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Sunday, December 16, 2018

‘There’s sure to be something for everyone’: CINDERELLA – Woking ★★★★ by Olivia Mitchell

Cinderella is a festive treat for all the family that of course, uses panto tropes but doesn't make them overbearing and instead brings a lighthearted show to life with ease, fun and energy.

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Friday, December 14, 2018

‘An absolute treasure box of surprises, laughs & delights’: KINKY BOOTS – Touring ★★★★★ by Olivia Mitchell

Audiences at the Edinburgh Playhouse are being transported straight to the Price & Sons Shoe Factory in Northampton this December, to a time and place where drag queens and shoemakers c…

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Wednesday, December 12, 2018

‘The vocal delights on offer are second to none’: A CHRISTMAS CAROL – West End ★★★★★ by Olivia Mitchell

The London Musical Theatre Orchestra is fast becoming a staple part of my Christmas tradition, with the company’s glorious performances of A Christmas Carol really bringing the joy and fes…

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Tuesday, December 11, 2018

‘Fresh & mostly effective production’: CARMEN – Royal Opera House ★★★ by Olivia Mitchell

Twisting Carmen on its head, the Royal Opera House’s revival of Barrie Kosky’s production brings modernity, a narrator, simplicity and vibrancy together to create a fresh and mostly effe…

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Thursday, December 6, 2018

‘Fresh, modern, exciting, wild & amusing’: HOT GAY TIME MACHINE – Trafalgar Studios ★★★★ by Olivia Mitchell

Fun, flamboyance and festivity, Hot Gay Time Machine is probably the most fun you'll have at the theatre this year (and next year when it’ll no doubt be ruling the West End and the world).

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Wednesday, December 5, 2018

‘With a couple of tweaks could be a real hit’: STRIKING 12 – Union Theatre ★★★★ by Olivia Mitchell

Now we’ve entered December, the festive shows on offer are really stepping up, with the Union Theatre’s Striking 12 providing a festive but not in-your-face Christmas 90-minute story to …

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Tuesday, December 4, 2018

‘The cast is really what makes this show’: A CHRISTMAS STORY – THE MUSICAL – Waterloo East Theatre ★★★ by Olivia Mitchell

A stage adaptation of the 1983 film, A Christmas Story: The Musical follows young Ralphie who’s sole Christmas wish is to receive a Red Ryder Carbine-Action 200-Shot Range Model Air Rifle.

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Monday, December 3, 2018

‘The dynamic duo did not disappoint’: Lea Michele & Darren Criss – Touring ★★★★ by Olivia Mitchell

However, so good a time was had by both in Dublin on the last Glee tour that – ahead of their LM/DC concert tour dates in the UK – Lea Michele and Darren Criss (aka Glee’s Rachel Berry…

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Saturday, December 1, 2018

‘Provides festivity & magic in abundance’: THE NUTCRACKER – Touring ★★★★ by Olivia Mitchell

As the festive season steps up a gear, it seems only fitting that The Nutcracker should be required viewing, and the Northern Ballet’s current production provides festivity and magic in ab…

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Friday, November 30, 2018

‘It’s an absolute gift to any actor’: Rebecca Lock plays Lilli in Sheffield Crucible’s Kiss Me, Kate by Olivia Mitchell

Fresh from starring as Ms Fleming in Heathers, Rebecca Lock is tackling the tough but exciting role of Lilli in the Sheffield Crucible’s production of Kiss Me, Kate. Rebecca chatted to us …

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Thursday, November 29, 2018

‘Turns it somewhat on its head’: CENDRILLON – Touring ★★★ by Olivia Mitchell

Fiona Shaw takes the lead in directing Glyndebourne’s first production of Massenet’s ravishing fairytale, and turns it somewhat on its head.

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Wednesday, November 28, 2018

‘It was actually that huge difference that attracted me’: Patrick Sullivan swaps Bat Out of Hell for Doctor Dolittle by Olivia Mitchell

After starring as Blake in Bat Out of Hell, Patrick Sullivan has swapped a motorbike for a cycling bike and a whole load of animals, as he becomes Matthew Mugg in Doctor Dolittle.

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‘Sure to delight & enthral from start to finish’: SEUSSICAL – Southwark Playhouse ★★★★ by Olivia Mitchell

Captivating and innovative, Seussical is a musical for all the family that is sure to delight and enthral from start to finish.

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Monday, November 26, 2018

‘A beautiful showcase of Verdi’s music’: LA TRAVIATA – Touring ★★★★ by Olivia Mitchell

La Traviata, Verdi's well-loved opera, has spawned various productions and inspired a number of other works, including Moulin Rouge which is set to open on Broadway in June 2019.

