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BWW Review: HYMN: SARAH BRIGHTMAN IN CONCERT, Royal Albert Hall PhotoBWW Review: HYMN: SARAH BRIGHTMAN IN CONCERT, Royal Albert Hall
Posted: Nov. 12, 2019


BWW Review: THE SNOWMAN, Peacock Theatre PhotoBWW Review: THE SNOWMAN, Peacock Theatre
Posted: Nov. 24, 2019


BWW Interview: Joe Sugg Talks WAITRESS at the Aldephi Theatre PhotoJoe Sugg Talks WAITRESS
Posted: Sep. 12, 2019


BWW Review: JEEVES & WOOSTER IN PERFECT NONSENSE, Tacchi-Morris Arts Centre PhotoBWW Review: JEEVES & WOOSTER IN PERFECT NONSENSE, Tacchi-Morris Arts Centre
Posted: Feb. 21, 2020


BWW Review: FAME, Peacock Theatre PhotoBWW Review: FAME, Peacock Theatre
Posted: Sep. 13, 2019


BWW Review: LAST NIGHT OF THE PROMS, Royal Albert Hall PhotoBWW Review: LAST NIGHT OF THE PROMS, Royal Albert Hall
Posted: Sep. 15, 2019


BWW Review: PROM 50: ORCHESTRE DE PARIS, Royal Albert Hall PhotoBWW Review: PROM 50: ORCHESTRE DE PARIS, Royal Albert Hall
Posted: Aug. 28, 2019


BWW Review: JEEVES & WOOSTER IN PERFECT NONSENSE, Tacchi-Morris Arts Centre
February 21, 2020

Barn Theatre's production of Jeeves & Wooster in Perfect Nonsense stopped off at the Tacchi-Morris Arts Centre in Taunton, Somerset, for two nights during its UK tour. Based on P. G. Wodehouse's book The Code of the Woosters, Andrew Ashford (Jeeves) and Matthew Cavendish (Wooster) have big shoes to fill, bringing such well-loved characters to life.

BWW Review: THE SNOWMAN, Peacock Theatre
November 24, 2019

The Snowman has been performed at the Peacock Theatre for Christmas for over 20 years and continues to charm audiences of all ages. For many families, it seems to mark the beginning of the Christmas season. It's also clearly a lot of children's first experience of theatre, with a significant number of babies and toddlers watching.

BWW Review: HYMN: SARAH BRIGHTMAN IN CONCERT, Royal Albert Hall
November 12, 2019

Sarah Brightman returned to the UK for her first performance in nearly 15 years. It had been more than two decades since she headlined the Albert Hall, and you could tell she was excited to return.

BWW Review: LAST NIGHT OF THE PROMS, Royal Albert Hall
September 15, 2019

The Last Night of the Proms is the culmination of the world's biggest musical festival. It's less a concert, more a cultural experience. The Royal Albert Hall is transformed with flags, banners, balloons and a tangible party atmosphere. The occasional glimpse of an inflatable flamingo or helium parrot just added to the evening's charm and eccentricity.

BWW Review: FAME, Peacock Theatre
September 13, 2019

Billed as the 'definitive 30th anniversary tour', Nick Winston's production of Fame - now playing at the Peacock Theatre - is celebrating the stage adaptation of the 1980 film. It's had seven West End productions in that time, and Winston wants to appeal to three decades' worth of fans who have encountered the story through film, television or theatre.

BWW Interview: Joe Sugg Talks WAITRESS at the Aldephi Theatre
September 12, 2019

The Adelphi Theatre was serving up a?oeCatch up with Joe Sugg Over a Salted Caramela?? Pie this morning. He welcomed me into the diner to sample one of Lulu's Pies and dish up the latest gossip from his first few shows.

BWW Review: PROM 50: ORCHESTRE DE PARIS, Royal Albert Hall
August 28, 2019

Prom 50 featured the Orchestre de Paris playing three pieces: Robert Schumann's Genoveva-overture, Jörg Widmann's Babylon Suite, and Ludwig van Beethoven's Symphony No. 6 in F major, a?oePastorala??.

BWW Review: BARBRA STREISAND, British Summer Time Hyde Park
July 9, 2019

The best thing about the day was that it was Barbra Streisand. She's a legend and she knows it. Her presence is very impressive and she thrives on the love that radiates from the crowd. The 65,000-strong audience were all there to see her and the other artists were a bonus.

