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Thursday, October 10, 2019

Gentlemen Prefer Blondes review at Union Theatre, London – ‘frothy and enjoyable’ by Julia Rank

Most people will probably think of Gentlemen Prefer Blondes as the film in which Marilyn Monroe (in a role originated by Carol

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Wednesday, October 9, 2019

The Silver Lake review at Hackney Empire, London –’Kurt Weill collectors’ piece’ by Julia Rank

Although playwright Georg Kaiser was Kurt Weill’s collaborator for The Silver Lake, James Conway’s production for English Touring Opera still feels thoroughly

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Monday, September 23, 2019

The Dong with a Luminous Nose review at Little Angel Theatre, London – ‘strikingly surreal’ by Julia Rank

The Little Angel Theatre doesn’t shy away from presenting children’s shows imbued with melancholic elements. Edward Lear used ‘nonsense’ verse as a

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Friday, September 20, 2019

Black Chiffon review at Park Theatre, London – ‘a bit of a hidden gem’ by Julia Rank

The title Black Chiffon suggests something rather racy and Elinor Glyn-esque. In Lesley Storm’s 1949 play, the titular nightgown is an ‘exotic

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Wednesday, September 11, 2019

The Strange Case of Jekyll and Hyde review of Jack Studio Theatre, London – ‘an overwrought update’ by Julia Rank

Having previously presented adaptations of Frankenstein and Dracula, writer and director Ross McGregor turns his attention to Robert Louis Stevenson’s The Strange

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Friday, September 6, 2019

R’Otello: The Rugby Opera review at Bridewell Theatre – ‘muddled operatic mash-up’ by Julia Rank

Opera and sport both involve feats of technical prowess, dramatic climaxes and intense fervour among their fans. R’Otello, presented by London-based Samoan

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Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Skin in the Game review at Old Red Lion, London – ‘unflinchingly bleak’ by Julia Rank

Three estranged siblings are forced to come together to sell their father’s flat for his care home bills. As well as the

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Macbeth review at Temple Church, London – ‘elegant and controlled’ by Julia Rank

While the medieval Temple Church is associated with Magna Carta and filled with effigies of Knights Templar, it is the domestic elements

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Monday, August 12, 2019

Showtune review at Union Theatre, London – ‘Fitfully fun but flimsy tribute to Jerry Herman’ by Julia Rank

Showtune, also the title of Jerry Herman’s autobiography, is a revue that provides exactly what it says on the tin in terms

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Thursday, August 8, 2019

Evita Review at Open Air Theatre, London – ‘Eva Peron for the social media age’ by Julia Rank

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s and Tim Rice’s bold, brash 1978 ‘rock opera’ Evita is the ultimate star-making vehicle. The triple-threat performer playing Eva

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Friday, August 2, 2019

Shackleton’s Carpenter review at Jermyn Street Theatre, London – ‘soporific voyage’ by Julia Rank

Gail Louw’s play takes the form of a one-sided conversation with a ghost. Harry McNish was the carpenter on board the Endurance

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Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Noises Off review at Lyric Hammersmith – ‘generous-hearted revival of Michael Frayn’s classic farce’ by Julia Rank

When the lights blew during Jeremy Herrin’s production of Noises Off, it wasn’t yet another misstep in farce-within-a-farce Nothing On – rather

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Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Hamlet review at St Paul’s Church, London – ‘conceptual excess’ by Julia Rank

To celebrate a decade of presenting Shakespeare at St Paul’s Church in Covent Garden, Daniel Winder’s Iris Theatre is staging Hamlet. The

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Friday, June 21, 2019

After Dark; Or, a Drama of London Life review at Finborough, London – ‘curious slice of Victoriana’ by Julia Rank

‘Melodrama’ has become synonymous with far-fetched coincidences and indulgent emotions. Phil Willmott’s entertaining production of Dion Boucicault’s 1868 play After Dark; Or,

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Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Napoli, Brooklyn review at Park Theatre, London – ‘warm performances’ by Julia Rank

Inspired by her mother’s experiences growing up in a large Italian-American family, Meghan Kennedy’s play Napoli, Brooklyn (set in 1960 and performed

