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BWW Review: JAM, Finborough Theatre BWW Review: JAM, Finborough Theatre
by Gary Naylor - May 27, 2017

Jam, Matt Parvin's first play, shows promise but cannot overcome its structural and narrative problems to deliver its full potential.... (more...)
BWW Review: THE MIKADO, Richmond Theatre BWW Review: THE MIKADO, Richmond Theatre
by Gary Naylor - May 25, 2017

The Mikado is as much as ever in this all male version that showcases the great songs with some fine voices.... (more...)
BWW Review: WOYZECK, Old Vic BWW Review: WOYZECK, Old Vic
by Jenny Gilbert - May 25, 2017

The very survival into the 21st century of an unfinished play written by a 23-year-old in 1836 is an extraordinary thing, made more extraordinary by the grimness of its subject. Even to call Georg Buchner's text a play - 'the world's first working-class tragedy' - is a bit of a stretch.... (more...)
BWW Review: AN OCTOROON, Orange Tree Theatre BWW Review: AN OCTOROON, Orange Tree Theatre
by Aliya Al-Hassan - May 25, 2017

An Octoroon is a person who has one-eighth black heritage. In 1850s Louisiana, that meant they are automatically unclean and, ultimately, a slave. Branden Jacobs-Jenkins radically reimagines Dion Boucicault's 1859 play based upon a tragic and rather melodramatic love story between white plantation o... (more...)
BWW Review: TWELFTH NIGHT, Shakespeare's Globe BWW Review: TWELFTH NIGHT, Shakespeare's Globe
by Debbie Gilpin - May 24, 2017

This seems to be the year of Twelfth Night, with the National Theatre's production recently closing and several other touring companies taking it on. But what better place to bring it to life than the Globe, in Emma Rice's 'Summer of Love'? It now plays alongside Daniel Kramer's Romeo and Juliet, ma... (more...)
BWW Review: JULIUS CAESAR, Crucible, Sheffield
by Ruth Deller - May 24, 2017

Robert Hastie's debut at Sheffield Theatres features some electrifying scenes as it sets Julius Caesar in the present-day.... (more...)
BWW Review: THE ISLAND, Tobacco Factory Bristol BWW Review: THE ISLAND, Tobacco Factory Bristol
by Tim Wright - May 24, 2017

"They sentenced me to life, not to death" is the cry from an increasingly broken Winston in this new production of Fugard's The Island. Set on the notorious Robben Island (the infamous place that held Nelson Mandela) during apartheid The Island offers a glimpse into the lives of two inmates- John an... (more...)
BWW Review: THE COLOR PURPLE IN CONCERT, Cadogan Hall BWW Review: THE COLOR PURPLE IN CONCERT, Cadogan Hall
by Andrew Tomlins - May 22, 2017

Having premiered on Broadway in 2005, The Color Purple was first seen on the London stage back in 2013 at the Menier Chocolate Factory. The production, directed by John Doyle, subsequently transferred to Broadway, launching British actress Cynthia Erivo to international stardom.... (more...)
BWW Review: 5 GUYS CHILLIN', King's Head Theatre BWW Review: 5 GUYS CHILLIN', King's Head Theatre
by Cindy Marcolina - May 20, 2017

Peter Darney brings back his highly acclaimed and disturbingly honest 5 Guys Chillin' to King's Head Theatre. After an original run in 2005, the show has touched audiences at Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Dublin Gay Theatre Festival, and the SoHo Playhouse in New York. The play challenges the uncomfort... (more...)
BWW Review: OTHELLO, Wilton's Music Hall BWW Review: OTHELLO, Wilton's Music Hall
by Gary Naylor - May 20, 2017

Othello's extraordinary tapestry of human vulnerabilities, brilliantly woven in Richard Twyman's brutal production, remains as relevant today as ever.... (more...)
BWW Review: BLUSH, Soho Theatre BWW Review: BLUSH, Soho Theatre
by Cindy Marcolina - May 19, 2017

Five people face the shame that comes with being exposed in the digital age: a woman dealing with her younger sister's sex tape being published; a father coming to terms with his daughter's sexuality and his relationship with porn; a scorned woman's revenge on an ex-boyfriend; an app developer's fau... (more...)
BWW Review: LOVE IN IDLENESS, Apollo Theatre BWW Review: LOVE IN IDLENESS, Apollo Theatre
by Rona Kelly - May 19, 2017

The Menier Chocolate Factory is no stranger to transfers, both in the West End and beyond. The Color Purple notably made the jump, and now here's Trevor Nunn's Love in Idleness moving to the Apollo Theatre. But while the love is still palpable, there is a certain idleness to proceedings.... (more...)
BWW Review: TEETH 'N' SMILES, Stockwell Playhouse BWW Review: TEETH 'N' SMILES, Stockwell Playhouse
by Gary Naylor - May 18, 2017

Teeth 'n' Smiles is an early work by Sir David Hare, tracking a punk band's disastrous night playing Jesus College Cambridge's 1978 May Ball.... (more...)
BWW Review: A BRIMFUL OF ASHA, Tobacco Factory Theatres BWW Review: A BRIMFUL OF ASHA, Tobacco Factory Theatres
by Tim Wright - May 18, 2017

