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Saturday, June 1, 2019

BWW Review: MAIN MEN OF MUSICALS, Cadogan Hall by Louis Train

The audience couldn't get enough at Main Men of Musicals, a concert at Cadogan Hall last night featuring West End starsLuke Bayer, Ben Forster, Trevor Dion Nicholas, Liam Tamne, and some ver…

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Thursday, May 30, 2019

BWW Review: SERGEI POLUNIN, London Palladium by Louis Train

It happens every now and then that a reputation becomes so prominent, it's hard to see the person inside of it. Sergei Polunin, the Ukrainian ballet dancer, is dwarfed by two gigantic reputa…

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Tuesday, May 21, 2019

BWW Interview: Sergey Kuryshev Talks THREE SISTERS by Louis Train

Sergey Kuryshev is a titan of the Russian stage, a highly regarded interpreter of Chekhov, an occasional film star, and a mainstay of St. Petersburg's Maly Drama Theatre.Sergey and the Maly …

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Monday, May 6, 2019

BWW Interview: Jeremy Sams Talks AMOUR by Louis Train

Amour, which opens soon at the Charing Cross Theatre, isn't just a musical - it's a musical fantasy. Tinged with love, longing, and imagination, it's a show that not only provides, but deman…

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Friday, April 12, 2019

BWW Sneak Peak: In Rehearsal for MAN OF LA MANCHA by Louis Train

I was sat outside the English National Opera reading a novel when Kelsey Grammer walked by, humming cheerfully about a bleak and unbearable world. He was getting ready for a rehearsal of Man…

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Monday, April 1, 2019

BWW Interview: Alex Mugnaioni Talks CAPTAIN CORELLI'S MANDOLIN by Louis Train

Louis de Bernieres' novelCaptain Corelli's Mandolin, about the German occupation of the Mediterranean during World War Two, was a smash hit when it came out in 1994, selling millions of copi…

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Friday, March 29, 2019

BWW Review: MARGARET THATCHER: QUEEN OF SOHO, Wilton's Music Hall by Louis Train

You never imagined Margaret Thatcher could be so vulgar, but then, it seems weirdly plausible. Like all good drag, Margaret Thatcher Queen of Soho is outrageous and unreal, and sometimes fun.

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Wednesday, March 27, 2019

The Third Annual Tonic Awards Celebrate Women in Theatre by Louis Train

Playwrights, directorsand producers gathered at the May Fair Hotel on Monday for the third annual Tonic Awards, celebrating the achievements of women in theatre. In attendance, in addition t…

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Tuesday, March 26, 2019


Whether you know him as a contestant on The X Factor, as a member of Union J, or from his work on stage, there's a good chance you've heard Jaymi Hensley sing.Now, he's taking Joseph and the…

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Monday, March 18, 2019

BWW Review: BILLY BISHOP GOES TO WAR, Southwark Playhouse by Louis Train

An upright piano, a bottle of something strong, a door leading somewhere else. Billy Bishop Goes to War, on now at the Southwark Playhouse, after transferring from the Jermyn Street Theatre,…

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Wednesday, March 13, 2019

BWW Review: CONTEXT FESTIVAL, Sadler's Wells by Louis Train

Diana Vishneva earned a thunderous ovation at Sadler's Wells last night, not only from the audience, but from the beaming assembly of dancers who stood behind her.

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Friday, March 1, 2019

BWW Interview: Jonathan Hyde Talks GENTLY DOWN THE STREAM by Louis Train

Jonathan Hyde is currently starring in Gently Down the Stream, a new play at the Park Theatreexploringan intergenerational gay relationship.Jonathan told BroadwayWorldwhat makes this show po…

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Thursday, February 14, 2019

BWW Review: THE AMERICAN CLOCK, Old Vic by Louis Train

This new production of Arthur Miller's rarely-produced play, on now at the Old Vic, offers some emotional and aesthetic rewards, but misses more often than it hits.

