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Thursday, August 11, 2022

‘Highlights the heartwarming & empowering messages’: Kinky Boots the Musical in Concert – Theatre Royal Drury Lane ★★★★ by Olivia Mitchell

Kinky Boots the Musical in Concert at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane is a fantastic showcase of a great cast as well as the heartwarming story that works surprisingly well in concert form. I c…

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Thursday, August 4, 2022

‘The sumptuous score is showcased to the highest degree’: CHESS THE MUSICAL IN CONCERT – Theatre Royal Drury Lane ★★★★ by Olivia Mitchell

After the success earlier in the year of Bonnie and Clyde in Concert, the bar has been set rather high for what concert productions at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane can provide, and Chess the…

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Saturday, July 23, 2022

‘Hurray for new British writing’: MILLENNIALS – The Other Palace ★★★★ by Olivia Mitchell

There may be a little final sprinkle of fairy dust missing but Millennials at The Other Palace is one of the funnest shows about and it’ll be brilliant to see where it progresses.

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Wednesday, June 8, 2022

‘A lovely production chock-a-block with humour’: MY FAIR LADY – London Coliseum ★★★★ by Olivia Mitchell

The London Coliseum was packed to the rafters and buzzing to see the long-awaited West End transfer of Lerner and Loewe’s My Fair Lady. Bartlett Sher’s joyous production had a highly acc…

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Sunday, June 5, 2022

‘It lacks the sparkle you expect’: WE WILL ROCK YOU – Touring ★★★ by Olivia Mitchell

Back for its 2022 tour, We Will Rock You is set in a dystopian future where “real” music has been outlawed and replaced with manufactured pop. Society is lived online and it’s up to a …

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Wednesday, May 25, 2022

’It’s the first-rate performances that really bring this show to life’: LIFT – Southwark Playhouse ★★★ by Olivia Mitchell

Overall, Lift is a well-paced show which lacks real depth and cohesion but is carried exceptionally well by the eight person cast. As a cult favourite, it's worth catching just for the power…

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Monday, May 23, 2022

‘An unmissable piece of theatre’: PRIMA FACIE – Harold Pinter Theatre ★★★★★ by Olivia Mitchell

In her one-woman West End debut in Prima Facie, Jodie Comer lives up to every expectation and delivers a performance that astounds and stays with you long after the curtain comes down.

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Wednesday, May 18, 2022

‘A high energy, fun night out’: GREASE THE MUSICAL – Dominion Theatre ★★★ by Olivia Mitchell

It’s a cult classic that’s got the word, got the groove, it’s got meaning, and in its current West End run at the Dominion Theatre, Grease provides a high energy, fun night out that’…

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Monday, May 2, 2022

‘A kaleidoscope of colour & dance’: Matthew Bourne’s NUTCRACKER – Touring ★★★★★ by Olivia Mitchell

The Nutcracker Suite is an old and much-beloved family Christmas favourite. Matthew Bourne's version, however, is a somewhat different take on the classic.

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Saturday, April 23, 2022

‘A dynamic production packed full of colour, texture & noise’: ZORRO – Charing Cross Theatre ★★★★★ by Olivia Mitchell

Set to a legendary soundtrack by the Gipsy Kings, this sizzling show follows the mysterious masked vigilante El Zorro in his efforts to defend the Pueblo of Los Angeles from a ruthless autoc…

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Thursday, April 21, 2022

‘A thoroughly entertaining night out’: SCHOOL OF ROCK – Touring ★★★★ by Olivia Mitchell

School of Rock (Tour)New Wimbledon TheatreReviewed on Monday 21st March 2022★★★★★Most people know and love the hit 2003 film School of Rock. With Jack Black’s iconic comedy, incr…

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Sunday, April 17, 2022

‘A musical that inspires us all to own what makes us different’: EVERYBODY’S TALKING ABOUT JAMIE – Touring ★★★★ by Olivia Mitchell

Everybody's Talking About Jamie is fast becoming a staple piece of theatre in the UK and indeed across the world.

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Friday, April 8, 2022

‘A fast-footed feast that’s full of charm & keeps its wow factor’: SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN – Touring ★★★★ by Olivia Mitchell

It's been 10 years since Jonathan Church's stage version of Singin' in the Rain was brought to life at the Chichester Festival theatre, showering the front rows during the title number and d…

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Wednesday, April 6, 2022

INTERVIEW: Alex Gibson-Giorgio on playing the villain in Zorro The Musical by Olivia Mitchell

Alex Gibson-Giorgio plays Ramon in Zorro The Musical at London's Charing Cross Theatre. He chats to us about the rehearsal process, what it's like playing the villain and what audiences can …

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Sunday, March 13, 2022

‘The megamix at the end proves an audience favourite’: THE OSMONDS – Touring ★★★ by Olivia Mitchell

It has been over 50 years since the wholesome, handsome brothers from Utah, The Osmonds, began their career.

