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Sunday, July 15, 2018

‘A great night out for music lovers’: BARRY HUMPHRIES’ WEIMAR CABARET – Barbican Theatre by Shanine Salmon

Barry Humphries appears in this tribute to Weimar era composers in his most daring character yet – himself – along fellow Melbournian Meow Meow for the ride along with Aurora Chamber Orc…

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Monday, July 9, 2018

‘A complete fantasy’: KNIGHTS OF THE ROSE – Arts Theatre by Shanine Salmon

Knights of the Rose comes from a female team of director and choreographer Racky Plews and writer Jennifer Marsden but it is a masculine tale of Knights of the realm and their fair maidens.

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Wednesday, July 4, 2018

‘An ambitious & thoroughly enjoyable theatrical experience’: IMPERIUM – West End by Shanine Salmon

The life of an extraordinary man living through an extraordinary age is too large for one play, and here the latter two novels of Robert Harris’ Cicero trilogy are adapted into two separat…

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Monday, July 2, 2018

‘A light & frothy interpretation’: A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM – Wilton’s Music Hall by Shanine Salmon

This is an enjoyable production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream for those who know the play. A light and frothy interpretation heavy on the laughs, less so on the love.

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Sunday, July 1, 2018

‘This fascinating, entertaining show deserves to get bigger audiences’: SIRENS OF THE SILVER SCREEN – Tabard Theatre by Shanine Salmon

Beth Burrows is certainly one to watch for the future, and this fascinating, entertaining show deserves to get bigger audiences.

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Thursday, June 28, 2018

‘A Golden Age feast for the senses’: KISS ME, KATE – West End by Shanine Salmon

In choosing to restore rather than rejuvenate, Opera North has created a genuinely fascinating and faithful window into a bygone era. In doing so, however, they’ve chosen to celebrate the …

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Thursday, June 14, 2018

‘Perhaps the timing couldn’t be more apt’: I AM OF IRELAND – Old Red Lion Theatre by Shanine Salmon

I Am of Ireland, a new play from Seamus Finnegan, aims to explore what it is to be Irish in 2018. Perhaps the timing couldn’t be any more apt, with the Irish attempting to deal once again …

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Saturday, June 9, 2018

‘A tale of an unlikely friendship’: SHADOW KINGDOMS – Theatre 503 by Shanine Salmon

Set in my home turf Newham, it’s nice to see the area being portrayed with a bit of heart that doesn’t revolve around violent crime. Although, Shadow Kingdoms does centre around the act …

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Thursday, June 7, 2018

‘It is in a different league to anything I have ever done before’: Jane McDonald celebrates 20 years in showbusiness with a new solo tour by Shanine Salmon

She’s glam, she’s fun and 55 years young. Jane McDonald is the singer and presenter that everyone wants to be friends with and we got to catch up with her ahead of her sold-out show taki…

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Wednesday, June 6, 2018

‘A fun & entertaining production dealing with serious issues’: INTO THE WOODS – Cockpit Theatre by Shanine Salmon

This Into the Woods is a fun and entertaining production dealing with serious issues which provide an underlying commentary about society in 21st century Britain.

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Tuesday, June 5, 2018

‘It couldn’t be more relevant’: LEAVE TAKING – Bush Theatre by Shanine Salmon

The timeless classic, Leave Taking by Winsome Pinnock, revived at the Bush Theatre is a marriage of captivating performance and unapologetic text, at a time when it couldn’t be more releva…

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Monday, June 4, 2018

‘A must-see for any Dickens fan’: GREAT EXPECTATIONS – Touring ★★★★ by Shanine Salmon

To whittle down a 500-plus page book into nearly two and a half hours of theatre is an epic task. Adaptor Ken Bentley manages to do the job succinctly, nothing feeling particularly rushed or…

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Tuesday, May 29, 2018

‘Surprisingly progressive look at the silent film industry’: THE BIOGRAPH GIRL – Finborough Theatre by Shanine Salmon

The Biograph Girl, directed by Jenny Eastop is a surprisingly progressive look at the silent film industry, focusing on the women who lead the way.

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Thursday, May 24, 2018

‘An intense two-hander with believable characters’: SCHISM – Park Theatre by Shanine Salmon

I really enjoyed Schism, for the socio-political and psychological issues it raises. I also loved the depiction of how an unlikely relationship develops and how the couple destroys their rel…

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Tuesday, May 22, 2018

‘This beautiful display of talent deserves to be seen’: 3Women – Trafalgar Studios ★★★★★ by Shanine Salmon

The whole production of Kary Brand’s 3Women is a delight from start to finish. This beautiful display of talent deserves to be seen.