BWW Review: WEST END LIVE, Trafalgar Square
June 26, 2019

Once again, West End Live drew huge crowds to Trafalgar Square at the weekend to enjoy free performances from London's biggest musicals. The stage was set up at the foot of Nelson's Column, with stands in front of the National Gallery and stalls all around the Square.

BWW Review: THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST, The Watermill Theatre
May 29, 2019

Kate Budgen's production of The Importance of Being Earnest at The Watermill Theatre is laugh-a-minute funny. The audience are chuckling out loud throughout and it's a lovely experience to be a part of that collective joy.

BWW Review: MARIAH CAREY: CAUTION WORLD TOUR, Royal Albert Hall
May 27, 2019

Mariah Carey's Caution World Tour kicked off its European leg in Dublin last week. It's spending three nights at London's Royal Albert Hall before taking off to France, Spain, Denmark, Germany and Holland.

BWW Review: MICHAEL BALL: COMING HOME TO YOU, London Palladium
May 1, 2019

Michael Ball is touring his new album 'Coming Home To You', which he proudly announces is his first number one selling album for 27 years. From the opening song, people were on their feet dancing. The atmosphere in the Palladium is excellent as his fans are so adoring!

BWW Review: THE CAT IN THE HAT, Rose Theatre
April 12, 2019

Curve Productions, at Rose Theatre in Kingston, have teamed up with the National Circus Training Academy to create a magical adaptation of Dr Seuss' The Cat in the Hat.

BWW Review: HAIR, New Wimbledon Theatre
March 29, 2019

New York. August 1965. Young men in America are being called up to fight in Vietnam and the burning of draft cards has just been made illegal.

BWW Review: EDWARD II, Sam Wanamaker Playhouse
February 14, 2019

Christopher Marlowe's Edward II is one of the earliest English history plays, and tells the story of the title character, his infatuation with his favourites and the dissent of his disapproving peers. It is a tragedy, replete with violence, gore and death.

BWW Review: THIRST TRAP, Above The Stag
February 10, 2019

James Barr's Thirst Trap is an outrageously funny exploration of modern dating. Following a four-star run at the Edinburgh Fringe last year, the two London dates have been extended to four at Above the Stag in Vauxhall.

BWW Review: IN CONVERSATION WITH GRAHAM NORTON, The Hope Theatre
January 11, 2019

The titular character in Batavia Productions' In Conversation with Graham Norton is a small framed photograph from Norton's BBC Radio 2 show, which has been signed. He doesn't say much. The photograph is placed on top of an eighties style wireless by the lead and only character, Mark, played by Jay Parsons. Mark has been inspired by Saturday morning feature, "Grill Graham" to talk through his problems and his worries, his hopes and his dreams, with someone who earns a living through talking to people about their lives and helping them with their issues.

BWW Review: ONE NIGHT WITH... GIOVANNI SPANO, The Space @ Studio 88
January 10, 2019

London's newest West End Cabaret venue, The Space @ Studio 88, welcomes Giovanni Spano to sing to an intimate audience of devoted fans, one of whom has seen him at least 600 times. The compact venue and his family's presence around the front table, chipping in whenever they could, made it feel like Gio giving a concert in the family living room and we were privileged to be party to it. He was close enough to sit on the audience's laps and, at one point, he actually did.

BWW Review: CHRISTINA BENNINGTON, The Crazy Coqs
January 8, 2019

Fresh off the Bat Out of Hell rollercoaster, Christina Bennington plays her first solo concerts to a full house at The Crazy Coqs. This 'deep dive into all parts of [her] voice,' as Bennington described it, treats fans to 16 songs of varied styles and characters which beautifully showcase her range as a performer.

BWW Review: SINATRA: RAW, The Crazy Coqs
January 5, 2019

The Purple Room, Palm Springs, 1971. The Crazy Coqs is transformed as Sinatra: Raw takes up residency, following its success at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Presented by James Seabright, and starring Richard Shelton, the show simulates Sinatra's final intimate performance in the room where the Rat Pack was born. It is bitter sweet, as the disillusioned Frank relives the low points of his life, still seething from rejections nearly thirty years old, but his tales of woe are punctuated with the songs we know, and love and we see the character take refuge in the music and come alive.



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