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Friday, September 22, 2017

35mm: A MUSICAL EXHIBITION – The Other Palace Studio ★★★★ by Olivia Mitchell

As the show progresses there are some connections as well as juxtapositions, with each song blending into one another to create the idea that we are all the same in our overall experiences.

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Thursday, September 21, 2017

DEATHTRAP – Touring ★★★ by Olivia Mitchell

Deathtrap felt a little unsteady from the offset. It opened with an unnecessary and horrifically loud sound effect. There were moments when I felt unsure of the intention - comedic or seriou…

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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

HAIRSPRAY – Touring ★★★★ by Olivia Mitchell

Despite highlighting serious issues such as prejudice and intolerance, this show remains a popular, light-hearted and fun night of musical theatre and this latest tour certainly kept it in t…

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Monday, September 18, 2017

GATE – Cockpit Theatre ★★★★ by Olivia Mitchell

Gate takes place on an average Thursday morning at ‘The Gate’ and, like every first-born child in the generations before her, Eve (portrayed by Emma Dennis-Edwards) is guarding it carefu…

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From the outset it was exactly what I expected: cheesy but fun. There's no getting around the fact that its a childish show but what they've done really well with this production is really p…

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FIVE GUYS NAMED MOE – Marble Arch Theatre ★★★★ by Olivia Mitchell

Each song is playful, catchy, foot-tapping and filled with warmth and affection for one another. The five Moe's are energetic and throw themselves into the fast-paced, jazzy pieces and chore…

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Thursday, September 14, 2017

GREASE – Touring ★★★★ by Olivia Mitchell

With hundreds of costume changes, multiple set changes and an enviable line-up of cast and crew, including Tom Parker of The Wanted fame, this production of Grease was far from an understate…

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Wednesday, September 13, 2017

INTERVIEW: Spotlight On… Donny the Musical’s Marta Jorgensen by Olivia Mitchell

I am all about helping new writing because who doesn't want something fresh? So when Marta Jorgensen contacted me about her show which she has written and is currently trying to raise funds …

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Monday, September 11, 2017

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

‘Son of a Preacher Man’- we all know the Dusty Springfield classic, but in an age of social media communication and online dating it’s easy to forget the sentiment and soul of the swin…

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Sunday, September 10, 2017

ZIGGER ZAGGER – Wilton’s Music Hall ★★★★ by Olivia Mitchell

Watching the entire performance, I was blown away by the ensemble moments that were dotted throughout.

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Saturday, September 9, 2017

FOLLIES – National Theatre ★★★★ by Olivia Mitchell

It's been 30 years since a fully staged production of Follies has been seen on a London stage so there's been a huge buzz surrounding the current production at the National Theatre, which bo…

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Friday, September 8, 2017

WAIT UNTIL DARK – Touring ★★ by Olivia Mitchell

In Wait Until Dark, the real tour de force is Karina Jones, who herself was registered blind at the age of 13.

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Thursday, September 7, 2017

DIRTY DANCING – Touring ★★★ by Olivia Mitchell

There have been a number of reincarnations of the show which always garner solid box office sales but sadly I feel this is purely because of the cult popularity as opposed to the quality of …

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Wednesday, September 6, 2017

TENDERLY: THE ROSEMARY CLOONEY MUSICAL – New Wimbledon Studio ★★★★ by Olivia Mitchell

The production, gloriously directed by Tania Azevedo, gives insight to the hardships and trials that singer/actress Rosemary Clooney faced in her extensive career, and the lengths she went t…

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Tuesday, September 5, 2017

INTERVEW: Spotlight On… The Sword & the Dope’s Stacey McClean & Stevi Ritchie by Olivia Mitchell

Sword and the Dope is a musical retelling of the story of King Arthur, written by a dyslexic who can not read or write music but wrote the show as a bet/joke with a friend. It has now gone o…

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Saturday, September 2, 2017

LATE COMPANY – Trafalgar Studios ★★★★ by Olivia Mitchell

The play benefits from this close actor-audience involvement - you are drawn into the play as it unfolds, and leave feeling utterly involved, transformed in some way by what you have witness…

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Thursday, August 31, 2017

INTERVIEW: Spotlight On… The Weir’s Louis Dempsey by Olivia Mitchell

I never had any ambitions to become an actor. Where I grew up in Dublin, your ambitions rarely went further than getting a job and a drink!

