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Monday, January 15, 2018

‘Slick, punchy without being overbearing’: STRANGERS IN BETWEEN – Trafalgar Studios ★★★★★ by Olivia Mitchell

As a member of the LGBT community, I know, we all face our fair share of struggles. One of those struggles is the loss of family, whether it's you leaving them or them severing ties with you.

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Saturday, January 13, 2018

‘Has the potential to be something special’: LOBSTER – Theatre503 ★★★ by Olivia Mitchell

Lobster is the story of J and K, two young professional women in London. We follow them throughout as they narrate through their relationship history.

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Friday, January 12, 2018

‘You’re transported into the world of comics’: BANANAMAN – Southwark Playhouse ★★★ by Olivia Mitchell

The show opens with the bad guys; Dr Bloom played by Marc Pickering and General Blight played by Carl Mullaney, both of whom worked well together and it felt like they had walked straight ou…

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Tuesday, January 9, 2018

FROM DOWN UNDER: The Wizard of Oz ★★★★★ by Olivia Mitchell

Andrew Lloyd Webber would have been over the rainbow with the Sydney premiere of The Wizard of Oz. From the moment the stage curtains opened, the audience was captivated.

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Monday, January 8, 2018

HANNA – Arcola Theatre ★★★★ by Olivia Mitchell

Hanna written by Sam Potter is a true modern text; its witty, dramatic, humorous and surprising.

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‘@joanneclifton wows as Dale’: @TopHatGatehouse ★★★★★ > @GatehouseLondon by Olivia Mitchell

Joanne Clifton, of Strictly Come Dancing fame, put her well-known dance skills to good use and her acting and singing abilities astonished the audience, myself included.

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Sunday, January 7, 2018

‘A dark & alternative show’: THE GRINNING MAN – West End ★★★★ by Olivia Mitchell

A particular highlight was Julie Atherton as Queen Angelica, whose comedic timing was on point as always.

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Thursday, January 4, 2018

Olivia’s top 10 musicals of 2017 by Olivia Mitchell

This year I saw 105 shows so picking my top 10 was pretty tricky!

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Thursday, December 21, 2017

‘A spectacle to behold’: HAMILTON – West End ★★★★★ by Olivia Mitchell

Thanks to the power and brilliance of the London cast, all comparisons with Broadway fade away. The entire company pump in soul, heart and skill to the glorious narrative created by Miranda,…

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Tuesday, December 19, 2017

JACK & THE BEANSTALK (with Clive Rowe) – New Wimbledon Theatre ★★★★ by Olivia Mitchell

Festive favourite and seasoned Dame, Clive Rowe takes on the role of Dame Trot whilst comedian Al Murray is a panto newbie as the landlord, Al.

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Spotlight On… Alice in Winterland’s Jonathan Andrew Hume by Olivia Mitchell

Jonathan Andrew Hume played the lead role of Simba in The Lion King and is set to star in the Rose Theatre's production of Alice in Hinterland, alongside the Rose Youth Company.

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Monday, December 18, 2017

SNOW WHITE & THE SEVEN DWARFS (with Chesney Hawkes) – Worthing ★★★★ by Olivia Mitchell

Snow White offered all that you expect and more from Panto: slapstick humour, innuendos and wonderful musical numbers. One of which was of course Chesney Hawkes’ performance of his Number …

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‘Magical, heartwarming’: PINOCCHIO – National Theatre ★★★★ by Olivia Mitchell

This is a magical, heartwarming production which uses a variety of theatrical devices in the purest and most masterful way. I'd certainly urge you to get to the National to experience it for…

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Sunday, December 17, 2017

‘An enduring story of humanity & friendship’: WAR HORSE – Touring ★★★★★ by Olivia Mitchell

Complex, intense and disturbing yet gentle and moving in equal measure. I would recommend this wonderful production to theatre goers of all ages. An enduring story of humanity and friendship…

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Saturday, December 16, 2017

EVITA – Touring ★★★★ by Olivia Mitchell

Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd-Webber have written some truly captivating, catchy musicals and Evita is of course iconic and no exception to this. An ever popular rags-to-riches type of story bas…

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Friday, December 15, 2017

RAPUNZEL – Theatre Royal Stratford East ★★★★ by Olivia Mitchell

It’s Christmas! Which can only mean one thing ... It’s Panto time!! ‘Oh no it isn’t’ ‘Oh yes it is’ get the point! I was lucky enough to be invited to Theatre Royal Strat…

