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BWW Review: I LOVED LUCY, Arts Theatre BWW Review: I LOVED LUCY, Arts Theatre
by Gary Naylor - July 25, 2017

I Loved Lucy returns to the West End with a change in tone, but retaining its charm and its pathos with another incandescent star performance from Sandra Dickinson.... (more...)
BWW Review: OLIVER TWIST, Regent's Park Open Air Theatre BWW Review: OLIVER TWIST, Regent's Park Open Air Theatre
by Aliya Al-Hassan - July 24, 2017

There is much about Charles Dickens' Classic tale Oliver Twist to recommend it to children; the comic pomposity of Mr Bumble, the sinister actions of Fagin, the cheekiness of the Artful Dodger and, of course, the adventures and eventual salvation of poor orphan Oliver.... (more...)
BWW Review: TIMBERLINA, Latitude Festival BWW Review: TIMBERLINA, Latitude Festival
by Rona Kelly - July 23, 2017

At a festival with more Waitrose Bag for Lifes and recycling bins than toilets, Timberlina proves to be a fitting end to Latitude. Tackling the "impending environmental catastrophe", Timberlina is an alt-drag act come eco-warrior come role model.... (more...)
BWW Review: TESSA COATES: PRIMATES, Latitude Festival BWW Review: TESSA COATES: PRIMATES, Latitude Festival
by Rona Kelly - July 23, 2017

What do you do with a BA in Anthropology? Become a stand-up comedian. Armed with the knowledge of how to analyse the history of the human race, Tessa Coates examines the phenomenon that is modern day man, woman and Billy Elliots in Primates.... (more...)
BWW Review: THE NATURE OF FORGETTING, Latitude Festival BWW Review: THE NATURE OF FORGETTING, Latitude Festival
by Rona Kelly - July 23, 2017

Following a sold-out run at the London International Mime Festival earlier this year, Theatre Re played to yet another full crowd in the Theatre Tent at Latitude Festival. Telling a story of love and loss through memory and movement, The Nature of Forgetting is a visually stunning production you won... (more...)
BWW Review: LOLA AND JO: FOCUS ON, Latitude Festival BWW Review: LOLA AND JO: FOCUS ON, Latitude Festival
by Rona Kelly - July 23, 2017

Returning to the Edinburgh Fringe for their second year, Lola and Jo want to try out some of their new sketches. Having recruited market research company FocusOn, Latitude Festival seems the perfect focus group. Experimenting with the form of sketch comedy, the focus group and audience response was ... (more...)
BWW Review: TANGUERA, Sadler's Wells BWW Review: TANGUERA, Sadler's Wells
by Vikki Jane Vile - July 22, 2017

Tango sensation, Tanguera first premiered fifteen years ago in Buenos Aires promising an authentic take on the provocative and sensual spectacle with a thirty strong ensemble cast. Unlike the frequently seen Tango showcases of recent times, Tanguera tells a story. It sometimes chooses to drop and pi... (more...)
BWW Review: SIMON ARMITAGE, Latitude Festival BWW Review: SIMON ARMITAGE, Latitude Festival
by Rona Kelly - July 22, 2017

So far, coverage of Latitude Festival has included theatre, music and comedy. At this point, a change of pace was needed. In the Speakeasy, poet Simon Armitage made for some easy (but also hard for others) listening. Reading from The Unaccompanied, this poetry collection explores 'a world on the bri... (more...)
BWW Review: GOODBEAR, Latitude Festival BWW Review: GOODBEAR, Latitude Festival
by Rona Kelly - July 22, 2017

Check in for an eclectic evening of entertainment with Goodbear. Playing the Cabaret Tent at Latitude Festival, we met a whole host of characters in this hotel based sketch show. It's like American Horror Story: Hotel meets Fawlty Towers: scarily funny.... (more...)
BWW Review: WHAT WE WISHED FOR, Sheffield Crucible Theatre BWW Review: WHAT WE WISHED FOR, Sheffield Crucible Theatre
by Pippa Stacey - July 21, 2017

A compelling fusion of traditional fairy tales with contemporary society, What We Wished For, by Sheffield People's Theatre, follows the journey of community members in modern-day Sheffield, as they struggle to fight back against a mysterious invasion of Wolves that instil fear and threaten their po... (more...)
BWW Review: MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING, Shakespeare's Globe BWW Review: MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING, Shakespeare's Globe
by Debbie Gilpin - July 20, 2017

Matthew Dunster brings some desert sun to a so far patchy summer, with his Mexican inspired production of Much Ado About Nothing. It truly is the beating heart of the Summer of Love, running until the end of the season alongside first Twelfth Night, then King Lear and Boudica.... (more...)
BWW Review: MUMFORD & SONS, Latitude Festival BWW Review: MUMFORD & SONS, Latitude Festival
by Rona Kelly - July 20, 2017

Mumford & Sons makes a triumphant return to Latitude Festival, having first played in 2010. After all these years, audiences proved that they would wait, they would wait for them. An evening full of fun and friends, Mumford & Sons proved that they indeed are worth the wait.... (more...)
BWW Review: DICKIE BEAU: RE-MEMBER ME, Latitude Festival BWW Review: DICKIE BEAU: RE-MEMBER ME, Latitude Festival
by Rona Kelly - July 19, 2017