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Sunday, November 25, 2018

‘It is a story that comes from the heart’: Mollie Melia-Redgrave plays Emma Fairfax in Doctor Dolittle by Olivia Mitchell

Mollie Melia-Redgrave is currently starring as the female lead, Emma Fairfax in the UK tour of Doctor Dolittle which brings the classic film to the stage and introduces us to a host of marve…

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Friday, November 23, 2018

‘Glyndebourne should be commended for providing such an accessible operatic night’: LA TRAVIATA: BEHIND THE CURTAIN – Touring ★★★★ by Olivia Mitchell

As part of Glyndebourne’s 2018 touring season, they are offering Behind The Curtain performances where “the essence of opera is revealed” and audiences get a look at La Traviata as it…

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Thursday, November 22, 2018

‘Two hours of uncomplicated silliness’: BENIDORM LIVE – Touring ★★★★ by Olivia Mitchell

After ten years on our television screens, the long-running sitcom Benidorm has found a new home on stage as a national touring production.

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Wednesday, November 21, 2018

‘Engaging, endearing & entertaining’: THE BAND – Touring ★★★★ by Olivia Mitchell

Superbly directed by Kim Gavin and Jack Ryder, aided by a strong team of equally imaginative creatives, there is so much more to the success of the intriguing musical The Band than one would…

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Monday, November 19, 2018

‘Painfully relevant & beautifully moving’: HADESTOWN – National Theatre ★★★★★ by Olivia Mitchell

Folky, emotive, excellently performed and ever relevant, the National Theatre’s production of Hadestown is a grand triumph.

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Saturday, November 17, 2018

‘A whole lot of fun for families’: DOCTOR DOLITTLE – Touring ★★★ by Olivia Mitchell

Doctor Dolittle follows the “impossible” man who understands animals better than people so with the help of his parrot Polynesia, learns their languages to help cure all their ailments.

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Thursday, November 15, 2018

‘The music is witty & catchy from the get-go’: FANATICAL – Playground Theatre by Olivia Mitchell

Set at a sci-fi convention for a fictional show, Angel8, original musical Fanatical looks at fan culture, the influence of role models and the importance of being passionate.

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Tuesday, November 13, 2018

‘Provides vocal greatness & heartfelt stories’: MONSTERSONGS – The Other Palace ★★★★ by Olivia Mitchell

The Other Palace played host to the UK premiere of Rob Rokicki’s Monstersongs, a theatrical experience that combines rock music, theatre, graphic novels and technology.

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‘Barmy, bonkers & brilliant’: LANDS – Bush Theatre ★★★★ by Olivia Mitchell

Produced by the incredible company Antler, Lands is a story of two women, puzzles and a trampoline. We follow their story as one tries to finish their puzzle, while the other tries to give u…

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Monday, November 5, 2018

‘Poignant, affecting & necessary’: THE FUNERAL DIRECTOR – Southwark Playhouse ★★★★★ by Olivia Mitchell

The crowning glory of this show is the story. It’s poignant, affecting and necessary. The crossing of gender, religion and sexuality is a very hot topic in modern times. When tackling them…

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Sunday, November 4, 2018

‘No denying the wealth of talent on offer’: GIRLFRIENDS – Bishopsgate Institute ★★★ by Olivia Mitchell

The melodic, complex music in LMTO’s Girlfriends at the Bishopsgate Institute does provide moments of power and, if anything, this show serves as a fantastic celebration of women and the c…

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Tuesday, October 30, 2018

‘A beautiful re-telling’: MACBETH – Barbican Theatre ★★★★ by Olivia Mitchell

Overall it is a beautiful re-telling of Macbeth, keeping true to the script but taking a twist on a unique element. Macbeth at the Barbican is not to be missed.

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Sunday, October 28, 2018

In the studio: Bat Out of Hell’s Sharon Sexton & Rob Fowler record their duets album Vision Of You by Olivia Mitchell

Stars of Bat Out of Hell the musical Rob Fowler and Sharon Sexton are currently in the process of recording their debut duets album, Vision of You.

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Friday, October 26, 2018

‘Sure to continue thrilling audiences’: JERSEY BOYS – Touring ★★★★ by Olivia Mitchell

Overall this is touring production of Jersey Boys is superbly slick and longtime fans and newbies are sure to enjoy it. For a night of carefree fun, join the Four Seasons and experience the …

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Thursday, October 25, 2018

‘Full of friendship, laughs, emotion & nostalgia’: THE BAND – Touring & West End ★★★★ by Olivia Mitchell

Whether you're an avid fan of Take That, or you just know a few of the hit songs, get yourself along to The Band for a show full of friendship, laughs, emotion and nostalgia.

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Sunday, October 21, 2018

‘Sure to sweep the next Olivier Awards’: COMPANY – West End by Olivia Mitchell

Marianne Elliott’s Company is a show for a 2018 audience. Take yourself down to the Gielgud Theatre to see the musical which is sure to sweep the next Olivier Awards.

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Monday, October 15, 2018

ON BROADWAY: Mean Girls is ‘fresh & funny with a strong moral heart’ ★★★★★ by Olivia Mitchell

It lives up to the hype. It truly lives up to the hype. Mean Girls follows Cady Heron, who moves from the wilds of Africa to the wilds of suburban America, where instead of facing lions, mal…

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