz

Deadline Day is a delightful spin on the world of football that takes place, intriguingly, in the back of the limo that’s taking (Newcastle) United’s gifted young striker Danny south to …

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Saturday, August 26, 2017

LUCY DIXON – Live at Zedel by Jonathan Baz

As a performer Dixon is blessed with exceptional technical skills – her voice is pitch perfect and she liberally dilutes her vocal turns with perfectly syncopated tap routines throughout t…

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LATE COMPANY – Trafalgar Studios ★★★★ by Jonathan Baz

This is a dinner that, much like Titus Andronicus' endgame, is a meal that not one person around the table wishes to attend.

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Sunday, August 20, 2017

TOP HAT – Kilworth by Jonathan Baz

Stephen Mear’s take on Top Hat, just opened at Leicestershire’s Kilworth House Theatre is further proof that for this summer at least, the very best musical theatre openings are all taki…

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Saturday, August 19, 2017

SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE – The Other Palace by Jonathan Baz

It says much for the National Youth Music Theatre (NYMT) that they have amongst their young company the talent and resource to deliver what is unquestionably an impressive take on this most …

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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

A SPOONFUL OF SHERMAN – Live at Zedel by Jonathan Baz

It’s a surefire treat after a hard day of toil or tourism, to slip into the comfort of a collection of songs from the Sherman dynasty.

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