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Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Michael Rosen's Chocolate Cake review – half-baked sweet treat by Miriam Gillinson

Polka, LondonRosen’s epic is dished up for the stage in an adaptation that stirs in his poems about fried eggs and baked potatoesAll kids loves cake but Wilfred, aged four, is mad for it. …

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Friday, April 6, 2018

Review: My First Ballet: Swan Lake at the Peacock Theatre by Miriam Gillinson

What might've been: the ENB's Tchaikovsky for kids fails to spark the imagination. The post Review: My First Ballet: Swan Lake at the Peacock Theatre appeared first on Exeunt Magazine.

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Thursday, March 22, 2018

Review: Caroline, or Change at the Hampstead Theatre by Miriam Gillinson

You lucky, lucky people: Michael Longhurst's Chichester production makes a triumphant London transfer. The post Review: Caroline, or Change at the Hampstead Theatre appeared first on Exeunt …

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Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Review: Buggy Baby at The Yard by Miriam Gillinson

Self-aware and triumphantly obscure: Miriam Gillinson reviews Josh Azouz's new play involving a giant talking baby. The post Review: Buggy Baby at The Yard appeared first on Exeunt Magazine.

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Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Review: Long Day’s Journey into Night at Wyndham’s Theatre by Miriam Gillinson

Heart-ache: Miriam Gillinson reviews the West End transfer of Richard Eyre's production of Eugene O'Neill. The post Review: Long Day’s Journey into Night at Wyndham’s Theatre appeared fi…

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Monday, February 5, 2018

Seesaw review – the highs and lows of friendship in a giant sandpit by Miriam Gillinson

Unicorn theatre, LondonStewart Melton’s gently earnest play, directed by Sarah Argent, helps children learn how to shareThroughout the beginning of Seesaw, which is about two children figu…

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Friday, December 22, 2017

Ugly Duckling review – feathers fly in a plucky take on Andersen classic by Miriam Gillinson

Albany, London The set is captivating and the standout moments are performed with swagger by Tutti Frutti, yet the heart of Hans Christian Andersen’s story feels lost The Ugly Duckling is …

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Thursday, December 14, 2017

Review: Pinocchio at the National Theatre by Miriam Gillinson

It’s mad. It’s ambitious. It’s silly and frightening and really annoying: Miriam Gillinson reviews the National Theatre's stage version of Pinocchio. The post Review: Pinocchio at the…

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Monday, October 23, 2017

My Brother, My Sister and Me review – quirky sibling comedy is unrivalled by Miriam Gillinson

Polka theatre, LondonA brother and sister contemplate the arrival of a new baby in Sarah Argent’s brilliant new show, in which everything is seen through the eyes of a childWe’re in a lo…

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Friday, October 13, 2017

Review: Beginning at the National Theatre by Miriam Gillinson

A very lovely play in lots of very lovely ways: Miriam Gillinson reviews David Eldridge's new play about the start of a relationship. The post Review: Beginning at the National Theatre appe…

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Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Laika review – adorable space dog blasts off on family mission to Mars by Miriam Gillinson

Unicorn theatre, London The story of the stray that became Russia’s first cosmonaut is interwoven with a mother and son’s plans to visit the red planet in a show for six to 12-year-olds …

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Thursday, September 28, 2017

Review: Jane Eyre at the National Theatre by Miriam Gillinson

Here is a woman who listens only to herself: Miriam Gillinson reviews the return of Jane Eyre to the National Theatre. The post Review: Jane Eyre at the National Theatre appeared first on Ex…

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Monday, August 21, 2017

Review: Against at the Almeida by Miriam Gillinson

Trying to be big and brilliant: Miriam Gillinson reviews Christopher Shinn's new play about a tech billionaire on a mission. The post Review: Against at the Almeida appeared first on Exeunt …

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Sunday, August 6, 2017

First Drafts at The Yard Theatre by Miriam Gillinson

Miriam Gillinson discovers some intriguing beginnings at The Yard's festival of bold, untested new work. The post First Drafts at The Yard Theatre appeared first on Exeunt Magazine.

