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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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Saturday, August 12, 2017

IMAGINARY – The Other Palace by Jonathan Baz

Imaginary follows the friendship of two young boys, Milo (Tom Price) and Sam (Josh Gottlieb). As Sam’s only friend the pair do everything together, playing all day and letting their imagin…

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Thursday, August 3, 2017

A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC – Newbury by Jonathan Baz

The enchanted narrative of A Little Night Music sees the summer night famously smiling three times: once upon the young, again upon the foolish and finally, upon the old.

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Wednesday, August 2, 2017

WILLEMIJN VERKAIK IN CONCERT – West End by Jonathan Baz

Verkaik’s vocals were flawless throughout the informal evening and it’s no wonder that she’s been entrusted with one of the most vocally challenging roles in the canon, across the glob…

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Monday, July 24, 2017

THE HIRED MAN – Union Theatre by Jonathan Baz

Taken from Melvyn Bragg’s acclaimed description of England’s Lake District as the 19th century passed into the 20th, The Hired Man is a richly fruited glimpse of a way of life long since…

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Sunday, July 23, 2017

FIDDLER ON THE ROOF – Chichester by Jonathan Baz

Omid Djalili steps up to the pivotal role of Tevye the milkman. Married to Golde and with 5 daughters (3 of marriageable age) Djalili captures a hen-pecked, hardworking weariness of the poor…

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Monday, July 17, 2017

X & Y – Lyric Hammersmith by Jonathan Baz

In 2011 Beyoncé Knowles proclaimed in a mightily catchy hook that girls run the world, a far cry of course from James Brown's 1966 declaration that "This is a man’s world”.

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Friday, July 14, 2017

THE TEMPEST – Barbican Theatre (RSC) by Jonathan Baz

In a literally magical production, the London transfer of Stratford-upon-Avon's 2016 hit sees Simon Russell Beale as Prospero shipwrecked on an enchanted island in the Med.

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Wednesday, July 12, 2017

BREXODUS! – The Other Palace by Jonathan Baz

The performances in Brexodus! are, for the most part, top notch – it’s only a shame that the written material doesn’t quite match up to the acting talent on stage.

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Sunday, July 9, 2017

KING KONG – Vaults by Jonathan Baz

Ridiculous, slightly bizarre, but also just a little bit brilliant - this is Owen Lewis and Daniel Clarkson’s delightfully comic spin on Hollywood’s classic tale of adventure, love, wond…

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Friday, July 7, 2017

TITUS ANDRONICUS – Stratford by Jonathan Baz

Blanche McIntyre strives to give an aura of political correctness to her take on the bloodiest of Shakespeare’s plays - but she misses the point. Titus Andronicus is always going to be mor…

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Tuesday, July 4, 2017

TOMMY – Touring by Jonathan Baz

Ramps On The Moon’s production of Tommy, directed by Kerry Michael, is a truly wonderful production. As the rock opera created by The Who is famously about a “deaf, dumb and blind kid”…

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THESE TREES ARE MADE OF BLOOD – Arcola Theatre by Jonathan Baz

These Trees Are Made of Blood is quite the title, and “political musical cabaret” is quite the concept. Inspired by the director’s study year in Buenos Aires and the harrowing yet insp…

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Monday, July 3, 2017

BLONDEL – Union Theatre by Jonathan Baz

Set in the 1180’s, King Richard the Lionheart (played by Neil Moors) proclaims he will set off on a Crusade, and go to war with Saladin in the Middle East, leaving the county in the hands…

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Tuesday, June 27, 2017

BAT OUT OF HELL – West End by Jonathan Baz

Jim Steinman’s Bat Out Of Hell has just landed in the West End and with no intention of being a quiet neighbour in theatreland either. From the onset the audience are confronted with an im…

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Sunday, June 18, 2017

HAMLET – West End by Jonathan Baz

Andrew Scott’s take on Hamlet, in Robert Icke’s Almeida production that has just transferred to the West End, is a testament to the versatility of Shakespeare’s prose. With Benedict Cu…

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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

BOOK REVIEW: After Anatevka by Jonathan Baz

Alexandra Silber’s first novel After Anatevka is a carefully crafted study into love and life in Russia in the early twentieth century. Much like Marc Chagall was to paint enchanted images…

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