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Wednesday, July 10, 2019

‘Be prepared to be enchanted, provoked & emotionally drained’: OTHELLO: REMIXED – Omnibus Theatre by Shanine Salmon

Be prepared to be enchanted, provoked, and emotionally drained in Othello Remixed. This passionate interpretation of Othello feels so right and so believable.

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Monday, July 1, 2019

‘Fun & interesting night out’: DARK SUBLIME – Trafalgar Studios by Shanine Salmon

Dark Sublime is a fun and interesting night out that will attract a new audience with an interest in television to the theatre.

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Sunday, June 23, 2019

‘Intelligently written & superbly acted play’: STRANGE FRUIT – Bush Theatre by Shanine Salmon

This apt revival of Caryl Phillips’ first play, Strange Fruit, stirred up a maelstrom of memories for me, a second generation Caribbean immigrant, growing up in a city on the south coast o…

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Saturday, June 22, 2019

‘Convincing, engaging & committed performances all-round’: THE SANDMAN – Southwark Playhouse by Shanine Salmon

Going to see The Sandman is more than just the chance to see some young superstars in the making. It’s a great show, with a powerful message and some gripping acting performances (and a ta…

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Friday, June 21, 2019

‘An open door into life for 16-21 year olds’: WHAT WAS LEFT – Southwark Playhouse by Shanine Salmon

Molly Taylor’s What was Left looks at what happens when young people are forced to grow up too quickly.

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Tuesday, June 18, 2019

‘Has a lot of heart & a traditional menu’: A RIGHT ROYALE TEA – Amba Hotel Charing Cross by Shanine Salmon

A Right Royale Tea from BoRo Live Experiences is a fun and frothy show aimed mostly at the grey pound and those looking to expand on their afternoon team experiences.

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Monday, June 17, 2019

‘Really a mentalism show’: THE PSYCHIC PROJECT – Vaults Theatre by Shanine Salmon

David Narayan is an engaging performer and a skilled magician but the concept behind The Psychic Project needs work and the tricks need to feel more original to really impress audiences

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Tuesday, June 11, 2019

‘Deftly interweaves tales of hilarity & sadness’: FATTY FAT FAT – Sackler Space ★★★★ by Shanine Salmon

Fatty Fat Fat is a show by Katie Greenall and Daisy Hale (performed by Greenall alone) which includes dance, movement, a mini game show, audience participation through crisp eating, a ballet…

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Monday, June 10, 2019

‘The enduring currency of its message is astounding’: KILL CLIMATE DENIERS – Pleasance Theatre by Shanine Salmon

The European premiere of David Finnigan’s controversially-titled satire Kill Climate Deniers successfully combines a deeply serious message with some some serious on-stage silliness, set t…

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Saturday, June 8, 2019

‘So much potential’: J’OUVERT – Theatre503 by Shanine Salmon

J’ouvert, a debut play from Yasmin Joseph and the directorial debut of Rebekah Murrell, is an ambitious play, encompassing the spirit, commercialism and epic Notting Hill Carnival.

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Thursday, June 6, 2019

‘A distracting concept but well performed’: THE GLASS MENAGERIE – Arcola Theatre by Shanine Salmon

Conflicts between this updated production and the original script are a distraction, but despite this and because of such a talented cast performing Tennessee Williams’ The Glass Menagerie…

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Monday, June 3, 2019

‘It is rare we get theatre like this’: Jeff Wayne’s War of the Worlds: The Immersive Experience – Old Metal Exchange by Shanine Salmon

I don’t give stars but if I did Jeff Wayne’s War of the Worlds: The Immersive Experience would get five stars. It is a fantastic night out. It is interesting as a VR and immersive experi…

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Thursday, May 30, 2019

‘The Frasier/Only Fools & Horses mash-up you didn’t know you wanted’: MAN OF LA MANCHA – West End by Shanine Salmon

The novelty of the casting and brightness of the music in Man of La Mancha make a big impression, though be warned that the show is not without its darker elements, some intended and others …

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Tuesday, May 28, 2019

‘A rib-cracking satire’: BENEATH THE BLUE RINSE – Park Theatre by Shanine Salmon

Beneath the Blue Rinse is polemical; packed with scathingly humorous and myth-busting scenes and information about the lives of older people.

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Saturday, May 25, 2019

‘Rollicking political comedy’: THE LAST TEMPTATION OF BORIS JOHNSON – Park Theatre ★★★ by Shanine Salmon

The Last Temptation of Boris Johnson, currently playing at the Park Theatre, is a rollicking political comedy which leaves the audience in stitches.

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Tuesday, May 21, 2019

‘Isn’t a show I will let go of in a hurry’: ELEGIES FOR ANGELS, PUNKS & RAGING QUEENS – Union Theatre ★★★★★ by Shanine Salmon

Elegies for Angels, Punks and Raging Queens is such a beautiful and moving piece of work celebrating the lives and commemorating the deaths of those who have been lost to AIDS.

