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Saturday, December 31, 2022

The anti-hibernation culture guide: something to enjoy for every day in January by Rachel Aroesti, Catherine Bray, Andrew Clements, John Fordham, Miriam Gillinson, Jonathan Jones and Lyndsey Winship

You can spend the next few weeks under the duvet and in front of the telly, or enjoy world-class art, theatre, music, film and standup – here’s an event for each of the next 31 days MUSI…

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Monday, November 21, 2022

Perfect Show for Rachel review – hit the Britney buzzer one more time! by Miriam Gillinson

The Pit, Barbican, LondonFrom a control desk, director Rachel O’Mahony pushes buttons for songs, scenes and games in a fun, carefully crafted show staged by Zoo Co Why can’t more theatre…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:42AM
Friday, November 18, 2022

Pinocchio review – a truly bold take on Carlo Collodi’s classic by Miriam Gillinson

Unicorn theatre, LondonMosquitos, cats and smartly defined morals feature in a complex and well-crafted reimagining of the beloved tale Remember the blue fairy that toy-maker Geppetto wishes…

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Wednesday, November 9, 2022

From Here to Eternity review – guns n’ poses in a well-drilled musical by Miriam Gillinson

Charing Cross theatre, LondonTim Rice’s lyrics are the most striking aspect of a crisp production which can also feel heavy-handed The members of G Company are going stir crazy in Hawaii. …

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Thursday, November 3, 2022

Fisherman’s Friends: The Musical review – familiar tale given full voice in fresh voyage by Miriam Gillinson

Theatre Royal BathDirector James Grieve retains just enough of the rough-hewn power of the original sea shanties to offset the razzle-dazzle of the musical setting Perhaps this charming real…

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Thursday, October 20, 2022

The Solid Life of Sugar Water review – Jack Thorne’s superb drama of love and loss by Miriam Gillinson

Orange Tree theatre, LondonBrilliantly acted, designed and directed, Thorne’s tender but brutally powerful portrait of a couple gets an overdue revival After this play premiered in 2015, J…

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Tuesday, October 11, 2022

‘Maybe you set the theatre on fire?’: directors on staging the unstageable by Miriam Gillinson

Scenes that skip between universes, 100 eyeballs emerging from the floorboards, whole plays set on a slope … The scripts for Constellations, Wonder Boy and other hits have provided instruc…

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Friday, October 7, 2022

The Caucasian Chalk Circle review – Carrie Hope Fletcher shines light in Brecht’s epic by Miriam Gillinson

Rose theatre, LondonA striking score and expressive singing carry Christopher Haydon’s production of the wartime classic First there’s the prologue. Then the play-within-a-play. Finally,…

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Thursday, September 29, 2022

Noises Off review – Frayn’s exquisite farce-within-a-farce finds new humanity by Miriam Gillinson

Felicity Kendal, Tracy-Ann Oberman and especially Joseph Millson are comic gifts in this 40th anniversary version that fits our times almost too well Well, here’s a surprise. Michael Fray…

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Friday, September 23, 2022

Clutch review – drama about driving lessons is a joyful ride by Miriam Gillinson

Bush theatre, LondonWill Jackson’s endearing two-hander pairs a nervous learner driver with an overbearing instructor Driving instructor extraordinaire Max has just three rules. No drinkin…

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Wednesday, September 14, 2022

The Cherry Orchard review – Chekhov in space by Miriam Gillinson

The Yard, LondonVinay Patel’s sci-fi adaptation boldly goes into the future on a rickety starship while exploring entrenched hierarchies and class There is still a cherry orchard in this C…

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Thursday, September 8, 2022

Rehab: The Musical review – 90s pop star hits the road to recovery by Miriam Gillinson

Playground theatre, LondonFeaturing Keith Allen as a scheming PR man, this heartfelt comedy drawn from songwriter Grant Black’s own experiences is often great fun Opening with a song named…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 08:55AM
Friday, September 2, 2022

Gary Barlow: A Different Stage review – Could it be magic? No! by Miriam Gillinson

Duke of York’s theatre, LondonThis one-man, one-note show is a blandly sanitised history of Take That. While it won’t thrill you with its drama, its slightly smug star does have one hell…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:54AM
Wednesday, August 3, 2022

Great British Bake Off: The Musical review – sweet treat with a soggy bottom by Miriam Gillinson

Everyman theatre, CheltenhamThe TV show invites a large helping of satire but Jake Brunger and Pippa Cleary serve up a sugary plot with over-egged characters The exquisite joy of Bake Off on…

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Sunday, July 31, 2022

The Tempest review – the bard in budgie smugglers by Miriam Gillinson

Globe theatre, LondonSean Holmes’s gleefully comic take is a riot of holiday colour and fun, featuring luminous lilos, stag do bantz and a playful Prospero in eyewateringly tight trunks Co…

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Sunday, July 24, 2022

Billy Elliot the Musical review – the boy who just wants to dance is back in an electric new production by Miriam Gillinson

