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Thursday, January 10, 2019

‘Unearthing of another gem’: THE DAME – Park Theatre ★★★★ by Jonathan Baz

In an impressive Duncan double-act, The Dame transfers from the Edinburgh Fringe to London’s Park Theatre and makes for compelling theatre. In her first play, Katie Duncan writes, for fath…

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Sunday, January 6, 2019

‘Ol’ Blue Eyes could be right there with you’: SINATRA RAW – Live at Zedel ★★★★ by Jonathan Baz

Transferring to the capital from a sold-out run at the Edinburgh Fringe, Richard Shelton’s tribute to Frank Sinatra makes for a fabulous evening.

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Monday, December 24, 2018

‘A real festive treat from start to finish’: NUTCRACKER – London Coliseum ★★★★ by Jonathan Baz

One of the best-loved ballets, Nutcracker returns to London’s Coliseum and is a real festive treat from start to finish. Wayne

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Sunday, December 23, 2018

‘A five-star cast deliver distinctly flawed material’: CAROLINE, OR CHANGE – West End ★★★ by Jonathan Baz

Caroline, or Change is a curious show that sees a five-star cast deliver distinctly flawed material. Set in an early 1960s Louisiana.

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Thursday, December 20, 2018

‘Flawless & unique’: A CHRISTMAS CAROL – Arts Theatre ★★★★★ by Jonathan Baz

Simon Callow’s telling of A Christmas Carol at the Arts Theatre is theatrical perfection. A solo performance, aided only by subtly ingenious projections and the occasional, immaculately ti…

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Wednesday, December 19, 2018

‘A fabulous feel-good delight’: WHITE CHRISTMAS – Leicester ★★★★ by Jonathan Baz

With Berlin’s classic numbers and in the gifted creative hands of director Nikolai Foster and his choreographer Stephen Mear, White Christmas becomes a fabulous feel-good delight.

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Tuesday, December 18, 2018

‘A modern-day Christmas turkey’: THE TELL-TALE HEART – National Theatre by Jonathan Baz

Expectations are high for a festive ghost story from the National. With its world-class resources, the theatre offers a wondrous potential to stage the most chilling of tales and when the so…

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Monday, December 17, 2018

‘Back with more electricity, punch & swagger than ever before’: MATTHEW BOURNE’S SWAN LAKE – Sadler’s Wells ★★★★ by Jonathan Baz

As one of dance’s most iconic productions, Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake returns home to a rapturous reception.

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Saturday, December 15, 2018

‘Revel in the eccentric ridiculousness of it all’: THE MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR – Barbican Theatre ★★★★ by Jonathan Baz

Returning to the RSC and the Barbican for The Merry Wives of Windsor after his triumph in Titus Andronicus last year is David Troughton as the drunken and self-proclaimed womaniser, Falstaff…

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Friday, December 14, 2018

‘Perhaps the sweetest piece of new drama to hit London this year’: CHASING BONO – Soho Theatre ★★★★★ by Jonathan Baz

In another example of London’s fringe theatre at its unmissable finest, Chasing Bono at Soho Theatre offers an evening of flawless entertainment.

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Wednesday, December 12, 2018

‘Beautifully festive theatre’: PETER PAN – Park Theatre ★★★★ by Jonathan Baz

In an exciting and ambitious move for one of London’s leading Off-West End venues, the Park Theatre splashes the cash on its Christmas production and with flying experts Foy on board, have…

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Monday, December 10, 2018

‘Anything but washed out’: ALADDIN – Hackney Empire ★★★★ by Jonathan Baz

Writer/director Susie McKenna delivers her 20th festive production – Aladdin – with a show that captures the diversity of her London patch, yet cleverly avoids cultural appropriation and…

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Sunday, December 9, 2018

‘Imaginative yet also reassuringly traditional’: FIDDLER ON THE ROOF – Menier Chocolate Factory ★★★★★ by Jonathan Baz

In eschewing any trendy political statement to hang around his work, Nunn has made it all the more poignant and powerful. Deservedly sold out for the rest of its Menier run, his Fiddler On T…

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Friday, December 7, 2018

‘Delivers immense joy’: HOT GAY TIME MACHINE – Trafalgar Studios ★★★★ by Jonathan Baz

You enter a dark basement in the heart of the West End. RuPaul is blaring, lights are flashing and there is dancing. Yet this is not a club. Instead, it’s Hot Gay Time Machine.

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Wednesday, December 5, 2018

‘The play’s dynamism is timeless’: TRUE WEST – WestEnd ★★★★★ by Jonathan Baz

Squeezed into a lean and tightly filled two hours, Sam Shepard’s True West is an acerbic glimpse of domestic dysfunctionality that plays out in sweltering Southern California, a blasted ba…

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Wednesday, November 28, 2018

‘A heavenly symphony of instrument & voice’: ENNIO MORRICONE IN CONCERT – O2 ★★★★★ by Jonathan Baz

Ennio Morricone played London for the last time this week, his farewell visit to the capital heralding the gifted composer’s imminent retirement.

