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Monday, January 23, 2023

‘You’ll be mesmerised from beginning to end’: KURIOS – Royal Albert Hall ★★★★★ by Caroline Hanks-Farmer

The best advice I can give you for Cirque Du Soleil’s Kurios is, leave all sense of reality, understanding and logical explanation at the entrance of the Royal Albert Hall, for this visual…

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Sunday, January 15, 2023

‘It really is the best history lesson you’ll ever experience’: SIX THE MUSICAL – Vaudeville Theatre ★★★★★ by Caroline Hanks-Farmer

I kicked my theatre year off with a press/media night for the sensational Six The Musical. It’s been 18 months since I last experienced this rapid history lesson of Henry VIII’s wives an…

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Monday, July 1, 2019

‘The rhythm is gonna get you’: ON YOUR FEET! – West End ★★★ by Caroline Hanks-Farmer

On Your Feet! isn’t perfect and isn’t up there with band bios like Jersey Boys or Sunny Afternoon but ultimately resistance is futile because the rhythm is gonna get you.

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Friday, May 24, 2019

‘It’s rather a case of a good cast in search of a better show’: MAN OF LA MANCHA – West End ★★★ by Caroline Hanks-Farmer

Despite the best efforts of Kelsey Grammer in the lead role, this leaden and often down right confusing revival of Man of La Mancha at the London Coliseum is unlikely to give the show new im…

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Thursday, May 16, 2019

‘Nothing short of phenomenal’: GEORGE – Eventim Apollo ★★★★★ by Caroline Hanks-Farmer

If you have an opportunity to catch Rob Lamberti in action do so, his performance is truly outstanding and a fitting tribute to the legend that was George Michael.

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Monday, March 25, 2019

‘A West End experience on your own doorstep’: JERSEY BOYS – Touring ★★★★★ by Caroline Hanks-Farmer

My regular readers will know that I’m a huge fan of the West End show Jersey Boys. I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve seen it, but I know it’s in triple figures. This week m…

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Monday, March 18, 2019

‘Colourful, vibrant sassy night out’: 9 TO 5 THE MUSICAL – West End ★★★ by Caroline Hanks-Farmer

9 To 5 the Musical is based on 20th Century Fox’s picture and was originally produced on Broadway by Robert Greenblatt in April 2009. It’s written by Patricia Resnik, with music and lyri…

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Tuesday, March 12, 2019

‘Something truly special’: SIX – Arts Theatre ★★★★★(★) by Caroline Hanks-Farmer

A brief but hugely memorable history lesson awaits you at the Arts Theatre. Sexy, sassy, sensational, seductive, stunning and superb, are just Six ways that you can describe this show and it…

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Tuesday, March 5, 2019

‘Your sensory organs are driven to overload’: THE GREAT EXPEDITION – Secret location ★★★★★ by Caroline Hanks-Farmer

I would encourage you and a group of friends to book yourself an experience of The Grand Expedition – you won’t regret it.

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Friday, February 8, 2019

‘Totally gripping’: THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN – Touring ★★★★ by Caroline Hanks-Farmer

If you missed the phenomenon of Paula Hawkins’ best-selling novel in 2015, you now have the perfect opportunity to jump on the band wagon with this new thrilling play adaptation of The Gir…

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Friday, February 1, 2019

‘Some new twists to a familiar tale’: BEAUTY & THE BEAST – Touring ★★★ by Caroline Hanks-Farmer

David Bintley, artistic director since 1995, who is sadly retiring from the Birmingham Royal Ballet this summer choreographed this production of Beauty & the Beast, first staged in 2003.

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Monday, January 28, 2019

‘Bowled over by the layers to this show’: AMERICAN IDIOT – Touring ★★★★ by Caroline Hanks-Farmer

My advice is if you like Green Day don’t you be an idiot, book now to see this production of American Idiot before it’s too late.

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Sunday, January 27, 2019

‘MJ’s vision of spectacular entertainment shines through’: THRILLER LIVE – West End ★★★★★ by Caroline Hanks-Farmer

There are now a few reviews of Thriller Live on my website and all are unanimous – this is an entertaining extravaganza that any Michael Jackson fan would be mad to miss seeing.

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Tuesday, November 20, 2018

‘A moving & powerful concert’: THE SIMON & GARFUNKEL STORY – West End & Touring ★★★★ by Caroline Hanks-Farmer

Using state of the art video projection, contemporary newsreel footage, TV commercials, incredible concert-style lighting and a full live brass ensemble The Simon & Garfunkel Story is a…

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Thursday, November 8, 2018

‘Crazy, cheesy, raucous comedy at its best’: BENIDORM LIVE – Touring ★★★★★ by Caroline Hanks-Farmer

Award-winning ITV comedy show’s series creator and writer Derren Litten is bringing Benidorm’s signature sunshine and shenanigans to theatres across the UK and Ireland.

