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Monday, August 3, 2020

‘Every element of the story beautifully unfolds’: MOMENT OF GRACE – Backstory Ensemble – The Actors Centre (Online review) ★★★★ by Emma Clarendon

Three character play Moment of Grace, based around Princess Diana’s visit to a London’s hospital’s first AIDS unit in 1987, is immensely thoughtful and emotional.

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Wednesday, July 29, 2020

‘Lloyd Webber & his team have stepped up’: Read the reaction to the London Palladium pilot performance by Emma Clarendon

A few days ago, Andrew Lloyd Webber presented a pilot performance at the London Palladium to show what live performances inside theatres could look like. Here’s some of the reaction from t…

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Sunday, July 26, 2020

‘A treat from start to finish’: SONGS FOR A NEW WORLD – Lambert Jackson Productions & The Other Palace (Online review) ★★★★★ by Emma Clarendon

Performed by a stunning cast, Lambert Jackson Productions’ production of Songs For A New World has once again highlighted a powerful and beautiful piece of musical theatre.

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Friday, July 24, 2020

‘Brings every detail of the character into the song’: THE SETH CONCERT SERIES – Norm Lewis ★★★★ by Emma Clarendon

Deeply engaging The Seth Concert Series continues with Norm Lewis discussing and performing songs from his impressive career catalogue.

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Tuesday, July 21, 2020

‘Porn, power & patriarchy’: Director Grace Duggan on why the play Wood will survive the lockdown by Emma Clarendon

Emma Clarendon chats to director Grace Duggan about lockdown and the postponed production of Wood.

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Saturday, July 18, 2020

‘Wonderfully tender to watch’: THE SPACE BETWEEN (Online review) ★★★★ by Emma Clarendon

Highlighting the tensions between a couple during lockdown, The Space Between is richly emotional, offering real insight into both character’s perspectives despite it only being 13 minutes…

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Thursday, July 16, 2020

What musicals would you like to see in London? Love London Love Culture offers a selection by Emma Clarendon

With uncertainty surrounding when theatres might be reopened, Love London Love Culture’s Emma Clarendon selects a few musicals that she would love to see revived in London.

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Monday, July 13, 2020

‘A wonderfully vibrant fundraising concert’: TURN UP LONDON – Online review ★★★★★ by Emma Clarendon

Fundraising concert Turn Up London, organised by Nicole Raquel Dennis and Ryan Carter, is a powerful reminder of how music and words can unite people as well as put across serious messages.

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‘Penhall beautifully & subtly unravels the increasing bullying behaviour’: MOOD MUSIC – Old Vic (Online review) by Emma Clarendon

Covering a diverse range of issues such as passion, creativity, power and control, Mood Music has many great elements – but can feel repetitive.

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Friday, July 10, 2020

‘Plenty of action, intrigue & humour’: SHERLOCK HOLMES: THE SIGN OF FOUR – Blackeyed Theatre ★★★★ by Emma Clarendon

Filled with intrigue, murder and treasure, Nick Lane’s adaptation of Arthur Conan Doyle’s second Sherlock Holmes novel The Sign Of Four is thoroughly engaging to watch.

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Tuesday, July 7, 2020

‘Raw & fascinating to watch’: LES BLANCS – National Theatre at Home (Online review) ★★★★★ by Emma Clarendon

Lorraine Hansberry’s play Les Blancs is vividly and powerfully brought to life in Yaël Farber‘s atmospheric production.

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Monday, July 6, 2020

‘A sheer spectacle with plenty of energy & passion’: CELTIC TIGER – The Shows Must Go On! (Online review) by Emma Clarendon

This 2005 production of Celtic Tiger directed, produced and choreographed by Michael Flatley has some interesting concepts – but put together comes across as an incoherent show.

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Sunday, July 5, 2020

‘It is emotional to watch from start to finish’: HAMILTON – Disney Plus (Online review) ★★★★★ by Emma Clarendon

Spectacularly unique and filled with passion, this filmed version of the hit Broadway musical Hamilton is exquisite to watch – no matter how many times you have seen it.

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Wednesday, July 1, 2020

‘A delightful two hours of comedy, love & misunderstandings’: A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM, Bridge Theatre ★★★★★ (Online review) by Emma Clarendon

Enhancing the magic and dreamy qualities of the play, Nicholas Hytner’s production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream is a delightful two hours of comedy, love and misunderstandings.

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Monday, June 29, 2020

‘Charmingly quirky’: Amélie The Musical ★★★★★ (Album review) by Emma Clarendon

This charmingly quirky musical is captured wonderfully on this newly released cast recording.

