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BWW Review: OBSESSION, Barbican BWW Review: OBSESSION, Barbican
by Marianka Swain - April 26, 2017

'Everybody wants passion,' says Ivo van Hove in the programme interview for his latest show, but in both tone and aesthetic, his take on this doomed romance is less red-hot fire of ardour, more the cold, grey ash left in the wake of a consuming flame. It's intermittently beautiful and thoughtful, bu... (more...)
BWW Review: ALICE'S ADVENTURES UNDERGROUND, The Vaults BWW Review: ALICE'S ADVENTURES UNDERGROUND, The Vaults
by Aliya Al-Hassan - April 26, 2017

Following the sell-out run in 2015 at The Vaults deep under Waterloo Station, Les Enfants Terribles' and ebp bring their Olivier award nominated Alice's Adventures Underground back to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Lewis Carroll's beloved book. Less like a gentle retelling of the story and more ... (more...)
BWW Review: THE BRAILLE LEGACY, Charing Cross Theatre BWW Review: THE BRAILLE LEGACY, Charing Cross Theatre
by Gary Naylor - April 25, 2017

The Braille Legacy tells the story of Louis Braille's fight for his system that allowed blind people to read by touch - music good, but book and lyrics lack excitement.... (more...)
BWW Review: ABIGAIL'S PARTY, Richmond Theatre BWW Review: ABIGAIL'S PARTY, Richmond Theatre
by Aliya Al-Hassan - April 25, 2017

Mike Leigh wrote his most famous play, Abigail's Party, 40 years ago, as a reaction to the boom in consumerism after the war and as a general commentary at the absurdism of class aspiration. Set in a suburban 70s house, Beverly and her staid estate agent husband Laurence are hosting that most potent... (more...)
BWW Review: THE PHILANTHROPIST, Trafalgar Studios BWW Review: THE PHILANTHROPIST, Trafalgar Studios
by Marianka Swain - April 24, 2017

Christopher Hampton's 1969 take on Moliere's The Misanthrope is often played with actors older than their characters, but director Simon Callow has recruited some of TV's bright young things to play the solipsistic academics. It may well attract new audiences to the West End, but this uncomfortable ... (more...)
BWW Review: NUCLEAR WAR, Royal Court BWW Review: NUCLEAR WAR, Royal Court
by Gary Naylor - April 24, 2017

Nuclear War comprises elements of drama, dance, mime and song to create a dystopian vision of an alienating present that seemed both overly familiar and hazily unfocused.... (more...)
BWW Review: AFTER YOU, Live at Zedel BWW Review: AFTER YOU, Live at Zedel
by Aliya Al-Hassan - April 24, 2017

After You is the first musical to be performed at The Crazy Coqs venue, deep under Piccadilly Circus at Brasserie Zedel in London's West End. Childhood friends and musical collaborators Katie Lam and Alex Parker were commissioned to create a musical specifically for the venue and the result is a tim... (more...)
BWW Review: NELL GWYNN, King's Theatre, Edinburgh BWW Review: NELL GWYNN, King's Theatre, Edinburgh
by Gregor Dickson - April 21, 2017

Jessica Swale's play about the unlikely heroine who went from lowly orange seller to national treasure features a stand-out titular performance by Laura Pitt-Pulford.... (more...)
BWW Review: WHISPER HOUSE, The Other Palace BWW Review: WHISPER HOUSE, The Other Palace
by Gary Naylor - April 19, 2017

Whisper House comprises some lovely songs beautifully sung, but lacks the narrative drive one expects in musical theatre.... (more...)
BWW Review: THREADS, The Hope Theatre BWW Review: THREADS, The Hope Theatre
by Cindy Marcolina - April 14, 2017

After breaking up five years prior, Charlie (Samuel Lawrence) writes a quite melodramatic letter to Vic (Katharine Davenport), his ex-girlfriend, confessing how he is dead inside, and how he almost feels as if he were rotting away. He is a medical mystery, his heart is not pumping any blood and his ... (more...)
BWW Review: 2 BECOME 1, King's Head Theatre BWW Review: 2 BECOME 1, King's Head Theatre
by Gary Naylor - April 13, 2017

It's back to the 90s at the King's Head for a show brimming with that decade's biggest hits sung wonderfully well.... (more...)
BWW Review: AUDRA MCDONALD, Leicester Square Theatre BWW Review: AUDRA MCDONALD, Leicester Square Theatre
by Marianka Swain - April 13, 2017

Six-time Tony winner and reigning Queen of Broadway - plus 'Olivier Award…presenter', jokes partner-in-crime Seth Rudetsky in his introduction (though surely that's just a matter of time, with her Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill coming to Wyndham's this summer) - lauded actress and singer Audra ... (more...)
BWW Review: THE CRUCIBLE, Richmond Theatre BWW Review: THE CRUCIBLE, Richmond Theatre
by Aliya Al-Hassan - April 13, 2017

