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Wednesday, November 20, 2019

‘Best appreciated by students & Shakespeare enthusiasts’: MEASURE FOR MEASURE – Barbican Theatre ★★★ by Jonathan Baz

Greg Doran has translated the play’s Viennese setting to the 1900s, but while there has clearly been an imaginative attempt at a credible interpretation of the yarn, this production is ham…

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Friday, November 15, 2019

‘Too much of what occurs on stage is simply invisible’: TOUCHING THE VOID – West End by Jonathan Baz

The true story behind Touching The Void and the endeavours and trials that befell mountaineer Joe Simpson and his climbing partner Simon Yates on the Siula Grande mountain in the Peruvian An…

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Sunday, November 10, 2019

‘Perfectly timed’: THE TAMING OF THE SHREW – Barbican Theatre ★★★ by Jonathan Baz

The Taming of the Shrew remains an undoubtedly stimulating evening and well worth a visit, if only to witness the script re-imagined and reinterpreted – a pleasing rarity.

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Friday, November 1, 2019

‘It’s a gorgeous way of presenting one of the Bard’s most quoted plays’: AS YOU LIKE IT – Barbican Theatre ★★★★ by Jonathan Baz

Director Kimberley Sykes embraces the playful text of As You Like It with a diverse and tuneful cast so at ease with the text that off-the-cuff moments and audience interaction are plentiful.

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Friday, October 11, 2019

‘One of the finest musical theatre productions in town’: GENTLEMEN PREFER BLONDES – Union Theatre ★★★★★ by Jonathan Baz

Sasha Regan’s revival of Gentlemen Prefer Blondes is one of the finest musical theatre productions in town.

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Friday, September 27, 2019

‘There really is nothing quite like it’: MAMMA MIA! THE PARTY – The O2 ★★★★★ by Jonathan Baz

Forget a four hour flight, airport transfers and the like because now Mamma Mia! The Party is whisking audiences straight into the heart of the Greek island of Skopelos – and all within Lo…

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Sunday, September 8, 2019

‘Elevated by an outrageously good ensemble’: FALSETTOS – The Other Palace by Jonathan Baz

Judging the production at face-value though, Falsettos is well sung, ultra-smart and ultimately gutting. Those who buy a ticket will have plenty to look forward to.

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Wednesday, August 14, 2019

‘A masterclass of contemporary political theatre’: EVITA – Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre ★★★★★ by Jonathan Baz

In a production that is as much rally as world class musical, Jamie Lloyd transforms Evita into a commentary on recent times as well as a showcase of some of the finest performing talent to …

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Friday, August 9, 2019

‘This youthful cast have captured the brilliantly barbed irony & comment’: PARADE – The Other Palace ★★★★★ by Jonathan Baz

This year’s National Youth Music Theatre (NYMT) residency at the Other Palace sees this remarkable theatre company tackle Jason Robert Brown’s Parade, a musical that is as technically de…

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Wednesday, August 7, 2019

‘Shelley Maxwell delivers genius in her suggestions of the horses’ movement’: EQUUS – West End ★★★ by Jonathan Baz

Equus remains a fascinating, if dated, piece of writing from Peter Schaffer, exploring the psycho-sexual complexities of the adolescent Alan Strang, a boy who has just, horrifically, blinded…

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Thursday, August 1, 2019

‘One of the finest voices to be found in London’: Rodgers & Hammerstein (& Me Too) – Bread & Roses Theatre ★★★ by Jonathan Baz

For this week only, the capital can again savour the vocal excellence of Molly Lynch in her one-woman show Rodgers and Hammerstein & Me Too

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Thursday, July 25, 2019

‘Theatrical magic’: OKLAHOMA! – Chichester ★★★★ by Jonathan Baz

Jeremy Sams and his creative team have delivered theatrical magic in Oklahoma! at Chichester Festival Theatre.

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Wednesday, July 3, 2019

‘Holds a withering mirror to Hollywood’s vile & vacuous culture’: BITTER WHEAT – West End ★★★★ by Jonathan Baz

There may be a whiff of sensationalised cliché to this world premiere of Bitter Wheat, but no matter. Mamet’s subject is timely and relevant and Malkovich's performance is electrifying.

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Friday, June 28, 2019

‘Excellence continues to abound throughout’: FIDDLER ON THE ROOF – West End ★★★★★ by Jonathan Baz

With its first major cast change since opening – as well as a shift across the Thames – Trevor Nunn’s Fiddler On The Roof remains one of London’s musical theatre jewels.

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Thursday, June 20, 2019

‘A rare & wonderful evening’: THE LIGHT IN THE PIAZZA – Royal Festival Hall ★★★★ by Jonathan Baz

Only on until 4 July before an international tour, The Light In The Piazza is a must see for all who appreciate modern writing and quality musical theatre.

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Monday, June 17, 2019

‘Little in this piece that grabs the audience’: THE STARRY MESSENGER – West End ★★★ by Jonathan Baz

There are momentary gasps and occasional laughs in The Starry Messenger but ultimately this is a stretched out evening at the theatre, albeit one with a starry cast.

