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Friday, April 19, 2019

‘Outstanding vocals which you can’t fail to be impressed by’: ROCK OF AGES – Touring ★★★ by Olivia Mitchell

Rock of Ages is a jukebox music which lacks any storyline but makes up for it through the use of humour and performance.

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Thursday, April 18, 2019

‘Remains fresh & innovative today’: MATTHEW BOURNE’S SWAN LAKE – Touring ★★★★ by Olivia Mitchell

Swan Lake is a sumptuous production full of glorious moments which you’d be hard pressed not to revel in. A powerful, intricately choreographed and danced show, this is a must see for ball…

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Friday, April 12, 2019

‘Enough to warm & break your heart at once’: GOING THROUGH – Bush Theatre ★★★★ by Olivia Mitchell

The UK premiere of Estelle Savasta’s play (translated by Kirsten Hazel Smith), Going Through is a story about the journey’s child migrants take and the people they leave and meet along t…

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Saturday, April 6, 2019

‘Will bring a big smile to your face’: CLUB TROPICANA – Touring ★★★ by Olivia Mitchell

Club Tropicana will bring a big smile to your face, give you the feel-good-factor and make you feel young once again. Its not an award worthy musical but is certainly good fun and like a sum…

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Friday, April 5, 2019

‘Jodie Prenger is excellent as Beverly’: ABIGAIL’S PARTY – Touring ★★★★★ by Olivia Mitchell

This role was famously played by the inimitable Alison Steadman in the original, and whilst these are gold heels which are impossible to fill, Jodie Prenger is excellent as Beverly.

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Sunday, March 31, 2019

‘A heart-warming, totally British feel-good show’: CALENDAR GIRLS – Touring ★★★★★ by Olivia Mitchell

For a really positive feel good evening at the theatre, suitable for all ages, I urge everyone to go and see this wonderful production of Calendar Girls The Musical.

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Thursday, March 28, 2019

‘Making it feel fresh even after all these years’: ROMEO & JULIET – Royal Opera House ★★★★ by Olivia Mitchell

This Royal Ballet season beautifully revives Kenneth MacMillan’s dramatic monument in a smooth and moving way, with a number of company debuts making Romeo & Juliet feel fresh even aft…

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Sunday, March 24, 2019

‘Perfect farewell-for-now’: VISION OF YOU – Peterborough ★★★★ by Olivia Mitchell

Since the closing of Bat Out of Hell, fans of the show have been able to keep their love and involvement alive through Rob Fowler and Sharon Sexton’s album Vision of You which charts the b…

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Wednesday, March 20, 2019

‘A night to remember’: DIRTY DANCING – Touring ★★★★★ by Olivia Mitchell

Dirty Dancing is not just a show about a love affair against the odds, or an early 60s period piece. Its continued popularity over the past 31 years is just as much due to tackling issues of…

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Monday, March 18, 2019

‘The cast is pretty brilliant’: MADAGASCAR THE MUSICAL – Touring by Olivia Mitchell

Madagascar the Musical was a perfect family night out, full of fun for the young audience as they tapped, cheered and danced their way through the story, against the backdrop of a damp and d…

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Friday, March 15, 2019

‘A load of female-led fun’: 9 TO 5 THE MUSICAL – West End ★★★★ by Olivia Mitchell

9 To 5 is a feel-good show, helmed by powerful performers who allow you to ignore the shortcomings and enjoy it for what it is: a load of female led fun.

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Thursday, March 14, 2019

‘Becoming bigger & better’: WEST END LIVE LOUNGE – The Other Palace by Olivia Mitchell

This is the second Woman themed West End Live Lounge, but this time, the team have graduated from The Other Palace Studio to the main space as they become bigger and better.

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Wednesday, March 13, 2019

‘It’s no surprise that this show continues to be a success’: MAMMA MIA! – West End ★★★ by Olivia Mitchell

It’s a cult classic, it’s summery fun, it’s the music of ABBA and altogether it’s a great night out. It’s never going to be the most theatrically enthralling or deeply emotive piec…

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Tuesday, March 12, 2019

‘It’s the utterly hilarious cast who really bring it to life’: BENIDORM LIVE – Touring ★★★★ by Olivia Mitchell

A saucy, seaside postcard of a show, Benidorm Live is sure to delight fans of the series and newbies alike as they take a carefree, innuendo-filled trip to sunny Spain.