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Monday, May 21, 2018

‘Difficult to engage despite good character development’: NIGHTFALL – Bridge Theatre by Shanine Salmon

Nightfall is peppered with amusing lines, which are like pithy sayings providing us with observations about a range of topics. Certainly, Nightfall could be perceived as giving us a social c…

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Sunday, May 20, 2018

‘A finale that leaves the audience in rapt silence’: SARAH KENDALL ONE-SEVENTEEN – Soho Theatre by Shanine Salmon

Sarah Kendall’s gift for finding the cosmic coincidence within near misses, loss and the everyday mundane comes to the fore here.

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Friday, May 18, 2018

‘It’s sad, funny, riotous & clever’: A SOCKFUL OF CUSTARD – Pleasance Theatre by Shanine Salmon

Whatever happens, or unhappens, whatever nuttiness and confusion you’re in for, you’ll experience something special in the Spike Milligan-inspired A Sockful of Custard from Jeremy Stockw…

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Thursday, May 17, 2018

‘A smart & genuinely funny spoof’: GREAT BRITISH MYSTERIES? – Soho Theatre by Shanine Salmon

Great British Mysteries? is a real audience pleaser, which keeps audiences mostly amused throughout. It’s an example of a great parody that harms nobody, except maybe Noel Edmonds.

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Monday, May 14, 2018

‘This is as immersive as it gets’: THE LAND OF NOD – Matthews Yard by Shanine Salmon

The Land of Nod is as immersive as it gets, you may not get 100% of the story but what you do see shapes your entire attitude to young people and inner-city life.

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Saturday, May 12, 2018

‘A hell of an entertainment’: TONIGHT AT 8.30 – Jermyn Street Theatre by Shanine Salmon

This may not be Shakespeare or Ibsen but Tonight At 8.30 it is a hell of an entertainment. Whether it is effective in reappraising Coward is a moot point but it is unquestionably a worthwhil…

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Friday, May 11, 2018

‘Delivers entertainment in spades’: MATILDA THE MUSICAL – West End ★★★★ by Shanine Salmon

The joy of Matilda is not just that it celebrates cleverness, not just that it delights in naughtiness, but that it sees each as the essence of the other. All the joy in life is in bringing …

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Thursday, May 10, 2018

‘Breathtaking when the play reveals its premise’: BUILDING THE WALL – Park Theatre ★★★★ by Shanine Salmon

It will be important for dramatists like the author Robert Schenkkan to keep asking the questions raised in Building the Wall. The role of art is not simply in holding a mirror up to a disto…

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Tuesday, May 8, 2018

‘A terrifying introduction to the dark & baffling gay scene’: GROTTY – Bunker Theatre by Shanine Salmon

Theatre has recently taken on more female queer stories with Turkey, Lobster, The Gulf and now Grotty featuring prominently in fringe theatre seasons.

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Sunday, May 6, 2018

‘Has stood the test of time’: CHESS – West End by Shanine Salmon

Chess is also a musical about love, about honour, about freedom and about hard choices. It is when these come to the fore that the musical really shines.

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Tuesday, May 1, 2018

‘Every bit as good the second time around’: FOR KING & COUNTRY – Colab Factory ★★★★★ by Shanine Salmon

I was thrilled to find that going back to For King and Country was just as rewarding as visiting for the first time. What was particularly interesting was how challenging it was to revisit t…

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Sunday, April 29, 2018

‘A meaningful but messy look at women in society’: MASTERPIECES – Finborough Theatre by Shanine Salmon

Not even an authentic and stylised production and strong performances can cover up a meaningful but messy look at women in society. With some editing, Masterpieces could be improved immensel…

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Friday, April 27, 2018

‘Everything I hoped it would be and worried it wouldn’t deliver’: STRICTLY BALLROOM THE MUSICAL – West End ★★★★★ by Shanine Salmon

Simply brilliant. Strangely breath-taking. Strictly Ballroom The Musical was everything I hoped it would be and worried it wouldn’t deliver.

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Thursday, April 26, 2018

‘Brimming with tenderness & emotional articulacy’: MAYFLY – Orange Tree Theatre by Shanine Salmon

Under the tenure of Paul Miller, the Orange Tree Theatre has shown a fierce commitment to new writing, but Joe White’s Mayfly is the first debut play to be staged there since Miller’s as…

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Wednesday, April 25, 2018

‘Real political & social potential’: THE GULF – Tristan Bates Theatre by Shanine Salmon

The depiction of lesbian relationships in theatre was until recently still a novelty, even on the fringe. The Gulf examines the up and downs of a relationship whilst fishing and relaxing on …

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Monday, April 23, 2018

‘A strong piece of work’: COCONUT – Ovalhouse & Touring by Shanine Salmon

When I heard that writer Guleraana Mir and director Madeleine Moore were reuniting with the actress again in Coconut my heart skipped a beat.

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