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Monday, February 18, 2019

INTERVIEW: Spotlight On… Come From Away’s real Nick and Diane Marson & their #WestEnd counterparts Robert Hands & Helen Hobson by Olivia Mitchell

One amazing story in Come From Away is that of Nick and Diane Marson who met on a diverted plane and fell unexpectedly in love. Editor, Olivia, got to chat to Nick and Diane about the show a…

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Saturday, February 16, 2019

FROM DOWN UNDER: Peter Pan Goes Wrong in Sydney ★★★★ by Olivia Mitchell

Peter Pan Goes Wrong is a theatrical disaster panto crammed with slapstick calamities and magic misadventures. The production is framed around the JM Barrie classic and follows the formula t…

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Tuesday, February 12, 2019

‘A reminder of just how wonderful theatre can be’: ROCKY HORROR SHOW –Touring ★★★★ by Olivia Mitchell

A Transylvanian delight, Rocky Horror will have you laughing in delight and dancing in your seat from the moment it begins in all its sparkly, transsexual glory.

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Monday, February 11, 2019

‘Quality-filled night out that keeps audiences coming back for more’: THE BODYGUARD – Touring ★★★★ by Olivia Mitchell

Offering the right balance of romance, suspense, dance, humour and music, the award-winning musical The Bodyguard gives audiences everything they want wrapped up in a quality-filled ‘nigh…

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Thursday, February 7, 2019

‘Will make you laugh, cringe, gasp & howl’: AVENUE Q – Touring ★★★★★ by Olivia Mitchell

The Avenue Q puppets are back in one of the naughtiest and funniest musicals around, and they will make you laugh, cringe, gasp and howl as they make their way round the UK.

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Monday, February 4, 2019

‘Pure brilliance’: SHOWSTOPPER! THE IMPROVISED MUSICAL – The Other Palace ★★★★★ by Olivia Mitchell

There’s a reason Showstopper! won an Oliver Award; there’s a reason why this show (which on the tin has the potential to be messy) has been running for near enough 12 years without fail,…

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Tuesday, January 29, 2019

‘A brilliant job of storytelling & taking the audience on a journey’: VISION OF YOU – The Space at Studio 88 ★★★★ by Olivia Mitchell

After releasing their album Vision of You, back in December, Rob Fowler and Sharon Sexton have taken their exploration of the backstories of Falco and Sloane (the pair's characters in Bat Ou…

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Thursday, January 24, 2019

‘Every show is a celebration of the amazing improv performers’: Showstopper! The Improvised Musical – The Other Palace ★★★★★ by Olivia Mitchell

Showstopper! The Improvised Musical is exactly what it says on the tin, a musical that is created new every night by audience input and the amazing, fast-thinking and uber talented cast. Eve…

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Wednesday, January 23, 2019

‘The cast is stellar’: VIOLET – Charing Cross Theatre ★★★ by Olivia Mitchell

Based on Doris Betts’ short story The Ugliest Pilgrim, featuring music by Jeanine Tesori and libretto by Brian Crawley, Violet follows a disfigured woman as she embarks on a Greyhound Bus …

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Tuesday, January 22, 2019

ON BROADWAY: The Prom is ‘every theatre fan’s dream’ ★★★★ by Olivia Mitchell

Directed and choreographed by Casey Nicholaw, The Prom provides pure elation mixed with comedy so expertly that you can’t fail to leave with a beaming smile on your face.

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‘A wonderful display of vocal ability & performance’: SONGS FOR NOBODIES – West End by Olivia Mitchell

Taking the form of a one-woman show which tells the stories of the unheard meetings with famous performers, Songs For Nobodies is a wonderful display of vocal ability and performance from Be…

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Wednesday, January 9, 2019

‘A master of acting through song’: CHRISTINA BENNINGTON – Live At Zedel ★★★★ by Olivia Mitchell

The wounds are still fresh for Bat Out of Hell fans, who had to wave goodbye to their beloved show at the Dominion Theatre just a few days ago; but the Bat love was still strong as Christina…

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Saturday, January 5, 2019

‘Together they have a chemistry that is simply brilliant’: JERSEY BOYS – Touring ★★★★★ by Olivia Mitchell

Jersey Boys is a perfect night’s entertainment performed by a superbly talented cast which will leave you wanting more.

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Thursday, January 3, 2019

‘A gigantic spectacular of such quality’: JACK & THE BEANSTALK – Belfast ★★★★ by Olivia Mitchell

Jack & The Beanstalk is back is in all its traditional glory in this truly spectacular show that remains as magical as Jack’s famous beans.

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Wednesday, January 2, 2019

‘The believability of the entire show makes it so wonderful’: NINE NIGHT – Trafalgar Studios ★★★★★ by Olivia Mitchell

Nine Night is a truly fantastic, affecting and entertaining piece of theatre that deserves the space its been given plus more.

