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Emma Watkins

Emma Watkins Emma is based in London and possibly spends too much time in the theatre. As well as being part of the UK reviewing team for, she has her own blog, She Sees Shows.



BWW Feature: Sing Out For Eurovision 2021 PhotoSing Out for Eurovision 2021
Posted: May. 17, 2021

BWW Feature: Sing Out For Eurovision 2021
May 17, 2021

This month sees the return of the Eurovision Song Contest, taking place in Rotterdam following its cancellation last year due to you-know-what. Eurovision fans are already beside themselves with excitement after waiting 24 months for a contest, but here are a few curiosities that might pique the interest of the more casual viewer – or even the uninitiated – to tune in to this year’s three live shows, starting May 18.

December 8, 2019

Chances are that even if you aren't a fan of pop music, you could sing along to more than one of ABBA's hits, and you've almost certainly busted a move or two to Dancing Queen. Now fans and the semi-curious alike can visit London's O2 to see an exhibition exploring the band's history...

BWW Review: GRACELAND LIVE, Shepherd's Bush Empire
October 16, 2019

Fans of Paul Simon, and in particular his groundbreaking album Graceland, are in for a touring treat this autumn. New York-based musician Josh Turner, his band and the South African Cultural Choir, are taking a show on the road that recreates the entire album, in all its glory...

BWW Feature: The CURIOUS INCIDENT of the Schools Theatre Tour
October 1, 2019

BroadwayWorld recently attended the launch of the National Theatre's schools tour of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. Read on to find out what we, the students, and the book's author Mark Haddon thought about the experience...

July 4, 2019

The phenomenon of Adrian Mole and his diaries has just rolled into the West End in musical form. It's a show full of 1980s vibes, with at its hear the core themes of growing up: lovelorn teens, acne, and stealing lunch money.

BWW Review: JOE STILGOE – THE HEAT IS ON, Ronnie Scott's
July 1, 2019

Joe Stilgoe is back with his new album, The Heat is On, breathing new big band life and swinging verve into some surprising 1980s hits. He launched the album with a short residency at the legendary Ronnie Scott's in Soho, backed by an exceptional 16-piece big band.

BWW Review: THE HUNT, Almeida Theatre
June 28, 2019

The Hunt (based on the 2012 Danish film by Thomas Vinterberg and Tobias Lindholm) is a tense, uncomfortable watch, due both to the subject matter and the production. A false accusation against a teacher quickly spirals out of control, making for an uneasy but affecting evening at the theatre.

Eurovision 2019: The Ones to Watch
May 12, 2019

In case you don't already know, it's Eurovision time! This year, the annual song contest that brings together acts from across Europe (and beyond) is taking place in Tel Aviv in Israel. Here, we bring you a sneak preview of some of the songs to look out for when the contest hits screens around the world on 14, 16 and 18 May.

BWW Review: WEST END EUROVISION, Adelphi Theatre
April 29, 2019

West End Eurovision does exactly what it says on the tin: casts of West End musicals compete by performing past Eurovision songs to win over juries of their peers and the live audience. But despite it being a one night only event, this isn't throwaway, or thrown together...

The Old Vic Acts To Improve Access and Loo Provision
April 24, 2019

London's Old Vic, in its 200th year, launched a public fundraising campaign to modernise facilities for its audiences. Now that the first phase of £3.3 million construction and redesign works are well underway, we went along for a quick hard hat tour to see how it's all going.

BWW Review: A GERMAN LIFE, Bridge Theatre
April 16, 2019

Having been away from the stage for 12 years, Maggie Smith has returned in exceptional style in Christopher Hampton's A German Life. It's an almost 2 hour monologue, in which Smith recounts a life story as if to a long-lost friend visiting for afternoon tea.

BWW Review: THE GRAND EXPEDITION, Secret Location
February 28, 2019

Gingerline was founded by food and drink enthusiasts who aim to create the ultimate - immersive - dining experience. To say too much more would spoil it, but you can expect a secret location, a delicious five-course culinary journey, and a few bits of non-stressful audience participation...

BWW Review: BERBERIAN SOUND STUDIO, Donmar Warehouse
February 16, 2019

It's the 1970s and British sound designer Gilderoy is stepping well out of his comfort zone to create the soundscape for Italian horror-thriller director Santini's latest movie. Berberian Sound Studio is a slightly curious play, but a really beautifully styled piece of theatrical craft, and also an indication of the great promise of Tom Scutt as a director.

BWW Review: CAROLINE, OR CHANGE, Playhouse Theatre
December 18, 2018

Caroline, Or Change tells the story of a maid in Louisiana in 1963. Racial and class tensions form the backdrop, but the show also contains a great deal of joy, humour and sass thanks to a frankly glorious cast led by the inimitable Sharon D. Clarke.

BWW Review: THE TELL-TALE HEART, National Theatre
December 13, 2018

Anthony Neilson's new play is inspired by the Edgar Allan Poe short story of the same name. It's a weird evening at the theatre, with flashbacks, gore, murder, a detective, night terrors, ghostly apparitions, animated furniture, eyes, eggs and everything in between.

December 12, 2018

It would be hard to find a classier and more joyful Christmas treat than Joe Stilgoe's one-night-only show Christmas at the Movies, featuring special guests Louise Dearman, saxophonist Jess Gillam and Rob Brydon. Highlights of the show will be broadcast on BBC Radio 2 at 18.00 on Christmas Day.

September 27, 2018

Hampstead Theatre's Downstairs space has been transformed into a small classroom. Four teens have failed their GCSE English. They're being made to resit to keep their places at the school, and we're privy to their progress during the autumn term...

BWW Review: ANDY KINDLER, Soho Theatre
September 11, 2018

US comic Andy Kindler is currently mid-way through a short residency at the Soho Theatre. How well does his overtly self-deprecating shtick translate to a London stage?

BWW Review: ARISTOCRATS, Donmar Warehouse
August 10, 2018

Brian Friel's Aristocrats have moved into the Donmar for the late summer. The aristocrats in question are four of the O'Donnell siblings, reuniting at their childhood home Ballybeg Hall at a time when their father is seriously ailing and one sister is about to marry a significantly older man...

BWW Interview: Robin Ince Talks SPACE SHAMBLES at the Royal Albert Hall
May 22, 2018

As part of its inaugural Festival of Science, the Royal Albert Hall will host Space Shambles, a night of science, music, comedy and wonder hosted by astronaut Chris Hadfield and comedian Robin Ince. Ahead of the event, which takes place on 15 June, we asked Robin Ince a few questions. Here's what he had to say!