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Friday, November 1, 2019

‘This is cabaret in its purest form’: LORNA DALLS – Crazy Coqs ★★★★ by Shanine Salmon

Lorna Dallas is the essence of old school cabaret distilled. She oozes glamour and combines the look of Blanche Deveraux with a spirit of a proper Illinois broad.

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Saturday, October 26, 2019

‘What we need is a production about now’: GASPING – The Space by Shanine Salmon

Presenting a revival of Ben Elton’s early 90s environmental farce Gasping in The Space, located just minutes from Canary Wharf, is appropriate.

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Friday, October 25, 2019

‘Sometimes the best stories are messy & unresolved, & real’: LITTLE BABY JESUS – Orange Tree Theatre by Shanine Salmon

Wunderkind actor-writer Arinzé Kene (how can one man be so talented?) knocks it out of the park with the revival of his 2011 play Little Baby Jesus.

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Thursday, October 24, 2019

‘It does what it says on the tin’: AFTERGLOW – Waterloo East Theatre by Shanine Salmon

After a run at the Southwark Playhouse, Afterglow, S. Asher Gelman’s story of polyamory in modern American, returns with a new cast.

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Wednesday, October 16, 2019

’Wants to make you think’: LAST ORDERS – Old Red Lion Theatre by Shanine Salmon

The Knock Knock Club (Reece Connolly, Christopher Keegan, Caroline Buckley) investigate the venue and present their findings in Last Orders, as part of the London Horror Festival.

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Monday, October 14, 2019

‘It is genuinely terrifying’: GHOST STORIES – West End by Shanine Salmon

Jeremy Dyson and Andy Nyman’s Ghost Stories has been entertaining audiences since 2010 both on the stage and in a 2017 film adaptation and this revival at the Ambassadors Theatre is a welc…

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Sunday, October 6, 2019

‘Vulnerable & versatile presence’: VELVET – Above the Stag Theatre by Shanine Salmon

Tom Ratcliffe’s one-man show Velvet follows a tributary of the River Weinstein to the English audition scene – a world of bits parts and capricious agents. Essentially, it’s a riff on …

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Friday, September 27, 2019

‘Lovely adaptation of a well-loved book’: ANGELA’S ASHES THE MUSICAL – Croydon by Shanine Salmon

In terms of performances and book Angela’s Ashes The Musical is a great show and a lovely adaptation of a well loved book. But less so an exceptional musical.

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Saturday, September 21, 2019

‘A useful reminder of how we got here & what’s required to fix it’: THE PERMANENT WAY – The Vaults by Shanine Salmon

If the devil is in the detail, David Hare’s old polemic against rail privatisation, Permanent Way, is a satanic ejaculation.

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Monday, September 16, 2019

‘An engaging tale told from a single perspective’: WHAT GIRLS ARE MADE OF – Soho Theatre by Shanine Salmon

Cora Bissett’s What Girls Are Made Of is an engaging story, framed – in truth or hope, as one of naivety, overreach and reinvention. But it’s also a tale told from a single perspective;

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Friday, September 13, 2019

‘A refreshing tale brilliantly told’: QUEEN OF THE MIST – Charing Cross Theatre by Shanine Salmon

Pint of Wine’s production of Michael John LaChiusa’s Queen of the Mist transfers from the Brockley Jack Studio to the traverse stage of the Charing Cross Theatre, keeping its original ca…

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Thursday, September 12, 2019

‘Sometimes rhapsodic & always beautiful’: CHIAROSCURO – Bush Theatre by Shanine Salmon

Chiaroscuro succeeds as a celebration of how the lives of different black women are thriving, whatever their sexuality.

