Friday, November 24, 2017

NEWS: @MichaelGrandage announces two new productions for 2018 by Press Releases

With their production of Labour of Love about to complete its run, the Michael Grandage Company (MGC) today announces two new productions for 2018 – Red by John Logan, and The Lieutenant o…

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Thursday, November 23, 2017

FEATURED SHOW: EdFringe award-winning Ordinary Days revival transfers triumphantly Drayton Arms by Press Releases

Got your tickets yet? Streetlights People's acclaimed production of Adam Gwon's 2009 Off-Broadway hit ORDINARY DAYS has returned to London after its award-winning success at this year's Edin…

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FROM DOWN UNDER: The Last Five Years by Simon Parris

A new collective of committed artists breathes fresh life into independent musical theatre favourite The Last Five Years with an immersive, music-centric production.

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THE LITTLE MERMAID – Touring ★★★★★ by Olivia Mitchell

The staging and costumes are stunning, with the colours and fabrics perfectly reflecting the magical dwellers of the sea and the hard solid land. Absolutely transporting the audience to the …

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WE ARE THE LIONS, MR MANAGER – Touring by Daniel Perks

Neil Gore’s retelling of this story is one equally full of passion and guts; one which honours and pays homage to a poignant moment in socialist history.

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‘A musical for today’: EVERYBODY’S TALKING ABOUT JAMIE – West End by Ian Foster

Written by Dan Gillespie Sells and Tom MacRae and adapted from a BBC documentary, Jamie casts off the archetypal coming out and gay bashing stories (though not completely ignoring them) in f…

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GLENGARRY GLEN ROSS – West End ★★★ by Caroline Hanks-Farmer

David Mamet’s obscenity-strewn script won a Pulitzer Prize in its day and it is easy to see why. Amidst the coarse language, this tale of desperate real estate agents is a testosterone-fil…

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INSIDE PUSSY RIOT – Saatchi Gallery by Ian Foster

How far can immersive theatre push you? How far should immersive theatre push you? The disclaimer for Les Enfants Terribles’ Inside Pussy Riot warns us it is "not for the faint hearted, co…

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NEWS: Bush Theatre announces four premieres in 2018 season & three-year BAMER initiative by Press Releases

The Bush Theatre has today announced its new 2018 season. Highlights include: Eight plays announced – including two new commissions, three world premieres and one UK premiere This seaso…

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TWELFTH NIGHT – Stratford-upon-Avon (RSC) ★★★★ by Debbie Gilpin

Following in the footsteps of Emma Rice’s production of the same play in her final summer season at the Globe, director Christopher Luscombe moves from Nell Gwynn’s 17th century setting …

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Wednesday, November 22, 2017

EVERYBODY’S TALKING ABOUT JAMIE – West End ★★★★★ by Olivia Mitchell

Based on real life events, it tells the story of 16-year-old Jamie New, who's dreams are a little different to his classmates. Chronicling the struggles of growing up, issues with family and…

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LEGALLY BLONDE – Touring ★★★★ by Caroline Hanks-Farmer

Based on the 2001 film of the same name, it is the heartwarming tale of Elle Woods, a rich, blonde, airhead sorority girl from California who follows her snake of an ex-boyfriend to Harvard …

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Top 5 reasons to see: Disney’s Aladdin by Emma Clarendon

At the beginning of the week Love London Love Culture paid a visit to see Aladdin The Musical – here’s five reasons why you should see it.

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REAL MAGIC – Platform Theatre ★★★ by Caroline Hanks-Farmer

Real Magic is definitely a show that makes you think; or rather, forces you to think. A parody of humanity which just continues to surprise you with its slapstick jokes, sexual innuendos and…

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The House of Bernarda Alba – Cervantes Theatre ★★★★ by Michael Davis

The play subliminally hints at the insuperable attraction between men and women, that no conditioning can overcome. The non-verbal lure of the masculine ‘other’ calls to the women.

