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Friday, December 13, 2019

‘Bleak & powerful’: A KIND OF PEOPLE – Royal Court Theatre by Ian Foster

Not much festive cheer around at the Royal Court, but plenty of grimly insightful writing in Gurpreet Kaur Bhatti’s A Kind of People.

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Friday, December 6, 2019

‘Ria Jones’ Mama Rose is an undeniably forceful presence’: GYPSY – Manchester by Ian Foster

Because nothing says Merry Christmas like a stage mum going off the rails! Gypsy offers a different festive treat at Manchester’s Royal Exchange.

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Wednesday, December 4, 2019

‘A surefire hit if ever there was one’: THE BOY FRIEND – Menier Chocolate Factory by Ian Foster

As light as a madeleine and as frivolous as a macaron, Sandy Wilson’s The Boy Friend proves a festive treat at the Menier Chocolate Factory.

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Friday, November 29, 2019

‘An absolute triumph’: WEST SIDE STORY – Leicester by Ian Foster

No doubt about it, Nikolai Foster’s production of West Side Story for Curve Leicester is damn close to musical theatre perfection.

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Tuesday, November 26, 2019

ALBUM REVIEW: Lea Michele – Christmas in the City by Ian Foster

Jonathan Groff and Darren Criss elevate Glee star Lea Michele’s first holiday album Christmas in the City.

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Monday, November 25, 2019

ALBUM REVIEW: RE:arrangement – An Album by Nick Barstow by Ian Foster

A musical theatre album with a difference, RE:arrangement – An Album by Nick Barstow is refreshingly bold.

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Saturday, November 23, 2019

CD REVIEW: Luke Evans – At Last by Ian Foster

Luke Evans’ debut album At Last is full of emphatic pop covers and his powerful voice at full stretch, not always a winning combination.

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Thursday, November 21, 2019

‘Searchingly powerful stuff’: DEAR EVAN HANSEN – West End by Ian Foster

There’s much to like about Dear Evan Hansen at the Noël Coward Theatre, not least a brilliant lead performance from Sam Tutty.

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Thursday, November 14, 2019

‘There’s a rollicking good time to be had here’: MARY POPPINS – West End by Ian Foster

Really, in the end, Mary Poppins is the kind of production full of uncomplicated fun that can’t help but uplift the soul in the most delightful way.

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Saturday, November 9, 2019

‘Nothing lost & so much gained’: I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change – Chiswick Playhouse by Ian Foster

A genuinely updated I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change is a really rather lovely thing at the newly renamed Chiswick Playhouse.

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Wednesday, November 6, 2019

‘An alternative festive treat’: SOHO CINDERS – Charing Cross Theatre by Ian Foster

This amiable revival of Soho Cinders makes for an alternative festive treat at the Charing Cross Theatre.

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Tuesday, November 5, 2019

‘There is stuff musical theatre dreams are made of’: THE GREEN FAIRY – Union Theatre by Ian Foster

New musical The Green Fairy is a bold experience at the Union Theatre, featuring the unmissable, almighty voice of Julie Atherton.

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Thursday, October 31, 2019

‘Definitely one to muse over’: ON BEAR RIDGE – Royal Court Theatre by Ian Foster

The densely poetic On Bear Ridge offers a thoughtful experience at the Royal Court, with Rhys Ifans and Rakie Ayola on fine form.

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Tuesday, October 29, 2019

ALBUM REVIEW: Jon Robyns – Musical Direction by Ian Foster

I’ve long admired Jon Robyns and his new album Musical Direction reflects on his career so far beautifully, as well as suggesting what fun lies ahead.

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Saturday, October 19, 2019

‘It’s all really rather good fun’: TICKLE THE MUSICAL – King’s Head Theatre by Ian Foster

Set in the world of competitive enduance tickling, Tickle the Musical proves a rather good-natured, sweet thing at the King’s Head Theatre.

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Thursday, October 17, 2019

‘Fascinating slice of historical drama’: IRISH COFFEE – Calder Bookshop Theatre by Ian Foster

Irish Coffee marks the 100th anniversary of Eva Perón’s birth with a fascinating look at her legacy at the Calder Bookshop & Theatre.

