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Tuesday, April 23, 2019

‘Could not be a more apt time to revisit this classic’: THE CRUCIBLE – Yard Theatre ★★★★★ by Debbie Gilpin

An inspired version of The Crucible as a warning from history and a modern day parable – Caoilfhionn Dunne is outstanding as John Proctor.

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Sunday, April 21, 2019

‘One of my favourite shows this year so far’: NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD LIVE! – Pleasance Theatre ★★★★ by Debbie Gilpin

Night of the Living Dead is an instantly recognisable title; George Romero basically kick-started the zombie genre in his 1968 flick, though they were just ‘ghouls’ then, a moniker adher…

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Friday, April 19, 2019

Album Review: Tina – The Tina Turner Musical Original Cast Recording by Debbie Gilpin

Tina: The Tina Turner Musical is a cast recording that’s worth listening to whether you’ve seen the show or not, as you can absolutely appreciate the performances & musicianship – …

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Wednesday, April 17, 2019

‘Lovely to hear these charming stories again’: WHERE IS PETER RABBIT? – West End ★★★ by Debbie Gilpin

Where is Peter Rabbit? is a charming family musical with some beautifully designed puppets – maybe Peter Rabbit needs to be found a bit sooner next time.

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Tuesday, April 16, 2019

‘MacMahon quickly establishes a rapport with the audience’: A Super Happy Story (About Feeling Super Sad) – The Vaults ★★★★ by Debbie Gilpin

A clash of extremes, as hilarious moments mingle with serious and dramatic ones. A Super Happy Story (About Feeling Super Sad) at The Vaults is an enjoyable show with an important message to…

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Saturday, April 13, 2019

‘A great piece of escapism’: THE MARVELOUS WONDERETTES – Upstairs at the Gatehouse ★★★★ by Debbie Gilpin

The Marvelous Wonderettes is a frothy concert musical that is a nostalgic bit of escapism – two hours of beautifully performed classic pop tunes.

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Friday, April 12, 2019

What is wrong with Come From Away being ‘relentlessly cheerful’? by Debbie Gilpin

I’m not one for twee, saccharine niceness, but the simple, honest goodness that runs through Come From Away is something that I can get on board with.

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Thursday, April 11, 2019

Album Review: What’s Inside – Songs from Waitress by Debbie Gilpin

Whilst What’s Inside: Songs from Waitress isn’t a vital piece for your collection, it’s definitely something that the more enthusiastic fan should wrap their ears around.

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Wednesday, April 10, 2019

A Night with the Stars at the OLIVIER AWARDS 2019 by Debbie Gilpin

A chilly, grey April afternoon not the most auspicious weather for an occasion such as the Olivier Awards. Before the nominees and guests arrived it looked set to be another rain-soaked affa…

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Tuesday, April 9, 2019

‘A powerful watch’: MOUTHPIECE – Soho Theatre by Debbie Gilpin

Following an acclaimed run at the Traverse Theatre, Fringe First winner Kieran Hurley’s Mouthpiece has transferred to Soho Theatre for a limited run.

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Thursday, April 4, 2019

‘Raucous, ridiculous fun’: Shit-faced Showtime’s Oliver With a Twist – Leicester Square Theatre by Debbie Gilpin

The only thing that strikes me when I watch Shit-faced shows – it’s not my first – is that sometimes the off-kilter fun can feel a little forced.

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‘It feels like the show is reaching out to give you a big hug’: WISE CHILDREN – Coventry ★★★★★ by Debbie Gilpin

My verdict? A show that is unabashedly in love with theatre, revelling in the curious mischief of Angela Carter’s novel – what a joy it is to dance and sing, indeed!

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‘A timely revival of a forgotten classic’: MAGGIE MAY – Finborough Theatre ★★★★ by Debbie Gilpin

Lionel Bart and Alun Owen’s musical Maggie May first opened in London 55 years ago, when it made its debut at the Adelphi Theatre in September 1964 – despite its success it hasn’t been…

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Thursday, March 28, 2019

‘A Christie choose your own adventure with a dash of Cluedo mixed in’: MURDER SHE DIDN’T WRITE – West End ★★★★ by Debbie Gilpin

‘The Case of the Pink Wellington Boots with the Red Hearts’. Not the kind of title you’d expect to spring from Agatha Christie’s pen – instead, an evening of murder mystery hijinks…

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BWW Review: AFTER EDWARD, Sam Wanamaker Playhouse by Debbie Gilpin

During the latter part of this winter season, Shakespeare's Globe has been concentrating on Voices in the Dark Pride, Then and Now, with a production of Marlowe's infamous Edward II running …

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Wednesday, March 27, 2019

‘An explosive, relevant production’: LORD OF THE FLIES – Greenwich Theatre ★★★★ by Debbie Gilpin

I really can’t overstate how insanely great the choreography is in this production; it is such an incredible bonus that I know if I ever see another performance of Lord of the Flies withou…

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Tuesday, March 26, 2019

‘A stellar production of an intriguing play’: THE PRICE – West End ★★★★ by Debbie Gilpin

The Price is a stellar production of an intriguing play about family tensions – the set is breathtaking and Miller’s insights remain as perceptive as ever.

