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BWW Review: TONIGHT AT 8:30, Jermyn Street Theatre BWW Review: TONIGHT AT 8:30, Jermyn Street Theatre
by Cindy Marcolina - April 22, 2018

Jermyn Street Theatre's Artistic Director Tom Littler brings to the stage Noel Coward's cycle of one-act plays in three ravishing triple bills. Tonight at 8:30 marks the biggest and most ambitious project in the theatre's life, but Littler makes it look like a walk in the park.... (more...)
BWW Review: FACELESS, Park Theatre BWW Review: FACELESS, Park Theatre
by Alistair Wilkinson - April 20, 2018

This play touches on pretty much everything. Politics, race, religion, womanhood and class are just a few of the notions investigated in Selina Fillingers tightly written Faceless, inspired by true events, and currently running at the Park Theatre.... (more...)
BWW Album Review: CALENDAR GIRLS (Original London Recording) is Just Nice BWW Album Review: CALENDAR GIRLS (Original London Recording) is Just Nice
by David Clarke - April 20, 2018

Recently released CALENDAR GIRLS (Original London Recording)cis just perfectly nice. Based on the charming and quaint 2003 film by the same title written by Tim Firth, the musical itself garnered warm notices from London media. So, it is no surprise that the music and this cast was recorded for pres... (more...)
BWW Review: BAT OUT OF HELL, Dominion Theatre BWW Review: BAT OUT OF HELL, Dominion Theatre
by Nicky Sweetland - April 20, 2018

After a run at the London Coliseum last year and a subsequent tenure in Toronto, Jim Steinman's Bat Out of Hell is back in town - and it puts rock well and truly back into the West End.... (more...)
BWW Review: THE GOLDEN F**KING YEARS, Brockley Jack Studio Theatre BWW Review: THE GOLDEN F**KING YEARS, Brockley Jack Studio Theatre
by Gary Naylor - April 20, 2018

The Golden F**king Years is a beautifully observed and acted farce that finds plenty of comedy in the tedium of ageing and the sudden opportunity of a bit of excitement - and the consequences that inevitably follow.... (more...)
BWW Review: EDUCATION, EDUCATION, EDUCATION, Shoreditch Town Hall BWW Review: EDUCATION, EDUCATION, EDUCATION, Shoreditch Town Hall
by Alistair Wilkinson - April 19, 2018

Every now and then you see a piece of theatre that lights a fire under you. A play that is so brilliant, it shows how special performance can be. Something so meticulously precise and genuinely unique. Education, Education, Education is that show. Riding high from their sensational run at the Edinbu... (more...)
BWW Review: CHICAGO, Phoenix Theatre BWW Review: CHICAGO, Phoenix Theatre
by Marianka Swain - April 19, 2018

Chicago's hit West End revival ­– which featured a constant revolving door of big names – closed in 2012 after almost 15 years. Now, it returns with the requisite stunt casting (Cuba Gooding Jr), but also with a cast of triple-threat stalwarts who illustrate the enduring strengths of this whip-smart... (more...)
BWW Review: MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING, Rose Theatre BWW Review: MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING, Rose Theatre
by Aliya Al-Hassan - April 19, 2018

To kick off its 10th anniversary season, the Rose Theatre turns to Shakespeare to give it a needed boost. This new production of Much Ado About Nothing is not quite a hit, but still an entertaining if slightly manic evening.... (more...)
BWW Review: A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE,  Bristol Old Vic BWW Review: A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE, Bristol Old Vic
by Kerrie Nicholson - April 18, 2018

Tennessee Williams' 1947 classic A Streetcar Named Desire explores the visceral side of human nature: violence, desire, power, loneliness and guilt. Winning the Pulitzer Prize in 1948, it's been adapted multiple times for stage and screen and is widely held as one of the greatest plays of the 20th c... (more...)
BWW Review: SON OF A PREACHER MAN, Theatre Royal Brighton BWW Review: SON OF A PREACHER MAN, Theatre Royal Brighton
by Fiona Scott - April 18, 2018

The premise sounds promising: a brand new jukebox musical featuring the music of Dusty Springfield. Written by Warner Brown and directed and choreographed by Craig Revel Horwood, Son of a Preacher Man opened in Bromley in September 2017 and is currently touring the UK.... (more...)
BWW Review: GAUHAR JAAN - THE DATIA INCIDENT, Omnibus Theatre BWW Review: GAUHAR JAAN - THE DATIA INCIDENT, Omnibus Theatre
by Gary Naylor - April 18, 2018

A play and accompanying exhibition about a renowned Indian singer, the eponymous Gauhar Jaan, and 'an incident' that gained infamy across India in the early 20th century.... (more...)
BWW Review: INSTRUCTIONS FOR CORRECT ASSEMBLY, Royal Court BWW Review: INSTRUCTIONS FOR CORRECT ASSEMBLY, Royal Court
by Alistair Wilkinson - April 18, 2018

Let's face it, we never turn into the person our parents hope we'll be. Most of the time, our maternal up-bringers learn to adjust to this fact, and accept their offspring for who they are. Granted, it's harder to do this when the son you've raised ends up using drugs, blowing money left right and c... (more...)
BWW Review: THE BAND, Bristol Hippodrome BWW Review: THE BAND, Bristol Hippodrome
by Tim Wright - April 18, 2018