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Tuesday, September 10, 2019

‘A guarantee of quality’: THE STRANGE CASE OF JEKYLL & HYDE – Brockley Jack Studio Theatre & Touring by Shanine Salmon

Arrows and Traps’ residency at the Brockley Jack is a guarantee of quality. This new adaptation, from director and writer Ross McGregor, of the classic novel sets the scene in 21st century…

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Saturday, September 7, 2019

‘Unlikely to either open minds or stimulate them’: A VERY EXPENSIVE POISON – Old Vic by Shanine Salmon

Though it’s in places informative, A Very Expensive Poison is a very expensive means of sapping the intrigue and human interest from one man’s inhumane death

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Thursday, September 5, 2019

‘Charming, witty & high-energy’: MACBETH THE MUSICAL – White Bear Theatre by Shanine Salmon

Hands up if you’ve seen MacBeth. Now keep your hands up if it was a musical version. Now keep them up if it was a musical performed by (what I assume for legal reasons aren’t actually) m…

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Monday, September 2, 2019

‘Burlesque & circus are a match made in heaven’: ROUGE – Underbelly Festival by Shanine Salmon

Promising ‘a decadent and astonishing blend of sensational acrobatics, soaring aerial trapeze, operatic cabaret and tongue in cheek burlesque’, Rouge transfers to London straight off the…

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Friday, August 30, 2019

‘You won’t be disappointed’: CABARET – Touring by Shanine Salmon

What a pleasure to see Rufus Norris’ award winning production of Kander and Ebb’s Cabaret at the Churchill Theatre in Bromley.

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Monday, August 26, 2019

‘Family drama that digs deeper’: GO BANG YOUR TAMBOURINE – Finborough Theatre by Shanine Salmon

With Go Bang Your Tambourine, the Finborough Theatre has once more succeeded in digging out a purportedly dated play and bringing it to life in a manner which is faithful to the playwright b…

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Sunday, August 18, 2019

‘The writers & cast are to be commended’: WARHEADS – Park Theatre by Shanine Salmon

I commend the writers Taz Skykar and Ross Berkeley Simpson and the director Toby Clarke of Warheads for attempting to tackle the topic of PTSD for soldiers and how it affects their loved one…

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Sunday, August 11, 2019

‘Ned Bennett’s direction is another star of the show’: EQUUS – West End by Shanine Salmon

Ned Bennett’s direction is another star of the show; the relationship between Ira Mandela Siobhan as Nugget, a Chestnut horse who has a close relationship with Strang, is stunning.

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Monday, August 5, 2019

‘Has the spirit of Zinn’: THE TIME OF OUR LIES – Park Theatre by Shanine Salmon

Bianca Bagatourian’s script adapts the life and work of Howard Zinn (who passed away in 2010) into this 65-minute long play.

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Wednesday, July 31, 2019

‘Modern, relatable & relevant’: WRATH OF ACHILLES – Union Theatre & Edinburgh by Shanine Salmon

Distilling a significant chunk of Homer’s ancient epic into a fringe-friendly 55 minutes is a huge task, but one which writer Jack Fairey somehow achieves with ease in Wrath of Achilles.

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Tuesday, July 30, 2019

‘An immersive treasure-hunt of a performance’: THE TEMPEST – Oxford by Shanine Salmon

Creation Theatre’s The Tempest is well worth a trek to Oxford, especially for reluctant theatre-goers who might have given up on Shakespeare in the past.

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Tuesday, July 23, 2019

‘The three leads seem to lack chemistry’: THE NIGHT OF THE IGUANA – West End by Shanine Salmon

James Macdonald is the latest director to tackle The Night of the Iguana, perhaps best known from its film adaptation starring Richard Burton , Deborah Kerr and Ava Gardner.

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Saturday, July 20, 2019

‘Sheer exuberance & joy’: YOURS SINCERELY – King’s Head Theatre & Edinburgh ★★★ by Shanine Salmon

Yours Sincerely is a coming of age story from Will Jackson (also performing) and Lucy Bird, founders of Quick Duck Theatre, directed by Anna Himali Howard.

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Tuesday, July 16, 2019

‘Prepare to weep, jump & hold your breath’: LUNATIC 19’S – Finborough Theatre by Shanine Salmon

For a play that starts and ends with the sound of the ocean, Lunatic 19’s is one tight, claustrophobic package in between.

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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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