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Thursday, November 28, 2019

‘Completely charismatic’: WHITE CHRISTMAS – West End ★★★★ by Olivia Mitchell

The embodiment of glamour from start to finish, White Christmas whisks you away and takes you to a wintery wonderland where lullabies and tap dances reign supreme.

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Friday, November 22, 2019

‘A wild, sparkling, energetic piece of musical theatre’: & JULIET – West End ★★★★ by Olivia Mitchell

If you want an explicitly queer, feminist musical that's funny, entertaining and scored by songs that you grew up listening to then go see & Juliet.

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Tuesday, November 19, 2019

‘A feast for the eyes & ears’: MARY POPPINS – West End ★★★ by Olivia Mitchell

There’s something universally adored about the feel-good story of the Banks family in Mary Poppins, so it’s no surprise that the musical is once again gracing the West End.

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Monday, November 4, 2019

‘Works exceptionally in the space’: GHOST QUARTET – Boulevard Theatre ★★★★ by Olivia Mitchell

The vivacious performances and gripping qualities of characterisation throughout make Ghost Quartet a thrilling way to spend ninety minutes.

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Sunday, November 3, 2019

‘The entire production feels relatable’: HIGH FIDELITY – Turbine Theatre ★★★★ by Olivia Mitchell

As the Turbine Theatre’s second production, it’s wonderful to see a musical like High Fidelity which brings to life some of the excellence of this city.

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Wednesday, October 30, 2019

‘Certainly turns the classic tale on its head’: SOHO CINDERS – Charing Cross Theatre ★★★ by Olivia Mitchell

Soho Cinders isn't life-changing but it allows us to experience tongue-in-cheek, energetic performances which will entertain for the duration of the show.

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Wednesday, October 16, 2019

‘Complete laugh-out-loud escapism’: NOISES OFF – West End ★★★★ by Olivia Mitchell

With a heart of gold reminder about professionalism in the arts, Noises Off is a must see production which will surely continue to have audiences gasping for air and slapping their thighs.

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Friday, October 4, 2019

‘The show retains its heart wherever it goes’: Calendar Girls The Musical – Touring ★★★★ by Olivia Mitchell

Calendar Girls The Musical is a totally British feel-good show which warms the heart, uplifts and entertains. It has something for everyone and is a beautiful portrayal of women supporting w…

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Wednesday, October 2, 2019

‘Brought to life with vitality & vocal prowess’: BROOKLYN THE MUSICAL – Greenwich Theatre ★★★★ by Olivia Mitchell

Strong direction by Adam Haigh and consistently impressive performances by the cast bring Brooklyn The Musical at Greenwich Theatre to life with vitality and vocal prowess, and make it one t…

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Tuesday, October 1, 2019

‘Exciting, truthful & special’: SHIDA – The Vaults ★★★★ by Olivia Mitchell

It’s rare to see such a provocative performance from a stellar performer in such an intimate space and it’s worth taking a trip just for the bragging rights of seeing Jeannette Bayardell…

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Saturday, September 14, 2019

‘Makes a triumphant return’: FAME THE MUSICAL – West End ★★★★ by Olivia Mitchell

Back in the West End after 12 years, Fame makes a triumphant return with Nick Winston’s production. This 30th anniversary edition has been touring since 2018 but is having a prolonged five…

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Wednesday, September 11, 2019

‘A cast made up of crystal clear singers’: FALSETTOS – The Other Palace ★★★★ by Olivia Mitchell

Intricate but not in-your-face Falsettos is a must-see reminder of human love; and a great example of how moving music can be.

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Wednesday, September 4, 2019

‘Definitely has potential’: THE FEELING – The Other Palace by Olivia Mitchell

With an influx of Broadway transfers and film/book to movie adaptations dominating the London theatre scene, it's always wonderful to see new British theatre developing. The Feeling by Kyra …

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Thursday, August 29, 2019

FROM DOWN UNDER: West Side Story in Sydney ★★★★★ by Olivia Mitchell

One of the most iconic musicals of all time, this West Side Story is an explosion of colour and culture clashes which immerses all your senses at the Sydney Opera House. This heart wrenching…

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Monday, August 19, 2019

‘Enthralling & authentic to watch’: ONCE ON THIS ISLAND – Southwark Playhouse ★★★★ by Olivia Mitchell

The British Theatre Academy’s production of the Caribbean-inspired Little Mermaid adaptation, Once On This Island is an enchanting show with dynamic, heart-wrenching performances, energy i…

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Tuesday, July 30, 2019

‘A fantastic debut’: GAMES FOR LOVERS – The Vaults ★★★★ by Olivia Mitchell

Games for Lovers isn't going to leave you questioning your life choices but it will leave you beaming from an utterly hilarious and fantastically enjoyable two hours.