Leicester CurveNikolai Foster’s new version is more like a play with dance and songs, giving ideas around love and loss, community and isolation, passion and violence room to breathe In di…

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Wednesday, July 13, 2022

Bugsy Malone review – splurge guns at the ready for a twinkling revival by Miriam Gillinson

Theatre Royal BathWith charismatic performances and playful effects, Sean Holmes’ slick touring production is escapist fun Here is a chance to press pause on the difficult business of bein…

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Tuesday, July 12, 2022

Never fear! Mo Willems’ spectacularly unscary monster is gobbled up by kids by Miriam Gillinson

Manual Cinema’s stage version of Leonardo the Terrible Monster is heading for the Edinburgh fringe – and its adaptors hope it inspires audiences to create their own creatures Mo Willems…

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Monday, July 11, 2022

No strings attached: new wave of puppetry storming London’s West End by Miriam Gillinson

Sophisticated productions of Life of Pi and 101 Dalmatians are pushing the art of puppetry into new and sometimes surprisingly dark directions The Olivier-award-winning puppets in the new st…

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The Anarchist review – an innocent sense of humour amid political unrest by Miriam Gillinson

Jermyn Street theatre, LondonThe first winner of the Woven Voices prize for migrant playwrights is an open-hearted play that layers a Belarusian woman’s past and present Leather jackets an…

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Friday, July 1, 2022

9 Circles review – unflinching appraisal of a wartime atrocity by Miriam Gillinson

Park theatre, LondonJoshua Collins is magnetic as a US soldier awaiting trial for murder in this hard-hitting drama hamstrung by its loose grip on reality The title is a riff on Dante’s In…

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Friday, June 17, 2022

A Doll’s House, Part 2 review – Ibsen’s Nora returns for second round by Miriam Gillinson

Donmar Warehouse, LondonNoma Dumezweni is a compelling lead in Lucas Hnath’s sequel, which is well drawn but a little too tightly controlled A dark and heavy house fills the stage. Just b…

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Tuesday, June 14, 2022

The False Servant review – deception, disguise and filthy lucre by Miriam Gillinson

Orange Tree theatre, LondonMartin Crimp’s crisp translation of Marivaux’s comedy never feels overplayed and highlights the seductive allure of money A spiralling maze has been painted ac…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 10:06AM
Friday, June 10, 2022

Starcrossed review – gay romance riff on Romeo and Juliet is a giddy delight by Miriam Gillinson

Wilton’s Musical Hall, LondonRachel Garnet’s reframing ditches Shakespeare’s lovers for a smitten Tybalt and Mercutio. Can this winning couple alter their fate? Romeo is in a terrible …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 09:18AM
Monday, May 16, 2022

Revenge is sweet: the music, TV and theatre about getting your own back by Jason Okundaye, Jessica Kiang, Miriam Gillinson, Hugh Morris and Sam Jordison

From Shakespeare’s dithering Dane to Desperate Housewives’ steely-eyed Bree, our critics serve up the coldest revenge dishes In Desperate Housewives, when her gay son, Andrew, sleeps wit…

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Friday, May 13, 2022

Dom Juan review – Molière’s lothario gets lost in translation by Miriam Gillinson

The Vaults, LondonMarking the French playwright’s 400th anniversary, this chaotic bilingual comedy lacks clarity Tonight we’re listening to Dom Juan’s seductive escapades in English. T…

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Wednesday, May 11, 2022

‘The trembling is real’: how does it feel to sing a musical showstopper? by Miriam Gillinson

From Elsa letting it go in Frozen to Sally Bowles belting out Cabaret, the performers of the most barnstorming numbers in musicals share the thrill of bringing the house down Continue readin…

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Friday, May 6, 2022

Oklahoma! review – an invigorating take on Rodgers and Hammerstein’s classic by Miriam Gillinson

Young Vic, LondonThis modern, sexy and unsettling show injects thrills into a familiar musical, making it feel newly minted How to rewrite Rodgers and Hammerstein’s classic musical without…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 08:12AM
Sunday, May 1, 2022

The Osmonds: A New Musical – an awful lot of Osmond for your buck by Miriam Gillinson

Churchill theatre, BromleyThe musical based on a book by Jay Osmond hints at unsettling moments in the brothers’ televised childhood before reality is swept under the carpet Thanks to thei…

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Friday, April 29, 2022

The Misfortune of the English review – a stinging exploration of boyhood and patriotism by Miriam Gillinson

Orange Tree theatre, LondonBased on real events, Pamela Carter’s drama follows British schoolchildren on a walking tour in prewar Nazi Germany What started out as a bit of fun is beginnin…

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Monday, April 11, 2022

Sad review – a woman on holiday from reality by Miriam Gillinson

Omnibus theatre, LondonVictoria Willing’s new play is full of deadpan humour, as Gloria decides to live in her attic – permanently Gloria has installed herself in the attic. For good. He…

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