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Wednesday, July 3, 2019

‘Holds a withering mirror to Hollywood’s vile & vacuous culture’: BITTER WHEAT – West End ★★★★ by Jonathan Baz

There may be a whiff of sensationalised cliché to this world premiere of Bitter Wheat, but no matter. Mamet’s subject is timely and relevant and Malkovich's performance is electrifying.

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Friday, June 28, 2019

‘Excellence continues to abound throughout’: FIDDLER ON THE ROOF – West End ★★★★★ by Jonathan Baz

With its first major cast change since opening – as well as a shift across the Thames – Trevor Nunn’s Fiddler On The Roof remains one of London’s musical theatre jewels.

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Thursday, June 20, 2019

‘A rare & wonderful evening’: THE LIGHT IN THE PIAZZA – Royal Festival Hall ★★★★ by Jonathan Baz

Only on until 4 July before an international tour, The Light In The Piazza is a must see for all who appreciate modern writing and quality musical theatre.

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Monday, June 17, 2019

‘Little in this piece that grabs the audience’: THE STARRY MESSENGER – West End ★★★ by Jonathan Baz

There are momentary gasps and occasional laughs in The Starry Messenger but ultimately this is a stretched out evening at the theatre, albeit one with a starry cast.

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Friday, May 31, 2019

‘Tells us nothing new’: VINCENT RIVER – Trafalgar Studios by Jonathan Baz

Philip Ridley’s tawdry words in Vincent River, at times offering little more than a virtual peep show into graphic descriptions of verbally violent torture porn, tell us nothing new.

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Saturday, May 25, 2019

‘For sheer technical theatrical genius, it’s in a class of its own’: THE LEHMAN TRILOGY – West End ★★★★ by Jonathan Baz

Notwithstanding its flawed message, in these times of unparalleled political polarisation The Lehman Trilogy will be lapped up by eager audiences. And for sheer technical theatrical genius, …

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Sunday, May 12, 2019

‘For lovers of quality musical theatre, it’s unmissable’: AMOUR – Charing Cross Theatre ★★★★ by Jonathan Baz

Amour, a whimsical tale of a Parisian clerk who finds himself temporarily gifted with a superhuman ability to walk through walls, lends itself perfectly to London’s Off West End theatre sc…

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Saturday, May 4, 2019

‘Celebrity stunt casting strips what could have been a majestic musical’: MAN OF LA MANCHA – West End ★★★ by Jonathan Baz

It has been 50 years since Man Of La Mancha last played in London’s West End and based upon this year’s offering from the ENO and co-producers Grade-Linnitt it is easy to see why.

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Friday, April 26, 2019

‘Gloriously revived’: AIN’T MISBEHAVIN’ – Southwark Playhouse ★★★★ by Jonathan Baz

Not seen on a London stage for 40 years, Ain’t Misbehavin’ is gloriously revived at Southwark Playhouse in a co-production with Colchester’s Mercury Theatre.

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Thursday, April 18, 2019

‘A quality & innovative piece of theatre’: NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD LIVE! – Pleasance Theatre ★★★★ by Jonathan Baz

George A Romero’s 1968 movie Night Of The Living Dead not only unleashed zombies upon an unsuspecting world, but was also one of the first movies to fuse horrific gore with political alleg…

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Friday, April 12, 2019

Joanna Riding & Janie Dee talk Carousel, Follies & friendship by Jonathan Baz

Janie Dee and Joanna Riding are two of the UK's finest musical theatre performers. At the National Theatre the return of Dominic Cooke’s acclaimed production of Follies currently stars the…

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Thursday, April 11, 2019

‘Brilliant theatre for its time’: TONY’S LAST TAPE – Omnibus Theatre ★★★★ by Jonathan Baz

Tony’s Last Tape arrives at Clapham’s Omnibus, four years after Andy Barrett’s perceptive work first played at the Nottingham Playhouse. A one-act monologue that lasts a little over an…

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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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