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Wednesday, February 21, 2018

‘Absurd fun’: NAPOLEON DISROBED – Arcola Theatre by Shanine Salmon

Mainly, Told by an Idiot’s Napoleon Disrobed is an evening of absurd fun; enjoyable, clever and performed with tongue-in-cheek gusto.

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Sunday, February 18, 2018

‘Immersive experience gives an extra gravitas’: THE SILHOUETTE IN THE SMOKE – London Museum of Water & Steam by Shanine Salmon

Immercity’s The Silhouette in the Smoke takes the interactivity even further. Not only do you get to question the actors, but along with your fellow audience members work together to solve…

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Saturday, February 17, 2018

‘Frankly astonishing debut’: THE B*EASTS – Bush Theatre by Shanine Salmon

Monica Dolan’s writing debut The B*easts at the Bush Theatre is a provocative monologue performed by Dolan herself, tackling the sexualisation of children and nudging us into a hypothetica…

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Thursday, February 15, 2018

Strictly Ballroom The Musical has its West End launch at Cafe de Paris by Shanine Salmon

Hosted by Will Young, who will be starring in Strictly Ballroom The Musical at the Piccadilly Theatre from 29 March, the launch of the production offered all the sequinned glamour you would …

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Wednesday, February 14, 2018

‘Excellent performances’: MONOLOG – Chickenshed Theatre by Shanine Salmon

Monolog at the Chickenshed Theatre presents several different monologues written by well-known and new writers, showcasing monologues in a variety of formats.

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Tuesday, February 13, 2018

‘Clever, funny and relatable’: THE MORNING AFTER – Hen & Chickens Theatre by Shanine Salmon

Monorogue’s new show The Morning After provides us with an opportunity to eavesdrop on the comings and goings of ‘The Love Clinic’ on the day after Valentine’s Day.

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‘A hell of a trick to pull off’: THE MOOR – Old Red Lion Theatre by Shanine Salmon

Catherine Lucie’s’s new play – The Moor at the Red Lion Theatre – pulls off the excellent trick, of giving the audience a denouement that resolves the mystery, while still maintainin…

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Monday, February 12, 2018

‘Intimate & sensitive’: MAD AS HELL – Jermyn Street Theatre by Shanine Salmon

Mad as Hell‘s greatest insight and piece of biographical excavation is that Peter Finch needed to feel his wife Eletha Barrett’s absence to hit the mark of the tortured mad preacher of P…

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Sunday, February 11, 2018

‘Non-stop entertainment’: BICYCLES & FISH – Vault Festival #Vault2018 ★★★★★ by Shanine Salmon

For a variety of all too female reasons, I wasn’t much looking forward to going out to the theatre to see Bicycles & Fish at The Vaults. But I did. And I laughed, I cried, and at the …

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‘A good piece hidden within’: THINK OF ENGLAND – Vault Festival #Vault2018 ★★ by Shanine Salmon

Think of England at the Vault Festival isn’t a hopeless play, but it isn’t ready yet. At present, it doesn’t know what it wants to be. To succeed, the company needs to take it beyond t…

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Saturday, February 10, 2018

‘Fun… for somebody’: THE BORING ROOM – Vault Festival #Vault2018 by Shanine Salmon

It’s a bad idea, if your play’s called The Boring Room (at The Vaults), to draw attention to how boring it is. It’s an even worse mistake to bookend your play with the word “bullshit…

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Thursday, February 8, 2018

‘Chaotic & disjointed’: NEVERLAND – Vault Festival #Vault2018 by Shanine Salmon

NeverLand at the Vault Festival is admirably ambitious, but it’s hard not to feel that a narrower focus would have stopped its reach from exceeding its grasp.

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‘As joyful & sharp as it ever was’: CYRIL’S SUCCESS – Finborough Theatre by Shanine Salmon

A charming and funny evening, then. We’re indebted to the Finborough for plucking Cyril’s Success from obscurity. See it while you can.

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Wednesday, February 7, 2018

‘As light & frothy as Lydia Bennet’: AUSTEN THE MUSICAL – Touring by Shanine Salmon

The problem is, this was a play as light and frothy as Lydia Bennet, while what I want is a Lizzie.

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Tuesday, February 6, 2018

‘Much to admire’: BLACK MOUNTAIN & HOW TO BE A KID – Orange Tree Theatre by Shanine Salmon

Brad Birch’s Black Mountain and Sarah McDonald-Hughes’ How To Be a Kid are two new plays being performed by Paines Plough at the Orange Tree Theatre.

