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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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Saturday, October 13, 2018

‘Truly a masterful performer’: LUCIE JONES – Live at Zedel ★★★★★ by Olivia Mitchell

If you want to see a truthful artist who is so giving in her performance and able to magnetise a crowd toward her, then go and witness the star that is, Lucie Jones.

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Friday, October 12, 2018

‘Humorous, dynamic & all-round brilliant’: MYTHIC – Charing Cross Theatre ★★★★ by Olivia Mitchell

Mythic at the Charing Cross Theatre is a 90-minute, humorous, dynamic and all round brilliant show which looks at the Greek Gods in a way they’ve not been seen before.

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Monday, October 8, 2018

ON BROADWAY: Waitress is ‘a reminder of how special friends and family can be’ ★★★★ by Olivia Mitchell

Sara Bareilles’ Waitress is based on the 2007 film of the same name which was written by late comedic legend Adrian Shelley and is a quirky, heartfelt show which transfers wonderfully to t…

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Thursday, October 4, 2018

‘Feels fresh, relevant & energetic’: FAME THE MUSICAL – Touring ★★★★ by Olivia Mitchell

Fame the Musical, developed by David De Silva, is currently touring again to celebrate its 30th anniversary before a stint in the West End next year.

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Tuesday, October 2, 2018

ON BROADWAY: Pretty Woman is a ‘high-octane, fun for all show’ ★★★★ by Olivia Mitchell

Jerry Mitchell is following his winning screen to stage formula with this production of Pretty Woman and has provided a show which fans of the film will adore. The outstanding leads and tigh…

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Saturday, September 29, 2018

ON BROADWAY: Once on This Island is ‘a truly brilliant piece of theatre’ ★★★★ by Olivia Mitchell

Once on this Island is basically the show version of a huge hug; filled with a heartwarming story, spectacular talent and amazing use of theatrical devices, it’s a truly brilliant piece of…

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Tuesday, September 18, 2018

‘This show needs to be seen & experienced’: MISTY – Trafalgar Studios ★★★★★ by Olivia Mitchell

Misty is an outstanding, relevant, vibrant and moving piece of theatre written and performed by a theatrical genius. Arinzé Kene’s use of spoken word, movement, rhythm and singing is mast…

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Sunday, September 16, 2018

‘Wildly fun but disturbing musical’: HEATHERS THE MUSICAL – West End ★★★★ by Olivia Mitchell

Every so often a show comes around which receives an exceptional amount of hype and has the West End buzzing. Heathers is currently that show and the good news is that it truly lives up to i…

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Saturday, September 15, 2018

‘Wonderful to see an experimental & new British musical’: WASTED – Southwark Playhouse ★★★ by Olivia Mitchell

With a cast of just four, Wasted tells the story of the Brontë siblings and their journeys to success, and questions (to an extent) what makes a legacy and how fulfillment is achieved.

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Tuesday, September 11, 2018

‘One of the best evenings out I have ever had.’: PROMS IN THE PARK – Hyde Park ★★★★★ by Olivia Mitchell

I have always loved the BBC Proms, especially the last night which I have only ever seen on the TV. I was never really that aware of its alter ego The Proms in the Park, that is until this y…

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Saturday, September 8, 2018

‘A beautiful piece of theatre’: UNEXPECTED JOY – Southwark Playhouse ★★★★ by Olivia Mitchell

A female led production with wonderful songs, a heartfelt message and a whole lot of love, there's no reason not to see Unexpected Joy.

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Thursday, September 6, 2018

‘These Queens are the rulers of London theatre’: SIX THE MUSICAL – Arts Theatre ★★★★★★ by Olivia Mitchell

As someone who grew up spending her weekends visiting Hampton Court Palace, Six is pretty much my ideal musical.

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Friday, August 31, 2018

‘A dance-based showcase for fancy footwork & ridiculously high-energy routines’: FLASHDANCE – Touring ★★★★ by Olivia Mitchell

Book-ended by its ever-popular signature song, this is a fantastic feel-good show for people who remember the popular film with its memorable big hit songs or for those who just want an ente…

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Thursday, August 30, 2018

‘Couldn’t be happier to have been a part of this exhilarating & special show’: BAT OUT OF HELL SING-ALONG – West End ★★★★★ by Olivia Mitchell

I’m going to start this post by saying it’s not really going to be a review but more of a babbling-praise-fest for the amazing team at Bat Out of Hell and the fantastic sense of communit…

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Monday, August 27, 2018

‘A truly spectacular performance’: ON THE TOWN – Royal Albert Hall ★★★★ by Olivia Mitchell

What better way to celebrate what would have been Leonard Bernstein’s 100th birthday, than at the Royal Albert Hall with a glorious performance of On The Town?

