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Wednesday, June 19, 2019

‘Lucie Jones is second to none’: WAITRESS – West End ★★★★ by Olivia Mitchell

Three new cast members have joined the Waitress diner at the Adelphi Theatre to form the second West End cast.

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Monday, June 17, 2019

‘Energetic & magnetic throughout’: Ben Platt – Eventim Apollo ★★★★★ by Olivia Mitchell

In his premiere London concert, Ben Platt performed his Sing To Me Instead tour to thunderous applause and proved that sublime vocal skill and authentic connection are the perfect combinatio…

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Saturday, June 15, 2019

‘A highly recommended piece of viewing for all’: AFTERGLOW – Southwark Playhouse ★★★★ by Olivia Mitchell

Afterglow is ‘The little play that could’. After its impressive Off-Broadway run of 14 months and 467 performances, it has made its way across the pond to the Southwark Playhouse, a thea…

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Wednesday, June 12, 2019

‘It certainly has the heart to inspire’: ANNIE – Touring ★★★ by Olivia Mitchell

Although the sun might not be coming out in Surrey tomorrow, there’s no doubt that this production of Annie will bring light and joy to many children.

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Friday, June 7, 2019

‘The spectacular dancers fizzle with precision & energy’: The Firebird / A Month in the Country / Symphony in C – Royal Opera House ★★ by Olivia Mitchell

The Royal Ballet is wrapping its summer season up with a trio of delightful works by three of the greatest choreographers: The Firebird / A Month in the Country / Symphony in C at the Royal …

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Tuesday, June 4, 2019

‘Utterly wrapped up in this glorious production’: TOSCA – Royal Opera House ★★★★★ by Olivia Mitchell

Jonathan Kent's production of Tosca is a must-see and is a perfect introduction to the drama and beauty of opera.

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Tuesday, May 28, 2019

‘Inventive & entertaining treat’: HENRY V – Cirencester ★★★★ by Olivia Mitchell

The Barn Theatre’s Henry V is an inventive and entertaining treat. A strong, well directed cast bring a classic to life with a verve and energy that should be seen and appreciated.

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Monday, May 27, 2019

‘It’s impossible not to get swept up in the excitement’: MATILDA THE MUSICAL – Touring ★★★★ by Olivia Mitchell

For many parents unable to travel to London, this is their opportunity to take children to Matilda The Musical for the first time, and it’s impossible not to get swept up in the excitement…

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Saturday, May 25, 2019

‘Captures the whimsy & delight of the film wonderfully’: AMELIE THE MUSICAL – Touring ★★★★ by Olivia Mitchell

The cult French film Amélie has been on a long journey to get to the UK and it’s finally set down here for a shortbread-box-sweet tour which captures the whimsy and delight of the film wo…

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Friday, May 24, 2019

‘One saving grace is the vocals’: ELEGIES FOR ANGELS, PUNKS & RAGING QUEENS – Union Theatre by Olivia Mitchell

Elegies For Angels, Punks & Raging Queens has all the potential to be fantastic, but the material is, in my opinion, interpreted wrongly and overall missed the mark.

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Thursday, May 23, 2019

‘It’s striking how relevant this play remains’: VINCENT RIVER – Trafalgar Studios ★★★★ by Olivia Mitchell

Vincent River written by Philip Ridley is a thought-provoking, highly-moving play which focuses on hate crime in the LGBTQ+ community whilst delicately and truthfully studying grief.

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Wednesday, May 22, 2019

‘Highlights the importance & power of music’: SCHOOL OF ROCK – West End ★★★ by Olivia Mitchell

School of Rock is one of those cult films that is genuinely wonderful. Funny, sweet and a crowd pleaser, the 2003 Jack Black hit transfers well to the stage and provides an entertaining nigh…

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Saturday, May 18, 2019

‘Fun, silly, spoofy & full of gags’: SUMMER STREET – Waterloo East Theatre ★★★★ by Olivia Mitchell

Everything is a little brighter on Summer Street, or in this case Waterloo East Theatre. Summer Street takes us back to the heyday of the 1990’s to 00’s Australian soap opera or ‘Soapy…

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Thursday, May 16, 2019

‘Packs all the right punches’: AMERICAN IDIOT – Touring ★★★★ by Olivia Mitchell

The storyline itself is pretty thin but thanks to the outstanding vocal performances and incredibly emotive and shocking scenes, American Idiot provides a fun, feisty night out.

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Friday, May 10, 2019

‘A whole lot of fun, mountains of sparkle & enough magic to enthral’: ALADDIN – West End ★★★★ by Olivia Mitchell

The mix of comedy, romance, fantastic performances and magic in Aladdin mean something is provided for everyone and you can't help but feel whisked up in the wonder of it all.

