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Saturday, September 25, 2021

‘A revue is always tricky to review’: CLOSER THAN EVER – BroadwayHD (Online review) by Ian Foster

This new production of Maltby and Shire’s Closer Than Ever just about gets there, though it occasionally struggles to break through the digital form.

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Tuesday, September 21, 2021

‘Tear-jerkingly beautiful as ever’: HAMILTON — Victoria Palace Theatre by Ian Foster

You know how it is, when a ticket to Hamilton falls into your lap, you can’t really say no to this… So a return to the Victoria Palace Theatre, my first since this behemoth of a show act…

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Sunday, September 19, 2021

‘I’m damned glad we have something as good as this’: EVERYBODY’S TALKING ABOUT JAMIE – Prime Video by Ian Foster

This cinematic adaptation of Everybody’s Talking About Jamie is fabulously enjoyable, led by a fine performance by Max Harwood.

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Sunday, August 22, 2021

‘A warm hug of perfect decision making’: Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat – London Palladium by Ian Foster

Now this is how you do stunt casting! Linzi Hateley returns in glorious style to Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat after 30 years.

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Wednesday, August 18, 2021

‘Sings & stings with hard-won truths’: No Cure for Love / The Rice Krispie Killer – Camden Fringe by Ian Foster

Taking inspiration from the music of Leonard Cohen, Emma Burnell’s No Cure For Love – a play with original songs (rather than Cohen covers) – bucks the trend a little when it comes to …

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Tuesday, August 17, 2021

‘Strikes gold’: PARADISE – National Theatre by Ian Foster

Kae Tempest makes a stirring National Theatre debut with Sophocles adaptation Paradise, starring a superb Lesley Sharp.

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Tuesday, July 20, 2021

‘There’s an appealing openness to much of the music’: DORIAN: A ROCK MUSICAL – Stream.Theatre (Online review) by Ian Foster

A strong lead performance from Bart Lambert impresses in this streaming Oscar Wilde adaptation, but Dorian A Rock Musical lacks a real sense of identity.

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Friday, July 16, 2021

‘A visual language that suggests promise’: TWO WORLDS NO FAMILY – Lion & Unicorn Theatre by Ian Foster

The Lion and Unicorn Theatre hosts Draft99 Theatre and their production of Ben Reid’s new LGBTQ+ play Two Worlds No Family.

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Wednesday, July 14, 2021

‘The show is definitely best enjoyed with a drink in hand’: SH!TFACED SHAKESPEARE – Leicester Square Theatre by Ian Foster

The chaotic Sh!tFaced Shakespeare makes a tipsy Macbeth intermittently entertaining at the Leicester Square Theatre.

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Tuesday, July 6, 2021

‘A sexy & striking surprise’: CONSTELLATIONS – Vaudeville Theatre by Ian Foster

The Donmar West End production of Constellations launches its first two casts in Sheila Atim and Ivanno Jeremiah and Peter Capaldi and Zoë Wanamaker at the Vaudeville Theatre.

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Monday, July 5, 2021

‘A talented ensemble plays well off the comic energy’: GOING APE! – Union Theatre by Ian Foster

The Bible and evolution go head to head in broad and bawdy comedy Going Ape at the Union Theatre. It’s a frippery that takes not a minute of itself seriously.

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Thursday, July 1, 2021

’It is really packing a punch’: seven methods of killing kylie jenner – Royal Court Theatre by Ian Foster

Jasmine Lee-Jones’ award-winning seven methods of killing kylie jenner transfers downstairs at the Royal Court Theatre.

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Wednesday, June 30, 2021

‘Thought-provoking revival’: STAIRCASE – Southwark Playhouse by Ian Foster

Returning to the not-so-distant past when same-sex relationships were illegal, this is a thought-provoking revival of Charles Dyer’s Staircase at Southwark Playhouse.

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Tuesday, June 29, 2021

‘Fascinating, challenging, probing theatrical experience’: BAD NIGHTS & ODD DAYS – Greenwich Theatre by Ian Foster

Paul McGann and Kerrie Taylor, among others, shine in Bad Nights and Odd Days, a set of four short plays by Caryl Churchill at Greenwich Theatre.

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Monday, June 21, 2021

‘Rather rowdily, raucous bit of good fun’: The Frida Kahlo of Penge West – Golden Goose Theatre by Ian Foster

The Frida Kahlo of Penge West proves a comic surprise at the Golden Goose Theatre. The level of theatrical in-jokes might deter the casual viewer but there’s such vibrancy in the performan…

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Friday, June 18, 2021

‘Sonic screwdrivers at the ready’: DOCTOR WHO – TIME FRACTURE by Ian Foster

It’s the end of the universe – so of course Doctor Who – Time Fracture is utterly chaotic. It is also rather good fun.