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Saturday, November 17, 2018

‘One of the most refreshing & riotous shows in London’: HADESTOWN – National Theatre ★★★★ by Jonathan Baz

Running at the National Theatre prior to a Broadway opening, Hadestown offers a uniquely folksy and enchanting take on the tragic tale of Orpheus and his love, Euridice.

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Wednesday, November 14, 2018

‘Poignant, funny & perfectly played’: DON QUIXOTE – West End ★★★★ by Jonathan Baz

In James Fenton’s adaptation of Cervantes’ 17th-century classic, the fabled antics of Knight Errant Don Quixote are given a contemporary understanding that still preserves the original…

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Saturday, November 10, 2018

‘Chillingly relevant’: ROMEO & JULIET – Barbican Theatre ★★★★ by Jonathan Baz

Romeo & Juliet, with Karen Fishwick and Bally Gill as the leads, arrives at the Barbican as part of the Royal Shakespeare Company’s London residency. Although written over four centur…

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Friday, November 2, 2018

‘Stubbs gives a stunning performance’: HONOUR – Park Theatre by Jonathan Baz

‘There’s no fool like an old fool’ is an adage that sums up much of Honour, now playing at the Park Theatre. The play introduces Henry Goodman and Imogen Stubbs as married couple Georg…

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Thursday, November 1, 2018

‘Captivating performance’: SHOLOM ALEICHEM IN THE OLD COUNTRY – Lion & Union Theatre ★★★★ by Jonathan Baz

Sholom Aleichem In The Old Country is at once charming, funny, sad and yet it is ultimately tragic. Not because of any serious disaster that befalls the characters, but rather because it off…

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Wednesday, October 31, 2018

‘Falls a little flat in pivotal places’: MACBETH – Barbican Theatre ★★★ by Jonathan Baz

This Macbeth should be an absolute blinder with such a strong and perfectly brooding lead… but unfortunately, the production falls a little flat in pivotal places.

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Wednesday, October 24, 2018

‘Well-written, intriguing & thought-provoking play’: WELCOME…? – Bridewell Theatre ★★★★ by Jonathan Baz

Performed at the Bridewell Theatre in an enticing lunchtime slot, Welcome…? is a ground-breaking play that seeks to challenge the narrative around out-of-work pregnant female actors and is…

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Tuesday, October 23, 2018

‘Large group numbers energised the space quite thrillingly’: GUYS & DOLLS LIVE IN CONCERT – Royal Albert Hall ★★★★ by Jonathan Baz

Gamblers, gangsters and nightclub singers mingle together in 1950s New York in Guys & Dolls, Frank Loesser, Jo Swerling and Abe Burrows’ ‘musical fable of Broadway’, which returne…

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Sunday, October 21, 2018

‘An event of uplifting beauty & hope: THE DISTANCE YOU HAVE COME – Cockpit Theatre ★★★★ by Jonathan Baz

Scott Alan’s The Distance You Have Come – a song cycle drawn from Alan’s work to date – has been fashioned together in this two-hour gig and is an event of uplifting beauty and hope.

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Saturday, October 20, 2018

‘Unquestionably fine theatre’: COMPANY – West End ★★★★ by Jonathan Baz

An evening at Marianne Elliott’s production of Company at the Gielgud Theatre is unquestionably fine theatre. Everybody rise.

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Friday, October 19, 2018

‘Rightly lauded as a major piece of 21st-century theatre’: THE INHERITANCE – West End ★★★★ by Jonathan Baz

The Inheritance at the Noel Coward Theatre has been rightly lauded as a major piece of 21st-century theatre and Lopez has a gift for crafting argument and dialogue with sensitivity and innat…

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Monday, October 1, 2018

‘I think it’s more relevant than ever’: Jane Robins talks about tackling Brexit in new play People Like Us by Jonathan Baz

As Brexit remains headline news across the country, People Like Us, a new comedy from writers Julie Burchill and Jane Robins, examines how this polarisation of political opinion has cut a sw…

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Friday, September 28, 2018

‘There are moments here to be savoured’: ANTONY & CLEOPATRA – National Theatre ★★★★ by Jonathan Baz

At three and a half hours all in Antony and Cleopatra is a long haul, but with Fiennes and Okonedo making Shakespeare’s verse sing, there are moments here to be savoured.

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Thursday, September 20, 2018

‘Packed full of humour & memorable numbers’: HEATHERS THE MUSICAL – West End ★★★ by Jonathan Baz

Following a sold-out run at The Other Palace earlier this year, there’s been a lot of hype surrounding Heathers the Musical, with a strong fandom out in force and social media buzzing with…

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Monday, September 17, 2018

‘A defiant & intelligent display of strong womanhood’: WASTED – Southwark Playhouse ★★★★ by Jonathan Baz

Any musical can only be as good as its underlying book and Wasted, based upon the lives of the four Brontë siblings (three girls and a boy) is written around a very strong core.

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