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Thursday, May 17, 2018

The Moderate Soprano Star Nancy Carroll on Singing Ambition, Opera Appreciation & a Sondheim Dream Role by Matt Wolf

Nancy Carroll won a 2011 Olivier Award for Best Actress for her searing and stylish performance at the National Theatre in After the Dance and is rarely long away from the London stage. Know…

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Friday, May 11, 2018

London Theater Reviews: Healing and Hurting on the London Stage by Matt Wolf

Matthew Lopez’s “The Inheritance” refracts gay American life through an English novel, while two new British plays choose a shorter, satirical path.

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Saturday, May 5, 2018

West End Les Miserables Star David Thaxton on the Joy of Returning to the Role of Javert by Matt Wolf

David Thaxton won the 2011 Olivier Award for his stunning performance as Giorgio in Stephen Sondheim’s Passion, but the performer has been spending much of his career returning to Les…

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West End Les Miserables Star David Thaxton on the Joy of Playing Javert On and Off for 13 Years by Matt Wolf

David Thaxton won the 2011 Olivier Award for his stunning performance as Giorgio in Stephen Sondheim’s Passion, but the performer has been spending much of his career returning to Les…

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Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Chess, London Coliseum review - powerfully sung but still problematic by Matt Wolf

Eighties musical remains a melodically rich muddle Its origins as a concept album cling stubbornly to Chess, the Tim Rice collaboration with the male members of ABBA first seen on the West E…

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Tuesday, May 1, 2018

The Writer, Almeida Theatre review - deconstruction run rampant by Matt Wolf

Romola Garai gives a storming performance in deliberately tricksy Ella Hickson playForget write what you know: writing what you feel would seem to be the impetus driving Ella Hickson's often…

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Red's Alfred Enoch on Returning to the London Stage, Talking Theater with How to Get Away with Murder Co-Star Viola Davis & More by Matt Wolf

Alfred Enoch hit the big time as Wes on ABC’s How to Get Away with Murder and played Dean Thomas in the Harry Potter films, but the fast-rising screen star is returning to the stage to…

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Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Strictly Ballroom: The Musical, Piccadilly Theatre review - largely naff by Matt Wolf

Long-aborning stage version of the Baz Luhrmann film is a protracted cartoon A much tinkered-with show needs to go back to the drawing board, if this latest iteration of Strictly Ballroom: T…

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Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Kathleen Turner: Finding My Voice, The Other Palace review - a familiar name in freshly exciting form by Matt Wolf

The screen and stage star invents herself anew, this time in song A onetime Martha and Maggie the Cat in the theatre, not to mention a screen siren of the sort they don't make anymore, might…

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All or Nothing's Carol Harrison on Bringing the Mod Musical to London's West End by Matt Wolf

All or Nothing, the self-described “Mod Musical” now at the Ambassadors Theatre directly following a run at the Arts, tells the story of the Small Faces, the English rock band fr…

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Thursday, April 19, 2018

London Theater Reviews: In ‘Tina: The Tina Turner Musical,’ a Pop Star’s Life as Victory Parade by Matt Wolf

Two London stage productions bring some razzle dazzle to the city: a musical biography of Tina Turner and the return of “Chicago.”

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Wednesday, April 18, 2018

West End Bat Out of Hell Star Christina Bennington on Finding Her 'Full-Throttle Rock Belt' for the Jim Steinman Musical by Matt Wolf

Bat Out of Hell, the rock and roll stage extravaganza drawn from songwriter Jim Steinman and the iconic Meat Loaf album of the same name, has returned to London, this time to the Dominion Th…

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Monday, April 16, 2018

TALE OF TWO ACTS by Matt Wolf

Bernadette Peters and company find their voice in the second act of this classic musical.

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Friday, April 6, 2018

West End Star Josefina Gabrielle on Journeying from Roxie to Velma & Performing Chicago in the Era of Trump by Matt Wolf

Josefina Gabrielle has been an invaluable West End presence in productions ranging from Oklahoma! as Laurey opposite Hugh Jackman to Gussie in the Maria Friedman-directed Merrily We Roll Alo…

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Thursday, April 5, 2018

London Theater Reviews: Ripping Up the Rule Book on the London Stage by Matt Wolf

In “Brief Encounter” and “Summer and Smoke,” directors subvert the expectations of their audiences with fascinating results.