'Speak the speech, I pray you, as I pronounced it to you: trippingly on the tongue.' Without uttering almost a single word until the final scene, Dickie Beau speaks volumes in his latest show. Mixing mediums, lip synching and Shakespeare, Dickie Beau: Re-Member Me is an eclectic Hamlet mixtape.... (more...)
BWW Review: DESSERT, Southwark Playhouse BWW Review: DESSERT, Southwark Playhouse
by Alistair Wilkinson - July 19, 2017

Glorious furniture decorates the stage, with 15th-century Venetian paintings hanging from the walls. A butler pours expensive wine and the four dinner guests congratulate him on cooking delicious food. Dessert is on its way, as is a night the five of them will never forget. Oliver Cotton's new play ... (more...)
BWW Review: DISCO PIGS, Trafalgar Studios BWW Review: DISCO PIGS, Trafalgar Studios
by Cindy Marcolina - July 19, 2017

Director John Haidar marks the 20th anniversary of Enda Walsh's award-winning Disco Pigs with a cracking new production at Trafalgar Studios. Premiered at the 1997 Edinburgh Fringe Festival, the play depicts the peculiar universe created by Pig and Runt in Cork City. Born at the same time on the sam... (more...)
BWW Review: TWILIGHT SONG, Park Theatre BWW Review: TWILIGHT SONG, Park Theatre
by Alistair Wilkinson - July 18, 2017

When we think of Kevin Elyot, one of the first things that comes to mind is his magnificent 1994 comedy My Night with Reg, a touching play about gay lives revived at the Donmar Warehouse in 2015. Elyot's first play, Coming Clean, is about to be staged at The King's Head in a week's time, and now his... (more...)
BWW Review: HOT DUB TIME MACHINE, Latitude Festival BWW Review: HOT DUB TIME MACHINE, Latitude Festival
by Rona Kelly - July 17, 2017

'If I could turn back time, if I could find a way…' Well, now you can. Hot Dub Time Machine is a touring musical event of theatrical proportions, bringing the songs of yesteryear into the 21st century through DJ-ing and digital media.... (more...)
BWW Review: VOICES OF THE AMAZON, Latitude Festival BWW Review: VOICES OF THE AMAZON, Latitude Festival
by Rona Kelly - July 16, 2017

What an introduction to Latitude: entering a world unlike anything you've seen or heard before. And I'm not even talking about the Faraway Forest. From Sister's Grimm, Voices of the Amazon immerses audiences in the sights and sound of the Amazon. However, despite stunning choreography, the productio... (more...)
BWW Review: TOUCH, Soho Theatre BWW Review: TOUCH, Soho Theatre
by Marianka Swain - July 14, 2017

Neat freaks beware: Touch is your ultimate nightmare. This latest offering from DryWrite, the company that launched the now stratospheric Fleabag, centres on another woman with a chaotic personal life - this time, mirrored by the symphony of filth that is her cramped bedsit.... (more...)
BWW Review: A TALE OF TWO CITIES, Regent's Park Open Air Theatre BWW Review: A TALE OF TWO CITIES, Regent's Park Open Air Theatre
by Debbie Gilpin - July 14, 2017

'It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.' The opening line of Charles Dickens' classic novel seems quite apt in describing the current Regent's Park Open Air Theatre's season to date. With On the Town beset by injuries before it even started, its current production of A Tale of Two Citi... (more...)
BWW Review: BODIES, Royal Court BWW Review: BODIES, Royal Court
by Aliya Al-Hassan - July 14, 2017

How far would you go to have a baby? What and who would you overlook to make it happen? Vivienne Franzmann has never shied away from controversial subjects in her plays. The 2012, critically acclaimed play The Witness explored the exploitative nature of photojournalism and Pests was based on heroin ... (more...)
BWW Review: COMMITTEE... (A New Musical), Donmar Warehouse BWW Review: COMMITTEE... (A New Musical), Donmar Warehouse
by Rona Kelly - July 13, 2017

The line between the dramatic world on stage and the real world off stage can seem very thin. Shows written hundreds of years ago speak to today; others hit even closer to home, depicting actual events happening right now. The latest offering from the Donmar Warehouse speaks to the latter. Setting t... (more...)
BWW Review: BREXODUS! THE MUSICAL, The Other Palace BWW Review: BREXODUS! THE MUSICAL, The Other Palace
by Emma Watkins - July 12, 2017

Even if you're not in the UK you'd have to have been living under a rock for the past couple of years to have missed the headlines about Brexit. It was inevitable that it would eventually lead to productions such as Brexodus! The Musical.... (more...)
BWW Review: QUEEN ANNE, Theatre Royal Haymarket BWW Review: QUEEN ANNE, Theatre Royal Haymarket
by Marianka Swain - July 11, 2017

Game of Thrones returns this weekend, but those hungry for political machinations and manipulations can also find a feast of them in Helen Edmundson's 2015 stealth thriller about a little-known 18th-century English monarch and her courtly advisors' jockeying for influence. With plenty of resonance f... (more...)
BWW Review: YANK!, Charing Cross Theatre BWW Review: YANK!, Charing Cross Theatre
by Debbie Gilpin - July 11, 2017

With this year's Pride still fresh in Londoners' minds, there couldn't be a more appropriate time for Joseph and David Zellnik's musical about gay US soldiers in World War Two to open in central London. It runs not far away from another high profile LGBT production, Rotterdam, which will finish its ... (more...)