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BWW Review: LE GATEAU CHOCOLAT & JONNY WOO: A NIGHT AT THE MUSICALS, Soho Theatre BWW Review: LE GATEAU CHOCOLAT & JONNY WOO: A NIGHT AT THE MUSICALS, Soho Theatre
by Alistair Wilkinson - June 24, 2018

There isn't much I can say apart from this is a truly wonderful night. As soon as you enter the space there is a buzzing anticipation coming from the audience. Filled with devoted fans and eager first-timers, the vibe in the room is one of sheer excitement as we eagerly await the arrival of two of t... (more...)
BWW Review: DAISY PULLS IT OFF, Charing Cross Theatre BWW Review: DAISY PULLS IT OFF, Charing Cross Theatre
by Gary Naylor - June 21, 2018

The 80s West End hit is revived by the actor-musicians of the graduating class of Guildford School of Acting in a production that never quite settles on a tone that fits 2018 audiences' sensibilities.... (more...)
BWW: KISS ME, KATE, London Coliseum BWW: KISS ME, KATE, London Coliseum
by Marianka Swain - June 21, 2018

Cole Porter's 1948 love letter to showbiCole Porter's 1948 love letter to showbiz is brilliantly served by Opera North's big, bold and bawdy production - both soaringly romantic and packed with meta winks. A touring staple, Jo Davies' detailed take (the revival helmed by Ed Goggin) beds down very co... (more...)
Book Review: WOMEN CENTRE STAGE: EIGHT SHORT PLAYS BY AND ABOUT WOMEN Book Review: WOMEN CENTRE STAGE: EIGHT SHORT PLAYS BY AND ABOUT WOMEN
by Cindy Marcolina - June 20, 2018

Artistic Director of Sphinx Theatre Sue Parrish curates a new collection of short plays written by women and revolving around female characters. Commissioned as part of the Women Centre Stage Festival the plays presented in Women Centre Stage: Eight Short Plays By and About Women are designed to dis... (more...)
BWW Review: BEIRUT, Park Theatre BWW Review: BEIRUT, Park Theatre
by Alistair Wilkinson - June 20, 2018

In a world filled with destruction and misery, can love still prevail? When the whole of society has ostracised you for a spur-of-the-moment decision, how do you find your new place to exist? And if the odds are stacked against you, do you fight or just give up?... (more...)
BWW Review: HOUSE OF BROADWAY, Live at Zedel BWW Review: HOUSE OF BROADWAY, Live at Zedel
by Fiona Scott - June 20, 2018

Musical fans love a good 'songs from the shows' cabaret and House of Broadway present a polished evening packed with heart and humour as they share songs old and new from the musical theatre canon.... (more...)
BWW Review: EMMA KINGSTON, Live at Zedel BWW Review: EMMA KINGSTON, Live at Zedel
by Fiona Scott - June 19, 2018

Emma Kingston is a very busy woman at the moment: just last week she returned from the Hong Kong stint of the Evita world tour where she currently stars as the First Lady of Argentina, Eva Peron.... (more...)
BWW Review: LEGALLY BLONDE, New Wimbledon Theatre BWW Review: LEGALLY BLONDE, New Wimbledon Theatre
by Aliya Al-Hassan - June 19, 2018

In this time of endless Brexit questions, the NHS in crisis and the world generally seeming to be going to hell in a handcart, a lighthearted and exuberant show like Legally Blonde is sometimes the perfect antidote. Based on the 2001 film, the award-winning show follows the cutesy and seemingly vacu... (more...)
Book Review: TWENTY THEATRES TO SEE BEFORE YOU DIE, Amber Massie-Blomfield Book Review: TWENTY THEATRES TO SEE BEFORE YOU DIE, Amber Massie-Blomfield
by Cindy Marcolina - June 17, 2018

From a Victorian toilet to haunted venues, Amber Massie-Blomfield takes her readers on a journey around the country visiting picturesque theatres in her descriptive and curiously entertaining Twenty Theatres to See Before You Die. A love letter to the arts, the book is the result of two years of tra... (more...)
BWW Review: SPACE SHAMBLES, Royal Albert Hall BWW Review: SPACE SHAMBLES, Royal Albert Hall
by Verity Wilde - June 16, 2018

SPACE SHAMBLES, hosted by astronaut Chris Hadfield and comedian Robin Ince, was part of the Royal Albert Hall's inaugural Festival of Science on Friday 15 June. Verity Wilde was there.... (more...)
Book Review: KEEPING MY BALLS IN THE AIR, Paul Elliott Book Review: KEEPING MY BALLS IN THE AIR, Paul Elliott
by Jenny Ell - June 15, 2018

After a staggering 60 years in the business, theatre producer Paul Elliott recently announced that he will be retiring from his company, Paul Elliott Ltd. However, he's leaving in style, releasing his memoir, Keeping My Balls in the Air, to celebrate his time in the industry.... (more...)
BWW Review: AN OCTOROON, National Theatre BWW Review: AN OCTOROON, National Theatre
by Alistair Wilkinson - June 15, 2018

