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BWW Review: RUDDYGORE, King's Theatre, Edinburgh BWW Review: RUDDYGORE, King's Theatre, Edinburgh
by Gregor Dickson - March 23, 2017

The Edinburgh Gilbert & Sullivan Society's latest venture combines sparkling performances, modern references and excellent sound design in one of G&S's less well known comic operas.... (more...)
BWW Review: DARK VANILLA JUNGLE, Theatre N16 BWW Review: DARK VANILLA JUNGLE, Theatre N16
by Gary Naylor - March 23, 2017

Philip Ridley's dystopian nightmare has moments of poetry and humour but is ultimately just too relentlessly grim and must be endured rather than enjoyed.... (more...)
BWW Review: FUNNY GIRL, Bristol Hippodrome BWW Review: FUNNY GIRL, Bristol Hippodrome
by Tim Wright - March 23, 2017

'I'm the greatest star, I am by far, but no one knows it' is the claim by aspiring vaudeville music show actress Fanny Brice at the top of Funny Girl.  Fanny is no ordinary showgirl- no 'Miss Atlantic City'. Her gift is to use that backstreet Brooklyn wit on the stage and tear up the rulebook set by... (more...)
BWW Review: I CAPULETI E I MONTECCHI, The Vaults BWW Review: I CAPULETI E I MONTECCHI, The Vaults
by Cindy Marcolina - March 22, 2017

Pop-up Opera are back with a new take on Vincenzo Bellini's I Capuleti e i Montecchi. Shying away from an elitist view of one of the composer's most notable works, the company created an accessible, unpretentious, and smart production.... (more...)
BWW Review: AN AMERICAN IN PARIS, Dominion Theatre BWW Review: AN AMERICAN IN PARIS, Dominion Theatre
by Marianka Swain - March 21, 2017

It's 1945, and Paris is shakily emerging from Nazi occupation - celebrating, yes, with soldiers returning and families reuniting, but also confronting collaborators in their midst and post-war deprivation. Amidst this turmoil, two future lovers meet: an encounter of seismic power.... (more...)
BWW Review: RACHEL TUCKER, Live at Zédel BWW Review: RACHEL TUCKER, Live at Zédel
by Cindy Marcolina - March 21, 2017

Counting credits including We Will Rock You, Wicked, and The Last Ship, Rachel Tucker shows off her vocal range brilliantly, but she is ultimately underwhelming at her limited intimate solo shows at Zedel, giving the impression that a lot more could have been done production-wise.... (more...)
BWW Review: LOVE IN IDLENESS, Menier Chocolate Factory BWW Review: LOVE IN IDLENESS, Menier Chocolate Factory
by Marianka Swain - March 21, 2017

In 1944, Terence Rattigan substantially revised Less Than Kind at the behest of star theatrical couple the Lunts; the result was the less political, more overtly comic Love in Idleness. Now, Trevor Nunn – inspired by Dan Rebellato's introduction in a Nick Hern Books edition of the two versions – has... (more...)
BWW Review: SHIRLEY VALENTINE, Richmond Theatre BWW Review: SHIRLEY VALENTINE, Richmond Theatre
by Aliya Al-Hassan - March 21, 2017

There are few male playwrights who have captured the female psyche as well as Willy Russell. The character of Shirley is both simple and complex. On one hand all she wants is to escape her life of regimented predictability, where her husband Joe demands his steak on a Thursday and the only source of... (more...)
BWW Review: MY BRILLIANT FRIEND PARTS 1 & 2, Rose Theatre BWW Review: MY BRILLIANT FRIEND PARTS 1 & 2, Rose Theatre
by Gary Naylor - March 20, 2017

Naples is brought to London, as we track the extraordinary lives of Lila and Lenu in an adaptation of Elena Ferrante's Neapolitan novels that overreaches itself.... (more...)
BWW Review: THREESOME, Union Theatre BWW Review: THREESOME, Union Theatre
by Gary Naylor - March 19, 2017

Threesome is often crude, sometimes boldly empowering and occasionally shows a glimpse of something more sophisticated emerging, but ultimately falls a little short on laughs.... (more...)
BWW Review: ROMAN TRAGEDIES, Barbican Theatre BWW Review: ROMAN TRAGEDIES, Barbican Theatre
by Gary Naylor - March 18, 2017

Extraordinary, astonishing, unmissable five star production that brings three of Shakespeare's plays up to date in an electrifying production that should not be missed.... (more...)
BWW Review: AFTER PARTY, Pleasance Theatre BWW Review: AFTER PARTY, Pleasance Theatre
by Gary Naylor - March 16, 2017

After Party sees tensions, long since buried, bubble to the surface, as one of the old gang returns from prison to settle old scores and reclaim what he believes to be his.... (more...)
BWW Review: LA CAGE AUX FOLLES, New Wimbledon Theatre BWW Review: LA CAGE AUX FOLLES, New Wimbledon Theatre
by Rona Kelly - March 16, 2017

Literally translated, La Cage aux Folles means 'the cage of mad women'. This seems an apt description for the characters and audience alike in Martin Connor's latest production. Funny and flirty, hysteria sweeps through the women and men in attendance and no doubt will the country, as the musical to... (more...)
BWW Review: PROJECT POLUNIN, Sadler's Wells BWW Review: PROJECT POLUNIN, Sadler's Wells
by Vikki Broad - March 15, 2017

