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14th Feb 2014
kiss me, figaro

KISS ME, FIGARO – Riverside Studios, London.

In a world where musical theatre is dominated by what has been coined as ‘jukebox musicals’, crow-barring existing songs together to a usually shallow and paper thin plot, it was...

14th Feb 2014
peculiar tale of pablo picasso

THE PECULIAR TALE OF PABLO PICASSO AND THE MONA LISA – Brockley Jack Studio Theatre, London.

The theft of the Mona Lisa in 1911 was a major scandal in the international art world and a crucial factor in securing the painting its abiding fame. In the...

09th Feb 2014
running on empty, soho theatre

RUNNING ON EMPTY – Soho Theatre, London.

Creating cross-genre work can be a revelatory process, with one medium casting new light on another and disparate pieces combining to form a greater, truly novel entity. However, marshalling numerous...

03rd Feb 2014
A LADY OF LITTLE SENSE, Ustinov Studio, Theatre Royal Bath, UK.

A LADY WITH LITTLE SENSE – Arcola Theatre, London.

Rounding off a hat trick of plays celebrating what has been coined ‘the Spanish Golden Age’ at the Arcola Theatre in North London comes a big-hearted comedy that fizzes, throbs...

27th Jan 2014
shang-a-lang

SHANG-A-LANG – King’s Head Theatre, London.

That Shang-a-Lang is being advertised with the stark warning “NOT A MUSICAL. DOES NOT CONTAIN ABBA. NOT SUITABLE FOR CHILDREN” signals how much its author Catherine Johnson’s biggest hit –...

16th Dec 2013
Peter Pan Goes Wrong cr Alastair Muir (11)_1

PETER PAN GOES WRONG – Pleasance Theatre, London.

The seams unstitch with frightening acceleration in the aptly entitled production from the scamps at Mischief Theatre, Peter Pan Goes Wrong. Bringing their trademark zest and verve, audiences are treated to...

14th Dec 2013
blink

BLINK – Soho Theatre, London.

“Love is whatever you feel it to be,” declares Jonah, one half of an unlikely pair of paramours in Phil Porter’s quirky anti-romcom Blink, currently playing at the Soho Theatre....

09th Dec 2013
the upstanding member, old red lion theatre

THE UPSTANDING MEMBER – Old Red Lion Theatre, London.

Gregory Skulnick’s The Upstanding Member is ostensibly a revival of the traditional farce format given a modern twist. In actuality, Skulnick’s farce is more traditional than it is advertised to...

08th Dec 2013
night before christmas

THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS – Soho Theatre, London.

Nestling within the theatrical calendar in the run-up to Christmas this year comes an offering from the Soho Theatre that storms the stage with a crude tongue and a naughty...

04th Dec 2013
dickens abridged

DICKENS ABRIDGED – Arts Theatre, London.

From a founding member of The Reduced Shakespeare Company comes Dickens Abridged, a playful musical journey through the life and works of Charles Dickens. Told with humour and wit by...

22nd Nov 2013
vibrator play

IN THE NEXT ROOM (OR THE VIBRATOR PLAY) – St James Theatre, London.

Sarah Ruhl’s In The Next Room (or the Vibrator play) opened to great acclaim in New York in 2009, being nominated for three Tony Awards as well as shortlisted for...

19th Nov 2013
eat pray laugh

EAT PRAY LAUGH! BARRY HUMPHRIES FAREWELL TOUR – London Palladium, London.

Ask any English person to name a famous Australian and usually Barry Humphries or one of his characters over the past fifty years come close to the top of the...