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Thursday, November 16, 2017

SAINT GEORGE & THE DRAGON – National Theatre ★★★ by Olivia Mitchell

The National Theatre's current production of Saint George and the Dragon is a modern and ambitious twist on the traditional folk tale of Saint George the dragon-slayer. Described as "a folk …

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TIGER BAY – Cardiff ★★★★★ by Olivia Mitchell

Tiger Bay is a prime example of ‘deeds not words’. I am a Cardiff girl myself so to be able to return to my home City and watch the most beautifully portrayed musical, about the history …

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Tuesday, November 14, 2017

OPERA: PASSION, POWER & POLITICS – Victoria & Albert Museum ★★★★★ by Olivia Mitchell

Opera: Passion, Power and Politics is a vast and exhilarating exhibition which explores the complex and beautiful history of opera as well as its power to affect us all. In collaboration wit…

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RULES FOR LIVING – Rose Theatre ★★★★★ by Olivia Mitchell

Directed by Simon Godwin, the domestic comedy drama sets up an immediately recognisable scenario in which a repressed, dysfunctional family come together for the ritual of Christmas Day.

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Sunday, November 12, 2017

CILLA THE MUSICAL – Touring ★★★★★ by Olivia Mitchell

This new production chronicles the Merseyside National Treasure's rise to fame accompanied by the hits of not only Cilla herself, but the other bands of the time.

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Wednesday, November 8, 2017

TRESTLE – Southwark Playhouse ★★★★★ by Olivia Mitchell

Trestle centres around retirees Harry (Gary Lilburn) and Denise (Connie Walker) who are each navigating lonely lives through bereavement and emotional abandonment respectively.

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Tuesday, November 7, 2017

MACBETH – Bussey Building ★★★ by Olivia Mitchell

The premise of this post-apocalyptic retelling of the famous tragedy was clearly stated in the programme: civilisation had met its fall, and humanity is trying its best to survive through vi…

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AWFUL AUNTIE – Touring ★★★★★ by Olivia Mitchell

Awful Auntie, the award-winning novel by David Walliams, has hit the stage at the Richmond Theatre, combining the craft of the theatre with the art of great storytelling.

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Thursday, November 2, 2017

INTERVIEW: Spotlight On… The Night Pirates’ Charlotte Cooper by Olivia Mitchell

Can you sum up the show in five words? 'Swashbuckling action-packed piratey fun!'

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Saturday, October 28, 2017

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

The present meets the past in Son of a Preacher Man, where 3 lonely hearts go in search of an old record store in Soho, which, during the 1960’s, the legendary Preacher Man was famed for g…

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

However, there is a bit more depth to this musical than just the songs, as King’s story is that of a young and ambitious teenage girl, who never set out to be a singer and who was as surpr…

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MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET – Touring ★★★ by Olivia Mitchell

Memorialising the famous jam session of 1956, where fate brought together legends Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins and newcomer Jerry Lee Lewis, Million Dollar Quartet is an energeti…

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Friday, October 27, 2017

REASONS TO BE CHEERFUL – Theatre Royal Stratford East by Olivia Mitchell

‘If you don’t stand for something you’ll fall for anything’ as the saying says. Reasons to Be Cheerful quite literally had a packed house standing to its feet in exuberant applause a…

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Wednesday, October 25, 2017

ALL OR NOTHING – Tour & London by Olivia Mitchell

Named after the group’s biggest hit and only chart-topper (which knocked The Beatles off the chart’s top spot), All Or Nothing is a biographical piece of 60s nostalgia about a generation…

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Sunday, October 22, 2017

WAR HORSE – Touring ★★★★★ by Olivia Mitchell

On the 10th anniversary since their first show, I was lucky enough to go and watch War Horse. The play is emotion filled and the stunning story telling through the music and ensemble work ma…

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Saturday, October 21, 2017

KRISTIN CHENOWETH – West End by Olivia Mitchell

Like many UK Kristin fans, I saw Wicked when it opened back in 2006, subsequently listened to the Broadway recording and fell in love with the cast. I then entered an obsessive phase where I…

