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Tuesday, May 15, 2018

BWW Review: RED, Wyndham's Theatre by Nicole Ackman

It's easy to imagine that a play that explores the meaning of art could become bogged down in artistic pretention. However, Josh Logan's Red escapes this as the physicality of the art itself…

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Thursday, May 10, 2018

BWW Interview: Lara Rossi Talks THE WRITER by Nicole Ackman

Lara Rossi is currently one of four cast members in Ella Hickson'sThe Writer at Almeida Theatre. She's done work across film, theatre, and television, includingMisalliance at the Orange Tree…

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Sunday, May 6, 2018

BWW Review: WEST END DOES THE MAGIC OF ANIMATION, Cadogan Hall by Nicole Ackman

The Magic of Animation was a wonderful celebration of music from animated films and the debut concert for new company West End Does. They performed a lovely mix of both classic and newer Dis…

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Friday, May 4, 2018

BWW Interview: Liam Mower Talks Matthew Bourne's CINDERELLA by Nicole Ackman

Liam Mower is currently playing the Angel in Matthew Bourne's Cinderella, after joining New Adventures in 2011. Liam made his West End debut at the age of 12 in Billy Elliot the Musical, as …

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Wednesday, April 11, 2018

BWW Review: AN EVENING WITH JASON ROBERT BROWN, London Palladium by Nicole Ackman

Jason Robert Brown's concert at the London Palladium was a wonderful mix of familiar and new songs sung by Brown himself, Betsy Wolfe, Norm Lewis, and Rachel Tucker. Brown juggled multiple h…

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BWW Interview: Rob Houchen Talks West End Does The Magic of Animation Concert by Nicole Ackman

Rob Houchen is one of the three directors of the new event company called West End Does which has its first concert, The Magic of Animation, on 6 May. The Guildford School of Acting graduate…

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Monday, April 9, 2018

An Inside Peek at the Olivier Awards Red Carpet and Winners' Room by Nicole Ackman

Ever wondered what it's like to be a member of the press at the Olivier Awards Then read on as BroadwayWorld UK's Nicole Ackman gives you a glimpse into her night doing social media live fro…

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Olivier Awards 2018: Our Instagram Story! by Nicole Ackman

Last night, the Olivier Awards were presented at London's Royal Albert Hall, wherebig winners included Hamilton, Angels in Americaand The Ferryman. BroadwayWorld UK's Nicole Ackman and Jamie…

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BroadwayWorld UK writer Nicole Ackman shares her top picks for musicals that deserve a revival in the West End.

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Friday, April 6, 2018

BWW Review: MISS NIGHTINGALE, Hippodrome Casino by Nicole Ackman

Miss Nightingale manages to portray both the delicious naughtiness of 1940s wartime entertainment and the difficult and heart-breaking reality the performers lived off the stage equally well…

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Thursday, April 5, 2018

BWW Interview: Larry Blank On Being Music Director of the Olivier Awards by Nicole Ackman

Larry Blank is a prolific composer, conductor and orchestrator. He's worked on shows on Broadway and across the States, including Sugar Babies, Phantom of the Opera, A Chorus Lineand A Littl…

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Tuesday, April 3, 2018

BWW Review: TEDDY, The Vaults Theatre by Nicole Ackman

Following a UK tour, original 1950s rock 'n' roll musical Teddy has landed at The Vaults Theatre. It brilliantly evokes the atmosphere of a crumbling post-Blitz London and combines a live ba…

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BWW Interview: Jason Robert Brown Talks His Upcoming London Palladium Concert by Nicole Ackman

Jason Robert Brown is a composer, lyricist, and conductor known for his work such as The Last Five Years, Bridges of Madison County and Parade. The three-time Tony award winner is coming to …

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Tuesday, March 27, 2018

BWW Review: RUTHLESS! THE MUSICAL, Arts Theatre by Nicole Ackman

Ruthless the Musical is a delightfully irreverent piece that cleverly makes fun of 'show business' now playing at the Arts Theatre. The cast is full of talented comedic actresses and the rol…

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BWW Review: SUFFRAGETTE Screening and Q&A, Royal Albert Hall by Nicole Ackman

The Royal Albert Hall's screening of the 2015 film Suffragette was followed by a QampA with members of the film's creative team and women's rights activists as part of their 'Women and the H…

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Thursday, March 15, 2018

BWW Interview: Lucy Noble On The Royal Albert Hall's Women and the Hall Programme by Nicole Ackman

Lucy Noble is the Artistic and Commercial Director of the Royal Albert Hall, which is currently running a Women and the Hallprogramme. It celebrates the anniversary of the Representation of …

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Monday, March 12, 2018

BWW Interview: Cathy Owen Talks Cardboard Citizens' CATHY by Nicole Ackman

Cathy Owen has done work across the UK, including Mother Courage and Her Children at the National Theatre of Wales. She returns to the title role of Cathy for its upcoming tour.

