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Tuesday, January 22, 2019

‘Strong & enjoyable production’: VIOLET – Charing Cross Theatre by Shanine Salmon

Violet is a warm, considerate musical with a lot to say about the past and some real faces of the future to look out for.

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Monday, January 21, 2019

‘Pacey & engaging’: A MODEST LITTLE MAN – Bread & Roses Theatre ★★★★ by Shanine Salmon

A Modest Little Man is a pacey and engaging one-act play. The characters are – for the most part – well fleshed out and well realised.

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Friday, January 18, 2019

‘Gripping & heartbreaking’: ANOMALY – Old Red Lion Theatre by Shanine Salmon

In the light of #metoo, post-Weinstein, post-Spacey and post all the other creeps that have been exposed Liv Warden’s debut play Anomaly (produced by Wildchild Productions) looks at what h…

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Thursday, January 17, 2019

‘One of the best pieces of theatre I’ve seen in years’: ROSENBAUM’S RESCUE – Park Theatre by Shanine Salmon

The themes and ideas Rosenbaum’s Rescue centres around are explored in a fascinating manner, and it’s one of the best pieces of theatre I’ve seen in years, I’d urge all to see it, wh…

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Wednesday, January 16, 2019

‘A real sense of isolation & claustrophobia’: OUTLYING ISLANDS – King’s Head Theatre by Shanine Salmon

David Grieg’s play about an uninhabited outer Hebrides island doesn’t know whether it wants to be a political thriller, based on the true story of Gruinard Island which was conta…

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Saturday, January 12, 2019

‘This story will never be more timely’: AN ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE – Union Theatre by Shanine Salmon

Arthur Miller’s adaptation of Henrik Ibsen’s An Enemy of the People could have easily been adapted in the last couple of years as a, not at all subtle rebuke to the election of Donald Tr…

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Sunday, January 6, 2019

‘To have the opportunity to play him on stage is an honour’: Christopher Tajah brings Dream of a King to the Playground Theatre by Shanine Salmon

Playground Theatre will host the premiere of Dream of a King, a one-man play written and performed by Christopher Tajah (directed by Bernie C. Byrnes), depicting Martin Luther King Jr on the…

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Sunday, December 23, 2018

‘For the under-fives, you can’t go wrong’: PEPPA PIG’S ADVENTURE – West End ★★★★★ by Shanine Salmon

While you may be tempted to see a classic like The Nutcracker, you’ll quickly learn that it sold out last August, so you could do worse than comfort yourself with Peppa Pig’s Adventure.

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Friday, December 21, 2018

‘An excellent production of a poor play’: THE DOUBLE DEALER – Orange Tree Theatre by Shanine Salmon

The chaise longue has been dug out of storage for this re-imagining of William Congreve’s 1693 marriage farce The Double Dealer at the Orange Tree Theatre.

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Tuesday, December 18, 2018

‘I could happily go for another treatment’: NEURAL ENHANCEMENT WITH DR LEON – Secret London location by Shanine Salmon

Neural Enhancement With Dr Leon is an immersive experience which began life as a Secret Cinema activity and continues to return and entertain audiences.

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Thursday, December 13, 2018

‘Features some wonderful performances’: DIALEKTIKON – Park Theatre by Shanine Salmon

It is appropriate that Park Theatre is staging Jacky Ivimy’s Dialektikon at this time of year. Theatres are full of pantomimes, humorous re-workings of classic fairy tales, so why not a le…

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Wednesday, December 12, 2018

‘Shrewdly-observed portrait of grief & nationality’: NINE NIGHT – Trafalgar Studios by Shanine Salmon

Arriving at the Trafalgar Studios after a wave of critical acclaim at its National Theatre run earlier this year, Nine Night already bears the acclaim and intense scrutiny that comes with be…

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Friday, December 7, 2018

INTERVIEW: Spotlight On… Neural Enhancement with Dr Leon’s director & performer Sofi Lee-Henson by Shanine Salmon

Director and performer Sofi Lee-Henson on what keeps audiences coming back to Neural Enhancement with Dr Leon, running at a secret location in SE1.

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Wednesday, December 5, 2018

‘Flawed but ultimately charming production’: LITTLE WOMEN – The Space by Shanine Salmon

Little Women is a flawed but ultimately charming production. An edit in the first half and a better familiarity with the performance space and it would be even better. But as it is, I would …

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Monday, December 3, 2018

‘Something to enjoy wherever your gaze lands’: A CHRISTMAS CAROL – Chickenshed Theatre by Shanine Salmon

A Christmas Carol with a supporting cast of 200? A Christmas Carol with four alternating casts of 200, involving as many in making Christmas as possible, with the maximum social benefit? I c…

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Friday, November 30, 2018

‘Proves to be a magical evening of storytelling’: A CHRISTMAS CAROL – Touring by Shanine Salmon

