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Saturday, December 7, 2019

Jodie Prenger on Starring in London's A Taste of Honey and Naming Her Pet After a Fabulous Diva by Matt Wolf

Jodie Prenger came to attention as the winner of the BBC reality TV competition series I’d Do Anything in 2008, as a result of which she got to play Nancy in Oliver! in the West End for th…

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Thursday, December 5, 2019

Brave new world: why the capital's theatres have never been so important by Matt Wolf

As they take on more challenging themes, provocative material and divisive subjects, the capital’s theatres have never felt so vital.

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Wednesday, December 4, 2019

The Boy Friend, Menier Chocolate Factory - fun but featherweight by Matt Wolf

Period confection in three acts could use pruning There’s slight (White Christmas, to name but one) and then there’s The Boy Friend, a period musical so unabashedly vaporous that if yo…

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Friday, November 29, 2019

The Wolf of Wall Street, 5-15 Sun Street review - energetic but to what end? by Matt Wolf

Jordan Belfort memoirs translate unpleasantly, even unnecessarily, to the stage Of all the groups you probably wouldn’t want to be part of, surely the hyper-adrenalised, hardscrabble popu…

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Thursday, November 28, 2019

White Christmas, Dominion Theatre review - breezy but bland by Matt Wolf

Seasonal entertainment is cheerful if essentially dull Nostalgia for things that probably never were is an animating theme in politics these days.

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Musicals of Various Shapes and Sizes Arrive on London Stages by Matt Wolf

“Dear Evan Hansen” is the latest Broadway musical to open in the West End, along with the pop bonanza “& Juliet” and nearby, the quietly powerful “Ghost Quartet.”

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Tuesday, November 26, 2019

& Juliet Star Miriam-Teak Lee Roars in the Splashy New West End Musical by Matt Wolf

Miriam-Teak Lee was something of an overnight sensation when she played Claire De Loone in the 2017 Open Air Theatre Regent’s Park revival of On the Town, since which time she went on to u…

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Friday, November 22, 2019

Dear Evan Hansen Director Michael Greif on Bringing the Tony-Winning Musical to London by Matt Wolf

Michael Greif has shepherded Dear Evan Hansen successfully into port many times at this point, but only now is the 2017 Best Musical Tony Award winner being seen outside North America. Its W…

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Wednesday, November 13, 2019

More Elaine Paige! The English Musical Theater Legend Weighs In on the Upcoming Cats Movie and More by Matt Wolf

In the first part of our chat with the ever-vital Elaine Paige, the English musical theater legend spoke about making the shift into radio and the excitement that has accompanied this unexpe…

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Friday, November 8, 2019

Elaine Paige on Being Known as the 'First Lady of the British Musical Theater,' Her Successful Radio Show & More by Matt Wolf

Elaine Paige needs scant introduction as the “first lady of the British musical theater,” a title that the veteran star of Evita, Cats, Chess and Sunset Boulevard, to name just a few of …

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Thursday, November 7, 2019

Claire Foy and Matt Smith Meet Again, Onstage by Matt Wolf

The stars of “The Crown” are back together in a production in London.

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Wednesday, November 6, 2019

The Antipodes, National Theatre review - mysterious and gently momentous by Matt Wolf

Annie Baker's latest will divide opinion but reward devotees The National Theatre is forging its own special relationship with American playwright Annie Baker, having now produced three of h…

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Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Josh Piterman on 'Screaming Like a Soprano' When He Learned He Would Star in London's The Phantom of the Opera by Matt Wolf

London has seen numerous Phantoms in the 33-plus years since the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical The Phantom of the Opera had its world premiere before going on to become a global phenomenon. Bu…

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Monday, October 28, 2019

Oliver Ormson on Bringing High Fidelity to London with a Fresh British Spin by Matt Wolf

High Fidelity didn’t last long on Broadway in 2006, but the musical adaptation of the Nick Hornby novel has had plenty of airings elsewhere since that time and is now in previews at southw…

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Thursday, October 24, 2019

Little Baby Jesus, Orange Tree Theatre review - an early play thrillingly alive for now by Matt Wolf

Arinzé Kene play from 2011 packs a renewed punch Time has been not just kind but even crucial to Little Baby Jesus, the 2011 play from the multi-hyphenate talent Arinzé Kene, who since…

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Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Vassa, Almeida Theatre review - delayed opening doesn't land by Matt Wolf

Gorky play suffers an identity crisis in uneasily-pitched revival Even the mighty Almeida is allowed the occasional dud and it’s sure as hell got one at the moment with Vassa. Maxim Gork…

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Friday, October 18, 2019

Longtime London The Lion King Star George Asprey Reflects on the Show's 20 Years in the West End by Matt Wolf

The Lion King this month marks 20 years on the London stage, during which time it has become the sixth longest-running West End musical ever, with no end in sight. The iconic Disney musical …

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Female Playwrights Are on Form (for the Most Part) by Matt Wolf

Whether it’s finishing what Jane Austen started, imagining the private conversations of first ladies or inserting the personal, on London stages female playwrights are mixing things up.