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Monday, June 3, 2019

The Importance of Being Earnest review at Watermill Theatre, Newbury – ‘a summer treat’ by Julia Rank

Kate Budgen’s production of Oscar Wilde’s evergreen comedy The Importance of Being Earnest is one of warmth and laughter – a chance

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Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Henry V review at Barn Theatre, Cirencester – ‘fresh, intelligent, high-energy production’ by Julia Rank

Hal Chambers’ fresh, contemporary and pacy staging of Shakespeare’s play of pageantry and patriotism takes a hard look at the ugliness of

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Thursday, May 9, 2019

The Reality review at Cervantes Theatre, London – ‘an impressive performance’ by Julia Rank

In The Reality, a one-woman, two-character play by Uruguayan playwright Denise Despeyroux, Maite Jáuregui plays identical twin sisters. One appears live on

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Monday, April 29, 2019

Jane Clegg review at Finborough Theatre, London – ‘a sensitive production’ by Julia Rank

Written at the height of the suffrage movement in 1913, St John Ervine’s Jane Clegg contains echoes of Ibsen’s A Doll’s House.

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Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Queen of the Mist review at Jack Studio Theatre, London – ‘hauntingly beautiful’ by Julia Rank

In 1901, when Anna Edson Taylor, a widowed 60-something teacher on the brink of destitution, became the first person to go over

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Monday, April 15, 2019

The Marvelous Wonderettes review at Upstairs at the Gatehouse, London – ‘performed with heart and warmth’ by Julia Rank

Few shows can be more highly gendered than The Marvelous Wonderettes, The design, by Emily Bestow, is ultra-feminine: the four young female

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Monday, April 1, 2019

Maggie May review at Finborough Theatre, London – ‘a committed revival of Lionel Bart’s gloomy musical’ by Julia Rank

Inspired by an 18th-century ballad, the titular Maggie May in Lionel Bart’s 1964 Liverpool-set musical is the archetypal dockside ‘brass’ with a

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Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Othello review at Union Theatre, London – ‘elegant, accomplished and beautifully designed’ by Julia Rank

Phil Willmott’s elegant production relocates Shakespeare’s play to the Edwardian British Raj and makes Othello a conflicted collaborator in the British army.

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Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Goodbye Norma Jeane review at Above the Stag, London – ‘enjoyable, but slight’ by Julia Rank

Jack Cole might not be the best remembered choreographer from Hollywood’s golden age, but he was an innovator in his day. He

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Monday, March 11, 2019

Strike Up the Band review at Upstairs at the Gatehouse, London – ‘a spirited, witty revival’ by Julia Rank

In terms of its subject matter, George and Ira Gershwin’s musical satire Strike Up the Band is as cheesy as it gets.

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Friday, December 7, 2018

Return to Elm House review at Battersea Arts Centre, London – ‘Delightful introduction to the magic of archives’ by Julia Rank

In the mid-nineteenth century, the site occupied by Battersea Arts Centre was the home of Wandsworth and national heroine Jane ‘Jeanie’ Nassau

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Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Jeannie review at Finborough Theatre, London – ‘a whimsical revival’ by Julia Rank

Aimee Stuart was one of many critically and commercially successful female interwar playwrights who have since been forgotten. Her 1940 romantic comedy

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Friday, November 30, 2018

Little Women review at the Space, London – ‘a highly likeable update’ by Julia Rank

Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without an adaptation of a much-loved literary classic or two. Private Eye journalist Rachael Claye’s adaptation of Louisa

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Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Rep reborn: How the revived repertory model is lighting up Leatherhead by Julia Rank

With Sybil Thorndike as its patron, Leatherhead was once home to a thriving repertory theatre, but has since struggled to rebuild its identity.

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Friday, November 2, 2018

Bury the Dead review at Finborough Theatre, London – ‘quietly moving’ by Julia Rank

The centenary of the end of the First World War offers the ideal opportunity to look at this period of history from

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Monday, October 22, 2018

Frankenstein review at Sutton House, London – ‘an inventive adaptation’ by Julia Rank

  Writer/director Katharine Armitage’s adaptation of Frankenstein – a site-specific promenade but not all that immersive production in spite of being billed

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