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Tuesday, February 12, 2019

FROM DOWN UNDER: Melbourne Theatre Company’s The Lady in the Van review by Simon Parris

Melbourne Theatre Company begins the new year with a showcase for revered actress Miriam Margolyes who takes on the cantankerous title character in Alan Bennett’s The Lady in the Van.

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Monday, February 4, 2019

FROM DOWN UNDER: Melbourne Opera’s The Flying Dutchman by Simon Parris

With confidence and polish that cover all aspects of production, Melbourne Opera takes on another Wagner opera The Flying Dutchman with further success.

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Tuesday, January 29, 2019

‘Inspiring story with a terrific catalogue of hit songs’: TINA THE MUSICAL – West End by Simon Parris

Currently one of London’s hottest tickets, Tina: The Tina Turner Musical is a solid entry in the bio-musical genre, combining an inspiring story with a terrific catalogue of hit songs.

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Sunday, January 27, 2019

‘A simple, heartwarming show’: VIOLET – Charing Cross Theatre by Simon Parris

An ideal choice for an Off-West End season, Violet features an exceptional lead performance from Kaisa Hammarlund.

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Wednesday, January 23, 2019

‘The intimacy adds layers of enjoyment & interest’: FIDDLER ON THE ROOF – Menier Chocolate Factory by Simon Parris

Boiled down to a boutique-scale presentation, Fiddler on the Roof brims with fresh life, gentle humour and impactful drama.

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Monday, January 21, 2019

‘Splendid music is the clear highlight’: THE QUEEN OF SPADES – Royal Opera House by Simon Parris

Splendid music is the clear highlight of an unusual and indulgent staging of Tchaikovsky opera The Queen of Spades, the central concept of which wears thin very quickly.

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Sunday, January 20, 2019

‘Well-rounded programme’: ASPHODEL MEADOW / THE TWO PIGEONS – Royal Opera House by Simon Parris

The Royal Ballet combines a contrasting pairs of works to create a well-rounded mixed programme with Asphodel Meadows/The Two Pigeons.

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Saturday, January 19, 2019

‘A fascinating mix of drama & fantasy’: CAROLINE, OR CHANGE – West End by Simon Parris

The 2004 Broadway musical Caroline, or Change has returned to London’s West End in a slick, entertaining production anchored by a sensational lead performance by Sharon D. Clarke.

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Friday, January 18, 2019

‘Lovingly re-staged & splendidly cast’: LA TRAVIATA – Royal Opera House by Simon Parris

It is hard to begrudge the near annual presence of The Royal Opera’s workhorse production of La Traviata when it is lovingly re-staged and splendidly cast as this 2019 opening night perfor…

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Thursday, January 17, 2019

ON BROADWAY: The Cher Show is ‘full of feathers and factoids’ by Simon Parris

Full of feathers and factoids, hit songs and head dresses, The Cher Show is diverting, if not particularly enlightening, entertainment.

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‘Brings the intricate score to life’: ASPECTS OF LOVE – Southwark Playhouse by Simon Parris

Streamlined staging and a strong ensemble cast allow Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Aspects of Love to be seen in a favourable light.

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Wednesday, January 16, 2019

ON BROADWAY: Fiasco Theater’s Merrily We Roll Along by Simon Parris

Longterm fans of Merrily We Roll Along have every reason to see and enjoy this dynamic version. Newcomers will find the material clearer than may have been the case in previous incarnations.

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Tuesday, January 15, 2019

ON BROADWAY: To Kill A Mockingbird makes for ‘an unforgettable night at the theatre’ by Simon Parris

A towering achievement, To Kill A Mockingbird comforts with nostalgic charm and crackles with potent relevance, the deft combination of which makes for an unforgettable night at the theatre.

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Saturday, January 12, 2019

ON BROADWAY: The Prom is ‘a lovingly crafted explosion of good will & hilarity’ by Simon Parris

A lovingly crafted explosion of good will and hilarity, The Prom holds it place alongside the great musical comedies of the new millennium.

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Friday, January 11, 2019

BROADWAY: Clueless the Musical ‘needs a magic ingredient to make it fly’ by Simon Parris

On paper, the blue-chip title, solid production values and enthusiastic young cast should be enough to make Clueless the Musical a hit, yet the new Off-Broadway musical is missing the ever e…

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Thursday, January 10, 2019

NEW YORK: Met Opera’s Adriana Lecouvreur by Simon Parris

An extraordinary cast and an intelligent staging combine for a wonderful season of Adriana Lecouvreur at the Met.

