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Monday, May 20, 2019

‘Beautifully compelling’: ORPHEUS DESCENDING – Menier Chocolate Factory by Ian Foster

Tennessee Williams’s Orpheus Descending may not be his greatest play but Tamara Harvey’s production for the Menier Chocolate Factory proves most affecting in the end.

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Saturday, May 18, 2019

‘Vividly effective way of portraying the pole-axing effects of grief’: TESTAMENT – Hope Theatre by Ian Foster

Bold as you like, Chalk Line’s Testament is a breath of bracingly fresh air into the Hope Theatre with its blend of physical theatre, metaphysical narrative and contemporary issue-baiting.

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Friday, May 17, 2019

‘At its best when it is at its silliest’: SUMMER STREET – Waterloo East Theatre by Ian Foster

Aussie soap opera musical Summer Street proves an amiable if unchallenging watch at the Waterloo East Theatre.

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Wednesday, May 15, 2019

‘A thing of pure beauty but fails to stir the heart’: ROSMERSHOLM – West End by Ian Foster

Neil Austin’s lighting design in Rosmersholm at the Duke of York’s Theatre is a thing of beauty and Hayley Atwell is excellent but Ibsen is still Ibsen…

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Thursday, May 9, 2019

‘Peake guides us expertly through worlds of pain’: AVALANCHE – Barbican Theatre by Ian Foster

Maxine Peake is magisterial at the Barbican in this heart-breaking monologue Avalanche; A Love Story.

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Tuesday, May 7, 2019

‘Unconventional variety & huge amounts of wit’: LITTLE DEATH CLUB – Underbelly Festival by Ian Foster

On the one hand, you might consider Little Death Club as just another late night cabaret show, but on experiencing this extraordinary hour, you see that it really is more than that, somethin…

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Thursday, May 2, 2019

‘Breath-takingly powerful & inventive’: SMALL ISLAND – National Theatre by Ian Foster

Andrea Levy’s novel Small Island comes to life most beautifully in this adaptation by Helen Edmundson at the National Theatre.

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Wednesday, May 1, 2019

‘There’s something intriguing & moving here’: THE HIRED MAN – Hornchurch & Touring by Ian Foster

The Hired Man might perhaps disappoint those looking for the bombast of a large-scale musical but in its subtle portrait of a slice of social history, there’s something more intriguing and…

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Saturday, April 27, 2019

‘Truly benefits from its straightforwardness’: ALL MY SONS – The Old Vic by Ian Foster

Some titanic acting performances from Sally Field, Bill Pullman and Colin Morgan in this superb All My Sons at the Old Vic Theatre.

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Friday, April 26, 2019

‘Unafraid to be different, for better or for worse’: TWELFTH NIGHT – Rose Playhouse by Ian Foster

Twelfth Night in the roaring twenties? OVO Theatre brings its inventive musical take on Shakespeare to the Rose Playhouse.

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Thursday, April 25, 2019

‘There’s something so true to heart about its messaging’: AMELIE THE MUSICAL – Touring by Ian Foster

A sensational adaptation of the film, Amélie the Musical completely captures my heart – see it now at the Watermill Theatre and then touring across the UK.

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Saturday, April 20, 2019

‘Nowhere near enough charm for my liking’: SWEET CHARITY – Donmar Warehouse by Ian Foster

Nowhere near enough charm in this Sweet Charity for my liking. Josie Rourke’s farewell to the Donmar Warehouse is grey rather than silver.

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Wednesday, April 17, 2019

‘As perfect a piece of musical theatre as I could hope for’: FOLLIES – National Theatre by Ian Foster

Just a quickie for this revisit to Follies, which remains as perfect a piece of musical theatre as I could hope for. I loved it then but I really love it now.

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Saturday, April 13, 2019

‘An unmistakeable freshness that is just beautiful to watch’: WEST SIDE STORY – Manchester by Ian Foster

Aletta Collins’ new choreography is just one of the highlights of a most successful West Side Story at the Royal Exchange.

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Friday, April 12, 2019

‘Entirely seductive’: HAIR – Touring by Ian Foster

This 50th anniversary tour of Hair the Musical does more than any to make me like the show.

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Thursday, April 11, 2019

‘A heady combination’: Thrill Me: The Leopold & Loeb Story – Hope Theatre by Ian Foster

A twisted but thrilling true crime two-hander, Thrill Me: The Leopold & Loeb Story is a must-see at the Hope Theatre.