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Thursday, November 1, 2018

‘Excellent, thoughtful & enjoyable production’: SOLDIER ON – The Other Palace ★★★★ by Caroline Hanks-Farmer

Soldier On reminds us that, whilst the memory of those conflicts has faded from the front pages, the price is still being paid, the grief and horror of what occurred made new and raw every d…

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Sunday, October 28, 2018

INTERVIEW: Spotlight On… Full Monty star Gary Lucy & director Rupert Hill by Caroline Hanks-Farmer

The Full Monty heads to Southampton from 11 to 16 February next year. Recently I caught up with the cast, including star Gary Lucy, and director Rupert Hill and we had a chat.

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Friday, October 26, 2018

‘It’s rare to see something as iconic & groundbreaking’: COMPANY – West End ★★★★★ by Caroline Hanks-Farmer

Where to start on something that is so perfect that it defies belief, for, Company is the very definition of perfection in my opinion. From the opening to the closing moment time just flashe…

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Thursday, October 25, 2018

‘Entertaining, funny & heartwarming’: THE MIDNIGHT GANG – Chichester Festival Theatre ★★★★★ by Caroline Hanks-Farmer

David Walliams has an incredible talent of telling stories of normal, everyday children who achieve remarkable things in the face of adversity, with a fair amount of gross humour and giggles…

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Monday, October 22, 2018

INTERVIEW: Meet the cast of the Mayflower Southampton pantomime Dick Whittington by Caroline Hanks-Farmer

It’s pantomime time at the Mayflower Southampton and some of the best-seasoned pantomime performers in the UK are within the stellar cast of Dick Whittington including Joe McElderry, Bobby…

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Friday, October 19, 2018

‘Imaginatively directed glimpse of life in the theatre of war’: THE TRENCH – Southwark Playhouse ★★★ by Caroline Hanks-Farmer

The Trench, conceived, written, co-directed and performed by Oliver Lansley and his lively company, Les Enfants Terribles, was inspired by the story of Sapper William Hackett, the only tunne…

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Tuesday, October 9, 2018

‘A spectacular feast for the eyes & ears’: WICKED – Touring ★★★★ by Caroline Hanks-Farmer

The newly refurbished Mayflower theatre deserved a blockbuster of a show to be its first big three-week resident and who better to fly in than the cast of Wicked.

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Monday, October 8, 2018

‘Moving & memorable interpretation’: CAMELOT – West End ★★★★ by Caroline Hanks-Farmer

I feel sorry that this production of Camelot was for one night only but what a pleasure and a privilege it was to be in the audience for this great occasion.

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Monday, October 1, 2018

‘Has even more sparkle’: 42ND STREET – West End ★★★★★ by Caroline Hanks-Farmer

42nd Street, made famous by the 1933 film, is based on the 1932 novel by Bradford Ropes. This glitzy, glamorous revival is set to make your heart soar, and have you tap dancing down the step…

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Saturday, September 29, 2018

‘A play to put a smile on your face & warmth in your heart’: PERSUASION – Touring ★★★★★ by Caroline Hanks-Farmer

The Pomegranate Theatre in Chesterfield is a gem of the East Midlands theatre scene. It may be compact, but it’s perfectly formed, and the same could be said of Theatre6 and Catherine Schr…

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Monday, September 17, 2018

‘One of the most heartwarming shows I have ever seen’: FLOWERS FOR MRS HARRIS – Chichester ★★★★★ by Caroline Hanks-Farmer

Flowers for Mrs Harris is one of the most heartwarming shows I have ever seen and a return to the great British musical. The audible gasps, from the audience, at certain parts a testament to…

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Saturday, September 15, 2018

‘What makes this show is the cast’: HEATHERS THE MUSICAL – West End ★★★★ by Caroline Hanks-Farmer

The hype for Heathers The Musical is real, awards need to be nominated for and won. High School will never be the same again, it’s just ‘So Very’.

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Friday, September 14, 2018

‘You can’t Beat It for an awesome evening of entertainment’: Thriller Live – West End ★★★★★ by Caroline Hanks-Farmer

Sometimes you know that a particular show or indeed performance will not only be special, but also remain with you for a long time to come. The Thriller Live 4,000th Charity Gala Performance…

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Monday, September 10, 2018

‘We & the cast are all united by song’: UNEXPECTED JOY – Southwark Playhouse by Caroline Hanks-Farmer

From the moment a smock-dressed lady ambles on stage, the cramped space in South London erupts into a burst of foot-tapping tunes. Unexpected Joy boasts a rousing chorus of tunes and some im…

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Sunday, September 9, 2018

‘Cheesy, baffling & a visual delight all in one’: EUGENIUS! – The Other Palace ★★★★★ by Caroline Hanks-Farmer

Eugenius! really is an extravaganza showcase for the completely nonsensical musical. It’s cheesy, baffling and a visual delight all in one.

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Tuesday, September 4, 2018

‘Sexy, sassy, sensational, seductive, stunning & superb’: SIX THE MUSICAL – Arts Theatre ★★★★★(★) by Caroline Hanks-Farmer

Toby Marlow and Lucy Moss have created something truly special here in Six – a complete one of a kind, act of genius. Who knew history could be so entertaining? Seeing is believing though,…

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