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Monday, March 25, 2019

‘Doesn’t quite live up to its promise’: OTHELLO – Union Theatre ★★★ by Debbie Gilpin

Closing Phil Willmott’s ‘Enemies of the People’ 2019 Essential Classics season is Shakespeare’s classic Othello, marking the centenary of the Jallianwala Bagh massacre, with events s…

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Wednesday, March 20, 2019

BWW Review: THE LIFE I LEAD, Park Theatre by Debbie Gilpin

Best known to many as Mr Banks in Mary Poppins, actor David Tomlinson actually had a quite extensive career on stage and screen - as well as more than his fair share of personal dramas. Jame…

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Friday, March 15, 2019

‘Full of energy & heart’: SPARKPLUG – Touring ★★★★ by Debbie Gilpin

“I’ve got two dads.” Playwright, actor and spoken word artist David Judge’s latest play SparkPlug is inspired by autobiographical events: his mother is white, his biological father i…

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Wednesday, March 13, 2019

‘Shame to be dropped out of a giggle so fast’: QUEEN C*NT: SACRED OR PROFANE? – Touring ★★★ by Debbie Gilpin

Queen C*nt: Sacred or Profane? It’s a great, intriguing title, and the strapline promises even more: to let us watch Deborah Ward and China Blue Fish leave their husbands, practice witchcr…

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‘Touches, entertains & teaches’: A HUNDRED WORDS FOR SNOW – Trafalgar Studios ★★★★★ by Debbie Gilpin

A Hundred Words for Snow is a perfectly crafted one-woman show that touches, entertains and teaches, as it explores grief and polar exploration – a charming performance from Gemma Barnett.

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Tuesday, March 12, 2019

‘Performed to Star Baker standard’: WAITRESS – West End ★★★★★ by Debbie Gilpin

Based on the 2007 film of the same name by Adrienne Shelly, the musical adaptation of Waitress made its Broadway debut back in 2016 and has now made the leap across the pond to London’s We…

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Sunday, March 10, 2019

‘Completely relatable to some and an eye-opener to others’: GOOD DOG – Touring ★★★★★ by Debbie Gilpin

Arinzé Kene’s one-man show good dog has been brought back by tiata fahodzi for a UK tour, directed by Natalie Ibu and starring RADA graduate Kwaku Mills.

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Tuesday, March 5, 2019

‘Wonderfully provocative while avoiding stereotypes’: LIPSTICK: A FAIRY TALE Of IRAN – Omnibus Theatre ★★★★ by Debbie Gilpin

Luckily, Sarah Chew – writer and director of Lipstick: A Fairy Tale of Iran – confronts the schism in feminism between the east and west with humour, grace and heart.

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Regional theatre and Vicky Vox take centre stage at the WhatsOnStage Awards by Debbie Gilpin

We've had the film, TV and music awards, so now it's the theatre's turn to hand out some prizes. Once again, the Prince of Wales Theatre threw open its doors to some of the most popular prod…

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Tuesday, February 19, 2019

‘An essential piece of theatre done stunningly well’: RATTLED – Old Red Lion Theatre ★★★★ by Debbie Gilpin

Something that always impresses me is when a play manages to get the line between tragedy and comedy exactly right; Rattled is disturbing and gripping, but it’s also very, very funny.

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Monday, February 18, 2019

‘Can’t fault the enthusiasm & commitment to the show’: CAN-CAN! – Union Theatre by Debbie Gilpin

Continuing Phil Willmott’s ‘Enemies of the People’ Essential Classics season for 2019 is a new musical, Can-Can!, following on from Arthur Miller’s An Enemy of the People.

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Saturday, February 16, 2019

‘The historic feel adds that extra bit of magic’: DRACULA – London Library ★★★★ by Debbie Gilpin

This new adaptation of the Dracula hints at a darker future, performed brilliantly by a cast of two – the historic surroundings of the London Library adds an extra bit of magic to proceedi…

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Friday, February 15, 2019

‘Quite a breath of fresh air’: AVENUE Q – Touring ★★★★★ by Debbie Gilpin

Irreverent puppet musical Avenue Q stands the test of time thanks to its outrageous humour and catchy songs – heartily recommended for anyone in need of a laugh!

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Wednesday, February 13, 2019

‘A dynamic production’: THE TEMPEST – Greenwich Theatre by Debbie Gilpin

Lazarus Theatre’s The Tempest is a dynamic production of a potentially tedious play, bound together in a stark & bold design – Alexander da Fonseca gives a standout performance.

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