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Tuesday, April 9, 2019

‘A thought-provoking experience’: OPERATION BLACK ANTLER – Southbank Centre by Ian Foster

Daring and detailed, Operation Black Antler is a powerfully thought-provoking piece of immersive theatre booking out of the Southbank Centre.

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Monday, April 8, 2019

‘Its intelligence is as pin-sharp as ever’: TOP GIRLS – National Theatre by Ian Foster

Caryl Churchill’s superb Top Girls receives a luxurious but clear-sighted production from Lyndsey Turner at the National Theatre.

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Saturday, April 6, 2019

‘A compelling pair of lead performances’: CRY HAVOC – Park Theatre by Ian Foster

Cry Havoc tackles a powerfully emotive subject and with James El-Sharawy and Marc Antolin, Pamela Schermann’s production finds a compelling pair of lead performances.

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Friday, April 5, 2019

‘Best to join in a few pints & not overthink it’: Shit-faced Showtime’s Oliver With a Twist – Leicester Square Theatre by Ian Foster

My first time getting Shit-faced…Shit-faced Showtime’s Oliver with a Twist is raucous if unfocused affair at the Leicester Square Theatre.

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Monday, April 1, 2019

‘Is there anything on the London stage more gracefully eloquent?’: EMILIA – West End by Ian Foster

It’s a rare moment of beautiful subtlety in a play that is more often considerably bolder in its sentiment, but it’s also a mark of just how nuanced Nicole Charles’ production and Morg…

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Saturday, March 30, 2019

‘Just one more trip to see this glorious show before it departs’: COMPANY – West End by Ian Foster

Just the one more trip to see the glorious Company at the Gielgud Theatre before it sadly departs. Marianne Elliott's multi Critics Circle Award-winning and Olivier-nominated revival of Step…

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Monday, March 25, 2019

Album Review: Joanna Forest – The Rhythm of Life by Ian Foster

Classical-crossover artist Joanna Forest takes us through a day in the life of a child with her enchanting new album The Rhythm of Life.

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Friday, March 22, 2019

‘Entirely unconvinced about Hare’s legacy’: THE BAY AT NICE – Menier Chocolate Factory by Ian Foster

Penelope Wilton almost, almost, makes it worth seeing a David Hare play with The Bay at Nice at the Menier Chocolate Factory.

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Saturday, March 16, 2019

‘A real commitment to the value of crowd-pleasing entertainment’: A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DROLL – Vault Festival by Ian Foster

The Owle Schreame’s A Midsummer Night’s DROLL is a supremely silly and highly enjoyable Shakespearean adaptation at the VAULT Festival.

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Thursday, March 14, 2019

‘Finds the sweet spot between concert & confessional’: THE GINGER SNAPPED – Leicester Square Theatre & Touring by Ian Foster

Jinkx Monsoon and Major Scales’ cabaret show The Ginger Snapped mixes music, musings on mental health and moments of queer solidarity at the Leicester Square Theatre.

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Wednesday, March 13, 2019

‘Feels curiously dated’: CIRCA – Old Red Lion Theatre by Ian Foster

I was a big fan of Tom Ratcliffe’s VELVET at the VAULT Festival and so was intrigued to catch this production of his debut play Circa at the Old Red Lion Theatre.

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Saturday, March 9, 2019

‘Real spirit & success’: THE LIMIT – Vault Festival by Ian Foster

Ooh, a real treat this. The world of new musical theatre can be a little unforgiving but on the evidence of The Limit, Freya Smith and Jack Williams’ Bottle Cap Theatre are marking themsel…

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Friday, March 8, 2019

‘Funnier & lighter than you might expect’: WAITRESS – West End by Ian Foster

Fresh from Broadway, hit musical Waitress proves funnier and lighter than you might expect at the Adelphi Theatre.

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Wednesday, March 6, 2019

‘Ends up feeling slight & inconsequential’: ALYS, ALWAYS – Bridge Theatre by Ian Foster

Nicholas Hytner finally directs a play by a woman but Lucinda Coxon’s adaptation of novel Alys, Always is a disappointment for me at the Bridge Theatre.

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Tuesday, February 19, 2019

‘Something special is on offer’: [title of show] – Above the Stag Theatre by Ian Foster

Four cracking performances make [title of show] a musical highlight of the month at the Above the Stag Theatre, more than holding its own with the West End.

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