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Sunday, May 19, 2019

‘Ranges from hysterically funny to stark & dangerous’: YVETTE – Bush Theatre by Shanine Salmon

Originally commissioned in 2017, this incarnation of Yvette is being brought to the intimate studio space of the Bush Theatre.

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Friday, May 17, 2019

‘Misses the mark’: DIDO – Unicorn Theatre by Shanine Salmon

I was brimming with excitement to see how the Unicorn Theatre would reframe Dido and Aeneas, as they’re usually so successful in fulfilling their aim to produce inspiring and invigorating …

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Thursday, May 16, 2019

‘Shows how drama can go so much further than documentary’: Fanny & Stella: The Shocking True Story – Above the Stag Theatre by Shanine Salmon

Fanny & Stella: The Shocking True Story hangs on the brilliant performances of the two leads, Kieran Parrott and Tobias Charles (making what the programme notes is his professional debut…

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Tuesday, May 14, 2019

‘A fun show that makes its audience think’: DRINK RUM WITH EXPATS – Touring by Shanine Salmon

Finding the fun in a difficult subject is not easy but Drink Rum with Expats is a fun show that makes its audience think at a time when the theatre world has mostly ignored the impact of Bre…

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Saturday, May 11, 2019

‘Most joyful, engaging & uplifting night at the theatre I’ve had in years’: IN THE WILLOWS – Touring by Shanine Salmon

Metta Theatre’s touring production In The Willows transforms the classic tale of Wind in the Willows into a hip-hop musical for the 21st century.

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‘A family-friendly Holmes everyone can enjoy’: THE SIGN OF FOUR – Greenwich Theatre & Touring by Shanine Salmon

Nick Lane’s bright and breezy adaptation of Conan Doyle’s oft adapted Sherlock Holmes story The Sign of Four gives the frustrated Sherlockian everything they could ask for in an evening.

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Thursday, May 9, 2019

‘Accessible as it is fun without pretension’: THE CULT Of K*NZO – Touring by Shanine Salmon

In The Cult of K*nzo Paula Varjack takes us on a humorous journey of her life in fashion, comparing it to getting into the hottest nightclubs as well as her ability to laugh, and allow us to…

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Thursday, May 2, 2019

‘A little too much froth’: HELL YES I’M TOUGH ENOUGH – Park Theatre by Shanine Salmon

Hell Yes I’m Tough Enough is the latest in a long line of political plays seemingly written for people who dislike politics enough not to really bother finding out how it really works. As …

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Wednesday, May 1, 2019

’As relevant as ever’: THE CASTLE – The Chapel Playhouse & Touring by Shanine Salmon

Old Dog Theatre’s adaptation of Kafka’s The Castle makes Kafka feel accessible. Kafka’s writing about bureaucracy and being a stranger in a strange land is as relevant as ever.

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Saturday, April 27, 2019

‘An intensely claustrophobic examination of one marriage’: JANE CLEGG – Finborough Theatre by Shanine Salmon

The cast is cracking in Jane Clegg at the Finborough Theatre with direction becoming pacey after the early scenes. Over time the action and emotion draw you in.

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Wednesday, April 24, 2019

‘A really fun night out’: DINNER IS COMING – The Vaults by Shanine Salmon

Ami Stidolph and Sam Carrack’s Dinner is Coming, produced by The Vaults, is a triumph not only for dining theatre but also for immersive productions.

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Saturday, April 20, 2019

‘Exactly how a small-scale musical should be done’: AMELIE THE MUSICAL – Touring ★★★★★ by Shanine Salmon

Amelie is a magical show; with puppets, flying lampshades, a singing gnome and terrifying figs. I couldn’t fault it, and judging from the audience reaction, they couldn’t either.

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Friday, April 19, 2019

‘A comedy sprinkled with horror & splashes’: NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD LIVE! – Pleasance Theatre by Shanine Salmon

The play Night of the Living Dead is not quite like the eponymous B movie cult classic on which it is based. It’s very much a comedy sprinkled with horror and splashes of gore and I love i…

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Thursday, April 18, 2019

‘Never has Gilbert and Sullivan been more groovy’: HMS PINAFORE – King’s Head Theatre by Shanine Salmon

Charles Court Opera’s production of HMS Pinafore has all the joie de vivre you could ever want. The messages remain sadly culturally relevant. But ultimately this is the English having a b…

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Wednesday, April 17, 2019

‘Has some real highlights’: ROCKY HORROR SHOW – Touring by Shanine Salmon

I love Rocky Horror. Yes, it is a bit camp, yes it may not have aged that well, but it is a good night out with catchy songs, audience participation and one of the finest characters to grace…

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