Arthur Miller's The Crucible was written in response to the McCarthy-era in America, as an allegory for the witch hunts against supposed communists. The presidential order resulted in an obsession with exposing the 'red under the bed', destroying friendships and disrupting communities with fear and ... (more...)
BWW Review: CAROUSEL, London Coliseum BWW Review: CAROUSEL, London Coliseum
by Nicky Sweetland - April 12, 2017

The English National Opera (ENO) have been criticised in recent years for their staging of musicals. The last two years have seen the company-whose home is the London Coliseum-score huge success with their adaptations of Sweeney Todd and Sunset Boulevard (which starred Hollywood icon Glen Close) and... (more...)
BWW Review: 46 BEACON, Trafalgar Studios BWW Review: 46 BEACON, Trafalgar Studios
by Cindy Marcolina - April 11, 2017

Bill Rosenfield premieres his play 46 Beacon in the United Kingdom with director Alexander Lass at the helm. His tale of identity, pride, and becoming is warm and viciously funny at Trafalgar Studios.... (more...)
On the Red Carpet and Behind the Scenes at the Olivier Awards 2017 On the Red Carpet and Behind the Scenes at the Olivier Awards 2017
by Debbie Gilpin - April 09, 2017

The sun and stars were out at the same time this afternoon as London's theatre community descended upon the Royal Albert Hall for this year's Olivier Awards. With excitement high, the nominees, presenters and guests were all keen to share their hopes and predictions for the evening ahead.... (more...)
BWW Review: MACBETH, Jack Studio Theatre BWW Review: MACBETH, Jack Studio Theatre
by Gary Naylor - April 09, 2017

Macbeth's grim pursuit of power, with his Lady prompting and then agonising in the background, is brought to life in this low budget, committed production.... (more...)
BWW Review: FIDDLER ON THE ROOF, King's Theatre, Edinburgh BWW Review: FIDDLER ON THE ROOF, King's Theatre, Edinburgh
by Gregor Dickson - April 08, 2017

Edinburgh Music Theatre's return to the King's Theatre doesn't disappoint, with Bock's music and Harnick's lyrics portrayed clearly and passionately.... (more...)
BWW Review: THE WINTER'S TALE, Barbican BWW Review: THE WINTER'S TALE, Barbican
by Cindy Marcolina - April 07, 2017

In the Barbican's vast space, Cheek by Jowl presents their formidable, modern-dress take on Shakespeare's account of blind jealousy, suspicion, abandonment, loss, and young love. The company is back for the first time since their 2015 Measure for Measure, as part of a new global tour.... (more...)
BWW Review: SISTER ACT, Playhouse Theatre, Edinburgh BWW Review: SISTER ACT, Playhouse Theatre, Edinburgh
by Gregor Dickson - April 07, 2017

Alexandra Burke leads a strong ensemble in director Craig Revel Horwood's re-imagining of the hit West End and Broadway musical, which features a tuneful score by Alan Menken.... (more...)
BWW Review: EXPENSIVE SHIT, Soho Theatre BWW Review: EXPENSIVE SHIT, Soho Theatre
by Cindy Marcolina - April 06, 2017

Written and directed by Adura Onashile, Expensive Shit is not afraid to show an uncomfortable truth. Going back and forth between Lagos in 1994 and Glasgow in 2013, the play revolves around Tolu, a toilet attendant, and her relationship to women and men around her.... (more...)
BWW Review: THE GOAT, OR WHO IS SYLVIA?, Theatre Royal Haymarket BWW Review: THE GOAT, OR WHO IS SYLVIA?, Theatre Royal Haymarket
by Marianka Swain - April 06, 2017

The late, great Edward Albee is certainly having a West End 'moment', but it rather places this particular revival at a disadvantage, comparing unfavourably as it does with the shattering, unforgettable Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? a few streets away.... (more...)
BWW Review: THE HYPOCRITE, Swan Theatre BWW Review: THE HYPOCRITE, Swan Theatre
by Tim Wright - April 06, 2017

"You'd let everyone have the vote? Imagine what idiots would get elected then" is one of many knowing jokes from Richard Bean's latest farce The Hypocrite. We're following the roguish Sir John Hotham, Governor of Hull and MP for Beverley as he tries to sense which way the wind is blowing on the eve ... (more...)
BWW Review: MATTHEW BOURNE'S EARLY ADVENTURES, Sadler's Wells BWW Review: MATTHEW BOURNE'S EARLY ADVENTURES, Sadler's Wells
by Jenny Gilbert - April 05, 2017

If Matthew Bourne had set out to produce a dance show to express the sentiments of Brexit, he couldn't have done it more effectively than this. The fact that Early Adventures is a mixed bag of pieces he made almost 30 years ago is by the by: two thirds of the evening is a fond and gently satirical e... (more...)
BWW Review: CONSENT, National Theatre BWW Review: CONSENT, National Theatre
by Marianka Swain - April 05, 2017

Amidst the middle-class small talk between two couples, one reeling from the arrival of a new baby, comes a shocking confession: 'I've been raping pensioners.' What kind of monsters are we dealing with here? Well, legal ones - it's barrister speak. Having tackled the NHS in Tiger Country, Nina Raine... (more...)