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BWW Review: OSLO, National Theatre BWW Review: OSLO, National Theatre
by Marianka Swain - September 18, 2017

We need more waffles in diplomacy. Or rather more personal connections to bridge those vast divides. So believed the Norwegian couple who orchestrated secret peace talks in 1993 between Israel and the Palestine Liberation Organization - a slice of stranger-than-fiction history grippingly dramatised ... (more...)
BWW Review: HALF A SIXPENCE, The Original Demo Recordings BWW Review: HALF A SIXPENCE, The Original Demo Recordings
by Nicky Sweetland - September 18, 2017

I once had the honour of interviewing the legendary Tommy Steele at the New Wimbledon Theatre. It was the venue where Half A Sixpence was first performed, and the show - which acted as a star vehicle for the talented young performer - became a classic piece of British musical theatre.... (more...)
BWW Review: TOPLESS: THE PATH TO EXTINCTION, Live At Zédel BWW Review: TOPLESS: THE PATH TO EXTINCTION, Live At Zédel
by Alistair Wilkinson - September 18, 2017

Seduction, sleaze and farce are just a few words to describe TOPLESS: The Path to Extinction. The mysterious night creatures GINGZILLA and Cazeleon hatched onto the East London night scene a few years ago, and are quickly rising as a favourite in the cabaret circuit both in the UK and internationall... (more...)
BWW Review: RULES FOR LIVING, Royal and Derngate BWW Review: RULES FOR LIVING, Royal and Derngate
by Verity Wilde - September 17, 2017

A family Christmas hurtles towards disaster with hilarious consequences in RULES FOR LIVING at Royal and Derngate in Northampton ahead of a national tour.... (more...)
BWW Review: FIVE GUYS NAMED MOE, Marble Arch Theatre BWW Review: FIVE GUYS NAMED MOE, Marble Arch Theatre
by Marianka Swain - September 15, 2017

New Orleans comes to Marble Arch via this energetic revival of Clarke Peters' 1990 tribute to 'The King of the Jukebox', swing and blues bandleader Louis Jordan. Occupying a new pop-up, circus tent-style venue complete with stylish bar serving Southern cocktails it's a welcome blast of jazz-hot ... (more...)
BWW Review: THE CARETAKER, Bristol Old Vic BWW Review: THE CARETAKER, Bristol Old Vic
by Tim Wright - September 15, 2017

Crafting The Caretaker (or indeed any Pinter) off the page takes a great deal of nuance and skill. Thankfully, in this new co-production from the Bristol Old Vic and Royal & Derngate Northampton, Christopher Haydon directs with the right amount of faithfulness to the text alongside flexibility for h... (more...)
BWW Review: PRISM, Hampstead Theatre BWW Review: PRISM, Hampstead Theatre
by Alistair Wilkinson - September 15, 2017

Jack Cardiff, OBE was a British cinematographer, director and photographer. His career lasted through many decades, spanning from the development of cinema, to silent film, and through to the experimentation of using Technicolor. His best-known work is his influential colour cinematography used by d... (more...)
BWW Review: THE MAGIC FLUTE, Soho Theatre BWW Review: THE MAGIC FLUTE, Soho Theatre
by Gary Naylor - September 15, 2017

Gary Naylor sees another opera up close from the award-winning OperaUpClose, this time lacking a little in the clarity that has characterised previous productions.... (more...)
BWW Review: BOUDICA, Shakespeare's Globe BWW Review: BOUDICA, Shakespeare's Globe
by Debbie Gilpin - September 13, 2017

The final production in this year's Summer of Love season is a brand new piece from Tristan Bernays, telling the story of the famous warrior queen. It may not fit quite so obviously into the summer's theme, but it is a welcome piece of fresh new writing that really blows any last remaining cobwebs a... (more...)
BWW Review: GREASE, Edinburgh Playhouse BWW Review: GREASE, Edinburgh Playhouse
by Gregor Dickson - September 13, 2017

The timeless story of Danny and Sandy, and the T-Birds and Pink Angels, comes to life again in this touring production which features the hit songs 'Summer Nights', 'You're The One That I Want' and 'Hopelessly Devoted To You'.... (more...)
Book Review: TIP OF THE TONGUE, Peter Brook Book Review: TIP OF THE TONGUE, Peter Brook
by Cindy Marcolina - September 13, 2017

We use them every day. Sometimes we mean them, other times we don't. We whisper, sing, or scream them. Words permeate our lives from the very start, and theatre director Peter Brook accompanies us on an intimate journey through language and meaning in his new book Tip of the Tongue.... (more...)
BWW Review: DERREN BROWN: UNDERGROUND, Playhouse Theatre BWW Review: DERREN BROWN: UNDERGROUND, Playhouse Theatre
by Rona Kelly - September 13, 2017

Do you have a secret? Can you keep that secret? If you answered yes and are going to Derren Brown: Underground, think again. Derren Brown probably knows it already. The tricks may stay the same in this 'Best of' show, but with new audiences and new secrets, anything can happen. Although with Brown, ... (more...)
BWW Review: THE KNOWLEDGE, Charing Cross Theatre BWW Review: THE KNOWLEDGE, Charing Cross Theatre
by Gary Naylor - September 12, 2017