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Thursday, May 9, 2019

‘Intriguing & mystical’: AMOUR – Charing Cross Theatre by Olivia Mitchell

Amour is a sweet and bittersweet story which is delicately handled by director Hannah Chissick. The concept of is intriguing and mystical, and the style of the music is chocolate box sweet.

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Wednesday, May 8, 2019

‘Insufficiently developed’: MAN OF LA MANCHA – West End by Olivia Mitchell

Man of La Mancha is considered a ‘rare’ revival and from this production it’s pretty clear why. The story is highly dated and it’s evidently a very hard piece to stage.

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Friday, May 3, 2019

‘Charm & spectacle’: MADAGASCAR THE MUSICAL – Touring ★★★★ by Olivia Mitchell

Madagascar the Musical is a ninety minute escape from technology and provides the innocence needed for an uncomplicated and fun evening.

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Wednesday, May 1, 2019

‘Entertaining, informative & transformative’: EMILIA – West End ★★★★ by Olivia Mitchell

A transfer from the Globe, Morgan Lloyd Malcolm’s play about the 17th century poet Emilia Bassano Lanier is already receiving highly positive acclaim as it rouses audiences to their feet n…

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Tuesday, April 30, 2019

‘Sure to bring a bounce to your step’: CLUB TROPICANA – Touring ★★★★ by Olivia Mitchell

A whirlwind of big hair, 80s hits, innuendos and humour, Nick Winston’s Club Tropicana isn’t a musical masterpiece but it is a whole lot of fun and a harmless piece of entertainment.

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Friday, April 26, 2019

‘Does create some spooky moments’: THE HOUSE ON COLD HILL – Touring ★★★ by Olivia Mitchell

The House on Cold Hill has the chill of the usual ghost story, such as Woman in Black but with a modern twist.

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Thursday, April 25, 2019

‘A whirlwind of energy’: AIN’T MISBEHAVIN’ – Southwark Playhouse ★★★★ by Olivia Mitchell

Tyrone Huntley makes his directorial debut with this vivacious production of Ain’t Misbehavin’ that hasn’t been seen in London for almost 25 years. With Oti Mabuse’s choreography, th…

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Friday, April 19, 2019

‘Outstanding vocals which you can’t fail to be impressed by’: ROCK OF AGES – Touring ★★★ by Olivia Mitchell

Rock of Ages is a jukebox music which lacks any storyline but makes up for it through the use of humour and performance.

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Thursday, April 18, 2019

‘Remains fresh & innovative today’: MATTHEW BOURNE’S SWAN LAKE – Touring ★★★★ by Olivia Mitchell

Swan Lake is a sumptuous production full of glorious moments which you’d be hard pressed not to revel in. A powerful, intricately choreographed and danced show, this is a must see for ball…

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Friday, April 12, 2019

‘Enough to warm & break your heart at once’: GOING THROUGH – Bush Theatre ★★★★ by Olivia Mitchell

The UK premiere of Estelle Savasta’s play (translated by Kirsten Hazel Smith), Going Through is a story about the journey’s child migrants take and the people they leave and meet along t…

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Saturday, April 6, 2019

‘Will bring a big smile to your face’: CLUB TROPICANA – Touring ★★★ by Olivia Mitchell

Club Tropicana will bring a big smile to your face, give you the feel-good-factor and make you feel young once again. Its not an award worthy musical but is certainly good fun and like a sum…

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Friday, April 5, 2019

‘Jodie Prenger is excellent as Beverly’: ABIGAIL’S PARTY – Touring ★★★★★ by Olivia Mitchell

This role was famously played by the inimitable Alison Steadman in the original, and whilst these are gold heels which are impossible to fill, Jodie Prenger is excellent as Beverly.

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Sunday, March 31, 2019

‘A heart-warming, totally British feel-good show’: CALENDAR GIRLS – Touring ★★★★★ by Olivia Mitchell

For a really positive feel good evening at the theatre, suitable for all ages, I urge everyone to go and see this wonderful production of Calendar Girls The Musical.

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Thursday, March 28, 2019

‘Making it feel fresh even after all these years’: ROMEO & JULIET – Royal Opera House ★★★★ by Olivia Mitchell

This Royal Ballet season beautifully revives Kenneth MacMillan’s dramatic monument in a smooth and moving way, with a number of company debuts making Romeo & Juliet feel fresh even aft…

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Sunday, March 24, 2019

‘Perfect farewell-for-now’: VISION OF YOU – Peterborough ★★★★ by Olivia Mitchell

Since the closing of Bat Out of Hell, fans of the show have been able to keep their love and involvement alive through Rob Fowler and Sharon Sexton’s album Vision of You which charts the b…

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Wednesday, March 20, 2019

‘A night to remember’: DIRTY DANCING – Touring ★★★★★ by Olivia Mitchell

Dirty Dancing is not just a show about a love affair against the odds, or an early 60s period piece. Its continued popularity over the past 31 years is just as much due to tackling issues of…

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