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Tuesday, February 12, 2019

BWW Interview: Movement Director Shelley Maxwell Talks EQUUS by Louis Train

Shelley Maxwell doesn't stop. Born in Jamaica, trained in Cuba, practised in New York, and based in London, she has turned heads as a choreographer and performer, in contemporary dance and m…

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Sunday, February 10, 2019

BWW Review: THE GOOD PERSON OF SZECHWAN, Barbican Centre by Louis Train

A hail of cigarette boxes, bicycles, jazz, and divine intervention. Moscow Pushkin Drama Theatre's The Good Person of Szechwan, at the Barbican Centre, is unpredictable, intense, and cathart…

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Thursday, February 7, 2019

BWW Feature: Three Russian Plays Come to the Barbican Centre by Louis Train

'It's not always easy for foreigners to get to London,' the theatre's general administrator told me. 'They asked us a lot of questions Who are you What are you here for' But, he pointed out,…

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Wednesday, January 16, 2019

BWW Review: WALTZ OF THE HOMMELETTES, Barbican Centre by Louis Train

A bird, a bunny, and a baby a shoemaker and a clock and a critter on a walk. Waltz of the Hommelettes is a breezy, charming distraction of a play, 50 minutes of children's illustrations brou…

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Wednesday, December 19, 2018

BWW Interview: Viktor Ryzhakov Talks THE SUN LINE by Louis Train

The Sun Line is currently playingat Sadler's Wells. Russian stage director and actor Viktor Ryzhakovdiscusses the show, as well asthe universality of theatre, the relationship between art an…

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Monday, December 17, 2018

BWW Review: THE SUN LINE, Sadler's Wells by Louis Train

When I first saw The Sun Line, at The Meyerhold Centre, in Moscow, I was so jolted by its aggressively inventive technique that I started recommenidng it to all my friends.

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Wednesday, December 5, 2018

BWW Review: FIDDLER ON THE ROOF, Menier Chocolate Factory by Louis Train

In Trevor Nunn's extraordinary new production of Fiddler on the Roof, at the Menier Chocolate Factory, a dimension of intimacy and immediacy recasts a familar show, dragging it, sometimes te…

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Monday, December 3, 2018

LES MISERABLES Composer Claude-Michel Sch?nberg Discusses His Life and Work by Louis Train

Not many people know the name Claude-Michel Schonberg, but everybody knows his music as the composer of Les Miserables and Miss Saigon, Claude-Michel is present in everyone's playlist, in a …

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Thursday, November 29, 2018

BWW Review: GUYS AND DOLLS, The Mill at Sonning by Louis Train

Guys and Dolls has come to the Mill at Sonning, and brought with it all the sleazy music, flashy dancing, and good, clean fun you could want in an evening.

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Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Theatre Critic Chris Jones Talks Broadway and His New Book at the Bloomsbury Institute by Louis Train

Chris's new book, Rise Up, looks at Broadway and American society from Angels in America to Hamilton. In an interview with fellow critic Matt Wolf, at the Bloomsbury Institute yesterday, Chr…

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Monday, November 5, 2018

BWW Review: MOMMA GOLDA, King's Head Theatre by Louis Train

Put simply, Ruby's caricaturistic portrayal of Golda Meir, the former Prime Minister of Israel, does great injustice to the source material, and blends comedy and melodrama so unevenly as al…

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Sunday, November 4, 2018

BWW Review: GIRLFRIENDS, Bishopsgate Institute by Louis Train

Now, the London Musical Theatre Orchestra have added their own spin, mounting Girlfriends as a concert with only minimal narration, rather than a fully produced musical. It seems they've fou…

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Friday, November 2, 2018

BWW Interview: Director Steph Dewar Talks BIRDSONG at Progress Theatre by Louis Train

On November 11, 2018, people everywhere will commemorate the centenary of the end of World War One with events, speeches, prayers, and moments of silence. At The Progress Theatre in Reading,…

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Friday, October 19, 2018

BWW Review: TROILUS AND CRESSIDA, Royal Shakespeare Theatre by Louis Train

Troilus and Cressida begins with a thunder of drums that knocks the programme out of your hands.

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Friday, October 5, 2018

The Cadavers of BODY WORLDS Come to London by Louis Train

There is a kind of macabre fun in Body Worlds. Some of the plastinates are posed majestically others demonstrate the strength and dynamism of the human body. Still others seem like they're j…

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Friday, September 28, 2018

BWW Review: THE LESSON, The Hope Theatre by Louis Train

The pupil comes prepared for her lesson pens, notepad, ruler. The professor apologises for being late. The lesson begins. And then, the lesson really begins. In Matthew Parker's clever new p…

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