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Thursday, December 14, 2017

JAYDE ADAMS IS JAYDED – Soho Theatre ★★★★★ by Olivia Mitchell

A hell of a night was had by all. Jayde Adams is a beautifully voluptuous woman who takes us on a journey full of laughs. She takes us through a wonderfully crafted set all about popularity …

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Wednesday, December 13, 2017

CALLISTO: A QUEER EPIC – Arcola Theatre ★★★★ by Olivia Mitchell

Thankfully for this show and its audience, the women of this show, stole it. These women created well rounded, fully realised characters. They made us feel, laugh and gasp.

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SINNERS CLUB – Soho Theatre ★★★★ by Olivia Mitchell

As we walk in we are welcomed by a room set in the round, decorated as an old school recording studio; many an old-fashioned rug, musical instruments and microphones, soundproofing on the wa…

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Monday, December 11, 2017

PETER PAN – Belfast by Olivia Mitchell

Staged amid visually attractive cut-out sets that transported the audience to a world of wonder in such locations as The Darlings’ nursery, Neverland, Crocodile Creek, on board a pirate sh…

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THE BARRICADE BOYS: Christmas Cabaret – The Other Palace Studio ★★★★★ by Olivia Mitchell

The set of 23 songs was varied and extremely well put together with a mixture of festive favourites, Les Mis hits and some more unexpected songs. Standout moments included I'll Be Home For C…

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Sunday, December 10, 2017

PARLIAMENT SQUARE – Bush Theatre ★★★★★ by Olivia Mitchell

The Bush Theatre, a highly respected and popular Off-West End theatre in buzzing Shephard’s Bush, is currently home to a show that’s origins take it back North to the Royal Exchange Thea…

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VELMA CELLI’S WEST END CHRISTMAS – Leicester Square Spiegeltent ★★★★★ by Olivia Mitchell

Yesterday evening I hot-footed it from the Charing Cross theatre seeing Marisha Wallace's Soul Holiday concert, to the Spiegeltent in Leicester Square to see Velma Celli in concert and it wa…

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Saturday, December 9, 2017

LA SOIREE – West End ★★★ by Olivia Mitchell

Whilst it's still entertaining, the Aldwych is not the perfect venue to showcase La Soiree. Being too close to the front or too far back means you miss a lot of the action.

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Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Marisha Wallace: Soul Holiday ★★★★★ by Olivia Mitchell

Continuing her conquest of the West End theatre scene, Marisha recently released a Christmas album, Soul Holiday, full of festive treats to get us all in the Christmas spirit, and on Sunday,…

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Monday, December 4, 2017

ORDINARY DAYS – Drayton Arms Theatre ★★★★ by Olivia Mitchell

Christmas is approaching so spirits are high but as the days get colder we and darker we tend to crave the optimistic escape that theatre provides. Ordinary Days is just what we need - reali…

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Saturday, December 2, 2017

BEAUTIFUL: THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL – Touring ★★★★★ by Olivia Mitchell

Wasting no time in getting started, the Carole King musical opened with the protagonist (played by the talented Bronté Barbé) sitting behind a grand piano at the Carnegie Hall concert, a h…

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Friday, December 1, 2017

MIRACLE ON 34th STREET – Bridge House Theatre ★★★★★ by Olivia Mitchell

Adapted from the 1947 Lux Radio Broadcast, this production, directed by Guy Retallack, is staged as a live radio broadcast which is extremely interesting to watch.

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Saturday, November 25, 2017

SON OF A PREACHER MAN – Touring ★★★ by Olivia Mitchell

The undoubted star was Diana Vickers, as Kat from the mobile phone generation, who brought a nice balance of humour and great vocals to the show.

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Thursday, November 23, 2017

THE LITTLE MERMAID – Touring ★★★★★ by Olivia Mitchell

The staging and costumes are stunning, with the colours and fabrics perfectly reflecting the magical dwellers of the sea and the hard solid land. Absolutely transporting the audience to the …

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Wednesday, November 22, 2017

EVERYBODY’S TALKING ABOUT JAMIE – West End ★★★★★ by Olivia Mitchell

Based on real life events, it tells the story of 16-year-old Jamie New, who's dreams are a little different to his classmates. Chronicling the struggles of growing up, issues with family and…

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