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Friday, January 17, 2020

‘It is a star making performance from Daisy Wood-Davis’: BEAUTIFUL THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL – Touring by Shanine Salmon

In this touring production of Beautiful, following on from lengthy London and Broadway runs, Daisy Wood-Davis plays Carole King from innocent 16 year old with enviable talent to an older and…

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Wednesday, January 15, 2020

‘A brave effort to modernise the eponymous Greek tragedy’: ANTIGONE – New Diorama Theatre by Shanine Salmon

Presented by company Holy What, playwright Lulu Raczka’s reimagining of Sophocles Greek tragedy Antigone, uses an all-female cast.

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Monday, January 13, 2020

‘The right kind of funny in a stone-faced world’: SCROUNGER – Finborough Theatre by Shanine Salmon

As an insight into a member of society failed by systemic stupidity and social illiteracy, Athena Stevens’ new play Scrounger is particularly relevant.

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Monday, December 2, 2019

‘Offers some time-worn comforts’: THE WIND OF HEAVEN – Finborough Theatre by Shanine Salmon

Still, if you don’t mind the preachiness or the admonishment, The Wind of Heaven boasts a suitably earnest cast and fine staging.

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Friday, November 15, 2019

‘A fun & informative night of politics’: CRISIS? WHAT CRISIS – Colab Factory by Shanine Salmon

What makes Crisis What Crisis special is the strong storyline and convincing performances in combination with game play.

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Wednesday, November 13, 2019

‘A rewarding watch’: THE HOUSE OF THE SPIRITS – Cervantes Theatre by Shanine Salmon

Adapting a multi-generational family saga for the small stage takes ambition, confidence and knowing just where to cut, The House of the Spirits has all three covered.

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Monday, November 11, 2019

‘The cast can certainly sing’: SOHO CINDERS – Charing Cross Theatre by Shanine Salmon

With a few modern updates, this new interpretation of the Cinderella story in Soho Cinders boasts several top notch musical theatre ballads.

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Friday, November 8, 2019

‘Involving, emotionally harrowing two-hander’: CHEMISTRY – Finborough Theatre by Shanine Salmon

Chemistry is an at times unsettling, but always compelling evening. It humanises the stigmatised and touches the soul using a wonderdrug – intimate performance.

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Friday, November 1, 2019

‘This is cabaret in its purest form’: LORNA DALLS – Crazy Coqs ★★★★ by Shanine Salmon

Lorna Dallas is the essence of old school cabaret distilled. She oozes glamour and combines the look of Blanche Deveraux with a spirit of a proper Illinois broad.

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Saturday, October 26, 2019

‘What we need is a production about now’: GASPING – The Space by Shanine Salmon

Presenting a revival of Ben Elton’s early 90s environmental farce Gasping in The Space, located just minutes from Canary Wharf, is appropriate.

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Friday, October 25, 2019

‘Sometimes the best stories are messy & unresolved, & real’: LITTLE BABY JESUS – Orange Tree Theatre by Shanine Salmon

Wunderkind actor-writer Arinzé Kene (how can one man be so talented?) knocks it out of the park with the revival of his 2011 play Little Baby Jesus.

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Thursday, October 24, 2019

‘It does what it says on the tin’: AFTERGLOW – Waterloo East Theatre by Shanine Salmon

After a run at the Southwark Playhouse, Afterglow, S. Asher Gelman’s story of polyamory in modern American, returns with a new cast.

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Wednesday, October 16, 2019

’Wants to make you think’: LAST ORDERS – Old Red Lion Theatre by Shanine Salmon

The Knock Knock Club (Reece Connolly, Christopher Keegan, Caroline Buckley) investigate the venue and present their findings in Last Orders, as part of the London Horror Festival.

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Monday, October 14, 2019

‘It is genuinely terrifying’: GHOST STORIES – West End by Shanine Salmon

Jeremy Dyson and Andy Nyman’s Ghost Stories has been entertaining audiences since 2010 both on the stage and in a 2017 film adaptation and this revival at the Ambassadors Theatre is a welc…

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Sunday, October 6, 2019

‘Vulnerable & versatile presence’: VELVET – Above the Stag Theatre by Shanine Salmon

Tom Ratcliffe’s one-man show Velvet follows a tributary of the River Weinstein to the English audition scene – a world of bits parts and capricious agents. Essentially, it’s a riff on …

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Friday, September 27, 2019

‘Lovely adaptation of a well-loved book’: ANGELA’S ASHES THE MUSICAL – Croydon by Shanine Salmon

In terms of performances and book Angela’s Ashes The Musical is a great show and a lovely adaptation of a well loved book. But less so an exceptional musical.

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Saturday, September 21, 2019

‘A useful reminder of how we got here & what’s required to fix it’: THE PERMANENT WAY – The Vaults by Shanine Salmon

If the devil is in the detail, David Hare’s old polemic against rail privatisation, Permanent Way, is a satanic ejaculation.

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Monday, September 16, 2019

‘An engaging tale told from a single perspective’: WHAT GIRLS ARE MADE OF – Soho Theatre by Shanine Salmon

Cora Bissett’s What Girls Are Made Of is an engaging story, framed – in truth or hope, as one of naivety, overreach and reinvention. But it’s also a tale told from a single perspective;

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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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