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

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

Review: Lend Me A Tenor

Currently on Sunday nights we’re fed a second innings of singing competition ‘Popstar to Operastar’ (does what it says on the tin).  As these forgotten stars screech and belt their way through every loved opera, my thoughts lie in the strength of these musical theatre tenors (and sopranos) lending themselves to opera with great aptitude … Continue reading

Review: The Magician’s Daughter

Following on from The Tempest, an RSC and Little Angel Theatre collaboration last month, The Magician’s Daughter unites the two companies again in a new story for 3-6 year olds, inspired by and continuing Shakespeare’s story. Written by former Children’s Laureate Michael Rosen, The Magician’s Daughter tells of the adventures of Miranda’s daughter Isabella, as … 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: Clybourne Park

Challenging the bourgeois values is the flavour of Bruce Norris’ Best Play winner.  The play is a riotously funny yet troubling confrontation with the issues of race and poverty in America.  The first act is set in 1959 and the second in 2009, with a tight symmetry and almost parallelism between the two parts.  The … Continue reading

Review: Double Falsehood

Claimed ‘lost Shakespeare’ Double Falsehood, currently on offer at Southwark’s Union Theatre, is a story unfamiliar with our modern sensibilities; servant girl Violante, innocently raped, pursues her attacker Henrique for marriage to clear her disgrace.  Henrique meanwhile attempts to steal away his friend Julio’s fiancée Leonora, Julio becoming mad over the loss of his love.  … Continue reading

Review: Twisted Tales

After the recent success of Ghost Stories, currently thrilling West End audiences at the Duke of York’s, Jeremy Dyson and the Lyric Hammersmith have joined forces again to create the latest addition to a chain of theatrical horrors.  Twisted Tales is a collection of Roald Dahl’s short stories, written for adults, with unexpected endings.  An … Continue reading

Impressions: The Boy James

An enchanting yet painful exploration of the innocence of childhood, penetrated by the cruelty of growing up.  Belt Up Theatre’s The Boy James brings to life the magic of storytelling through this beguiling concept and takes the audience in-hand on this story based around the life of Peter Pan author J. M. Barrie.  This experimental … Continue reading