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Friday, September 13, 2019

‘A refreshing tale brilliantly told’: QUEEN OF THE MIST – Charing Cross Theatre by Shanine Salmon

Pint of Wine’s production of Michael John LaChiusa’s Queen of the Mist transfers from the Brockley Jack Studio to the traverse stage of the Charing Cross Theatre, keeping its original ca…

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Thursday, September 12, 2019

‘Sometimes rhapsodic & always beautiful’: CHIAROSCURO – Bush Theatre by Shanine Salmon

Chiaroscuro succeeds as a celebration of how the lives of different black women are thriving, whatever their sexuality.

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Tuesday, September 10, 2019

‘A guarantee of quality’: THE STRANGE CASE OF JEKYLL & HYDE – Brockley Jack Studio Theatre & Touring by Shanine Salmon

Arrows and Traps’ residency at the Brockley Jack is a guarantee of quality. This new adaptation, from director and writer Ross McGregor, of the classic novel sets the scene in 21st century…

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Saturday, September 7, 2019

‘Unlikely to either open minds or stimulate them’: A VERY EXPENSIVE POISON – Old Vic by Shanine Salmon

Though it’s in places informative, A Very Expensive Poison is a very expensive means of sapping the intrigue and human interest from one man’s inhumane death

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Thursday, September 5, 2019

‘Charming, witty & high-energy’: MACBETH THE MUSICAL – White Bear Theatre by Shanine Salmon

Hands up if you’ve seen MacBeth. Now keep your hands up if it was a musical version. Now keep them up if it was a musical performed by (what I assume for legal reasons aren’t actually) m…

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Monday, September 2, 2019

‘Burlesque & circus are a match made in heaven’: ROUGE – Underbelly Festival by Shanine Salmon

Promising ‘a decadent and astonishing blend of sensational acrobatics, soaring aerial trapeze, operatic cabaret and tongue in cheek burlesque’, Rouge transfers to London straight off the…

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Friday, August 30, 2019

‘You won’t be disappointed’: CABARET – Touring by Shanine Salmon

What a pleasure to see Rufus Norris’ award winning production of Kander and Ebb’s Cabaret at the Churchill Theatre in Bromley.

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Monday, August 26, 2019

‘Family drama that digs deeper’: GO BANG YOUR TAMBOURINE – Finborough Theatre by Shanine Salmon

With Go Bang Your Tambourine, the Finborough Theatre has once more succeeded in digging out a purportedly dated play and bringing it to life in a manner which is faithful to the playwright b…

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Sunday, August 18, 2019

‘The writers & cast are to be commended’: WARHEADS – Park Theatre by Shanine Salmon

I commend the writers Taz Skykar and Ross Berkeley Simpson and the director Toby Clarke of Warheads for attempting to tackle the topic of PTSD for soldiers and how it affects their loved one…

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Sunday, August 11, 2019

‘Ned Bennett’s direction is another star of the show’: EQUUS – West End by Shanine Salmon

Ned Bennett’s direction is another star of the show; the relationship between Ira Mandela Siobhan as Nugget, a Chestnut horse who has a close relationship with Strang, is stunning.

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Monday, August 5, 2019

‘Has the spirit of Zinn’: THE TIME OF OUR LIES – Park Theatre by Shanine Salmon

Bianca Bagatourian’s script adapts the life and work of Howard Zinn (who passed away in 2010) into this 65-minute long play.

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Wednesday, July 31, 2019

‘Modern, relatable & relevant’: WRATH OF ACHILLES – Union Theatre & Edinburgh by Shanine Salmon

Distilling a significant chunk of Homer’s ancient epic into a fringe-friendly 55 minutes is a huge task, but one which writer Jack Fairey somehow achieves with ease in Wrath of Achilles.

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Tuesday, July 30, 2019

‘An immersive treasure-hunt of a performance’: THE TEMPEST – Oxford by Shanine Salmon

Creation Theatre’s The Tempest is well worth a trek to Oxford, especially for reluctant theatre-goers who might have given up on Shakespeare in the past.

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Tuesday, July 23, 2019

‘The three leads seem to lack chemistry’: THE NIGHT OF THE IGUANA – West End by Shanine Salmon

James Macdonald is the latest director to tackle The Night of the Iguana, perhaps best known from its film adaptation starring Richard Burton , Deborah Kerr and Ava Gardner.

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Saturday, July 20, 2019

‘Sheer exuberance & joy’: YOURS SINCERELY – King’s Head Theatre & Edinburgh ★★★ by Shanine Salmon

Yours Sincerely is a coming of age story from Will Jackson (also performing) and Lucy Bird, founders of Quick Duck Theatre, directed by Anna Himali Howard.

