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Thursday, June 20, 2019

10 questions for 10 years – Samuel Barnett by Ian Foster

Original History Boy Samuel Barnett takes on the 10 Questions for 10 Years challenge.

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Monday, June 17, 2019

‘People need to go to the theatre & see themselves represented’: 10 questions for 10 years – Nadim Naaman by Ian Foster

Actor/singer/writer/dad Nadim Naaman takes a moment to answer 10 Questions for 10 Years most thoughtfully indeed.

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Friday, June 14, 2019

‘This sets the (trapeze) bar very high indeed’: A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM – Bridge Theatre by Ian Foster

Nicholas Hytner gives us an utterly inspired take on A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Bridge Theatre, with Gwendoline Christie in stupendous form.

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Wednesday, June 12, 2019

10 questions for 10 years – Hans Kesting by Ian Foster

Internationaal Theater Amsterdam’s Hans Kesting was my first ever Best Actor award winner and has continued to be one of the most interesting actors around, in any language.

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Tuesday, June 11, 2019

10 questions for 10 years – Theatre critic Henry Hitchings by Ian Foster

The outgoing Evening Standard theatre reviewer Henry Hitchings takes a little time to reflect with 10 easygoing questions.

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Monday, June 10, 2019

ALBUM REVIEW: Justine Balmer – Simple Thing by Ian Foster

From Coldplay to Claude Debussy, crossover soprano Justine Balmer’s debut album Simple Thing is a collection of songs that work well together.

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Sunday, June 9, 2019

10 questions for 10 years – Playwright Tom Wells by Ian Foster

How many of us can say we’ve inspired some branded condoms?! Find out more as playwright Tom Wells becomes the first person to answer 10 questions for 10 years.

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Wednesday, June 5, 2019

‘This is an actor we will surely be talking about for years to come’: COUNTRY MUSIC – Omnibus Theatre by Ian Foster

A sensational performance from Cary Crankson anchors a powerful production of Simon Stephens’ Country Music at Clapham’s Omnibus Theatre.

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Tuesday, June 4, 2019

‘Makes for a striking experience on stage’: DEAD DOG IN A SUITCASE – Lyric Hammersmith & Touring by Ian Foster

The inimitable Kneehigh retools The Beggar’s Opera in Dead Dog in a Suitcase (and other love songs).

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Monday, June 3, 2019

‘Nothing is gained by not being frank’: WHITE PEARL – Royal Court Theatre by Ian Foster

Despite a cracking design, White Pearl doesn’t convince as an effective play at the Royal Court.

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Sunday, June 2, 2019

‘A cracking meal & entertaining show’: DINNER IS COMING – The Vaults by Ian Foster

Some properly tasty food makes the Game of Thrones-inspired immersive show Dinner is Coming an entertaining night indeed at The Vaults.

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Friday, May 31, 2019

‘Fatally unbalanced’: THE STARRY MESSENGER – West End by Ian Foster

Middle-aged white male wish fulfilment writ large, The Starry Messenger is a dull, disappointing and delusional three hours at the Wyndham’s Theatre.

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Thursday, May 30, 2019

ALBUM REVIEWS: Matthew Croke’s Only Dreaming & Anna O’Byrne’s Dream by Ian Foster

A pair of dreamy album reviews with Matthew Croke’s Only Dreaming & Anna O’Byrne’s Dream.

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Wednesday, May 29, 2019

‘One of the most deeply romantic things I’ve seen on stage all year’: AMELIE THE MUSICAL – Touring by Ian Foster

As sweet-sharp as a diabolo grenadine, Amélie the Musical has lost none of its inimitable charm as it gears up for a considerable UK tour.

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‘A compelling production of a flawed play’: KING HEDLEY II – Theatre Royal Stratford East by Ian Foster

August Wilson’s King Hedley II is something of a flawed play but it receives a strong production from Nadia Fall at Theatre Royal Stratford East.

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Tuesday, May 28, 2019

‘Musical theatre of the highest degree’: THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON – Southwark Playhouse by Ian Foster

A sensationally good new British musical that I couldn’t recommend more. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button at the Southwark Playhouse is something special.