Pop music and musicals make good bedfellows for two main reasons. Firstly, pop music has a kind of duality - a song can mean entirely different things in different contexts. Secondly, pop music normally has just the right amount of sentimentality. The Band is a demonstration of how to harness both t... (more...)
BWW Review: TINA, Aldwych Theatre BWW Review: TINA, Aldwych Theatre
by Andrew Tomlins - April 17, 2018

Following several years of development, Tina, the new musical about Tina Turner, has opened at the West End's newly restored Aldwych Theatre. If the electrifying Saturday night audience I was part of is anything to go by, this show is set to have a long run in London.... (more...)
BWW Review: OBSIDIAN TEAR/MARGUERITE & ARMAND/ELITE SYNCOPATIONS, Royal Opera House BWW Review: OBSIDIAN TEAR/MARGUERITE & ARMAND/ELITE SYNCOPATIONS, Royal Opera House
by Vikki Jane Vile - April 16, 2018

The Royal Ballet's latest offering is a rather curious mixed bill containing contemporary, classical and carnivalesque works from three of its resident choreographers. On the surface each of them are tried and tested Opera House hits but together the programme feels confused with no common thread th... (more...)
BWW Review: English National Ballet's VOICES OF AMERICA, Sadler's Wells BWW Review: English National Ballet's VOICES OF AMERICA, Sadler's Wells
by Vikki Jane Vile - April 14, 2018

Emerging from a winter of traditional crowd-pleasers featuring Nutcracker and La Sylphide, the dancers of English National Ballet were finally allowed to cut loose in this new mixed bill - thanks to some eerie swamp monsters and a new and unexpected club banger from William Forsythe. This certainly ... (more...)
BWW Review: SEX/CRIME, The Glory BWW Review: SEX/CRIME, The Glory
by Alistair Wilkinson - April 13, 2018

For those that are unaware of this venue, The Glory is a popular and welcoming pub in Haggerston, East London. It's a place where people come together to drink, party and relax after a stressful day. Underneath the space is an intimate cabaret room where a variety of performance regularly takes plac... (more...)
BWW Review: JOHN BARROWMAN, Leicester Square Theatre BWW Review: JOHN BARROWMAN, Leicester Square Theatre
by Natalie O'Donoghue - April 13, 2018

The term 'all-round entertainer' is often used to describe John Barrowman. Having been hugely successful in theatre, television, writing and recording, there really isn't much he hasn't covered.... (more...)
BWW Review: THE COMEDY ABOUT A BANK ROBBERY, Criterion Theatre BWW Review: THE COMEDY ABOUT A BANK ROBBERY, Criterion Theatre
by Cindy Marcolina - April 13, 2018

The Comedy About a Bank Robbery celebrate their second birthday amidst a tsunami of laughter. The new cast members shine while the veterans have the comedy locked down to perfection. 'Everyone is a crook' in Minneapolis in the late 50s, so when City Bank is entrusted with protecting a diamond worth ... (more...)
BWW Review: THE MODERATE SOPRANO, Duke Of York's Theatre BWW Review: THE MODERATE SOPRANO, Duke Of York's Theatre
by Alistair Wilkinson - April 13, 2018

After its momentous success at the Hampstead Theatre, David Hare's sweet love story transfers to the West End. Centring on the formation of the worldly revered Glyndebourne, the play reveals the two great passions of John Christie: the opera, and his beautiful wife, Audrey Mildmay.... (more...)
BWW Review: BOOM FOR REAL: THE LATE TEENAGE YEARS OF JEAN-MICHEL BASQUIAT, East End Film Festival BWW Review: BOOM FOR REAL: THE LATE TEENAGE YEARS OF JEAN-MICHEL BASQUIAT, East End Film Festival
by Gary Naylor - April 13, 2018

Amongst the explosion of interest in Jean-Michel Basquiat, Sara Driver's film locates his emerging genius in a beautifully rendered time and place - late 70s New York City.... (more...)
BWW Review: AN EVENING WITH JASON ROBERT BROWN, London Palladium BWW Review: AN EVENING WITH JASON ROBERT BROWN, London Palladium
by Nicole Ackman - April 11, 2018

Jason Robert Brown's concert at the London Palladium was a wonderful mix of familiar and new songs sung by Brown himself, Betsy Wolfe, Norm Lewis, and Rachel Tucker. Brown juggled multiple hats as singer, piano player, and at times conductor, but proved that storytelling is what he truly does best. ... (more...)
BWW Review: QUIZ, Noel Coward Theatre BWW Review: QUIZ, Noel Coward Theatre
by Emma Watkins - April 11, 2018

By any standard, playwright James Graham is having quite a week. Labour of Love won Best New Comedy and Bertie Carvel won Best Supporting Actor for Ink at last weekend's Olivier Awards, and Tuesday saw the West End opening of Graham's latest play Quiz, which recounts the tale of the man who won the ... (more...)
BWW Review: THE ACT, Yard Theatre BWW Review: THE ACT, Yard Theatre
by Alistair Wilkinson - April 11, 2018

Following on from their stunning creation Brainstorm (a play I absolutely loved and wouldn't stop talking about), Company Three return to the Yard in this production performed by a cast of teenagers.... (more...)
BWW Review: FLASHDANCE, Theatre Royal Brighton BWW Review: FLASHDANCE, Theatre Royal Brighton
by Fiona Scott - April 10, 2018

What a feeling! What an evening! The 80s film-musical adaption trend is alive and well. In addition to Fame, Footloose and more, fans of the iconic poppy music era can catch the 1983 classic Flashdance during its current UK tour, which currently plays the Theatre Royal in Brighton.... (more...)