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Monday, March 18, 2019

‘The attraction of it, is that it is a popular piece of theatre’: In the dock is Jasper Britton from Witness For The Prosecution by Jonathan Baz

Witness For The Prosecution, Agatha Christie’s murder thriller is playing very successfully at London’s ingeniously converted County Hall venue. RSC leading man Jasper Britton heads the …

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Sunday, March 17, 2019

‘Nostalgic, cheesy & delightfully good fun’: RIP IT UP – West End ★★★ by Jonathan Baz

Rip It Up does exactly that to the conventional West End tried and tested jukebox musical. In part a reality TV show and in part a showcase, the evening encapsulates a musical time-machine t…

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Sunday, March 10, 2019

‘The finest deep-dish screen to stage transition in decades’: WAITRESS – West End ★★★★★ by Jonathan Baz

Of all the new musicals that Broadway has shipped to London in recent years, Waitress is quite possibly the greatest as Sara Bareillles takes an unflinching look at 21st century America thro…

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Thursday, March 7, 2019

‘One of the funniest feel-good shows in town’: 9 To 5 THE MUSICAL – West End ★★★★ by Jonathan Baz

Musical theatre comedy done well is a blissful way to spend an evening. So it is with Dolly Parton’s 9 to 5, currently playing to packed houses at the Savoy Theatre.

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Tuesday, March 5, 2019

‘It’s a universal story’: Director Diane Paulus talks about the West End opening of Waitress by Jonathan Baz

Waitress opens in the West End this week and I grabbed a rare, brief opportunity to chat with the musical's Tony-winning director Diane Paulus about the show.

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Tuesday, February 12, 2019

‘Could have been an interesting take on the subject of consent’: GREYSCALE – Vault Festival ★★★ by Jonathan Baz

In the #MeToo era Madeleine Gould and Joel Samuels have written what could have been an interesting take on the subject of consent. A too short two-hander immerses the small audience into mo…

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Saturday, January 26, 2019

‘A remarkable portrayal of warring pain & optimism’: VIOLET – Charing Cross Theatre ★★★ by Jonathan Baz

By the time director Shuntaro Fujita’s slick and sun-kissed production draws to a close, it’s impossible not to root for Violet’s happiness.

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Friday, January 25, 2019

‘Remains the most consistently outstanding show in town’: THRILLER LIVE – West End ★★★★★ by Jonathan Baz

Celebrating 10 years at the Lyric Theatre, a memorable production of Thriller Live played to a full house. Adrian Grant’s vision, breathed into life by Gary Lloyd’s direction and choreog…

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Tuesday, January 22, 2019

’A thrilling night at the theatre’: WITNESS FOR THE PROSECUTION – County Hall ★★★★ by Jonathan Baz

Witness For The Prosecution is a glorious fusion of classic storytelling, first class production values and top-notch acting.

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Sunday, January 13, 2019

‘It’s a lovely witchy, wise, rock-n-roll fable’: Dick Clement & Ian La Frenais on Chasing Bono at the Soho Theatre by Jonathan Baz

Chasing Bono, the latest play from writing partnership Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais, is currently playing at London’s Soho Theatre until 19 January 2019. The play is loosely drawn on th…

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Thursday, January 10, 2019

‘Unearthing of another gem’: THE DAME – Park Theatre ★★★★ by Jonathan Baz

In an impressive Duncan double-act, The Dame transfers from the Edinburgh Fringe to London’s Park Theatre and makes for compelling theatre. In her first play, Katie Duncan writes, for fath…

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Sunday, January 6, 2019

‘Ol’ Blue Eyes could be right there with you’: SINATRA RAW – Live at Zedel ★★★★ by Jonathan Baz

Transferring to the capital from a sold-out run at the Edinburgh Fringe, Richard Shelton’s tribute to Frank Sinatra makes for a fabulous evening.

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Monday, December 24, 2018

‘A real festive treat from start to finish’: NUTCRACKER – London Coliseum ★★★★ by Jonathan Baz

One of the best-loved ballets, Nutcracker returns to London’s Coliseum and is a real festive treat from start to finish. Wayne

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Sunday, December 23, 2018

‘A five-star cast deliver distinctly flawed material’: CAROLINE, OR CHANGE – West End ★★★ by Jonathan Baz

Caroline, or Change is a curious show that sees a five-star cast deliver distinctly flawed material. Set in an early 1960s Louisiana.

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Thursday, December 20, 2018

‘Flawless & unique’: A CHRISTMAS CAROL – Arts Theatre ★★★★★ by Jonathan Baz

Simon Callow’s telling of A Christmas Carol at the Arts Theatre is theatrical perfection. A solo performance, aided only by subtly ingenious projections and the occasional, immaculately ti…

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Wednesday, December 19, 2018

‘A fabulous feel-good delight’: WHITE CHRISTMAS – Leicester ★★★★ by Jonathan Baz

With Berlin’s classic numbers and in the gifted creative hands of director Nikolai Foster and his choreographer Stephen Mear, White Christmas becomes a fabulous feel-good delight.

