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Friday, March 23, 2018

‘A show that needs to be seen, heard & enjoyed’: MISTY – Bush Theatre ★★★★★ by Olivia Mitchell

Make sure that this masterpiece is seen and heard. Give Misty the visibility that it deserves. Arinzé Kene is a genius, plain and simple.

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Thursday, March 22, 2018

‘Potential to be great’: THE LADY WITH A DOG – Tabard Theatre ★★★ by Olivia Mitchell

The Lady With a Dog has the potential to be great and, as a fan of Chekhov myself, I want it to achieve that. It just needs to develop to get there.

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Monday, March 19, 2018

FEMALE PARTS: SHORTS – Hoxton Hall ★★★★ by Olivia Mitchell

Female Parts: Shorts is a moving and outstanding look at the highs and lows women go through and deserves to be seen.

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Sunday, March 18, 2018

‘Beautifully moving concert’: SONDHEIM ON SONDHEIM – Royal Festival Hall ★★★★ by Olivia Mitchell

I left the Royal Festival Hall, after seeing Sondheim On Sondheim, in awe of the performers, in love with Sondheim's music and connected to him as a person.

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Saturday, March 17, 2018

‘Vigour, precision & enjoyment’: HAIRSPRAY – Touring ★★★★★ by Olivia Mitchell

It is hard to know where to start with such a talented and energetic cast. Every cast member in Hairspray brought life and vitality to the performance and executed the complex choreography w…

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Friday, March 16, 2018

‘Thought-provoking’: BIRDSONG – Touring ★★★★ by Olivia Mitchell

Birdsong is a beautiful love story, interweaved with the horrors of war. Recommended.

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‘Unlike anything currently in the West End’: Bat Out of Hell press launch by Olivia Mitchell

The energy, talent, passion and drive from the performers in Bat Out of Hell and everyone involved in this show is infectious and is sure to take the West End by storm on its second run.

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Wednesday, March 14, 2018

‘Black herself would be proud’: CILLA THE MUSICAL – Touring ★★★★ by Olivia Mitchell

Based on both a real-life story and Jeff Pope’s Bafta award-winning ITV drama, Cilla the Musical brings to life the story of Priscilla White, a teenage girl from Liverpool whose dreams tur…

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Tuesday, March 13, 2018

‘It’s Anne-Marie Duff who steals the show’: MACBETH – National Theatre ★★★ by Olivia Mitchell

If you’re a Shakespeare fan then there’s no reason why you shouldn’t go and judge Rufus Norris’ Macbeth for yourself, but if not then I wouldn’t rush along, as I don’t think this…

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Sunday, March 11, 2018

‘Evoked the same emotions I’d previously felt & hoped for’: HAIRSPRAY – Touring ★★★★ by Olivia Mitchell

If you like musical theatre and especially Hairspray, I’d 100% recommend seeing the current UK tour. The UK tour cast does a phenomenal job of bringing the characters to the stage

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Friday, March 9, 2018

‘Truly beautiful’: GOOD GIRL – Trafalgar Studios ★★★★★ by Olivia Mitchell

Good Girl is so beautiful. It is honest and real. It is essential viewing for every woman in the world, but also every man. It gives an understanding of the human condition when it comes to …

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Thursday, March 8, 2018

‘Perfectly moving, magical & sentimental’: BEAUTIFUL: THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL – Touring ★★★★★ by Olivia Mitchell

Whether you think you’re a fan of Carole King or not, you're sure to recognise many of the hits in Beautiful and leave feeling elated, with a new sense of love and appreciation for the son…

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Tuesday, March 6, 2018

‘Mesmerising’: MADAMA BUTTERFLY – Touring ★★★★★ by Olivia Mitchell

I found Madama Butterfly beautiful, mesmerising and ultimately painfully sad. I congratulate Ellen Kent on bringing together a very talented cast and succeeding in making opera accessible to…

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‘So full of happiness and magic’: HAROLD & MAUDE – Charing Cross Theatre ★★★★★ by Olivia Mitchell

Harold and Maude is so full of happiness and magic. This gem cannot stay hidden, it is too special to stay hidden, it needs the recognition it deserves. In a dreary winter, treat yourself to…

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Monday, March 5, 2018

‘Thought-provoking & gripping’: BISMILLAH! AN ISIS TRAGICOMEDY – Vault Festival ★★★★ by Olivia Mitchell

Never before have I been gripped so much in 75 minutes watching a conversation between two people than I have seeing this Bismillah! An Isis Tragicomedy.

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Sunday, March 4, 2018

‘A wonderful, chilled out, musical night’: WEST END LIVE LOUNGE – The Other Palace ★★★★ by Olivia Mitchell

The West End Live Lounge concerts are truly joyous to be a part of because they not only celebrate the fantastic talent the West End has to offer but raise money for fantastic causes.

