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Audiences Behaving Badly Photo Audiences Behaving Badly
by Aliya Al-Hassan - Oct 24, 2021

We know that there is an etiquette when watching a theatrical performance, but it's fair to say that in the past eighteen months many of us have grown used to watching all our entertainment solely on a screen where chatting about the performance, eating loudly and getting up mid-speech is the norm. It seems that some of this behaviour may have drifted into our theatres. Or was it ever thus?

BWW Review: WAITRESS, UK & Ireland Tour Photo BWW Review: WAITRESS, UK & Ireland Tour
by Emma Watkins - Sep 8, 2021

Waitress is off on a UK and Ireland tour, kicking off at the New Wimbledon Theatre. Jenna, waitress and pie creator extraordinaire, unexpectedly finds herself pregnant. But will this unwanted twist keep her tied down in a bad relationship or give her the chance to break free?

BWW Review: SINGIN' IN THE RAIN, Sadler's Wells Photo BWW Review: SINGIN' IN THE RAIN, Sadler's Wells
by Emma Watkins - Aug 6, 2021

The two main supporting roles steal the show, along with the spectacular set-piece choreography. The big showstopper remains the title number, which has become one of those modern iconic stage moments that any theatre fan should see.

BWW Review: BAGDAD CAFE, Old Vic Photo BWW Review: BAGDAD CAFE, Old Vic
by Emma Watkins - Jul 29, 2021

It’s a beautiful thing for the theatre community to be able to be together and connect again. And connecting, in a human sense, is the key theme of Emma Rice’s production of Bagdad Cafe.

BWW Feature: Sing Out For Eurovision 2021 Photo BWW Feature: Sing Out For Eurovision 2021
by Emma Watkins - 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.

BWW Feature: Favourite Olivier Awards Memories and Our 2020 Winners Photo BWW Feature: Favourite Olivier Awards Memories and Our 2020 Winners
by Marianka Swain - Apr 2, 2020

Sadly, the 2020 Olivier Awards won't be going ahead as planned due to the coronavirus shutdown, although ITV will broadcast a highlights show. So, BroadwayWorld reviewers have been thinking back to some of our favourite Oliviers winners, nominees and performances from past years - plus some of the incredible nominees from this year who we would have loved to see honoured.

BWW Review: ABBA: SUPER TROUPERS " THE EXHIBITION, The O2 Photo BWW Review: ABBA: SUPER TROUPERS " THE EXHIBITION, The O2
by Emma Watkins - Dec 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 Photo BWW Review: GRACELAND LIVE, Shepherd's Bush Empire
by Emma Watkins - Oct 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 TV: Watch A Performance By The Cast Of AMELIE THE MUSICAL Photo BWW TV: Watch A Performance By The Cast Of AMELIE THE MUSICAL
by BroadwayWorld TV - Oct 7, 2019

Today, BroadwayWorld's Emma Watkins attended the official West End press launch of AMELIE THE MUSICAL at The Other Palace. The event featured a performance of songs from the show by Audrey Brisson and the company, plus there was a Q&A with director Michael Fentiman and Brisson. Watch the video below!

BWW Feature: The CURIOUS INCIDENT of the Schools Theatre Tour Photo BWW Feature: The CURIOUS INCIDENT of the Schools Theatre Tour
by Emma Watkins - Oct 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...

BWW Review: THE SECRET DIARY OF ADRIAN MOLE AGED 13¾ - THE MUSICAL, Ambassadors Thea Photo BWW Review: THE SECRET DIARY OF ADRIAN MOLE AGED 13¾ - THE MUSICAL, Ambassadors Theatre
by Emma Watkins - Jul 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 Photo BWW Review: JOE STILGOE " THE HEAT IS ON, Ronnie Scott's
by Emma Watkins - Jul 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 Photo BWW Review: THE HUNT, Almeida Theatre
by Emma Watkins - Jun 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.

No Laughing Matter: The Challenges of Reviewing Comedy Photo No Laughing Matter: The Challenges of Reviewing Comedy
by Marianka Swain - May 14, 2019

Reviewing a comic show can be a strange experience - if you're not laughing and everyone else is, how should you judge it? And does the very act of critiquing limit your potential enjoyment? BroadwayWorld reviewers share their thoughts!

Eurovision 2019: The Ones to Watch Photo Eurovision 2019: The Ones to Watch
by Emma Watkins - 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 Photo BWW Review: WEST END EUROVISION, Adelphi Theatre
by Emma Watkins - Apr 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 Photo The Old Vic Acts To Improve Access and Loo Provision
by Emma Watkins - Apr 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 Photo BWW Review: A GERMAN LIFE, Bridge Theatre
by Emma Watkins - Apr 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 Photo BWW Review: THE GRAND EXPEDITION, Secret Location
by Emma Watkins - Feb 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 Photo BWW Review: BERBERIAN SOUND STUDIO, Donmar Warehouse
by Emma Watkins - Feb 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.

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