Monthly Archives: June 2011

Tommy at the Royal Academy of Music: there’s a new (pinball) wizard in town

‘Welcome to the Royal Academy of Music’s first ever rock show.  Ear plugs available if you need them’ reads a sign in the auditorium.  Putting on a rock opera as one of a selection of Summer shows performed by students … Continue reading

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Standing room only at the battle of Trafalgar Square: West End Live, Sunday 19th June 2011

Where would you find two lions, a baboon, a tin man, a dog, a scarecrow and Michael Jackson?  No, not Neverland!  Trafalgar square of course, at this year’s West End Live.  Having somehow missed the previous six years of this … Continue reading

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Hubris unmasked: Love Never Dies reaches the point of no return

So, the West End incarnation of ‘Love Never Dies’ has announced its forthcoming closure.  The perfect cue for the normally sensible Mark Shenton to throw his toys out of the pram (again) over the ‘Love Should Die’ website, which has supposedly had … Continue reading

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South Pacific at the Barbican: Some Expensive Evening

We received in interesting offer in our inbox yesterday.  The Ambassador Theatre Group sent us an email proclaiming that ‘As a valued theatregoer we would like to offer you a special reward’.  And the reward is a free upgrade to … Continue reading

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Blink again but don’t miss it: Above the Stag celebrate another series of flops

Review of ‘Blink Again! Turn on lights’ Above the Stag 12th June, 2011 Having recently seen Jack Rosenthal’s ‘Smash’ at the Menier, where the process of unwittingly creating a theatrical flop is hilariously laid bare, we know that there is plenty of … Continue reading

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Butley at the Duchess Theatre: Dominic West hits the West End not with a whimper, but with a bang

Simon Gray’s play, first produced 40 years ago, doesn’t seem to have aged at all.  Set in a nameless London University in a rickety shared office, we witness a day in the life of burnt-out lecturer Ben Butley, and what … Continue reading

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