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Wednesday, May 22, 2019

‘Highlights the importance & power of music’: SCHOOL OF ROCK – West End ★★★ by Olivia Mitchell

School of Rock is one of those cult films that is genuinely wonderful. Funny, sweet and a crowd pleaser, the 2003 Jack Black hit transfers well to the stage and provides an entertaining nigh…

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Saturday, May 18, 2019

‘Fun, silly, spoofy & full of gags’: SUMMER STREET – Waterloo East Theatre ★★★★ by Olivia Mitchell

Everything is a little brighter on Summer Street, or in this case Waterloo East Theatre. Summer Street takes us back to the heyday of the 1990’s to 00’s Australian soap opera or ‘Soapy…

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Thursday, May 16, 2019

‘Packs all the right punches’: AMERICAN IDIOT – Touring ★★★★ by Olivia Mitchell

The storyline itself is pretty thin but thanks to the outstanding vocal performances and incredibly emotive and shocking scenes, American Idiot provides a fun, feisty night out.

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Friday, May 10, 2019

‘A whole lot of fun, mountains of sparkle & enough magic to enthral’: ALADDIN – West End ★★★★ by Olivia Mitchell

The mix of comedy, romance, fantastic performances and magic in Aladdin mean something is provided for everyone and you can't help but feel whisked up in the wonder of it all.

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Thursday, May 9, 2019

‘Intriguing & mystical’: AMOUR – Charing Cross Theatre by Olivia Mitchell

Amour is a sweet and bittersweet story which is delicately handled by director Hannah Chissick. The concept of is intriguing and mystical, and the style of the music is chocolate box sweet.

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Wednesday, May 8, 2019

‘Insufficiently developed’: MAN OF LA MANCHA – West End by Olivia Mitchell

Man of La Mancha is considered a ‘rare’ revival and from this production it’s pretty clear why. The story is highly dated and it’s evidently a very hard piece to stage.

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Friday, May 3, 2019

‘Charm & spectacle’: MADAGASCAR THE MUSICAL – Touring ★★★★ by Olivia Mitchell

Madagascar the Musical is a ninety minute escape from technology and provides the innocence needed for an uncomplicated and fun evening.

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Wednesday, May 1, 2019

‘Entertaining, informative & transformative’: EMILIA – West End ★★★★ by Olivia Mitchell

A transfer from the Globe, Morgan Lloyd Malcolm’s play about the 17th century poet Emilia Bassano Lanier is already receiving highly positive acclaim as it rouses audiences to their feet n…

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Tuesday, April 30, 2019

‘Sure to bring a bounce to your step’: CLUB TROPICANA – Touring ★★★★ by Olivia Mitchell

A whirlwind of big hair, 80s hits, innuendos and humour, Nick Winston’s Club Tropicana isn’t a musical masterpiece but it is a whole lot of fun and a harmless piece of entertainment.

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Friday, April 26, 2019

‘Does create some spooky moments’: THE HOUSE ON COLD HILL – Touring ★★★ by Olivia Mitchell

The House on Cold Hill has the chill of the usual ghost story, such as Woman in Black but with a modern twist.

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Thursday, April 25, 2019

‘A whirlwind of energy’: AIN’T MISBEHAVIN’ – Southwark Playhouse ★★★★ by Olivia Mitchell

Tyrone Huntley makes his directorial debut with this vivacious production of Ain’t Misbehavin’ that hasn’t been seen in London for almost 25 years. With Oti Mabuse’s choreography, th…

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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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