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BWW Review: HAIR, New Wimbledon TheatreBWW Review: HAIR, New Wimbledon Theatre
Posted: Mar. 29, 2019


BWW Review: THIRST TRAP, Above The StagBWW Review: THIRST TRAP, Above The Stag
Posted: Feb. 10, 2019


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


BWW Review: BARBRA STREISAND, British Summer Time Hyde ParkBWW Review: BARBRA STREISAND, British Summer Time Hyde Park
Posted: Jul. 9, 2019


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


BWW Review: EDWARD II, Sam Wanamaker PlayhouseBWW Review: EDWARD II, Sam Wanamaker Playhouse
Posted: Feb. 14, 2019


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


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.

BWW Review: SEUSSICAL, Southwark Playhouse
November 28, 2018

Immersion Theatre's Seussical is a joyous celebration of all things Dr Seuss. It hinges on the story of Horton Hears a Who!, but also features favourites such as The Cat in the Hat in an Emcee-esque role and cameos from The Grinch and the classic Green Eggs and Ham.