'Welcome to my home, well it's not actually my home but for tonight it is' says Asha Jain at the top of A Brimful of Asha. Asha and her son Ravi are inviting us to share an evening with them to tell us a story about Asha's desire for her son to marry a nice Indian girl and settle down. They've even ... (more...)
BWW Review: LETTICE AND LOVAGE, Menier Chocolate Factory BWW Review: LETTICE AND LOVAGE, Menier Chocolate Factory
by Cindy Marcolina - May 18, 2017

Lettice Douffet (Felicity Kendal), a tour guide at Fustian House, has inherited her mother's penchant for theatricality. This inclination leads her to filling the gaps in the boring history of the stately home with embellishments and imaginative stories. Her dismissal by her supervisor Lotte Schoen ... (more...)
BWW Review: THE ADDAMS FAMILY, New Wimbledon Theatre BWW Review: THE ADDAMS FAMILY, New Wimbledon Theatre
by Aliya Al-Hassan - May 17, 2017

Since its first publication as a comic strip in 1938, The Addams Family has seen many incarnations, but did not become a musical until it launched on Broadway in 2010. Now the quirky comedy based on Jersey Boys writers Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice's book, combined with Tony Award nominated Andre... (more...)
BWW Review: LIFE OF GALILEO, Young Vic BWW Review: LIFE OF GALILEO, Young Vic
by Debbie Gilpin - May 16, 2017

A timely revival of the Brecht epic continues the 2017 Young Vic season with a vengeance. Joe Wright directs a wholly modern production, which also features music composed by Tom Rowlands of The Chemical Brothers.... (more...)
BWW Review: OUR LADIES OF PERPETUAL SUCCOUR, Duke of York's Theatre BWW Review: OUR LADIES OF PERPETUAL SUCCOUR, Duke of York's Theatre
by Jenny Gilbert - May 16, 2017

From The Sound of Music to Gareth Malone's The Choir, the redemptive power of choral singing has provided a wealth of feel-good stories. The discipline, the communal spirit, the beauty of the music bring out the best in everyone. Just not the 17-year-old pupils of Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour, a ... (more...)
BWW CD Review: GROUNDHOG DAY THE MUSICAL (Original Broadway Cast Recording) is Charmingly Animated BWW CD Review: GROUNDHOG DAY THE MUSICAL (Original Broadway Cast Recording) is Charmingly Animated
by David Clarke - May 16, 2017

A musical adaptation of 1993's Groundhog Day starring Bill Murray and written by Danny Rubin and Harold Ramis may not seem like the most plumb choice for Broadway. However, the show's score and lyrics by Tim Minchin will make audiences reconsider any doubts they may have had.... (more...)
BWW Review: RICHARD III, Arcola Theatre BWW Review: RICHARD III, Arcola Theatre
by Gary Naylor - May 16, 2017

Greg Hicks' Richard III twists and turns his evil until he's left with nobody to hate, screaming for a horse and escape.... (more...)
BWW Review: THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG, Exeter Northcott Theatre BWW Review: THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG, Exeter Northcott Theatre
by Nicky Sweetland - May 16, 2017

From humble beginnings in a pub in Islington, when a group of LAMDA graduates first conceived Mischief Theatre, the company has gone from strength to strength and following an award winning run in the West End, their first commercially successful comedy offering, The Play That Goes Wrong has recentl... (more...)
BWW Review: FOOTLOOSE, Richmond Theatre BWW Review: FOOTLOOSE, Richmond Theatre
by Aliya Al-Hassan - May 16, 2017

There seem to be something consistently appealing about the music of the 1980s; acts such as Rick Astley and Bananarama seem to attract more concert-goers today than they did in their heyday. It makes sense, therefore, for a revival of a musical featuring such classic hits as 'Holding Out For A Hero... (more...)
BWW Review: HARRY POTTER IN CONCERT, Royal Albert Hall BWW Review: HARRY POTTER IN CONCERT, Royal Albert Hall
by Debbie Gilpin - May 13, 2017

The first in a series of film concerts dedicated to the massively successful Harry Potter film franchise is currently making its way around the world, stopping off for a few days at the historic Royal Albert Hall. It is an experience like no other, with the London Philharmonic Orchestra onstage and ... (more...)
BWW Review: 110 IN THE SHADE, Ye Olde Rose and Crown Theatre BWW Review: 110 IN THE SHADE, Ye Olde Rose and Crown Theatre
by Gary Naylor - May 13, 2017

110 In The Shade is both old-fashioned and bang up to date, full of pleasing songs, fine performances and a heartwarming message of love and hope.... (more...)
BWW Review: LIVING A LITTLE, King's Head Theatre BWW Review: LIVING A LITTLE, King's Head Theatre
by Cindy Marcolina - May 11, 2017

In a zombie-raided Scotland, best friends Paul (Paul Thirkell) and Rob (Finlay Bain) have found refuge in an abandoned flat. Out of luck, they managed to surround themselves with all kinds of comforts, so they've accustomed to a shielded, secure life in their sanctuary away from the horrors of the r... (more...)