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Friday, March 2, 2018

Book Review: UNMASKED, Andrew Lloyd Webber by Nicole Ackman

In the prologue of his new memoir, Unmasked, Andrew Lloyd Webber states, Autobiographies are by definition self-serving and mine is no exception. It is true that the composer's nearly 500-pa…

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Monday, February 26, 2018

BWW Review: HAROLD AND MAUDE, Charing Cross Theatre by Nicole Ackman

You wouldn't expect that a play that opens with one of the leads dramatically faking his own suicide would be delightfully funny and yet Harold and Maude at the Charing Cross Theatre is just…

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A Varied WhatsOnStage Awards Celebrate The West End's Breadth by Nicole Ackman

The 18th Annual WhatsOnStage Awards, held at the Prince of Wales Theatre, was a fast-paced ceremony with great performances and an enthusiastic crowd. The WhatsOnStage awards are unique beca…

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Friday, February 23, 2018

BWW Interview: Molly Chesworth Talks TEDDY at The Vaults by Nicole Ackman

Molly Chesworth is currently starring as Josie in new musical Teddy on its UK Tour before its run at The Vaults in London. A 2017 graduate of the Oxford School of Drama, Chesworth is making …

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Friday, February 9, 2018

BWW Review: SOMEWHERE A GUNNER FIRES, King's Head Theatre by Nicole Ackman

Somewhere a Gunner Fires at the King's Head Theatre is a haunting piece about the First World War and how it affected people from many nations and backgrounds. The Cavalry Theatre play follo…

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Wednesday, February 7, 2018

BWW Review: THE DIVIDE, Old Vic by Nicole Ackman

The Old Vic's The Divide is a gripping tale of repression and forbidden love in a dystopian society. This new play from Alan Ayckbourn is told in diary entries from sister and brother, Sowee…

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Tuesday, January 30, 2018

BWW Review: COLLECTIVE RAGE, Southwark Playhouse by Nicole Ackman

Collective Rage at the Southwark Playhouse is a provocative and surprising play about the female experience. This 'Play in 5 Betties' follows five women, all named Betty, as they express the…

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Monday, January 22, 2018

BWW Review: THE RAILWAY CHILDREN, Cadogan Hall by Nicole Ackman

The Railway Children is a delightful show with beautiful music and a wonderful message about the importance of kindness. The concert staged at Cadogan Hall featured lyrics and a book by Kati…

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Thursday, December 14, 2017

BWW Interview: West End Producer On His Latest Book by Nicole Ackman

West End Producer is one of the most popular but mysterious social influencers in the West End. He has been involved in the entertainment business his whole life and now both celebrates and …

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Sunday, December 10, 2017

BWW Review: BEAUTY AND THE BEAST IN CONCERT, Royal Albert Hall by Nicole Ackman

Beauty and the Beast in Concert at the Royal Albert Hall enhanced a wonderful star-studded movie by having its beautiful score expertly played by the Philharmonia Orchestra. This film is a g…

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Saturday, December 9, 2017

BWW Review: THE HOUND OF THE BASKERVILLES, Jermyn Street Theatre by Nicole Ackman

The Hound of the Baskervilles is a delightful take on the classic Sherlock Holmes story that proves a comic stance on Holmes is sometimes better than a dramatic one. The show is the Jermyn S…

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Thursday, December 7, 2017

BWW Interview: Michael Fabiano Talks RIGOLETTO at the Royal Opera House by Nicole Ackman

Michael Fabiano is returning to the Royal Opera House this month to star as the Duke of Mantua in Sir David McVicar's production of Verdi's Rigoletto. In addition to being an acclaimed tenor…

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BWW Blog: Why HAMILTON Will Be A UK Hit by Nicole Ackman

Lin-Manuel Miranda's Hamilton tells the story of finding a way to fight for what you believe in within a world of chaos. While Hamilton is ready to fight from the beginning he is young, s…

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Tuesday, December 5, 2017

BWW Review: THE MELTING POT, Finborough Theatre by Nicole Ackman

It is chilling to think that The Melting Pot, a play that revolves around anti-Semitism in America and Europe, was first performed in 1908, decades before the atrocity of the Holocaust. The …

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