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Thursday, March 29, 2018

West End Motown Star David Albury on Getting into the Groove of Playing Smokey Robinson by Matt Wolf

David Albury has gained attention in the verbatim musical Committee… at the Donmar and as Fleetwood in Michael Blakemore’s British stage debut of The Life and is now making his …

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Friday, March 23, 2018

The Voice, the Moves, the Hair! Tina: The Tina Turner Musical Star Adrienne Warren on Playing the Queen of Rock & Roll in London by Matt Wolf

Adrienne Warren received a 2016 Tony nod for the Broadway musical Shuffle Along and is now making a hugely anticipated West End debut as none other than rock goddess Tina Turner in the new s…

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Thursday, March 22, 2018

London Theater Reviews: Double, Double: Two Troublesome Takes on ‘Macbeth’ by Matt Wolf

Why is “the Scottish play” so hard to get right? Two productions in Britain show why Shakespeare’s shortest tragedy is also his trickiest.

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Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Kiss of the Spider Woman, Menier Chocolate Factory review - brilliantly performed and imaginatively staged by Matt Wolf

A familiar title transcends the schematic to land with renewed forceNo, this isn't the large-scale Kander and Ebb musical, which opened in 1992 in London before transferring for a sizable ru…

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Caroline, or Change, Hampstead Theatre review - Sharon D Clarke conquers by Matt Wolf

The award winning musical returns in all its ferocity and glory It's long been a theatrical given, especially in musicals, that characters need to be seen to change: a climactic duo in the e…

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Monday, March 19, 2018

London Star Zizi Strallen on Kicking Up Her Heels in Strictly Ballroom, Giving Away Her Eyelashes & More by Matt Wolf

Strictly Ballroom is fondly remembered as a 1992 Baz Luhrmann film and it is now coming to the West End courtesy of the Olivier Award-winning director/choreographer Drew McOnie. The cast is …

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Hamlet, RSC, Hackney Empire review - Paapa Essiedu's winning Dane by Matt Wolf

RSC's touring Hamlet is well worth catching anywhere en routeShakespeare's death-laden play is alive and well and breathing with renewed force in Hackney, the last British stop for an R…

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Hamlet, RSC, Hackney Empire review - Paapa Essiedu's winning Dane by Matt Wolf

★★★★ HAMLET, RSC, HACKNEY EMPIRE Paapa Essiedu's winning DaneRSC's touring Hamlet is well worth catching anywhere en routeShakespeare's death-laden play is alive and well and br…

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Tuesday, March 13, 2018

London The Ferryman Star Rosalie Craig on Singing with Hubby Hadley Fraser & Emailing with Patti LuPone by Matt Wolf

Rosalie Craig is no stranger to musicals (Aspects of Love, City of Angels, The Light Princess) and classics like As You Like It at the National Theatre but can now be found leading the take-…

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Thursday, March 8, 2018

London Theater Reviews: 2 Films Come to the London Stage, With Losses and Gains by Matt Wolf

Adaptations of “Fanny and Alexander” and “Harold and Maude” produce mixed results.

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Monday, March 5, 2018

The Best Man's Jeff Fahey on Getting Political and Being an American in London by Matt Wolf

The American actor Jeff Fahey last opened in the West End late in 2013 in a starry revival of Twelve Angry Men. Now he’s back with the same producer (Bill Kenwright) and co-star (1996 …

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Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Brief Encounter London Star Isabel Pollen on Romance, Railway Stations & Rachmaninoff by Matt Wolf

Emma Rice’s ravishing stage version of Noel Coward’s Brief Encounter is headed back to London, after international exposure that included an acclaimed Broadway run…

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Thursday, February 22, 2018

London Theater Reviews: Carey Mulligan Is Perfection in a Play That Isn’t by Matt Wolf

Two solo plays and an American import allow an array of women to shine.

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Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Phantom Thread Oscar Nominee Lesley Manville on Not Going Mad Playing Mary Tyrone in Long Day's Journey Into Night & More by Matt Wolf

Lesley Manville is up for a supporting actress Oscar this year for her superb performance as Daniel Day-Lewis’s severe-seeming sister in Phantom Thread and is combining the o…

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Wednesday, February 14, 2018

The York Realist, Donmar Warehouse review - a miniaturist masterpiece by Matt Wolf

★★★★★ THE YORK REALIST, DONMAR WAREHOUSE Pitch-perfect Peter Gill revival surpasses its originalPitch-perfect Peter Gill revival surpasses its original Peter Gill has been a q…

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Monday, February 12, 2018

Beginning Star Sam Troughton on Making His West End Debut, Googling His Co-Star & More by Matt Wolf

Sam Troughton has long been steeped in the classics, from Williams to Chekhov to Shakespeare, the last of which he has performed in New York with the Royal Shakespeare Company. This ter…

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