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Thursday, July 25, 2019

‘The uniformly thrilling cast brings vocals that cause involuntary whoops’: THE VIEW UPSTAIRS – Soho Theatre ★★★★ by Olivia Mitchell

Jonathan O'Boyle has directed a moving production of The View Upstairs which feels like an homage to those fighting for gay rights in the past, those fighting now and those who are yet to re…

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Wednesday, July 10, 2019

‘Exciting, vibrant & thrilling’: JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR – Barbican Theatre ★★★★ by Olivia Mitchell

Back for its third triumphant year, the Regent’s Park Open Air production of Jesus Christ Superstar is exciting, vibrant fresh and thrilling.

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Monday, July 8, 2019

‘Pure delight of a musical’: FIVER – Southwark Playhouse ★★★★★ by Olivia Mitchell

New British musical by Alex James Ellison and Tom Lees, Fiver follows a humble five pound note as it passes through the hands and pockets of various people in London.

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Saturday, July 6, 2019

‘Full of heart & energy’: The Secret Diary Of Adrian Mole Aged 13¾ The Musical – West End ★★★★ by Olivia Mitchell

The Secret Diary Of Adrian Mole Aged 13¾ The Musical is an expressive and animated production, full of heart and energy.

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Sunday, June 30, 2019

‘An entertaining delight of a show’: ON YOUR FEET! – West End ★★★★ by Olivia Mitchell

Overall On Your Feet! is an entertaining delight of a show. The book is hugely lacking but for fans of Gloria Estefan it's a perfect portrayal of her life and music. Transport yourself to th…

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Friday, June 28, 2019

‘The audience loved this show’: LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE – Touring ★★★★ by Olivia Mitchell

I can’t help but wholly recommend Little Miss Sunshine, a feel good road trip with an unconventional, dysfunctional family that brings a smile to your face.

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Thursday, June 27, 2019

‘The young cast does a fantastic job’: BARE: A POP OPERA – The Vaults by Olivia Mitchell

The performances are strong in Bare: A Pop Opera at The Vaults and the music itself is extremely clever and mostly engaging.

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Friday, June 21, 2019

‘A sumptuous treat for the eyes & ears’: THE LIGHT IN THE PIAZZA – Royal Festival Hall – ★★★★★ by Olivia Mitchell

The marvellously swooping score by Adam Guettel for The Light In The Piazza whisks you away from the opening moment and enthrals you in the beauty and magic of this delicate Italian love sto…

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Wednesday, June 19, 2019

‘I get to pretend to be a pop star’: Vicki Manser on bringing herstory to life in Six The Musical by Olivia Mitchell

Vicki Manser told us about Six the Musical, who she’d like to play her in her own pop concert musical and what she’d say to Henry VIII if she got the chance...

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‘Lucie Jones is second to none’: WAITRESS – West End ★★★★ by Olivia Mitchell

Three new cast members have joined the Waitress diner at the Adelphi Theatre to form the second West End cast.

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Monday, June 17, 2019

‘Energetic & magnetic throughout’: Ben Platt – Eventim Apollo ★★★★★ by Olivia Mitchell

In his premiere London concert, Ben Platt performed his Sing To Me Instead tour to thunderous applause and proved that sublime vocal skill and authentic connection are the perfect combinatio…

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Saturday, June 15, 2019

‘A highly recommended piece of viewing for all’: AFTERGLOW – Southwark Playhouse ★★★★ by Olivia Mitchell

Afterglow is ‘The little play that could’. After its impressive Off-Broadway run of 14 months and 467 performances, it has made its way across the pond to the Southwark Playhouse, a thea…

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Wednesday, June 12, 2019

‘It certainly has the heart to inspire’: ANNIE – Touring ★★★ by Olivia Mitchell

Although the sun might not be coming out in Surrey tomorrow, there’s no doubt that this production of Annie will bring light and joy to many children.

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Friday, June 7, 2019

‘The spectacular dancers fizzle with precision & energy’: The Firebird / A Month in the Country / Symphony in C – Royal Opera House ★★ by Olivia Mitchell

The Royal Ballet is wrapping its summer season up with a trio of delightful works by three of the greatest choreographers: The Firebird / A Month in the Country / Symphony in C at the Royal …

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Tuesday, June 4, 2019

‘Utterly wrapped up in this glorious production’: TOSCA – Royal Opera House ★★★★★ by Olivia Mitchell

Jonathan Kent's production of Tosca is a must-see and is a perfect introduction to the drama and beauty of opera.

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