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Tuesday, December 18, 2018

‘A modern-day Christmas turkey’: THE TELL-TALE HEART – National Theatre by Jonathan Baz

Expectations are high for a festive ghost story from the National. With its world-class resources, the theatre offers a wondrous potential to stage the most chilling of tales and when the so…

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Monday, December 17, 2018

‘Back with more electricity, punch & swagger than ever before’: MATTHEW BOURNE’S SWAN LAKE – Sadler’s Wells ★★★★ by Jonathan Baz

As one of dance’s most iconic productions, Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake returns home to a rapturous reception.

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Saturday, December 15, 2018

‘Revel in the eccentric ridiculousness of it all’: THE MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR – Barbican Theatre ★★★★ by Jonathan Baz

Returning to the RSC and the Barbican for The Merry Wives of Windsor after his triumph in Titus Andronicus last year is David Troughton as the drunken and self-proclaimed womaniser, Falstaff…

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Friday, December 14, 2018

‘Perhaps the sweetest piece of new drama to hit London this year’: CHASING BONO – Soho Theatre ★★★★★ by Jonathan Baz

In another example of London’s fringe theatre at its unmissable finest, Chasing Bono at Soho Theatre offers an evening of flawless entertainment.

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Wednesday, December 12, 2018

‘Beautifully festive theatre’: PETER PAN – Park Theatre ★★★★ by Jonathan Baz

In an exciting and ambitious move for one of London’s leading Off-West End venues, the Park Theatre splashes the cash on its Christmas production and with flying experts Foy on board, have…

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Monday, December 10, 2018

‘Anything but washed out’: ALADDIN – Hackney Empire ★★★★ by Jonathan Baz

Writer/director Susie McKenna delivers her 20th festive production – Aladdin – with a show that captures the diversity of her London patch, yet cleverly avoids cultural appropriation and…

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Sunday, December 9, 2018

‘Imaginative yet also reassuringly traditional’: FIDDLER ON THE ROOF – Menier Chocolate Factory ★★★★★ by Jonathan Baz

In eschewing any trendy political statement to hang around his work, Nunn has made it all the more poignant and powerful. Deservedly sold out for the rest of its Menier run, his Fiddler On T…

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Friday, December 7, 2018

‘Delivers immense joy’: HOT GAY TIME MACHINE – Trafalgar Studios ★★★★ by Jonathan Baz

You enter a dark basement in the heart of the West End. RuPaul is blaring, lights are flashing and there is dancing. Yet this is not a club. Instead, it’s Hot Gay Time Machine.

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Wednesday, December 5, 2018

‘The play’s dynamism is timeless’: TRUE WEST – WestEnd ★★★★★ by Jonathan Baz

Squeezed into a lean and tightly filled two hours, Sam Shepard’s True West is an acerbic glimpse of domestic dysfunctionality that plays out in sweltering Southern California, a blasted ba…

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Wednesday, November 28, 2018

‘A heavenly symphony of instrument & voice’: ENNIO MORRICONE IN CONCERT – O2 ★★★★★ by Jonathan Baz

Ennio Morricone played London for the last time this week, his farewell visit to the capital heralding the gifted composer’s imminent retirement.

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Saturday, November 17, 2018

‘One of the most refreshing & riotous shows in London’: HADESTOWN – National Theatre ★★★★ by Jonathan Baz

Running at the National Theatre prior to a Broadway opening, Hadestown offers a uniquely folksy and enchanting take on the tragic tale of Orpheus and his love, Euridice.

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Wednesday, November 14, 2018

‘Poignant, funny & perfectly played’: DON QUIXOTE – West End ★★★★ by Jonathan Baz

In James Fenton’s adaptation of Cervantes’ 17th-century classic, the fabled antics of Knight Errant Don Quixote are given a contemporary understanding that still preserves the original…

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Saturday, November 10, 2018

‘Chillingly relevant’: ROMEO & JULIET – Barbican Theatre ★★★★ by Jonathan Baz

Romeo & Juliet, with Karen Fishwick and Bally Gill as the leads, arrives at the Barbican as part of the Royal Shakespeare Company’s London residency. Although written over four centur…

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Friday, November 2, 2018

‘Stubbs gives a stunning performance’: HONOUR – Park Theatre by Jonathan Baz

‘There’s no fool like an old fool’ is an adage that sums up much of Honour, now playing at the Park Theatre. The play introduces Henry Goodman and Imogen Stubbs as married couple Georg…

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Thursday, November 1, 2018

‘Captivating performance’: SHOLOM ALEICHEM IN THE OLD COUNTRY – Lion & Union Theatre ★★★★ by Jonathan Baz

Sholom Aleichem In The Old Country is at once charming, funny, sad and yet it is ultimately tragic. Not because of any serious disaster that befalls the characters, but rather because it off…

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