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Saturday, July 29, 2017

Review: Girl from the North Country at the Old Vic by Miriam Gillinson

Stuff – just – happens: Miriam Gillinson reviews Conor McPherson's new play based around Bob Dylan songs. The post Review: Girl from the North Country at the Old Vic appeared first on E…

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Thursday, July 27, 2017

Oliver Twist review – artful production gets lost down blind alleys by Miriam Gillinson

Open Air theatre, Regent’s Park, LondonThis fierce, unpatronising Anya Reiss adaptation of Dickens’ criminal caper is full of invention, but an overcomplicated plot spirals into confusio…

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Monday, July 17, 2017

What the Ladybird Heard review – Julia Donaldson's jolly farmers don't skip a bleat by Miriam Gillinson

Lyric, LondonWacky songs, animal sounds and upbeat performances abound in this charming stage version of the popular children’s picture bookMy six-year-old goddaughter Blue is now too big …

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Thursday, June 29, 2017

Double Double Act review – a magnetic mix of mayhem, slime and wild dancing by Miriam Gillinson

Unicorn, LondonThis show hosted by grownups and kids is strange, messy and unsettling – and my 10-year-old companion finds plenty of thrills amid the wisecracking chaosImagine the children…

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Friday, June 23, 2017

Review: Gloria at the Hampstead Theatre by Miriam Gillinson

It's all me, me, me: Miriam Gillinson reviews Branden Jacobs-Jenkins' play set in the publishing industry. The post Review: Gloria at the Hampstead Theatre appeared first on Exeunt Magazine.

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Monday, May 8, 2017

Review: Dogs Don’t Do Ballet at Little Angel Theatre by Miriam Gillinson

My first theatre trip: Miriam Gillinson takes her two-year-old nephew to see Little Angel's adaptation of Anna Kemp's children's book, and goes just a little bit bonkers. The post Review: Do…

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Thursday, May 4, 2017

Review: The Ferryman at the Royal Court by Miriam Gillinson

The future is snuffed out by the past: Miriam Gillinson reviews Jez Butterworth's epic new Irish family saga. The post Review: The Ferryman at the Royal Court appeared first on Exeunt Magazi…

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Thursday, April 13, 2017

My First Ballet: Cinderella review – kids shall go to this ball by Miriam Gillinson

Peacock theatre, LondonThe young dancers perform beautifully, and there’s no denying the magic of the story, but ENB’s show could do with less chat and a bit more sparkleIt’s seven o…

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Tuesday, March 14, 2017

To Dream Again review – can Shakespeare's midsummer magic save a marriage? by Miriam Gillinson

Polka theatre, London It may take more than a sprinkle of fairy dust to repair the relationship in Toby Hulse’s new play, which is inspired by the enchanted comedyBefore the show, I ask Qe…

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Wednesday, February 1, 2017

The Iron Man review – Ted Hughes classic clangs on to stage by Miriam Gillinson

Unicorn theatre, LondonA talented team throw everything from shadow puppetry to live fire at the well-loved tale, but it’s hard to make out the storyWith shadow puppetry, singing, dancing,…

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Thursday, December 8, 2016

Babe, the Sheep-Pig review – puppet porker's farmyard caper by Miriam Gillinson

Polka, LondonThis Dick King-Smith adaptation is a bit unsteady on its trotters but its merriment has some of the audience bouncing in their seats“Why do those sheep look like people?” as…

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Friday, September 23, 2016

Emily Rising review – the girl who floated away from her family by Miriam Gillinson

Little Angel theatre, LondonDan Rebellato’s play, which follows a 10-year-old facing the world when her parents split up, is beautiful, sad and full of clever touchesEmily Rising is a play…

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Monday, July 25, 2016

West Side Story: musicals we love by Miriam Gillinson

With Bernstein's complex score, Sondheim's witty lyrics and Robbins's exuberant dance sequences, this show is near perfectWhen asked to defend musical theatre – and this happens annoyingly…

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Monday, June 27, 2016

Chester Tuffnut review – woodland puppet drama for little adventurers by Miriam Gillinson

Polka theatre, LondonThis children’s show is boosted by a beautiful set design and imaginatively realised creatures, including a couple of sock-snailsI’m no expert in woodland creatures …

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Thursday, June 23, 2016

Maggie and Pierre, Finborough Theatre by Miriam Gillinson

There's a one-man play inside every politician – and a one-woman play behind each male leader. Linda Griffiths's and Paul Thompson's solo show, Maggie and Pierre, explores Maggie Trudeau's…

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Sunday, June 12, 2016

Handle With Care, Urban Locker by Miriam Gillinson

Storage spaces units are not a nice place to hang out. Chilly and quiet, vaguely depressing and horribly lit, they bring on a desire to leave almost immediately. The same impulse is palpable…

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Thursday, June 9, 2016

The Little Gardener review – kids dig this greenhouse puppet show by Miriam Gillinson

Lyric Hammersmith, LondonThere’s not much story to speak of, but this play based on Emily Hughes’s picturebook offers the young crowd the chance to get their hands dirtyMy theatre compan…

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