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Thursday, August 22, 2019

‘Genre-defining’: ELECTROLYTE – Edinburgh Fringe ★★★★ by Debbie Gilpin

Electrolyte is a special piece of theatre that fuses spoken word with all the key components of a gig – a great way to keep the mental health conversation going.

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Monday, August 12, 2019

‘Watch out, because the rhythm will get you!’: ON YOUR FEET! – London Coliseum ★★★★ by Debbie Gilpin

One test of biography jukebox musicals is how much an uninitiated audience member ends up learning about the artist through the course of the show.

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Monday, August 5, 2019

‘Writing a play is cheaper than therapy’: Tom Hartwell’s play Before 30 has a stint at the Edinburgh Fringe by Debbie Gilpin

Tom Hartwell’s play Before 30 is now making its way up to Edinburgh for a stint at the Festival Fringe prior to a one-off performance at the United Solo Theatre Festival in New York this N…

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Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Publish: It’s been a summer of Shakespeare Dreams by Debbie Gilpin

“What angel wakes me from my flowery bed?” A plethora of productions of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, that’s what.

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Wednesday, July 10, 2019

‘An imaginative way to keep the mental health conversation going’: GREY – Ovalhouse ★★★★ by Debbie Gilpin

Koko Brown is back with her new show Grey, following on from last year’s hit one-woman play White. This instalment of the Colour Trilogy explores depression and black women’s mental heal…

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Monday, July 8, 2019

‘Carnival reaches Southwark’: A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM – Shakespeare’s Globe ★★★★ by Debbie Gilpin

Carnival reaches Southwark in this vibrant new A Midsummer Night’s Dream, with a lively cast &and colourful designs – and don’t get comfortable if you’re a groundling.

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Tuesday, June 25, 2019

‘Consider the history books rewritten’: SIRENS – Touring ★★★★★ by Debbie Gilpin

Sirens is a rip-roaring show that shares a vital feminist message and champions increased inclusivity in theatre – consider the history books rewritten!

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Monday, June 24, 2019

‘A good concept & well-incorporated live music’: THE FLIES – Bunker Theatre by Debbie Gilpin

Exchange Theatre returns with its production of Jean-Paul Sartre’s The Flies, running alternately in French and English at The Bunker Theatre for a limited time.

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Tuesday, June 18, 2019

‘Incredibly thought-provoking piece of work’: KILL CLIMATE DENIERS – Pleasance Theatre ★★★★ by Debbie Gilpin

Kill Climate Deniers is a crazy show that’s surprisingly considered, as well as cathartic, raising big points and big laughs – a vital part of the climate conversation.

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Thursday, May 30, 2019

‘Highlighting its relevance to the present climate’: HENRY V – Cirencester ★★★★ by Debbie Gilpin

Henry V at The Barn Theatre, Cirencester is an exceptionally well conceived production, with a clear focus on storytelling and great visuals – a Henry V for our times.

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Saturday, May 25, 2019

‘Might be the most energetic performance I’ve ever seen’: THE WORST LITTLE WAREHOUSE IN LONDON – Touring ★★★★ by Debbie Gilpin

The Worst Little Warehouse might be the most energetic performance I’ve ever seen. I genuinely don’t know how Lala Barlow and Robbie Smith do it, pirouetting around the stage while singi…

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Friday, May 24, 2019

BWW Review: DEAD DOG IN A SUITCASE (AND OTHER LOVE SONGS), Lyric Hammersmith by Debbie Gilpin

Bring it down. Bring it all down and start again An unexpected European election day in the UK and anticipation of Theresa May's resignation formed the backdrop for Kneehigh's London press n…

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‘The whole company must be applauded’: BEATS ON POINTE – Peacock Theatre ★★★★ by Debbie Gilpin

Beats on Pointe at the Peacock Theatre is an infectiously enjoyable show that’s at its best when it focuses entirely on the dance – highly recommended.

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Wednesday, May 22, 2019

‘An interestingly conceived production’: SALOMÉ – Greenwich Theatre by Debbie Gilpin

“Dance for me, Salome, I beseech you.” The final production in this year’s Lazarus Theatre Company residency at Greenwich Theatre (following on from The Tempest and Lord of the Flies) …

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Tuesday, May 21, 2019

‘Far from bonzer new musical’: SUMMER STREET – Waterloo East Theatre by Debbie Gilpin

An energetic cast and an understated performance from Pogo the Summer Street dog are not enough to save this problematic show at the Waterloo East Theatre.

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Friday, May 17, 2019

‘The ideal tonic for our modern world’: MATILDA THE MUSICAL – West End ★★★★★ by Debbie Gilpin

It’s no wonder Matilda The Musical has managed to stand its ground in the West End; it’s a sheer delight for adults and children alike, brimming with optimism and a clear sense of right …

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Wednesday, May 15, 2019

‘A fresh perspective’: HENRY V – Shakespeare’s Globe ★★★★★ by Debbie Gilpin

A fresh perspective on the classic Henry V, concluding Hal’s journey from errant prince to conquering king – an action-packed end to the trilogy.

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Tuesday, May 14, 2019

‘Echoes through to modern-day instabilities’: HENRY IV PART 1 – Shakespeare’s Globe ★★★★★ by Debbie Gilpin

Henry IV Part 1 is a fast-paced, fun production that speaks to our politically unstable times – a great way to start the new season.

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Monday, May 13, 2019

‘A worthy showcase of the short play form’: FEAST FROM THE EAST – Tristan Bates Theatre by Debbie Gilpin

Feast from the East is a series of eight short plays from INK Festival, showcasing the playwriting talent from East Anglia; they’re on the road and in London.

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Friday, May 10, 2019

MISSED THE BOAT: Hadestown by Debbie Gilpin

I’m not quite sure how I managed to miss Hadestown at the National Theatre before it transferred to Broadway, where it has picked up 14 Tony Award nominations.

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Saturday, May 4, 2019

‘The rich score is performed expertly by the cast of actor-musicians’: THE HIRED MAN – Hornchurch & Touring ★★★ by Debbie Gilpin

A decent production of a slightly bland musical – The Hired Man’s 20-30 year span is over-ambitious for the given running time.

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Wednesday, April 24, 2019

‘A real gem from the Pinter collection’: BETRAYAL – West End ★★★★ by Debbie Gilpin

Betrayal is a real gem from the Pinter collection, benefiting from the minimalist design and slick direction of this production – Charlie Cox’s performance is a real highlight.

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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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