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Saturday, March 3, 2018

‘Fearless, provocative & unapologetic’: JUBILEE – Lyric Hammersmith ★★★★ by Olivia Mitchell

The world would be a better place if we had the room to express like Jubilee at the Lyric Hammersmith does. The honesty and severity of this piece is its crowning glory.

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Friday, March 2, 2018

‘Performances are stellar across the board’: PIPPIN – Southwark Playhouse ★★★★ by Olivia Mitchell

For a mystical, magical, mystical, whimsical show that will surprise, make sure you get along to the Southwark Playhouse for the limited run of Pippin.

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Thursday, March 1, 2018

INTERVIEW: In Conversation With… Flashdance and Eugenius’ Ben Adams by Olivia Mitchell

Ben Adams found fame as the lead singer in the pop group A1, but since then has been writing and producing for various artists, as well as working on his own music, starring in the UK tour o…

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Wednesday, February 21, 2018

‘High energy from start to finish’: FLASHDANCE – Touring ★★★ by Olivia Mitchell

Flashdance isn’t the most astounding piece of theatre but it’s high energy from start to finish with some memorable songs that’ll definitely get stuck in your head.

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Tuesday, February 20, 2018

‘Truly warms the heart’: CILLA – Touring ★★★★★ by Olivia Mitchell

This story of the girl next door who did good, against the backdrop of music that truly stands the test of time, will warm your heart, make you smile, and ultimately leave you sad that we ha…

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Monday, February 19, 2018

‘Beautifully moving & genuinely funny’: THE YORK REALIST – Donmar Warehouse ★★★★ by Olivia Mitchell

The York Realist at the Donmar Warehouse is a glorious show which creeps up on you slowly, naturally and beautifully. I couldn't think of a better way to spend 130 minutes.

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Sunday, February 18, 2018

‘Story and language are a joy to behold’: YOU – Vault Festival ★★★★ by Olivia Mitchell

You is a beautiful story of love, loss, family and what family is defined as. It’s truly an emotional play that doesn’t shy away from the truth. I personally would love to see an extende…

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Sunday, February 11, 2018

‘Comedy & flow of family life is flawless’: THE FERRYMAN – West End ★★★★ by Olivia Mitchell

The Ferryman at the Gielgud Theatre is a glorious piece of theatre which flows and cadences with ease and vigour. It's lengthy but so worth the watch.

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Saturday, February 3, 2018

‘Explores sexual politics’: Hot Lips and Cold War – London Theatre Workshop ★★★★★ by Olivia Mitchell

Set during JFK administration, this new musical by Lizzie Freeborn, at the London Theatre Workshop, is set in The White House and looks at the staff in-house at the time of the sexual scanda…

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Friday, February 2, 2018

‘A full-on cheese fest of all things brilliant about the 1980s’: EUGENIUS – The Other Palace ★★★★★ by Olivia Mitchell

I saw and loved Eugenius! back in 2016 at its premiere concert at the London Palladium, so I was very excited when I read it was returning to The Other Palace. I'm pleased to say I stand by …

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Thursday, February 1, 2018

‘Side-splitting hilarity’: The Play That Goes Wrong – Touring ★★★★★ by Olivia Mitchell

The Mischief Theatre company, founded in 2008, is well known for providing family entertainment and great comedy and they certainly don’t disappoint with the UK tour of the West End hit Th…

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Wednesday, January 31, 2018

‘Exciting & unique’: COLLECTIVE RAGE – Southwark Playhouse ★★★★ by Olivia Mitchell

Everything about Collective Rage at the Southwark Playhouse is unapologetic and the whole thing is gloriously feminist and queer. For a laugh a minute show that also makes you think, it is t…

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Saturday, January 27, 2018

‘Susannah van den Berg has great energy’: ORANGES & ELEPHANTS – Hoxton Hall ★★ by Olivia Mitchell

Originally conceived in 2013 by Lil Warren, Oranges and Elephants tells the story of two female gangs in London in the Victorian era and the setting of Hoxton Hall adds to its authenticity.

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Thursday, January 25, 2018

‘A musical theatre masterclass’: Sunset Boulevard – Touring ★★★★★ by Olivia Mitchell

Ria Jones takes on the role of the narcissistic, fading Norma Desmond with masterful skill in the touring production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Sunset Boulevard, reviewed at the New Victoria…

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Monday, January 15, 2018

‘Slick, punchy without being overbearing’: STRANGERS IN BETWEEN – Trafalgar Studios ★★★★★ by Olivia Mitchell

As a member of the LGBT community, I know, we all face our fair share of struggles. One of those struggles is the loss of family, whether it's you leaving them or them severing ties with you.

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