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Photo of Miriam-Teak Lee and cast in the musical & Juliet featuring songs by Max Martin

& Juliet at Shaftesbury Theatre – review

Max Martin's songs power a musical triumph Watch the review of & Juliet on YouTube I’m pretty sure I’m not the target demographic for & Juliet but I loved it. It's a jukebox musical which is an art form usually well down the West End hierarchy. It features the work ...
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BREAKING THE CODE by by Hugh Whitemore ; Directed by Christian Durham ; Set & Costume Designer James Button ; Lighting Design by Chris Davey ; Sound & Music by Michael Scott ; Voice and Dialect Coach: Sian Radinger ; Casting Director: Gabrielle Dawes CDG ; Salisbury Playhouse ; Wiltshire Creative ; Salisbury, UK ; 5 October 2019 ; Credit and copyright: Helen Murray

Breaking The Code – Salisbury Playhouse

Turing play still packs a punch We know a lot more about Alan Turing, the subject of Breaking The Code, than we did when Hugh Whitemore wrote the play in the mid 1980s. His once secret work on breaking the Enigma code during World War Two, possibly saving millions of ...
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Noises Off by Michael Frayn at The Garrick Theatre 2019

Noises Off at The Garrick – review

If you've never seen Noises Off, You Really Should When I saw the first production of Noises Off back in 1982, I laughed so much I was fighting for breath. If I didn’t laugh quite so uncontrollably on this occasion, it’s only because it’s the fifth time I’ve seen Michael ...
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Production photo of Stephen Sondheim's Assassins at The Watermill Newbury UK

Assassins at The Watermill – review

Production of Sondheim's musical hits the target Stephen Sondheim’s Assassins is one of his lesser known musicals. Having seen this production of it at The Watermill, I understand why. There’s no story, no engagement with the characters and, like the would be assassins, it's hit and miss. On the plus ...
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The Watsons at The Menier Chocolate Factory

The Watsons at The Menier Chocolate Factory

Laura Wade's play is funny, thought-provoking and exhilarating The Watsons starts as a fairly conventional adaptation of a Jane Austen story taking place on a lovely white set by Ben Stones. Emma needs a husband and the question is, which of the three contenders will she end up marrying? Will ...
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Production photo of Samantha Pauly and others in Evita by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice at the Open Air Theatre in Regents Park London

Evita at the Open Air Theatre

Has Evita ever looked or sounded better?  I doubt whether Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber's Evita has ever looked or sounded better. As you enter the Open Air Theatre in Regent's Park, you're presented with a set that looks like bleachers or maybe a staircase which rises from the front ...
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Production photo of Juliet Stevenson in The Doctor at the Almeida Theatre London

Juliet Stevenson in The Doctor at the Almeida Theatre

Juliet Stevenson outstanding in Robert Icke's exposure of populism Dr Wolfe, played by Juliet Stevenson, prides herself on being logical and making medical decisions based on facts in a world of irrationality. Hildegard Bechtler’s stark set is quite a contrast to the detailed oppressiveness of her design for Rosmersholm. Here ...
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Production shot from Hansard at the National Theatre with Lindsay Duncan and Alex Jennings

Hansard starring Lindsay Duncan & Alex Jennings – review

Hansard in the Lyttelton Theatre of the National Theatre is what I love about theatre. Forget video screens, background music, special effects. Simply two great actors live on stage telling a story to a live audience. For ninety unbroken minutes this couple bickers and takes swipes at each other until ...
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Production shot of Andrew Scott in Present Laughter at The Old Vic, London

Andrew Scott in Present Laughter – review

Present Laughter at The Old Vic is one of the funniest plays I’ve ever seen. Andrew Scott is the leading contender for the best actor of his generation ...
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Production shot from Kiss Me, Kate at The Watermill Theatre Newbury

Kiss Me, Kate at The Watermill – review

While I have small reservations about this production, I found it a thoroughly enjoyable evening’s entertainment ...
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Interior shot of the Gielgud Theatre in London showing the oval gallery