Ned Bennett's production is a gruelling watch, and has contained within it many moments that shock, enlighten, provoke and surprise. Despite its transfer to the National Theatre, the production is still, as Ken Nwosu states to the audience, 'surrounded by white people.'... (more...)
BWW Review: FINISHING THE PICTURE, Finborough Theatre BWW Review: FINISHING THE PICTURE, Finborough Theatre
by Cindy Marcolina - June 15, 2018

The summer and fall of 1960 saw Marilyn Monroe and Arthur Miller struggle with a deteriorating marriage on set of The Misfits. Her crippling drug abuse and illicit affairs with her co-stars lead the two to divorce officially right before the film's premiere in 1961.... (more...)
BWW Review: THE LITTLE PONY, Cervantes Theatre BWW Review: THE LITTLE PONY, Cervantes Theatre
by Gary Naylor - June 15, 2018

Based on a true story, The Little Pony examines how two parents react to their child who clings to his pink backpack as the bullying, physical and psychological, piles up.... (more...)
BWW Review: THREE SISTERS, Tobacco Factory Theatres BWW Review: THREE SISTERS, Tobacco Factory Theatres
by Leah Tozer - June 14, 2018

RashDash's Three Sisters, after Chekhov is thrillingly irreverent: to rules, to theatrical form, and even to reviews, but it's their irreverence that's so deserving of reverence.... (more...)
BWW Review: FESTIVAL OF VOICE, Cardiff BWW Review: FESTIVAL OF VOICE, Cardiff
by Alistair Wilkinson - June 13, 2018

Cardiff is currently playing host to the Festival of Voice. The event itself is an eclectic programme featuring theatre, cabaret, spoken word, live music and performance art. Within it there's something for everyone to enjoy, at every time of day. The vibe around the Wales Millennium Centre is poppi... (more...)
BWW Review: ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO'S NEST, Crucible Sheffield BWW Review: ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO'S NEST, Crucible Sheffield
by Ruth Deller - June 13, 2018

Masculinity, monstrosity and mental health are explored in Sheffield Theatres' new adaptation of this well-loved classic.... (more...)
BWW Review: EMERGING DANCER 2018, London Coliseum BWW Review: EMERGING DANCER 2018, London Coliseum
by Vikki Jane Vile - June 13, 2018

English National Ballet's Emerging Dancer Award is now in its ninth year. It's an invaluable resource to balletomanes and dance critics, allowing the opportunity to focus on the rising stars, to put faces to names and glimpse their vibrant personalities for a unique evening that highlights the depth... (more...)
BWW Review: MATTHEW BOURNE'S CINDERELLA, King's Theatre Glasgow BWW Review: MATTHEW BOURNE'S CINDERELLA, King's Theatre Glasgow
by Adam Robinson - June 13, 2018

As children, we are brought up on fairy tales set in far faraway lands. A boy-meets-girl story, typically helped by dancing animals or singing furniture.... (more...)
BWW Review: THE PRIME OF MISS JEAN BRODIE, Donmar Warehouse BWW Review: THE PRIME OF MISS JEAN BRODIE, Donmar Warehouse
by Marianka Swain - June 12, 2018

The bells, the bells! They're ringing out at the Donmar - ushering girls into class, and nuns into cloister. It's one of the creative ways in which director Polly Findlay reframes this beloved classic, although a new adaptation from David Harrower also rings the changes.... (more...)
BWW Review: LEGALLY BLONDE, Theatre Royal Brighton BWW Review: LEGALLY BLONDE, Theatre Royal Brighton
by Fiona Scott - June 12, 2018

'Omigod You Guys!', Laurence O'Keefe and Nell Benjamin's 2007 musical adaption of the hit 2001 comedy film starring Reese Witherspoon is in Brighton as part of its second UK tour since the West End production closed in 2012.... (more...)
BWW Review: THE SEAGULL, Lion and Unicorn Theatre BWW Review: THE SEAGULL, Lion and Unicorn Theatre
by Gary Naylor - June 12, 2018

A curious tone in this bold adaptation that doesn't get everything right, but it's Chekhov, so there's more than enough to enjoy!... (more...)
BWW Review: 84 CHARING CROSS ROAD, Richmond Theatre BWW Review: 84 CHARING CROSS ROAD, Richmond Theatre
by Aliya Al-Hassan - June 12, 2018

In an age of Instant Messenger, Snapchat and Twitter, many of us may have never experienced the quiet thrill of receiving a handwritten, personal letter. 84 Charing Cross Road is James Roose-Evans' adaptation of Helene Hanff's charming and very personal book of letters. It goes back to a time whe... (more...)
BWW Review: MACHINAL, Almeida Theatre BWW Review: MACHINAL, Almeida Theatre
by Nicole Ackman - June 11, 2018

Machinal, written by Sophie Treadwell, is based on the sensational 1927 trial of Ruth Snyder, a housewife who murdered her husband. It is a play largely about a woman attempting to find her own agency, with little success, despite the restraints of being a wife and mother. While the Almeida producti... (more...)
BWW Review: OKLAHOMA!, West Horsley Place BWW Review: OKLAHOMA!, West Horsley Place
by Fiona Scott - June 09, 2018

Oh, what a beautiful evening in West Horsley! Grange Park Opera open their 2018 summer festival season with Rogers and Hammerstein's vintage musical (the first of its kind in 1943), set in the farming heartlands of America.... (more...)