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Friday, May 31, 2019

‘Tells us nothing new’: VINCENT RIVER – Trafalgar Studios by Jonathan Baz

Philip Ridley’s tawdry words in Vincent River, at times offering little more than a virtual peep show into graphic descriptions of verbally violent torture porn, tell us nothing new.

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Saturday, May 25, 2019

‘For sheer technical theatrical genius, it’s in a class of its own’: THE LEHMAN TRILOGY – West End ★★★★ by Jonathan Baz

Notwithstanding its flawed message, in these times of unparalleled political polarisation The Lehman Trilogy will be lapped up by eager audiences. And for sheer technical theatrical genius, …

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Sunday, May 12, 2019

‘For lovers of quality musical theatre, it’s unmissable’: AMOUR – Charing Cross Theatre ★★★★ by Jonathan Baz

Amour, a whimsical tale of a Parisian clerk who finds himself temporarily gifted with a superhuman ability to walk through walls, lends itself perfectly to London’s Off West End theatre sc…

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Saturday, May 4, 2019

‘Celebrity stunt casting strips what could have been a majestic musical’: MAN OF LA MANCHA – West End ★★★ by Jonathan Baz

It has been 50 years since Man Of La Mancha last played in London’s West End and based upon this year’s offering from the ENO and co-producers Grade-Linnitt it is easy to see why.

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Friday, April 26, 2019

‘Gloriously revived’: AIN’T MISBEHAVIN’ – Southwark Playhouse ★★★★ by Jonathan Baz

Not seen on a London stage for 40 years, Ain’t Misbehavin’ is gloriously revived at Southwark Playhouse in a co-production with Colchester’s Mercury Theatre.

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Thursday, April 18, 2019

‘A quality & innovative piece of theatre’: NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD LIVE! – Pleasance Theatre ★★★★ by Jonathan Baz

George A Romero’s 1968 movie Night Of The Living Dead not only unleashed zombies upon an unsuspecting world, but was also one of the first movies to fuse horrific gore with political alleg…

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Friday, April 12, 2019

Joanna Riding & Janie Dee talk Carousel, Follies & friendship by Jonathan Baz

Janie Dee and Joanna Riding are two of the UK's finest musical theatre performers. At the National Theatre the return of Dominic Cooke’s acclaimed production of Follies currently stars the…

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Thursday, April 11, 2019

‘Brilliant theatre for its time’: TONY’S LAST TAPE – Omnibus Theatre ★★★★ by Jonathan Baz

Tony’s Last Tape arrives at Clapham’s Omnibus, four years after Andy Barrett’s perceptive work first played at the Nottingham Playhouse. A one-act monologue that lasts a little over an…

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Monday, March 18, 2019

‘The attraction of it, is that it is a popular piece of theatre’: In the dock is Jasper Britton from Witness For The Prosecution by Jonathan Baz

Witness For The Prosecution, Agatha Christie’s murder thriller is playing very successfully at London’s ingeniously converted County Hall venue. RSC leading man Jasper Britton heads the …

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Sunday, March 17, 2019

‘Nostalgic, cheesy & delightfully good fun’: RIP IT UP – West End ★★★ by Jonathan Baz

Rip It Up does exactly that to the conventional West End tried and tested jukebox musical. In part a reality TV show and in part a showcase, the evening encapsulates a musical time-machine t…

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Sunday, March 10, 2019

‘The finest deep-dish screen to stage transition in decades’: WAITRESS – West End ★★★★★ by Jonathan Baz

Of all the new musicals that Broadway has shipped to London in recent years, Waitress is quite possibly the greatest as Sara Bareillles takes an unflinching look at 21st century America thro…

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Thursday, March 7, 2019

‘One of the funniest feel-good shows in town’: 9 To 5 THE MUSICAL – West End ★★★★ by Jonathan Baz

Musical theatre comedy done well is a blissful way to spend an evening. So it is with Dolly Parton’s 9 to 5, currently playing to packed houses at the Savoy Theatre.

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Tuesday, March 5, 2019

‘It’s a universal story’: Director Diane Paulus talks about the West End opening of Waitress by Jonathan Baz

Waitress opens in the West End this week and I grabbed a rare, brief opportunity to chat with the musical's Tony-winning director Diane Paulus about the show.

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Tuesday, February 12, 2019

‘Could have been an interesting take on the subject of consent’: GREYSCALE – Vault Festival ★★★ by Jonathan Baz

In the #MeToo era Madeleine Gould and Joel Samuels have written what could have been an interesting take on the subject of consent. A too short two-hander immerses the small audience into mo…

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Saturday, January 26, 2019

‘A remarkable portrayal of warring pain & optimism’: VIOLET – Charing Cross Theatre ★★★ by Jonathan Baz

By the time director Shuntaro Fujita’s slick and sun-kissed production draws to a close, it’s impossible not to root for Violet’s happiness.

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