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Monday, February 5, 2018

‘Intensely exciting’: JULIUS CAESAR – Bridge Theatre by Shanine Salmon

There is no option of falling asleep because if you aren’t being shoved around as if on a rush hour tube then gunfire is constantly going off. Being in the pit is an intensely exciting and…

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Saturday, February 3, 2018

‘Nice for an introduction’: KEN – Bunker Theatre by Shanine Salmon

Terry Johnson’s Ken serves as a nice introduction to Ken Campbell or for those that knew him it’s a reminder of the impact his work had on many performers, writers and directors, but he …

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Friday, February 2, 2018

‘All sex & patter’: DOUBLE INFEMNITY – Vault Festival #Vault2018 by Shanine Salmon

But you’ll have heard – Naomi Westerman’s one-woman show Double Infemnity, at The Vaults, is more than a pun, it’s a feminist take on a male genre.

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Tuesday, January 30, 2018

‘A think on your feet exercise’: REVOLUTION – Vault Festival #Vault2018 by Shanine Salmon

Revolution is a Blockbusters-inspired game played in a suitably austere, bare brick environment; the kind of locale suited to an underground gathering of would-be revolutionaries.

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Monday, January 29, 2018

‘Shot through with humour’: @ThereOrHerePlay at @ParkTheatre > @srptheatre @anitacreedprod by Shanine Salmon

Jennifer Maisel’s play There or Here, at the Park Theatre, is a multi-layered narrative shot through with humour, some of it scathing, including a lot of witty one-liners.

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‘A raw yet classy performance’: WOMAN BEFORE A GLASS – Jermyn Street Theatre by Shanine Salmon

Lanie Robertson’s 2005 bio-monologue about Peggy Guggenheim could be just another ‘poor rich girl’ tale, but in Guggenheim and in the performance from Judy Rosenblatt we see not only a…

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Monday, January 22, 2018

We’ve all been there: The Bridge Theatre’s email blunder with bloggers by Shanine Salmon

What is bizarre is that a lot of online bloggers found themselves on this ‘banned’ list despite having three press nights, with ample standing room.

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‘A stunningly well-told story’: #Bunny @TristanBates ★★★★★ > @FabricateTheatr by Shanine Salmon

Bunny at the Tristan Bates Theatre is a clever, ambitious, funny and scary piece of theatre, delivered with grit and integrity by a superb actor.

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Friday, January 19, 2018

‘A sometimes-biting satire’: THE HERE & THIS & NOW – Southwark Playhouse ★★★ by Shanine Salmon

Overall, this play has a timely and well-delivered message particularly in the second half of the drama which held my attention throughout and brought new meaning to the phrase “death by P…

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Tuesday, January 16, 2018

‘Confrontational, thought-provoking & shocking’: EAST – King’s Head Theatre by Shanine Salmon

East is arguably a Hobbesian perspective of some white working-class East Enders whose lives are “solitary, poor, nasty, brutish and short” due to being marginalised from mainstream soci…

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Monday, January 15, 2018

‘I’m very confident it will return’: KEEP CALM & CARRY ON – @ColabF by Shanine Salmon

I’ve never been to an immersive production that brings the audience into the drama quite as much as Keep Calm and Carry On.

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Thursday, January 11, 2018

‘Funny & warm performances’: LOBSTER – Theatre503 by Shanine Salmon

Lobster is a tale of what happens when opposites attract and the compromises couples make to ensure the relationship survives. This looks rather sadly at what happens when those compromises …

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Tuesday, January 9, 2018

‘Constantly dreamlike’: INTO THE NUMBERS – Finborough Theatre by Shanine Salmon

Elizabeth Chan’s performance as Iris Chang in Into the Numbers is a convincing portrayal of mental illness but the lack of background to her story doesn’t give the gravitas this producti…

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‘A solid piece of storytelling’: THE CRYSTAL EGG LIVE – The Vaults by Shanine Salmon

It’s a tale about obsession, madness and paranoia. Charley comes to believe the egg is, in fact, a Martian surveillance device, with the ‘canals’ observed on Mars actually being the sh…

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Monday, January 8, 2018

Matt Merritt’s #theatre2017 hits: ‘It was ultimately a year about women’ by Shanine Salmon

It was ultimately a year about women, with Herstory Festival and Bechdel Testing proving that there was plenty of excellent new writing from women, despite Hampstead Theatre claiming otherwi…

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Friday, January 5, 2018

A CHRISTMAS CAROL – Middle Temple Hall by Shanine Salmon

Although it was built in the 16th century, Middle Temple Hall is a very appropriate setting for Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, particularly as Dickens was a student at Middle Temple from 1839…

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