One will rarely see Sadler's Wells brimming with more anticipation than at the premiere of a Sergei Polunin triple bill. Fans will always flock to see the Ukrainian star alongside his real-life partner, Royal Ballet Principal Natalia Osipova. However, Project Polunin feels sadly like the vanity proj... (more...)
BWW Review: SEVENTEEN, Lyric Hammersmith BWW Review: SEVENTEEN, Lyric Hammersmith
by Gary Naylor - March 15, 2017

Seventeen captures a cathartic moment in young people's lives - the last day at school - but does not reach its potential due to a largely lacklustre script.... (more...)
BWW Review: LIMEHOUSE, Donmar Warehouse BWW Review: LIMEHOUSE, Donmar Warehouse
by Gary Naylor - March 14, 2017

Limehouse focuses on the events concerning the founding of the Social Democratic Party (the SDP) and the drafting of the Limehouse Declaration that led to it. Many, many parallels with today's fractured polity.... (more...)
BWW Review: NOT DEAD ENOUGH, Richmond Theatre BWW Review: NOT DEAD ENOUGH, Richmond Theatre
by Aliya Al-Hassan - March 14, 2017

Not Dead Enough is the third novel by best-selling crime writer Peter James to be adapted by Shaun McKenna and directed by Ian Talbot. Brighton socialite Katie Bishop is found raped and murdered in gruesome circumstances. The evidence points to her husband Brian, who claims to have been asleep in hi... (more...)
BWW Review: A DARK NIGHT IN DALSTON, Park Theatre BWW Review: A DARK NIGHT IN DALSTON, Park Theatre
by Debbie Gilpin - March 14, 2017

Stewart Permutt's two-hander is the latest piece to run in Park Theatre's Park90 performance space, running alongside Action To The Word's A Clockwork Orange in Park200. As the play begins it looks like it will be a study on religious intolerance and culture clash, but as it goes on it tries to deal... (more...)
BWW Review: HONEYMOON IN VEGAS, London Palladium BWW Review: HONEYMOON IN VEGAS, London Palladium
by Debbie Gilpin - March 13, 2017

Fresh from the success of The Last Five Years at the former St James Theatre, which culminated in a WhatsOnStage Award for Best Off-West End Production, acclaimed composer Jason Robert Brown last night joined a stellar cast for a one-off concert performance of his Broadway hit Honeymoon In Vegas. Ac... (more...)
BWW Review: OVERTURE LIVE - THE MUSIC OF DANIEL AND LAURA CURTIS, The Hippodrome BWW Review: OVERTURE LIVE - THE MUSIC OF DANIEL AND LAURA CURTIS, The Hippodrome
by Gary Naylor - March 13, 2017

Daniel and Laura Curtis showcase their current album, Overture, and give us a glimpse or two of emerging work, the songs belted out by A list West End performers.... (more...)
BWW Review: THE MISER, Garrick Theatre BWW Review: THE MISER, Garrick Theatre
by Debbie Gilpin - March 13, 2017

Following stints in Bath and Richmond, Sean Foley and Phil Porter's new adaptation of the Moliere classic is now in the West End's Garrick Theatre for a limited run. Whilst it does retain a satirical edge, its main aim is to entertain - and does so in spades.... (more...)
BWW Review: DIE MEISTERSINGER VON NÜRNBERG, Royal Opera House BWW Review: DIE MEISTERSINGER VON NÜRNBERG, Royal Opera House
by Alexandra Coghlan - March 12, 2017

Is it possible that Kasper Holten, Covent Garden's outgoing director of opera, has directed a Meistersinger about himself? It certainly looks a lot like it. This black take on Wagner's sunniest and most humane opera finds doubts and uncertainties at every turn, closing not with a paean to national a... (more...)
BWW Review: WHO'S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF?, Harold Pinter Theatre BWW Review: WHO'S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF?, Harold Pinter Theatre
by Marianka Swain - March 10, 2017

Much has been written about the snack ban instigated by this Edward Albee revival at the behest of its star, Imelda Staunton. No problems on that score: with performances of such scorching intensity sustained over a shattering three hours, audiences will be unwilling to release a breath, let alone d... (more...)
BWW Review: MADE IN INDIA, Soho Theatre BWW Review: MADE IN INDIA, Soho Theatre
by Cindy Marcolina - March 10, 2017

For Eva (Gina Isaac), Aditi (Ulrika Krishnamurti), and Dr Gupta (Syreeta Kumar), the first's desire to have a baby has three distinct meanings: the achievement of a lifetime, a way out of poverty, and capital. Set in a clinic in Gujarat, Western India, these three women come to terms with the politi... (more...)
AN AMERICAN IN PARIS Pirouettes Into The West End AN AMERICAN IN PARIS Pirouettes Into The West End
by Debbie Gilpin - March 10, 2017

Following wildly successful runs in Paris and New York, four-time Tony Award-winning An American in Paris is currently previewing at London's Dominion Theatre and is set to officially open in just over a week's time. It brings with it original cast members Robert Fairchild and Leanne Cope to star as... (more...)