It’s such a wonderful idea to re-create a Dickens reading. With John O’Connor’s skill, this proves to be a magical evening of storytelling. A thoroughly fun Victorian Christmas experie…

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Thursday, November 29, 2018

‘Utterly & completely charming’: SEUSSICAL – Southwark Playhouse ★★★★★ by Shanine Salmon

Seussical the Musical is so utterly and completely charming I’m not ashamed to say it brought me to happy tears of joy at the end. Fast-paced – frenetic even – the action never stops, …

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Monday, November 26, 2018

‘A rollercoaster of scares, laughs & moments of pathos’: PHILIP PULLMAN’S GRIMM TALES – Unicorn Theatre by Shanine Salmon

In short, Philip Pullman’s Grimm Tales is a fine Christmas show for all the family – but don’t be surprised if you have some questions to answer afterwards!

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Friday, November 23, 2018

‘Engaging & thought-provoking’: THE PAPER TRAVELLER – Westminster Reference Library by Shanine Salmon

Described as a ‘treasure hunt’ through a library, Marie Klimis’ The Paper Traveller is an individual, immersive experience which combines storytelling with handcrafted pop-up books, in…

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Wednesday, November 21, 2018

‘New shores for the immersive theatre format’: PIRATES OF THE HIDDEN SPIRIT – St Mary Overie Dock by Shanine Salmon

Untrustworthy sailors, stolen treasure, plentiful rum and boat with a captain named Jack – find these and you will be at the ‘x’ that marks the spot for your standard pirate tale. Inve…

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Monday, November 19, 2018

‘Eighty emotional, tightly-choreographed minutes’: EXODUS – Finborough Theatre by Shanine Salmon

Motherlode has been touring this short four-hander, written and directed by Rachael Boulton, round venues in Wales for its premiere. It’s London’s luck that it has rocked up at the Finbo…

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Saturday, November 17, 2018

‘An outstanding success as drama’: GILDED BUTTERFLIES – Hope Theatre by Shanine Salmon

The main character in Gilded Butterflies, in a superb performance by Francesca McCrohon, is a hyperactive chatterbox confined to a solitary cell on death row, willing to spill out her though…

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Friday, November 16, 2018

‘The cast excels with their superb timing & tremendous energy’: A FLEA IN HER EAR – Theatro Technis by Shanine Salmon

Acting Gymnasium’s talented cast excel with their superb timing and tremendous energy in this acrobatically verbal and physical comedy, A Flea in Her Ear at Theatro Technis.

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Wednesday, November 14, 2018

’Will stay with you for some time’: YERMA – Cervantes Theatre by Shanine Salmon

In Yerma, Lorca’s enduring “tragic poem”, director Jorge de Juan has seamlessly transposed the action to an Afro-Cuban setting where the unhurried pace of life highlights how empty Yer…

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Sunday, November 11, 2018

‘Deserves a classical staging’: A PUPIL – Park Theatre by Shanine Salmon

Jesse Briton’s A Pupil asks whether genius can be taught. The real question is what is genius and is it genius if it can be so easily mimicked.

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Thursday, November 8, 2018

‘A forceful, thoughtful experiment’: ALL WE EVER WANTED WAS EVERYTHING – Bush Theatre by Shanine Salmon

Off the back of a two-year Edinburgh Fringe tenure and a tidal wave of rapturous reviews, Hull playwright Luke Barnes’ gig theatre opus All We Ever Wanted Was Everything arrives at Shepher…

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Wednesday, November 7, 2018

‘There is no story to be immersed in’: DIVINE PROPORTIONS – Vault Theatre by Shanine Salmon

Sadly Shotgun Carousel’s Divine Proportions, which markets itself as an immersive dining experience, is neither immersive or very interesting.

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Tuesday, November 6, 2018

‘Ambitious but lacking clarity’: JANE EYRE – Touring by Shanine Salmon

The story of Jane Eyre is a gothic, romantic tale of conflicted emotions and repressed passions. Sadly this production from the Watermill lacks these and is treated as more of a story-tellin…

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Monday, November 5, 2018

‘Unique & engaging story’: BURY THE DEAD – Finborough Theatre ★★★ by Shanine Salmon

Bury the Dead at Finborough Theatre is a unique and engaging story which captures the sense of unjust, premature death at the mercy of someone else’s agenda.

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Friday, November 2, 2018

‘Even McDonagh cannot make this feel exciting’: A VERY VERY VERY DARK MATTER – Bridge Theatre by Shanine Salmon

Martin McDonagh is a good writer. I have to state this because based on this production of A Very Very Very Dark Matter at the Bridge Theatre audiences may not be so convinced.

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Thursday, November 1, 2018

‘Hitting every joke & each movement with gusto’: THE FULL MONTY – Touring by Shanine Salmon

In a time when jobs are hard to find, morale is down and hope seems far away, The Full Monty presents the tale of Gaz and his hilarious journey to keep seeing his son.

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