Gielgud Theatre – Insider Guide

The Gielgud is one of the nicest theatres in the West End The Gielgud Theatre was known as The Globe for most of its 113 year history. In 1994, after a replica of Shakespeare’s Globe was built on the South Bank, iit was renamed in honour of Sir John Gielgud ...
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Production photo f the end of history at the Royal Court Theatre showing David Morrissey and Lesley Sharp

the end of history at Royal Court – review

Lesley Sharp and David Morrissey provide laughter and emotion in Jack Thorne's family drama It's a world away from Jack Thorne and John  Tiffany's last collaboration- Harry Potter And The Curse Child- but the end of history is another moving drama about parent child relationships. The title may refer to a ...
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Production photo of John Malkovich in David Mamet's Bitter Wheat at the Garrick Theatre in London

David Mamet’s Bitter Wheat with John Malkovich – reviews round-up

Bitter reviews for David Mamet's Bitter Wheat at The Garrick Even recruiting John Malkovich, one of the finest stage actors of his generation to make a rare West End appearance couldn’t sweeten the critics’ reactions to David Mamet's Bitter Wheat: “a flabby, cynical and pointless effort” cried Tim Bano in The ...
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Robert Lindsay in Prism at Hampstead Theatre reviewed by One Minute Theatre Reviews

Prism starring Robert Lindsay – review

A Masterclass in Playwriting and Acting Prism at Hampstead Theatre (touring autumn 2019) is a double pleasure. It marks a welcome return for Terry Johnson, author of Dead Funny, Hysteria and Insignificance with his first full length play in ten years. And it gives Robert Lindsay the chance to get his teeth into a role worthy ...
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Production shot of Leanne Best, Martha Plimpton and Clare Perkins in the Donmar production of Sweat at the Gielgud Theatre

Sweat at The Gielgud – review

Sweat- an important visceral play by Lynn Nottage. There is so much I could say about this play but I want to concentrate on the central story which concerns the deindustrialisation that happened in the US in the early 21st century. It's something we in the UK are only too ...
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Production photo of Roger Allam in Rutherford And Son at the National Theatre London

Rutherford And Son – National Theatre – review

Roger Allam shines in dull play Much is being made by the National Theatre of how this play and its author Githa Sowerby are not that well known and that if she had been a man, it would have been a different story. She would have stood alongside Bernard Shaw ...
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Production photo of James Nesbitt, Scott Folan, Kirsty MacLaren & Clare Burt in This Is My Family at Chichester Festival Theatre in May 2019

This Is My Family – review

Sheila Hancock and James Nesbitt are the leading lights and Kirsty MacLaren shines There’s a lot to like in This Is My Family which is directed by Daniel Evans with a light comic touch. This is the second of CFT Artistic Director Daniel Evans' 'greatest hits' from his days at the Sheffield ...
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Production photo of hayley at well in Rosmersholm at Duke Of York's theatre in London May 2019

Rosmersholm with Hayley Atwell & Tom Burke – review

Avengers star Hayley Atwell is forceful co-star with Tom Burke   Rosmersholm is about wanting to pursue passion and change but being held back by the past – the political system, religion, inhertitance. At the beginning, everything is covered in dustsheets in this stately home- Rosmersholm. The walls show signs ...
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Production shot of Maggie Smith in A German Life at The Bridge Theatre

Maggie Smith in A German Life – review

Downton Abbey star in clever one woman play by Christopher Hampton The set comprises a small living room with an old lady sitting on a chair alone on a thrust stage talking to the audience. She never stands up. For 100 minutes we listen, I mean really listen. The lady ...
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Production shot of Anne-Marie Duff in Sweet Charity at the Donmar Warehouse. Photo by Johan Persson

Anne-Marie Duff in Sweet Charity – Donmar – Review

Anne-Marie Duff adds Wow Factor to excellent production of Sweet Charity Sweet Charity with book by Neil Simon, music by Cy Coleman and lyrics by Dorothy Fields. This would be an excellent production with any musical star but Anne-Marie Duff adds a wow factor. She may not be as good a ...
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