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Wednesday, January 9, 2019

‘Inoffensive crowd-pleasing merriment’: THE BAND – West End & Touring by Simon Parris

A slender scenario in search of a storyline, new musical The Band at least has a solid gold score, utilising the extensive pop catalogue of superstar 1990s boy band Take That.

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Tuesday, January 8, 2019

‘Still excites & shocks’: MATTHEW BOURNE’S SWAN LAKE – Sadler’s Wells by Simon Parris

Iconic modern dance favourite Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake makes a welcome return in a freshly re-polished staging. Seeing at least one production by New Adventures each year has made it cle…

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Monday, January 7, 2019

‘A landmark play for the ages’: THE INHERITANCE – West End by Simon Parris

Sweeping in scope, yet intimate and highly personal in detail, Matthew Lopez’s masterwork The Inheritance balances humour, history and heartbreak to haunting effect.

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Friday, January 4, 2019

FROM DOWN UNDER: Peter Pan Goes Wrong in Melbourne by Simon Parris

With physical humour, highbrow theatrical humour, lowbrow theatrical humour, musical theatre moments, live stunts and more, Peter Pan Goes Wrong is highly recommended for fun-loving families…

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Thursday, January 3, 2019

‘Fresh, funny & altogether fabulous’: COMPANY – West End by Simon Parris

Exemplifying the meaning of the term “revival”, Marianne Elliott delivers a brand new take on classic concept musical Company that is fresh, funny and altogether fabulous.

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Friday, December 28, 2018

FROM DOWN UNDER: Opera Australia’s Evita in Melbourne by Simon Parris

In much the same way that the history of Broadway is peppered with legendary performances, years from now Australian theatregoers will ask each other if they saw Tina Arena in Evita.

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Thursday, December 20, 2018

‘Andrew Lloyd Webber dominated the Melbourne scene’: Musical Theatre Year in Review 2018 by Simon Parris

Five decades into his storied career, Andrew Lloyd Webber dominated the Melbourne musical theatre scene in 2018.

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Tuesday, December 18, 2018

FROM DOWN UNDER: The Australian Ballet’s Coppélia – Touring by Simon Parris

The Australian Ballet continues their cleverly conceived Storytime Ballet series with Coppélia, an ideal first ballet for young audiences.

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Wednesday, December 5, 2018

FROM DOWN UNDER: Rent in Melbourne by Simon Parris

Youthful energy and intelligent direction burn brightly in this exhilarating new production of evergreen modern classic Rent in Melbourne.

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Thursday, November 22, 2018

FROM DOWN UNDER: Melbourne Theatre Company’s Twelfth Night by Simon Parris

Gorgeous design, cunning direction and a dreamy cast combine for the pure pleasure of Twelfth Night, an early Christmas present from Melbourne Theatre Company.

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Thursday, November 15, 2018

FROM DOWN UNDER: Opera Australia’s Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg by Simon Parris

The sterling result of the determined and loving labours of countless talents, Opera Australia’s Melbourne presentation of Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg is a shimmering musical and visua…

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Tuesday, November 13, 2018

FROM DOWN UNDER: Mandy Patinkin in Concert in Melbourne by Simon Parris

On an ordinary Sunday, Melbourne theatregoers were treated to the extraordinary talent Broadway legend Mandy Patinkin.

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Saturday, November 10, 2018

FROM DOWN UNDER: School of Rock the Musical in Melbourne by Simon Parris

It’s Melbourne’s turn to climb to the top of Mount Rock, as feel-good phenomenon School of Rock makes its blistering Australian debut.

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Friday, November 9, 2018

FROM DOWN UNDER: Opera Australia’s La Bohème in Melbourne by Simon Parris

In its third Melbourne appearance, Opera Australia’s splendid 2011 production of La Bohème is as appealing as ever.

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Monday, November 5, 2018

FROM DOWN UNDER: Melbourne Theatre Company’s Astroman by Simon Parris

Brimming with warmth and heart, world premiere play Astroman takes audiences back to the 1980s in an all too rare familial focus on First Peoples of Australia.

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