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INSIDE PUSSY RIOT – Saatchi Gallery by Michael Davis

Even though officially the oppressive Soviet regime ended at the end of 1992, under Vladimir Putin’s leadership the practises of the KGB era still endure and in terms of the sorts of civil…

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QUIZ – Chichester by Maryam Philpott

It’s a layered story that opens with a pub quiz, setting the scene for the world of obsessive competition fanatics, laying a direct trail from that bar to the gameshow hot-seat.

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NEWS: Debut musical SIX remixes Henry VIII’s wives as a pop concert the Arts Theatre by Press Releases

From Tudor queens to pop princesses, the six wives of Henry VIII sing their way out of the history books and into the spotlight in the professional premiere of SIX, which runs at the West En…

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THE DARK ROOM – Theatre503 ★★★★ by Debbie Gilpin

What is really clever about this play is how it manages to layer up the separate plots and points in time. There is one set (a cheap-looking motel room with a small bathroom and cupboard) an…

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THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST – Jack Studio Theatre ★★★★ by Jonathan Baz

As one of Oscar Wilde’s most famous plays, one wonders if The Importance of Being Earnest's aged humour and possibly outdated social values will stand the test of time. Thankfully, here, i…

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Tuesday, November 21, 2017

TRESTLE – Southwark Playhouse ★★★★ by Carole Woddis

Stewart Pringle’s Harry and Denise fortuitously keep meeting over the trestle table in the local village hall rented out for evening classes and meetings. Harry is one of the backbone-of-t…

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INSIDE PUSSY RIOT – Saatchi Gallery by Laura Kressly

Les Enfants Terrible, a company now synonymous with this experience-based immersive theatre, take us through white-walled holding cells, to a cathedral with neon Donald Trump and Putin effig…

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PHOENIX RISING – Smithfield Meat Market ★★★★ by Michael Davis

Phoenix Rising isn’t your average play. Written by Andrew Day and directed by Maggie Norris, it takes place in an underground car park beneath Smithfield meat market and uses the whole are…

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THE END OF HISTORY – Tristan Bates Theatre by Ian Foster

At the heart of it, Iain Hollingshead and Timothy Muller's new musical has an interesting conceit - exploring the history of the 20th century (at least, from 1919 to 1989) through the experi…

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FROM DOWN UNDER: Muriel’s Wedding the Musical by Simon Parris

The long-awaited Great Australian Musical has finally arrived. By turns hilarious and heart-rending, Muriel’s Wedding the Musical is as meticulously crafted and brilliantly performed as th…

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SPAMALOT – Touring by Emma Clarendon

Adapted from the original Monthy Python and the Holy Grail film that is considered to be one of the best Monty Python films, Spamalot really captures the spirit of the original film and the …

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LA CASA DE BERNARDA ALBA – Cervantes Theatre by Shanine Salmon

The Cervantes Theatre’s current staging of Lorca's classic, alternating between English and Spanish, is a powerful and deeply humane examination of the effects of ruling through oppression…

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TIGER BAY – Cardiff by Ian Foster

Director Melly Still fills her stage with a cast of nearly 40 and Anna Fleischle's looming industrial design, whilst a 15-piece orchestra led by David Mahoney fleshes out Daf James' bold sco…

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Album Review: Leading Ladies – Songs From The Stage by Ian Foster

Across the 14 tracks of the collection, there's a variety of approaches as they tackle songs from a wide range of musicals. Each singer gets a couple of solo numbers, and they all chip in wi…

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NETWORK – National Theatre by Shanine Salmon

vo van Hove’s production, starring Bryan Cranston in the iconic Peter Finch role, makes the case for itself by inviting audience identification with Beale’s angry, uncensored, unedited, …

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Monday, November 20, 2017

FROM DOWN UNDER: The Merry Widow by Simon Parris

Merrier than ever, The Merry Widow returns in a decadent new production: The 1920s art deco update is a completely natural fit for the Widow’s world, placing the pleasure-loving characters…

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