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Thursday, June 25, 2020

‘An uplifting & enjoyable production’: PETER PAN LIVE! – The Shows Must Go On ★★★★ (Online review) by Emma Clarendon

Confession time: I have found it difficult in the past to really enjoy or appreciate Peter Pan. This isn't so much down to JM Barrie's classic story but in the way it has been staged or film…

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Tuesday, June 23, 2020

‘How wonderful it is to see a theatre being put to good use’: IN THE WINGS – Union Theatre ★★★★★ (Online review) by Emma Clarendon

No Limits: A Song Cycle was the first new musical featured in four-part series In the Wings, filmed live at the Union Theatre.

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Saturday, June 20, 2020

I asked my MP: Where is the support for theatre? by Emma Clarendon

Love London Love Culture's Emma Clarendon expresses her thoughts on the painful neglect of theatre during Covid-19, including a template response from her local, Cabinet Member MP.

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Tuesday, June 16, 2020

‘A bold spectacle’: THE WIZ LIVE! – The Shows Must Go On ★★★★★ (Online review) by Emma Clarendon

This sharp and sassy musical, based on William F Brown’s interpretation of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, is a bold spectacle to watch unfold.

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Monday, June 15, 2020

‘A beautiful & powerful musical experience’: FROM HERE TO ETERNITY – Broadway HD ★★★★ (Online review) by Emma Clarendon

This musical, which made its world premiere in the West End in 2013, deserved a much longer run than it received.

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Thursday, June 11, 2020

‘A powerful portrait of grief, love & guilt’: A MONSTER CALLS – Old Vic Theatre ★★★★★ (Online review) by Emma Clarendon

There is one emotion that we all feel that can link to other types of emotions: grief. From love to anger it pushes all other emotions to the brink and this is what A Monster Calls portrays …

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Tuesday, June 9, 2020

‘We want to spread love, support & solidarity’: Tori Allen-Martin & Sarah Henley on launching Burn Bright by Emma Clarendon

Emma Clarendon chatted to Tori Allen-Martin and Sarah Henley about their new not-for-profit organisation, Burn Bright.

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Wednesday, May 20, 2020

‘There are some really spectacular performances’: Les Miserables – The Staged Concert ★★★★ (Online review) by Emma Clarendon

This glorious and musically powerful staged concert version of the beloved musical manages to maintain the drama.

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Monday, May 18, 2020

‘A lovely energy & pace runs right through the production’: BARBER SHOP CHRONICLES – National Theatre ★★★★★ (Online review) by Emma Clarendon

This is a gloriously funny and heartfelt play that offers a fascinating insight into how the barbershop is a place of vital importance for African men.

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Friday, May 15, 2020

‘Filled with fun & mischief’: THE MIDNIGHT GANG – Chichester Festival Theatre ★★★★ (Online review) by Emma Clarendon

This lovely musical based on David Walliams’ children’s book is filled with fun and mischief.

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Saturday, May 9, 2020

‘A reminder of how important kindness & friendship is’: KINKY BOOTS – Broadway HD ★★★★ (Online review) by Emma Clarendon

This uplifting and compassionate musical is a reminder of how important kindness and friendship is. Now available to watch online via Broadway HD.

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Saturday, May 2, 2020

‘Definitely an interesting way to bring the Brontë’s to life’: WASTED – Southwark Playhouse ★★★ (Online review) by Emma Clarendon

Empowering in many aspects, somehow elements of the story feel as though they get lost in this ambitious new musical.

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Thursday, April 30, 2020

‘Riotous fun from start to finish’: TWELFTH NIGHT – National Theatre ★★★★ by Emma Clarendon

This joyous and lively production, starring Tamsin Greig, is one of the best versions of Shakespeare’s comedy I've ever seen.

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Thursday, April 23, 2020

‘I lost a gig on the crest of the wave & knew immediately I was only the first of many’: Robert Myles on launching weekly Shakespeare reading by Emma Clarendon

We chatted to the actor about his project The Show Must Go Online, which weekly presents a Shakespeare play for online audiences.

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Tuesday, April 21, 2020

‘A musical that celebrates the power & beauty of music’: THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA – Royal Albert Hall (Online review) by Emma Clarendon

As part of The Show Must Go On’s series streaming Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musicals online, this glorious celebration of The Phantom of the Opera highlights how it is a musical that celebra…

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Tuesday, April 14, 2020

‘An immensely powerful listen’: THE PRINCE OF EGYPT (Album review) ★★★★ by Emma Clarendon

The cast recording of West End musical The Prince of Egypt allows the orchestra and ensemble as well as the leading cast to shine.

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