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Friday, October 20, 2017

TRYST – Tabard Theatre ★★★★★ by Olivia Mitchell

Through both characters’ alternating monologues, the audience is given an insight into the harsh reality of George’s calculating, pathological agenda, juxtaposed against Adelaide’s inn…

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Saturday, October 14, 2017

‘Feelgood Fantasticness’: Top 5 reasons to see Legally Blonde on tour by Olivia Mitchell

Last night I visited the New Victoria theatre to see the UK tour of Legally Blonde. Seeing as I've already seen the show and reviewed it, I thought I'd do a bit of a different post and tell …

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Thursday, October 12, 2017

HAIR – The Vaults ★★★★★ by Olivia Mitchell

Although I’d never seen a production of Hair, many of the songs were familiar to me, and I felt as if I’d almost been born knowing them! Whilst I wasn’t part of the ‘Hair Generation…

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INTERVIEW: Spotlight On… Rules for Living’s Jane Booker by Olivia Mitchell

Can you sum up Rules for Living in five words? "Mayhem, rules, Christmas, custard, gravy."

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Monday, October 9, 2017

THE ADDAMS FAMILY – Touring ★★★★ by Olivia Mitchell

This Irish and UK premiere tour production of the musical comedy, The Addams Family was an entertaining and fast-paced production of Andrew Lippa’s funny musical about a less than conv…

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SUNSET BOULEVARD – Touring ★★★★ by Olivia Mitchell

Sunset Boulevard is a thrilling ride through the film industry of mid-century America, filled with the song, dance and cultural ephemera of the era. It’s an intoxicating spectacle that is …

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Saturday, October 7, 2017

THE TOXIC AVENGER – Arts Theatre ★★★ by Olivia Mitchell

Set in New Jersey, where pollution has over taken the city, we meet Melvin the dweeby teenager (in love with the town's blind librarian) who is thrown into a vat of toxic waste, becomes the …

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Thursday, October 5, 2017

DREAMBOATS & PETTICOATS – Touring ★★★★ by Olivia Mitchell

Dreamboats and Petticoats was a joyful explosion of fun from the start. No long overtures, just a brief setting of the backstory before immediately coming to life with upbeat music from the …

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FLASHDANCE – Touring ★★★ by Olivia Mitchell

Joanne Clifton is outstanding as Alex. Obviously she's known for her dance skills but seeing them life and with so much energy is spectacular to see on stage.

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Wednesday, October 4, 2017

THE WOMAN IN BLACK – West End ★★★★ by Olivia Mitchell

I found myself thinking I'd seen things out of the corner of my eye so was on the edge of my seat even more throughout.

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Saturday, September 30, 2017

INTERVIEW: Spotlight On… The Addams’ Family’s Oliver Ormson by Olivia Mitchell

Oliver Ormson is currently playing the role of Lucas in the first ever UK Tour of The Addams Family. He was kind enough to chat all things Addams, career and Harry Potter with me.

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FROM DOWN UNDER: Beautiful – The Carole King Musical ★★★★★ by Olivia Mitchell

The night started with two twenty-something girls who had no clue who Carole King was (don't judge us!) and ended up with two brand new super fans, striding out of the theatre arm in arm, be…

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Friday, September 29, 2017

JANE EYRE – National Theatre ★★★★ by Olivia Mitchell

I'm sure I'm not alone in having gruelling flashbacks to A-level English literature when I hear Brontë's novel mentioned, and what's lovely about this adaptation, thanks to the minimal sets…

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LEGALLY BLONDE – Touring ★★★★★ by Olivia Mitchell

Pink, energetic and a whole load of fun, the current tour of Legally Blonde is a joyous way to spend a carefree few hours at the theatre. It tells the story of Elle Woods, a sorority girl wh…

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Wednesday, September 27, 2017

West End Live Lounge: WOMAN – The Other Palace Studio ★★★★★ by Olivia Mitchell

Our compere for the evening was the ridiculously hilarious Samuel J Holmes who delivered gag after gag and was his own stand-up act between performers.

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