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Monday, January 13, 2020

‘The music is the heart & soul of this show’: ONCE – Touring ★★★★ by Debbie Gilpin

A welcome return for Once, a gorgeous show with music truly at its heart and soul.

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Thursday, January 9, 2020

MISSED THE BOAT: Stephen Ward by Debbie Gilpin

Posted on January 7, 2020 by Debbie Stephen Ward Photo credit: Nobby Clark I very nearly did see this one, but it opened and closed so swiftly that I didn’t really have the cha…

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Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Mind The Blog’s top five musical choices for 2020 by Debbie Gilpin

If you’re struggling with all the choice, Mind The Blog has come up with her top five musicals you do not want to miss in 2020.

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Monday, January 6, 2020

‘Wonderfully conceived & immaculately performed’: FAME THE MUSICAL – Troubadour Wembley Park Theatre ★★★★ by Debbie Gilpin

An energetic production of Fame that serves as a good reminder that you can’t anywhere without hard work – the choreography is superb.

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Friday, January 3, 2020

Mind the Blog reflects on a theatre wish list for 2020 by Debbie Gilpin

Mind the Blog has a fairly wide-ranging wish list of things I hope to see, including major shows such as Sunday in the Park with George, Evita, Magic Goes Wrong, Uncle Vanya and the Jamie Ll…

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Friday, December 27, 2019

Mind the Blog’s Favourite female performances of 2019 by Debbie Gilpin

As with last year, there were too many brilliant performances to restrict this to one combined list – so once again I’ve split them up into male and female performances.

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Monday, December 23, 2019

‘A barnstorming show with laughs by the bucketload’: CURTAINS – West End ★★★★ by Debbie Gilpin

Curtains is a toe-tapping, giggle-inducing spectacular that stays just as true to the whodunnit – Samuel Holmes absolutely steals the show.

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Sunday, December 22, 2019

‘An absolute treat’: THE RED SHOES – Sadler’s Wells ★★★★★ by Debbie Gilpin

The Red Shoes is an absolute tour-de-force, and the perfect example of how to make dance (and ballet, in particular) accessible and engaging to a wider audience. It’s an absolute treat.

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Wednesday, December 4, 2019

‘An all-singing, all-dancing festive treat’: WHITE CHRISTMAS – West End ★★★★ by Debbie Gilpin

White Christmas is an all-singing, all-dancing festive treat, full of showbiz razzmatazz and a little bit of romance thrown in for good measure – though with the memories of war lurking in…

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Tuesday, December 3, 2019

‘Revels in its ridiculousness’: WE WILL ROCK YOU – Touring ★★★★ by Debbie Gilpin

What can really elevate a show of this nature is the cast, and a remarkably talented set of performers have been assembled for this tour of We Will Rock You.

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Sunday, November 24, 2019

‘You’re guaranteed to have a good time’: & JULIET – West End ★★★ by Debbie Gilpin

& Juliet is a camp classic that’s perfect nostalgia hit for the children of the 90s, and a guaranteed hit for fans of the music – this isn’t the Shakespeare you’ll recognise from…

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Sunday, November 17, 2019

‘Sams’ adaptation is excellent’: WHAT’S IN A NAME – Touring ★★★★ by Debbie Gilpin

What’s In A Name is a comedy-drama that’s packed full of great one-liners while maintaining a dark edge – the cast is uniformly excellent.

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Monday, October 14, 2019

‘The cast of five excel themselves’: THE HOUSE OF YES – Hope Theatre ★★★★ by Debbie Gilpin

Excellent direction combines with all design elements to create a truly atmospheric piece in The House Of Yes at the Hope Theatre, a bold choice of play that serves as a fitting end to Matth…

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Friday, October 4, 2019

‘A brilliant way to introduce audiences to (more) opera’: THE ELIXIR OF LOVE – King’s Head Theatre ★★★★★ by Debbie Gilpin

This rom-com opera, The Elixir of Love is great fun and incredibly engaging – a ray of sunshine on a cold autumn evening.

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Thursday, September 19, 2019

’True testament to the power of music & storytelling’: WHAT GIRLS ARE MADE OF – Soho Theatre ★★★★★ by Debbie Gilpin

Loud, bold & full of heart, What Girls Are Made Of is full of dynamic performances – a true testament to the power of music & storytelling.

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Friday, August 23, 2019

‘Definitely good for a giggle’: FRIENDSICAL – Edinburgh Fringe & Touring ★★★★ by Debbie Gilpin

Friendsical is a light-hearted musical take on one of the most popular TV comedies of recent times – good for a laugh for Friends fans.

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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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