A timely revival for one of Jack Rosenthal's celebrated TV plays of the 70s with much to say about the age of the Uber.... (more...)
BWW Review: DOUBT, A PARABLE, Southwark Playhouse BWW Review: DOUBT, A PARABLE, Southwark Playhouse
by Cindy Marcolina - September 09, 2017

When Sister Aloysius (Stella Gonet), St. Nicholas Church School's conservative and distrusting principal, learns from Sister James (Clare Latham) that Father Flynn (Jonathan Chambers) had a one-on-one meeting with Donald Muller - the first and only African-American pupil of the school - she is immed... (more...)
BWW Review: WAITING FOR GODOT, Arts Theatre BWW Review: WAITING FOR GODOT, Arts Theatre
by Cindy Marcolina - September 08, 2017

Samuel Beckett's Waiting for Godot returns to the Arts Theatre, 62 years after making its English-language debut at the same venue. This production focuses on the play's essence, with director Peter Reid stripping off all frills.... (more...)
BWW Review: BRITNEY SPEARS - THE CABARET, The Other Palace BWW Review: BRITNEY SPEARS - THE CABARET, The Other Palace
by Gary Naylor - September 07, 2017

Britney Spears The Cabaret entertains and provokes with the story of the pop princess's life told through Christie Whelan Browne's comic cuts and wonderful singing.... (more...)
BWW Review: FOLLIES, National Theatre BWW Review: FOLLIES, National Theatre
by Marianka Swain - September 06, 2017

Theatre has a long memory. Stephen Sondheim and James Goldman's 1971 musical has been through myriad incarnations, donning and shedding numbers, an interval, an ill-conceived upbeat ending, and yet the original vision has lingered. It comes to extraordinary life in a blockbuster National Theatre rev... (more...)
BWW Review: WAIT UNTIL DARK, Richmond Theatre BWW Review: WAIT UNTIL DARK, Richmond Theatre
by Aliya Al-Hassan - September 06, 2017

Wait Until Dark first opened on Broadway in 1966, but many know it from the 1967 Hollywood film, where the lead role of Susy went to Audrey Hepburn, who was nominated for an Academy Award and a Golden Globe for the role.... (more...)
BWW Review: DEADLINE DAY, Theatre N16 BWW Review: DEADLINE DAY, Theatre N16
by Gary Naylor - September 05, 2017

Deadline Day has echoes of The Likely Lads in its humour, drawn from the clashing of cultures as a boy wonder footballer and his go-getting agent travel to London to sign for Chelsea.... (more...)
BWW Review: HYEM (YEM, HJEM, HOME), Theatre503 BWW Review: HYEM (YEM, HJEM, HOME), Theatre503
by Cindy Marcolina - September 05, 2017

Mick and Sylv's (Patrick Driver and Charlie Hardwick) home is a safe haven for some of the teenagers living in a small town in Northumberland. Dummey (Ryan Nolan), Laura (Aimee Kelly), and Shelley (Sarah Balfour) are all there for different reasons, united in the love the two adults give them. Howev... (more...)
BWW Review: OUTLAWS TO IN-LAWS, King's Head Theatre BWW Review: OUTLAWS TO IN-LAWS, King's Head Theatre
by Alistair Wilkinson - September 01, 2017

An evening dedicated to the highs and lows of gay history, Outlaws to In-Laws takes a look at how men have interacted with one another over the past seven decades. Spanning from the Fifties to the present day, these seven short plays by seven different writers explore the choices that were made duri... (more...)
EDINBURGH 2017 - BWW Review: THE F WORD, ZOO EDINBURGH 2017 - BWW Review: THE F WORD, ZOO
by Alistair Wilkinson - September 01, 2017

Sick to death of reading shows aimed at 16-25 year olds written by writers 40+, Conor Hunt has created this story of the millennial child, giving his own personal reflection on what it's like to grow up as a product of the Nineties.... (more...)
EDINBURGH 2017 - BWW Review: THIRD WHEEL, Gilded Balloon EDINBURGH 2017 - BWW Review: THIRD WHEEL, Gilded Balloon
by Alistair Wilkinson - August 31, 2017

After losing his battle to cancer, Dylan has left in his will a video to be given to his best friends Polly and Eve. The recording contains instructions for the pair to go on a road trip, which will be difficult seeing as they haven't spoken to each other in two years.... (more...)
BWW Review: HOW (NOT) TO LIVE IN SUBURBIA, Soho Theatre BWW Review: HOW (NOT) TO LIVE IN SUBURBIA, Soho Theatre
by Alistair Wilkinson - August 31, 2017

???????Annie Siddons is a London-based playwright and performer. But more importantly, she is a survivor. Having suffered from extreme loneliness after a 'shitstorm' of life events this autobiographical show takes us on a journey explaining the reasons why. How (Not) To Live In Suburbia is a joyful ... (more...)
EDINBURGH 2017: BWW Review: KIRI PRITCHARD-MCLEAN: APPROPRIATE ADULT, Pleasance Courtyard EDINBURGH 2017: BWW Review: KIRI PRITCHARD-MCLEAN: APPROPRIATE ADULT, Pleasance Courtyard
by BWW News Desk - August 31, 2017

Chortle Award nominee Kiri thinks the world revolves around her, but she didn't let that stop her wishing to mentor vulnerable kids. Consequently, she's going to be extremely careful what she wishes for in future. An immoral comedian's morality tale about other people's lack of morals.... (more...)