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Saturday, August 18, 2018

‘I left feeling moved, inspired & overjoyed’: SPRING AWAKENING – Stockwell Playhouse ★★★★★ by Olivia Mitchell

With tears still filling my eyes, I left the Stockwell Playhouse feeling moved, inspired and overjoyed at the talent of this amazing production, performed by the British Theatre Academy.

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Thursday, August 16, 2018

‘Big, bold & wonderful’: LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS – Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre ★★★★ by Olivia Mitchell

This production is big, bold and wonderful. Humour, prime vocals and a crazy story make this the most enjoyable way to spend an evening.

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Wednesday, August 15, 2018

‘The retelling in dance & music is successful on many levels’: TitanicDance – Belfast ★★★★ by Olivia Mitchell

Irish music and dance, exhilarating performances and the mixing of emotions with elements of hope, romance, joy and tragedy give this show a universal appeal of ‘Titanic’ proportions.

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Tuesday, August 14, 2018

‘Truly glorious in this well-rounded Proms version’: WEST SIDE STORY – Royal Albert Hall ★★★★ by Olivia Mitchell

The score of West Side Story was performed by a wonderful cast and the outstanding John Wilson Orchestra at the BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall.

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Saturday, August 11, 2018

‘The high-kicking, fun-for-all show to put a smile on your face’: BRING IT ON – Southwark Playhouse ★★★★ by Olivia Mitchell

If like me, you're constantly in a state of missing In the Heights, then the British Theatre Academy's production of Bring It On is just the energetic, humorous, heartfelt fix you need.

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Thursday, August 9, 2018

‘Compact, effective & stellar one-hour script’: SILK ROAD (How To Buy Drugs Online) – Trafalgar Studios ★★★★ by Olivia Mitchell

Technology. Drugs. The Silk Road. We find ourselves in an age where reliance is at an all-time high. What do we rely on? Things to change the reality of our situation.

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Wednesday, August 8, 2018

‘Definitely fun for all ages’: Horrible Histories: Barmy Britain Part Four – West End ★★★★★ by Olivia Mitchell

As we exited the Apollo theatre after spending 70 minutes with historical figures from Britain's history, a young boy exclaimed "That was soooooo exciting!", and he was correct!

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Tuesday, August 7, 2018

‘A must-see for people of all ages’: WAR HORSE – Touring ★★★★★ by Olivia Mitchell

War Horse has been enthralling audiences around the world and after seeing it, it's clear why. The play follows the deeply moving story of the relationship between a young boy, Albert Narrac…

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Monday, August 6, 2018

‘A high-standard revival of a passionate piece of musical theatre’: EVITA – Touring ★★★★ by Olivia Mitchell

When the idea of a musical based on the life of Eva Peron was first suggested back in the 1970s, many people were dubious about its chances of success… fast forward to today and it has bec…

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Saturday, August 4, 2018

‘The beautifully flowing, virtuosic music evokes feelings of hot summer nights’: BROKEN WINGS – West End ★★★ by Olivia Mitchell

For me, Joe Davison's orchestration is the star of the show. The beautifully flowing, virtuosic music evokes feelings of hot summer nights and all-encompassing romance and brings the emotion…

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Wednesday, August 1, 2018

‘Still the thrilling, joyous, slightly melodramatic story we’ve all come to know’: FAME THE MUSICAL – Touring ★★★★ by Olivia Mitchell

Overall, Fame is still the thrilling, joyous, slightly melodramatic story we’ve all come to know. The music is beautifully contrasted with love songs and ballads to full-out dance numbers,…

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‘It’s a journey through my most favourite moments in drag history’: Ian Stroughair – aka Velma Celli – takes ‘her’ latest show to Edinbu by Olivia Mitchell

Ian Stroughair aka Velma Celli has the voice of an angel, is as hilarious as they come and truly knows how to put on a show. His latest venture is Iconic – A History of Drag which will be …

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Monday, July 30, 2018

BOOK REVIEW – Theatrical by Maggie Harcourt by Olivia Mitchell

Theatrical, the latest release from Maggie Harcourt, takes us behind the scenes of the theatre and transports us to a world of romance and performance.

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Sunday, July 29, 2018

‘Perfectly captures the beautiful harmonies of the original duo’: THE SIMON & GARFUNKEL STORY – Touring ★★★★ by Olivia Mitchell

What makes the evening even better is the story behind the songs – the anecdotes and details about Simon and Garfunkel’s careers as a duo and as solo artists.

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Friday, July 27, 2018

‘A host of crazy characters & stellar performances’: MADAGASCAR THE MUSICAL – Touring ★★★★ by Olivia Mitchell

On a scorching summer night, the New Wimbledon Theatre played host to the opening of the high-energy, larger than life Madagascar The Musical.

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