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Monday, May 20, 2019

‘Beautifully compelling’: ORPHEUS DESCENDING – Menier Chocolate Factory by Ian Foster

Tennessee Williams’s Orpheus Descending may not be his greatest play but Tamara Harvey’s production for the Menier Chocolate Factory proves most affecting in the end.

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Saturday, May 18, 2019

‘Vividly effective way of portraying the pole-axing effects of grief’: TESTAMENT – Hope Theatre by Ian Foster

Bold as you like, Chalk Line’s Testament is a breath of bracingly fresh air into the Hope Theatre with its blend of physical theatre, metaphysical narrative and contemporary issue-baiting.

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Friday, May 17, 2019

‘At its best when it is at its silliest’: SUMMER STREET – Waterloo East Theatre by Ian Foster

Aussie soap opera musical Summer Street proves an amiable if unchallenging watch at the Waterloo East Theatre.

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Wednesday, May 15, 2019

‘A thing of pure beauty but fails to stir the heart’: ROSMERSHOLM – West End by Ian Foster

Neil Austin’s lighting design in Rosmersholm at the Duke of York’s Theatre is a thing of beauty and Hayley Atwell is excellent but Ibsen is still Ibsen…

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Thursday, May 9, 2019

‘Peake guides us expertly through worlds of pain’: AVALANCHE – Barbican Theatre by Ian Foster

Maxine Peake is magisterial at the Barbican in this heart-breaking monologue Avalanche; A Love Story.

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Tuesday, May 7, 2019

‘Unconventional variety & huge amounts of wit’: LITTLE DEATH CLUB – Underbelly Festival by Ian Foster

On the one hand, you might consider Little Death Club as just another late night cabaret show, but on experiencing this extraordinary hour, you see that it really is more than that, somethin…

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Thursday, May 2, 2019

‘Breath-takingly powerful & inventive’: SMALL ISLAND – National Theatre by Ian Foster

Andrea Levy’s novel Small Island comes to life most beautifully in this adaptation by Helen Edmundson at the National Theatre.

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Wednesday, May 1, 2019

‘There’s something intriguing & moving here’: THE HIRED MAN – Hornchurch & Touring by Ian Foster

The Hired Man might perhaps disappoint those looking for the bombast of a large-scale musical but in its subtle portrait of a slice of social history, there’s something more intriguing and…

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Saturday, April 27, 2019

‘Truly benefits from its straightforwardness’: ALL MY SONS – The Old Vic by Ian Foster

Some titanic acting performances from Sally Field, Bill Pullman and Colin Morgan in this superb All My Sons at the Old Vic Theatre.

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Friday, April 26, 2019

‘Unafraid to be different, for better or for worse’: TWELFTH NIGHT – Rose Playhouse by Ian Foster

Twelfth Night in the roaring twenties? OVO Theatre brings its inventive musical take on Shakespeare to the Rose Playhouse.

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Thursday, April 25, 2019

‘There’s something so true to heart about its messaging’: AMELIE THE MUSICAL – Touring by Ian Foster

A sensational adaptation of the film, Amélie the Musical completely captures my heart – see it now at the Watermill Theatre and then touring across the UK.

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Saturday, April 20, 2019

‘Nowhere near enough charm for my liking’: SWEET CHARITY – Donmar Warehouse by Ian Foster

Nowhere near enough charm in this Sweet Charity for my liking. Josie Rourke’s farewell to the Donmar Warehouse is grey rather than silver.

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Wednesday, April 17, 2019

‘As perfect a piece of musical theatre as I could hope for’: FOLLIES – National Theatre by Ian Foster

Just a quickie for this revisit to Follies, which remains as perfect a piece of musical theatre as I could hope for. I loved it then but I really love it now.

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Saturday, April 13, 2019

‘An unmistakeable freshness that is just beautiful to watch’: WEST SIDE STORY – Manchester by Ian Foster

Aletta Collins’ new choreography is just one of the highlights of a most successful West Side Story at the Royal Exchange.

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Friday, April 12, 2019

‘Entirely seductive’: HAIR – Touring by Ian Foster

This 50th anniversary tour of Hair the Musical does more than any to make me like the show.

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