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Wednesday, October 9, 2019

‘Proves riotous good fun’: GENTLEMEN PREFER BLONDES – Union Theatre by Ian Foster

Some cracking choreography and two barnstorming lead performances make Gentlemen Prefer Blondes a musical treat at the Union Theatre.

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Wednesday, October 2, 2019

‘Powerful stuff all-round’: KARAOKE PLAY – Bunker Theatre by Ian Foster

Karaoke nights can offer moments of real insight into something of what our aspirational society has become and it is this rich seam of potential that Annie Jenkins mines with her new play K…

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Monday, September 30, 2019

‘From intriguing beginnings, promise is squandered’: TWO LADIES – Bridge Theatre by Ian Foster

A pleasure to see Zoë Wanamaker and Zrinka Cvitešić onstage but they deserve a much better play than Two Ladies at the Bridge Theatre.

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Thursday, September 26, 2019

‘Brilliantly melding differing styles’: OUTWITTING THE DEVIL – Amsterdam / HEARTBEAT OF HOME – Piccadilly Theatre by Ian Foster

A rare foray into the world of dance saw me catch the highly atmospheric Outwitting the Devil from the Akram Khan Company and Heartbeat of Home at the Piccadilly Theatre.

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Tuesday, September 24, 2019

‘This is the history we should be teaching’: CALL ME FURY – Hope Theatre by Ian Foster

In the space of just three shows, Out of the Forest Theatre has indisputably become a no-questions-asked do-what-you-can must-see company for me and so by extension, for you too. Now it is t…

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Thursday, September 19, 2019

‘Eerily compelling soundscape’: ANNA BELLA EEMA – Arcola Theatre by Ian Foster

The strange but spellbinding Anna Bella Eema makes for an intriguing trip to the Arcola Theatre.

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Wednesday, September 18, 2019

‘Indulges entirely in cinematic nostalgia’: BIG THE MUSICAL – West End by Ian Foster

Big doesn’t always mean better, size does matter, it’s not how big it is it’s what you do with it – whatever the pun, Big the Musical is a severe disappointment at the Dominion Theat…

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Thursday, September 12, 2019

‘Performances hit the mark from top to bottom’: THE STRANGE CASE OF JEKYLL & HYDE – Brockley Jack Studio Theatre & Touring by Ian Foster

Arrows & Traps’ queer noir take on The Strange Case of Jekyll & Hyde is a contemporary adaptation that speaks to the ages at the Brockley Jack Theatre.

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Tuesday, September 10, 2019

‘Hauntingly good in its fluidity’: THE SON – West End by Ian Foster

British theatre’s determination to adopt Florian Zeller as one of its own continues unabated as the Kiln Theatre’s production of The Son transfers into the Duke of York’s for the autum…

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Thursday, September 5, 2019

‘High quality & thought-provoking work’: HANSARD – National Theatre by Ian Foster

Lindsay Duncan and Alex Jennings prove entirely watchable in Hansard, a sharp new play at the National Theatre.

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Wednesday, August 28, 2019

‘Completely beguiling & emotionally true’: AS YOU LIKE IT – Hornchurch by Ian Foster

The Public Acts programme produces another winner in As You Like It at Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch, community theatre at its absolute best.

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Friday, August 9, 2019

‘Jamie Lloyd is unleashing a torrent of creative genius’: EVITA – Open Air Theatre by Ian Foster

Director Jamie Lloyd offers up a complete reimagining of the Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice musical and one which feels sparkingly fresh in every single aspect.

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Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Four shows for the family in London this August: which to see? by Ian Foster

A rare summer in the city for me means I can take in some of the family shows on in the West End right now – including Mr Gum and the Dancing Bear the Musical, The Scarecrow’s Wedding, W…

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Thursday, July 25, 2019

‘I suppose Harry Potter And The Cursed Child was a ripple’: 10 questions for 10 years – Noma Dumezweni by Ian Foster

So pleased to have one of my favourite actresses take on the 10 questions for 10 years challenge – all hail Noma Dumezweni!

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Tuesday, July 2, 2019

‘I wish for a finer appreciation of the new media landscape’: 10 questions for 10 years – Rebecca Felgate by Ian Foster

Social media queen Rebecca Felgate puts down her gin-in-a-tin for long enough to answer some questions about the world of theatre.

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