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Saturday, March 9, 2019

‘Pastry-wrapped parcel of theatrical sweetness’: WAITRESS – West End ★★★★ by Olivia Mitchell

Waitress is a show that takes you off the beaten track and provides a more intimate, less flashy show compared to those we usually see. This nuanced musical is a sweet treat that will warm y…

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Thursday, March 7, 2019

‘Upholds the notion of women supporting women’: SIX – Arts Theatre ★★★★★(★) by Olivia Mitchell

This week the 2019 Olivier Awards nominations were announced and Six is up for five. For a show which started as a university project, it’s pretty amazing and inspiring that Six is reachin…

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Wednesday, March 6, 2019

‘Crazily well-performed show’: ROCK OF AGES – Touring ★★★ by Olivia Mitchell

Let’s start by saying that Rock of Ages is not a musical masterpiece by any means, but it is a super self-aware, high intensity, fun and crazily well performed show, that’ll definitely h…

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Monday, March 4, 2019

‘You couldn’t ask for a sweeter theatrical event’: DISNEY’S BROADWAY HITS – Royal Albert Hall ★★★★★ by Olivia Mitchell

There’s no denying that we all love a bit of magic in our lives and the Royal Albert Hall’s Disney’s Broadway Hits provided the perfect sprinkle of fairy dust on a grey Saturday aftern…

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Sunday, March 3, 2019

‘Riveting & engrossing from start to finish’: JESUS HOPPED THE ‘A’ TRAIN – Young Vic Theatre ★★★★ by Olivia Mitchell

Originally directed by Philip Seymour Hoffman and performed by LABrynth Theatre Company, Stephen Adly Guirgis’ Olivier-nominated Jesus Hopped the ‘A’ Train, returns to London in a stri…

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Friday, March 1, 2019

INTERVIEW: Spotlight On… West End Live Lounge founder Shaun McCourt by Olivia Mitchell

West End Live Lounge is back at The Other Palace on 10 March 2019 for a celebration of WOMEN. The stellar line up of performers will sings songs from powerful ladies, all whilst raising mone…

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Thursday, February 28, 2019

‘Themes as relevant as they were 40 years ago’: ABIGAIL’S PARY – Touring ★★★★ by Olivia Mitchell

I am old enough to have seen the original televised play for today of Mike Leigh’s Abigail’s Party in 1977 and have loved it ever since. Therefore, I was really looking forward to seeing…

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Monday, February 18, 2019

INTERVIEW: Spotlight On… Come From Away’s real Nick and Diane Marson & their #WestEnd counterparts Robert Hands & Helen Hobson by Olivia Mitchell

One amazing story in Come From Away is that of Nick and Diane Marson who met on a diverted plane and fell unexpectedly in love. Editor, Olivia, got to chat to Nick and Diane about the show a…

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Saturday, February 16, 2019

FROM DOWN UNDER: Peter Pan Goes Wrong in Sydney ★★★★ by Olivia Mitchell

Peter Pan Goes Wrong is a theatrical disaster panto crammed with slapstick calamities and magic misadventures. The production is framed around the JM Barrie classic and follows the formula t…

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Tuesday, February 12, 2019

‘A reminder of just how wonderful theatre can be’: ROCKY HORROR SHOW –Touring ★★★★ by Olivia Mitchell

A Transylvanian delight, Rocky Horror will have you laughing in delight and dancing in your seat from the moment it begins in all its sparkly, transsexual glory.

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Monday, February 11, 2019

‘Quality-filled night out that keeps audiences coming back for more’: THE BODYGUARD – Touring ★★★★ by Olivia Mitchell

Offering the right balance of romance, suspense, dance, humour and music, the award-winning musical The Bodyguard gives audiences everything they want wrapped up in a quality-filled ‘nigh…

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Thursday, February 7, 2019

‘Will make you laugh, cringe, gasp & howl’: AVENUE Q – Touring ★★★★★ by Olivia Mitchell

The Avenue Q puppets are back in one of the naughtiest and funniest musicals around, and they will make you laugh, cringe, gasp and howl as they make their way round the UK.

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Monday, February 4, 2019

‘Pure brilliance’: SHOWSTOPPER! THE IMPROVISED MUSICAL – The Other Palace ★★★★★ by Olivia Mitchell

There’s a reason Showstopper! won an Oliver Award; there’s a reason why this show (which on the tin has the potential to be messy) has been running for near enough 12 years without fail,…

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Tuesday, January 29, 2019

‘A brilliant job of storytelling & taking the audience on a journey’: VISION OF YOU – The Space at Studio 88 ★★★★ by Olivia Mitchell

After releasing their album Vision of You, back in December, Rob Fowler and Sharon Sexton have taken their exploration of the backstories of Falco and Sloane (the pair's characters in Bat Ou…

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Thursday, January 24, 2019

‘Every show is a celebration of the amazing improv performers’: Showstopper! The Improvised Musical – The Other Palace ★★★★★ by Olivia Mitchell

Showstopper! The Improvised Musical is exactly what it says on the tin, a musical that is created new every night by audience input and the amazing, fast-thinking and uber talented cast. Eve…

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Wednesday, January 23, 2019

‘The cast is stellar’: VIOLET – Charing Cross Theatre ★★★ by Olivia Mitchell

Based on Doris Betts’ short story The Ugliest Pilgrim, featuring music by Jeanine Tesori and libretto by Brian Crawley, Violet follows a disfigured woman as she embarks on a Greyhound Bus …

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Tuesday, January 22, 2019

ON BROADWAY: The Prom is ‘every theatre fan’s dream’ ★★★★ by Olivia Mitchell

Directed and choreographed by Casey Nicholaw, The Prom provides pure elation mixed with comedy so expertly that you can’t fail to leave with a beaming smile on your face.

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