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Tuesday, July 16, 2019

‘Prepare to weep, jump & hold your breath’: LUNATIC 19’S – Finborough Theatre by Shanine Salmon

For a play that starts and ends with the sound of the ocean, Lunatic 19’s is one tight, claustrophobic package in between.

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Wednesday, July 10, 2019

‘Be prepared to be enchanted, provoked & emotionally drained’: OTHELLO: REMIXED – Omnibus Theatre by Shanine Salmon

Be prepared to be enchanted, provoked, and emotionally drained in Othello Remixed. This passionate interpretation of Othello feels so right and so believable.

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Monday, July 1, 2019

‘Fun & interesting night out’: DARK SUBLIME – Trafalgar Studios by Shanine Salmon

Dark Sublime is a fun and interesting night out that will attract a new audience with an interest in television to the theatre.

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Sunday, June 23, 2019

‘Intelligently written & superbly acted play’: STRANGE FRUIT – Bush Theatre by Shanine Salmon

This apt revival of Caryl Phillips’ first play, Strange Fruit, stirred up a maelstrom of memories for me, a second generation Caribbean immigrant, growing up in a city on the south coast o…

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Saturday, June 22, 2019

‘Convincing, engaging & committed performances all-round’: THE SANDMAN – Southwark Playhouse by Shanine Salmon

Going to see The Sandman is more than just the chance to see some young superstars in the making. It’s a great show, with a powerful message and some gripping acting performances (and a ta…

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Friday, June 21, 2019

‘An open door into life for 16-21 year olds’: WHAT WAS LEFT – Southwark Playhouse by Shanine Salmon

Molly Taylor’s What was Left looks at what happens when young people are forced to grow up too quickly.

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Tuesday, June 18, 2019

‘Has a lot of heart & a traditional menu’: A RIGHT ROYALE TEA – Amba Hotel Charing Cross by Shanine Salmon

A Right Royale Tea from BoRo Live Experiences is a fun and frothy show aimed mostly at the grey pound and those looking to expand on their afternoon team experiences.

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Monday, June 17, 2019

‘Really a mentalism show’: THE PSYCHIC PROJECT – Vaults Theatre by Shanine Salmon

David Narayan is an engaging performer and a skilled magician but the concept behind The Psychic Project needs work and the tricks need to feel more original to really impress audiences

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Tuesday, June 11, 2019

‘Deftly interweaves tales of hilarity & sadness’: FATTY FAT FAT – Sackler Space ★★★★ by Shanine Salmon

Fatty Fat Fat is a show by Katie Greenall and Daisy Hale (performed by Greenall alone) which includes dance, movement, a mini game show, audience participation through crisp eating, a ballet…

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Monday, June 10, 2019

‘The enduring currency of its message is astounding’: KILL CLIMATE DENIERS – Pleasance Theatre by Shanine Salmon

The European premiere of David Finnigan’s controversially-titled satire Kill Climate Deniers successfully combines a deeply serious message with some some serious on-stage silliness, set t…

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Saturday, June 8, 2019

‘So much potential’: J’OUVERT – Theatre503 by Shanine Salmon

J’ouvert, a debut play from Yasmin Joseph and the directorial debut of Rebekah Murrell, is an ambitious play, encompassing the spirit, commercialism and epic Notting Hill Carnival.

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Thursday, June 6, 2019

‘A distracting concept but well performed’: THE GLASS MENAGERIE – Arcola Theatre by Shanine Salmon

Conflicts between this updated production and the original script are a distraction, but despite this and because of such a talented cast performing Tennessee Williams’ The Glass Menagerie…

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Monday, June 3, 2019

‘It is rare we get theatre like this’: Jeff Wayne’s War of the Worlds: The Immersive Experience – Old Metal Exchange by Shanine Salmon

I don’t give stars but if I did Jeff Wayne’s War of the Worlds: The Immersive Experience would get five stars. It is a fantastic night out. It is interesting as a VR and immersive experi…

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Thursday, May 30, 2019

‘The Frasier/Only Fools & Horses mash-up you didn’t know you wanted’: MAN OF LA MANCHA – West End by Shanine Salmon

The novelty of the casting and brightness of the music in Man of La Mancha make a big impression, though be warned that the show is not without its darker elements, some intended and others …

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Tuesday, May 28, 2019

‘A rib-cracking satire’: BENEATH THE BLUE RINSE – Park Theatre by Shanine Salmon

Beneath the Blue Rinse is polemical; packed with scathingly humorous and myth-busting scenes and information about the lives of older people.

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Saturday, May 25, 2019

‘Rollicking political comedy’: THE LAST TEMPTATION OF BORIS JOHNSON – Park Theatre ★★★ by Shanine Salmon

The Last Temptation of Boris Johnson, currently playing at the Park Theatre, is a rollicking political comedy which leaves the audience in stitches.

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