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Friday, August 25, 2017

JANE EYRE – Touring ★★★★★ by Olivia Mitchell

It may be based on Charlotte Brontë’s classic novel, but this work – devised by the original company – is modern in its approach, in its styling and in its staging and manages to reta…

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Thursday, August 24, 2017

INTERVIEW: In Conversation With… Actor-turned-novelist Alexandra Silber by Olivia Mitchell

Portraying both Hodel and then Tzeitel in Fiddler on the Roof for such lengths of time, and with such incomparable creative teams and casts, informed, inspired and shaped the writing of Afte…

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Saturday, August 19, 2017

INTERVIEW: In Conversation With… Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour’s Kirsty MacLaren by Olivia Mitchell

I’ve covered so many career goals on this job, from working with National Theatre of Scotland, performing at the National Theatre, touring internationally and now working in the West End. …

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Friday, August 18, 2017

INTERVIEW: In Conversation With… Fiddler on the Roof’s Emma Kingston by Olivia Mitchell

I'm Jewish, so growing up, Fiddler was always being quoted around the house. I used to watch the film with my grandma.

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Monday, August 14, 2017

BOOK REVIEW: Fiddler on the Roof-inspired After Anatevka by Alexandra Silber by Olivia Mitchell

Not just a writer, but a renowned actress both here in the UK and across the pond, Alexandra Silber has successfully made an incredible transition from stage to page with her debut novel, Af…

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Thursday, August 10, 2017

In Conversation With… Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour’s Karen Fishwick by Olivia Mitchell

You, of course, always hope a piece will be received well, but if you go in thinking, "this could be the next big hit" you're kinda focussing on the wrong thing.

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Sunday, August 6, 2017

INTERVIEW: In Conversation With… The Wind in the Willows’ Rufus Hound by Olivia Mitchell

I started off as a stand-up comedian having grown up as a kid always wanting to be a stage actor and when the opportunity to do actual stage acting arose, I couldn't quite believe it.

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Wednesday, August 2, 2017

FIDDLER ON THE ROOF – Chichester by Olivia Mitchell

If I Were A Rich Man, I would fund this production's transfer to the West End right this minute.

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Wednesday, July 26, 2017

I LOVED LUCY – Arts Theatre by Olivia Mitchell

Just transferred from the Jermyn Street theatre to the Arts Theatre, I Loved Lucy is an autobiographical play, adapted from Lee Tannen's memoirs about his relationship with cultural icon, Lu…

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Monday, July 24, 2017

INTERVIEW: Spotlight On… Jesus Christ Superstar’s Tyrone Huntley by Olivia Mitchell

Tyrone Huntley has the voice of an angel and supreme acting skills. He's just finished starring as CC in Dreamgirls and is currently in rehearsals to reprise the role of Judas in Jesus Chris…

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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

HOW-TO: Singing tips from… Kerry Ellis by Olivia Mitchell

If you've ever wanted singing tips from a West End star, then this series of posts is the one for you! This post is courtesy of the wonderful Kerry Ellis who will soon be starring as Eve in …

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Thursday, July 13, 2017

YANK! – Charing Cross Theatre by Olivia Mitchell

It's so powerful that whilst fighting got their country and lives, men were also fighting for their right to love.

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Wednesday, July 12, 2017

WIG OUT – National Theatre by Olivia Mitchell

The play centres around the house ball culture mostly based in the US, and takes place over the course of 24 hours. We follow the journey of the House of Light *snaps* as they get ready for …

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Friday, July 7, 2017

The Old Vic discusses Woyzeck in Voices Off by Olivia Mitchell

The Voices Off series at the Old Vic is described as ‘a series of talks, debates, workshops and conversations’ held at the beautiful Old Vic theatre. On Thursday, I attended a talk title…

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