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Monday, December 31, 2018

Olivia’s Top 10 Shows of 2018 by Olivia Mitchell

This year has been a whirlwind year full of amazing theatre. I was lucky enough to see a total of 150 shows so whittling them down to a top 10 was extremely difficult. Although this list is …

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Saturday, December 29, 2018

‘Gripping, emotional & heart-warming’: COME FROM AWAY – Dublin & London ★★★★ by Olivia Mitchell

Come From Away, at the Abbey Theatre, Dublin before transferring to the West End is a story of ordinary people doing extraordinary things in a time of need is truly inspirational and this in…

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Thursday, December 20, 2018

‘Seamless, energetic & fast-paced’: ALICE: THE MUSICAL – Belfast ★★★★ by Olivia Mitchell

As a perfect alternative to pantomime, this inventive, colourful, entertaining and story-based production of Alice: The Musical will engage the entire family with its well-known and well-lov…

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Tuesday, December 18, 2018

‘Even the teenagers enjoyed it’: ALADDIN – New Wimbledon Theatre ★★★ by Olivia Mitchell

Panto season is upon us once again, and this year at the New Wimbledon Theatre, we are transported to Old Peking in Aladdin.

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Sunday, December 16, 2018

‘There’s sure to be something for everyone’: CINDERELLA – Woking ★★★★ by Olivia Mitchell

Cinderella is a festive treat for all the family that of course, uses panto tropes but doesn't make them overbearing and instead brings a lighthearted show to life with ease, fun and energy.

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Friday, December 14, 2018

‘An absolute treasure box of surprises, laughs & delights’: KINKY BOOTS – Touring ★★★★★ by Olivia Mitchell

Audiences at the Edinburgh Playhouse are being transported straight to the Price & Sons Shoe Factory in Northampton this December, to a time and place where drag queens and shoemakers c…

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Wednesday, December 12, 2018

‘The vocal delights on offer are second to none’: A CHRISTMAS CAROL – West End ★★★★★ by Olivia Mitchell

The London Musical Theatre Orchestra is fast becoming a staple part of my Christmas tradition, with the company’s glorious performances of A Christmas Carol really bringing the joy and fes…

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Tuesday, December 11, 2018

‘Fresh & mostly effective production’: CARMEN – Royal Opera House ★★★ by Olivia Mitchell

Twisting Carmen on its head, the Royal Opera House’s revival of Barrie Kosky’s production brings modernity, a narrator, simplicity and vibrancy together to create a fresh and mostly effe…

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Thursday, December 6, 2018

‘Fresh, modern, exciting, wild & amusing’: HOT GAY TIME MACHINE – Trafalgar Studios ★★★★ by Olivia Mitchell

Fun, flamboyance and festivity, Hot Gay Time Machine is probably the most fun you'll have at the theatre this year (and next year when it’ll no doubt be ruling the West End and the world).

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Wednesday, December 5, 2018

‘With a couple of tweaks could be a real hit’: STRIKING 12 – Union Theatre ★★★★ by Olivia Mitchell

Now we’ve entered December, the festive shows on offer are really stepping up, with the Union Theatre’s Striking 12 providing a festive but not in-your-face Christmas 90-minute story to …

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Tuesday, December 4, 2018

‘The cast is really what makes this show’: A CHRISTMAS STORY – THE MUSICAL – Waterloo East Theatre ★★★ by Olivia Mitchell

A stage adaptation of the 1983 film, A Christmas Story: The Musical follows young Ralphie who’s sole Christmas wish is to receive a Red Ryder Carbine-Action 200-Shot Range Model Air Rifle.

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Monday, December 3, 2018

‘The dynamic duo did not disappoint’: Lea Michele & Darren Criss – Touring ★★★★ by Olivia Mitchell

However, so good a time was had by both in Dublin on the last Glee tour that – ahead of their LM/DC concert tour dates in the UK – Lea Michele and Darren Criss (aka Glee’s Rachel Berry…

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Saturday, December 1, 2018

‘Provides festivity & magic in abundance’: THE NUTCRACKER – Touring ★★★★ by Olivia Mitchell

As the festive season steps up a gear, it seems only fitting that The Nutcracker should be required viewing, and the Northern Ballet’s current production provides festivity and magic in ab…

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Friday, November 30, 2018

‘It’s an absolute gift to any actor’: Rebecca Lock plays Lilli in Sheffield Crucible’s Kiss Me, Kate by Olivia Mitchell

Fresh from starring as Ms Fleming in Heathers, Rebecca Lock is tackling the tough but exciting role of Lilli in the Sheffield Crucible’s production of Kiss Me, Kate. Rebecca chatted to us …

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Thursday, November 29, 2018

‘Turns it somewhat on its head’: CENDRILLON – Touring ★★★ by Olivia Mitchell

Fiona Shaw takes the lead in directing Glyndebourne’s first production of Massenet’s ravishing fairytale, and turns it somewhat on its head.

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Wednesday, November 28, 2018

‘It was actually that huge difference that attracted me’: Patrick Sullivan swaps Bat Out of Hell for Doctor Dolittle by Olivia Mitchell

After starring as Blake in Bat Out of Hell, Patrick Sullivan has swapped a motorbike for a cycling bike and a whole load of animals, as he becomes Matthew Mugg in Doctor Dolittle.

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