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Saturday, October 12, 2019

Tony Nominated Composer Dave Malloy on His Russian Inspiration and Hitting London with Preludes and Ghost Quartet by Matt Wolf

The Tony-nominated composer/lyricist Dave Malloy of Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812 fame hasn’t had a London presence until this fall, when he is unexpectedly being represent…

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Friday, October 11, 2019

Groan Ups, Vaudeville Theatre review - adding ambition and emotion to the mix by Matt Wolf

The ever-likable Mischief Theatre's latest stretches them in new if still-unfinished ways If ambition were all, Groan Ups would get an A*. Marking the first of a very welcome three-show res…

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Thursday, October 10, 2019

Assassins, Watermill Theatre, Newbury - Sondheim musical in scalding form by Matt Wolf

Sondheim's 1990 show gets more disturbingly pertinent with every revival “Every now and then the country goes a little wrong”: so goes one of the many lyrics from the Stephen Sondheim-Jo…

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Monday, October 7, 2019

Groan Ups Star Henry Shields on How It All Went Goes Wrong for Him on the London Stage by Matt Wolf

Henry Shields is an invaluable part of London’s invaluable and in-demand Mischief Theatre Company, having long doubled as both a writer and actor on such hits as The Play That Goes Wrong, …

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Wednesday, October 2, 2019

'Master Harold' ... and the Boys, National Theatre review - timelessly moving by Matt Wolf

Athol Fugard's 1982 self-exorcism is searingly revived Time has been kind to Athol Fugard's "Master Harold"...and the Boys. It's a stealth bomb of a play that I saw in its world premiere pro…

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Tuesday, October 1, 2019

West End Star Lloyd Owen on Heather Headley, Renée Zellweger and the Joys of Noises Off by Matt Wolf

Lloyd Owen has one of the best, most resonant speaking voices in the business and has leant his vocal luster to such roles as Nick in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, opposite Diana Rigg, …

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Thursday, September 26, 2019

Political Plays for Political Times by Matt Wolf

From a member of Parliament in “Hansard” to the users of a threatened community center in “Faith, Hope and Charity,” London theaters are exploring how power works.

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Thursday, September 19, 2019

Laurie Kynaston on Going Through a Tough Adolescence in Florian Zeller's The Son in the West End by Matt Wolf

The French writer Florian Zeller is rarely long absent from the London or New York stage. On Broadway he is represented at the moment by the transfer from the West End of The Height of the S…

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Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Big the Musical - sweet if wildly overstretched by Matt Wolf

Onetime Broadway flop has more charm in London but still needs work The work isn't finished on Big, if this stage musical of the beloved 1988 Tom Hanks film is ever to, um, make it big. A B…

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Sunday, September 15, 2019

Jay McGuiness Dusts Off His Dancing Shoes for the West End's Big the Musical by Matt Wolf

Jay McGuiness was a member of the popular English boy band The Wanted and won the 2015 edition of Strictly Come Dancing, the U.K. precursor to Dancing with the Stars. But he is currently ret…

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Saturday, September 14, 2019

Amsterdam, Orange Tree Theatre review - suffocatingly mannered by Matt Wolf

A potentially compelling play is done in by its structure and an unhelpful staging An excellent director makes a rare misstep with Amsterdam, in which a compelling if tricksy play is given …

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Tuesday, September 10, 2019

London Evita Headliner Samantha Pauly on Channeling Beyoncé and Ariana Grande to Find Her Inner Superstar by Matt Wolf

Chicago actress Samantha Pauly has been in three previous productions of Evita, none of which can have been as conceptually daring as the director Jamie Lloyd’s provocative and edgy curren…

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Monday, September 9, 2019

London Evita Headliner Samantha Pauly on Channeling Beyoncé and Ariana Grande to Find Her Inner Superstar by Matt Wolf

Chicago actress Samantha Pauly has been in three previous productions of Evita, none of which can have been as conceptually daring as the director Jamie Lloyd’s provocative and edgy curren…

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