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Thursday, June 17, 2021

‘Quietly roars its pain for all the lives lost’: UNDER THE MASK – Theatre Peckham & Touring by Ian Foster

Playing at Theatre Peckham before a UK tour, Tamasha Theatre’s Under the Mask – written by a junior doctor – is a haunting revisit of the early days of the pandemic.

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Tuesday, June 15, 2021

‘It is huge amounts of fun’: SHOWSTOPPER! THE IMPROVISED MUSICAL – Garrick Theatre by Ian Foster

Showstopper! The Improvised Musical kick off their new West End residency at the Garrick Theatre in their own inimitable style.

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Monday, June 7, 2021

‘So many treats’: THE SHOW MUST GO ON – Palace Theatre & Online by Ian Foster

Featuring 18 West End musicals, The Show Must Go On is a concert to remember, featuring a whole host of theatrical talent both on and off the stage.

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Tuesday, May 25, 2021

’An entirely seductive mixture’: ABBA MANIA – Shaftesbury Theatre by Ian Foster

ABBA MANIA offers uncomplicated and undoubted pleasures with this effervescent tribute concert at the Shaftesbury Theatre.

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Wednesday, May 19, 2021

‘A real sense of live theatre bursts through the screen’: WAITING FOR LEFTY – Two Lines Productions (Online review) by Ian Foster

A digital production of Waiting for Lefty, updated to the modern day, breathes some sharp, fresh air into the Zoom theatre form.

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Monday, May 10, 2021

‘Marking out just how powerful digital theatre can be’: Still Life: Untold Stories of Nottingham Now – Nottingham Playhouse (Online review) by Ian Foster

Julie Hesmondhalgh and Frances De La Tour, among others, star in the heartbreakingly excellent Still Life: Untold Stories of Nottingham Now.

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Tuesday, April 27, 2021

‘Short, sharp stabs of real brilliance’: LIVING NEWSPAPER #6 – Royal Court Theatre (Online review) by Ian Foster

Moments of dark humour are scattered throughout Edition #6 of the Royal Court’s Living Newspaper but elsewhere it is a bit more hit and miss.

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Monday, April 26, 2021

‘Honouring the profound truths of these stories’: SAFE – Hackney Empire (Online review) by Ian Foster

Alexis Gregory’s Safe puts the stories of homeless and at-risk LGBTQ+ young people front and centre.

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Tuesday, April 20, 2021

‘Significant piece of new theatre writing’: THE MOTHERHOOD PROJECT – BAC (Online review) by Ian Foster

The likes of Hannah Khalil, Morgan Lloyd Malcolm, Sarah Niles and Juno Dawson deliver some excellent work in The Motherhood Project.

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Monday, April 19, 2021

‘Identifies how so very much is at stake’: LIVING NEWSPAPER #5 – Royal Court Theatre (Online review) by Ian Foster

The Royal Court’s Living Newspaper continues with edition #5 which feels a little less reactive to the headlines and a little more reflective on the state of the world as we find it today.

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Sunday, April 11, 2021

‘Investigating the world of theatre & film creatively & inventively’: TALKING GODS FESTIVAL – Arrows & Traps (Online review) by Ian Foster

Talking Gods sees Arrows & Traps move online with a creative hybrid of theatre and film hoiking Ancient Greek mythology into the modern age.

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Friday, April 9, 2021

Album Reviews: Amélie The Musical / Cases / After You by Ian Foster

A trio of cast recording reviews covers musicals Amélie The Musical, Cases and After You – each one a winner in its own way.

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Wednesday, April 7, 2021

‘This is contemporary Shakespeare at its finest’: ROMEO & JULIET (National Theatre / Sky Arts) by Ian Foster

Jessie Buckley is astonishing as the National Theatre’s Romeo and Juliet makes the jump from stage to screen to extraordinary effect.

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Tuesday, April 6, 2021

‘Possesses an up-to-the-minute urgency’: LIVING NEWSPAPER #3 – Royal Court Theatre (Online review) by Ian Foster

The third edition of Royal Court’s Living Newspaper moves online only, with some seriously fierce political writing this time around.

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Saturday, April 3, 2021

‘Production does wonders’: ORDINARY DAYS – Pickle Productions (Online review) by Ian Foster

In Pickle Productions’ Ordinary Days a musical about human connection is given the production full of humanity it deserves.

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