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Monday, February 21, 2022

‘Incredibly engaging throughout’: INSTRUCTIONS FOR A TEENAGE ARMAGEDDON – Southwark Playhouse ★★★★ by Olivia Mitchell

At 75 minutes long, it's quite impressive how much Rosie Day is able to fit into this painful coming-of-age story - it really is an intense rollercoaster.

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Thursday, February 17, 2022

INTERVIEW: Evelyn Hoskins on returning to the Waitress diner on tour by Olivia Mitchell

Evelyn Hoskins plays Jenna's lovable friend Dawn who's looking for love of her own. Evelyn spoke to us about taking the show on the road and how the pandemic changed her portrayal.

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Tuesday, February 15, 2022

‘A fun revival that doesn’t take itself too seriously’: DIRTY DANCING – West End ★★★★ by Olivia Mitchell

Dirty Dancing is one of the cult classic films that's beloved by many generations and continually stands the test of time, so a stage version has a built-in audience.

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Saturday, January 29, 2022

‘Stellar effects & outstanding solo & ensemble performances’: BAT OUT OF HELL – Touring ★★★★★ by Olivia Mitchell

There aren’t many touring shows where fire, confetti and belts that melt your faces off are the key selling points, but that’s what makes Bat Out of Hell such a unique and refreshing add…

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Tuesday, January 25, 2022

‘There’s razzle-dazzle, glitz, glam & hugely sumptuous chorus numbers’: MOULIN ROUGE! The Musical – West End ★★★ by Olivia Mitchell

There is a lot to love with the production; the energy is next level throughout, the variety of performers is wonderful to see and the classic songs from the movies are excellent.

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Friday, November 26, 2021

‘A completely wholesome treat’: LITTLE WOMEN – Park Theatre ★★★★ by Olivia Mitchell

Louisa May Alcott's timeless 1886 classic has earned praise and adoration, especially after the recent film adaptation.

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Thursday, November 18, 2021

‘A perfect reminder of the importance of community’: THE CHOIR OF MAN – Arts Theatre ★★★★ by Olivia Mitchell

Nine men, a pub, singing, dancing and amazing energy levels, The Choir of Man is an absolute treat of a show.

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Monday, November 15, 2021

‘A history lesson you’ll want to revisit time & again’: SIX THE MUSICAL – West End ★★★★★ by Olivia Mitchell

It's an 80-minute treat that flies by in a whizz of comedy, vocal excellence, spangly costumes and heart.

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Wednesday, November 10, 2021

‘Ticks the boxes of humour, angst, drama & generally being over the top’: HEATHERS THE MUSICAL – Touring ★★★★ by Olivia Mitchell

What works so well about this musical is that it doesn't take itself too seriously. The whole thing is melodramatic and larger than life.

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Thursday, October 21, 2021

Book Review: Hamilton & Me – by Giles Terera ★★★★ by Olivia Mitchell

While working to bring the smash-hit musical Hamilton to the West End stage, Giles Terera kept a journal that chronicled the journey and now provides a wonderfully moving insight into the pr…

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Friday, September 17, 2021

‘A magical fever dream that invites you to suspend your disbelief’: BAT OUT OF HELL – Manchester & Touring ★★★★★ by Olivia Mitchell

Hitting the highway until late 2022, after several staggering runs in Toronto, New York and London, Bat Out Of Hell returned to its proverbial Manchester home this weekend.

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Sunday, July 4, 2021

‘Brims with exhilarating jazz & witty comedy’: WONDERFUL TOWN – Opera Holland Park ★★★★ by Olivia Mitchell

As the world returns to a new normal, there aren't many better ways to spend an evening than enjoying a glorious musical in the beautiful setting of Opera Holland Park. Quick Fantastic has r…

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Saturday, June 12, 2021

‘There is something for absolutely everyone’: WEST END MUSICAL CELEBRATION – Palace Theatre ★★★★★ by Olivia Mitchell

As the final chorus of The Greatest Showman’s ‘From Now On’ rang out “and we will come back home”, I was reminded that the theatre really is home and if West End Musical Celebratio…

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Tuesday, June 1, 2021

‘Fiercely entertaining dance contest’: HERE COME THE BOYS – London Palladium ★★★★ by Olivia Mitchell

Here comes the sun, here comes some form of normality and most importantly, Here Come The Boys. In their West End transfer, following a successful UK tour, four of Strictly’s favourite boy…

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Tuesday, May 25, 2021

‘Every artist gave a powerhouse performance’: MONDAY NIGHT AT THE APOLLO – Apollo Theatre ★★★★ by Olivia Mitchell

Created by Wild Mountain Productions and presented by Greg Barnett, a spectacular line-up was brought to the stage of the Apollo to take us through a night of vocal gymnastics, diversity, hu…

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Wednesday, October 14, 2020

‘Full to the brim with theatricality’: THE SHOW MUST GO ON – The Lost Alhambra ★★★★★ by Olivia Mitchell

The Show Must Go On is an immersive, cabaret dining experience which packs a punch. The night is complete with a three hour show, a two course meal, a welcome cocktail and bottomless Prosecc…

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