Review: One Man Two Guvnors

Though the original company may now have been shipped off to Broadway – this triumph of stage comedy still holds strong in its new home of the Theatre Royal, Haymarket.  Set in the criminal underground of Brighton in 1963, we follow the helpless confusion of the life of Francis Henshall (Owain Arthur) and his basic quest … Continue reading

Sweeney Todd the Musical

Review: La Soirée

The most daring and outrageous show is back in town for a limited period at The Roundhouse, Camden.  I saw this show about a year ago, then in a big-top behind the National Theatre, but now the show returns to it’s previous home, The Roundhouse, with just as much charm and fun second time round.  … Continue reading

E4 Udderbelly: Not So Grimm Fairy Tales

After their hugely successful 2009 and 2010 national tours of The Little Mermaid and Alice In Wonderland, Uncontained Arts return with another exhilarating interpretation of more much-loved children’s stories. All your favourite Grimm characters …Little Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel, Tom Thumb, a handful of princesses, a whirlwind of witches and one weally, weally wicked wolf…are … Continue reading

Review: The Birthday of the Infanta

It’s the twelfth birthday of the Infanta (that’s a Spanish princess) and for today only she’s allowed to play with other children.  We are invited to a celebration and all number of wondrous acts are assembled to play before the great princess.  But it is one, an ugly boy who dances, a little fearfully and … Continue reading

Review: The Last 5 Years

An emotionally powerful and intimate musical, The Last 5 Years charts the relationship of Cathy and Jamie, the story beginning with Cathy at the start of their five years together and Jamie at the end.  Through a collection of inter-cutting scenes, almost entirely through-composed, we watch Jamie move forward in time as Cathy moves backwards, … Continue reading

Review: Me and Juliet

Following on from the success of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s State Fair both at the Finborough and in the West End, Me and Juliet is the second UK premiere of a Rodgers and Hammerstein musical presented by the Finborough, directed by acclaimed young director Thom Southerland.  Me and Juliet is a love story of singer Jeanie … Continue reading

In discussion: Enlightenment

Hampstead Theatre is proud to announce the UK premiere of Shelagh Stephenson’s Enlightenment, a chilling modern mystery about the lengths to which people will go to find the missing pieces of their lives. When a young man disappears on a backpacking holiday to South East Asia, his parents Lia and Nick are left in a … Continue reading

Impressions: Departure Lounge

A group of sunburned lads await their delayed return flight in the departure lounge of Malaga airport.  After a drunken ‘Brits on tour’ style holiday that involved mainly (and I paraphrase) ‘booze, birds and….bonking’, the group of friends reflect on the weeks conquests.  With their memories drink-addled, a level of confusion strikes their recollections and … Continue reading

Review: Yes, Prime Minister

During a year of political uncertainty and diversification, never more has one wanted so much to be a fly on the wall in the Prime Minister’s office. The power balance inside politics has shifted significantly and I can’t help thinking that this satirical political romp may not be altogether too far from the truth. Writers … Continue reading