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A universal message from The Starry Messenger at Wyndham’s Theatre

The Starry Messenger Thursday 16th May 2019 We’ve been waiting a long time to see Matthew Broderick on the London stage.  For a while, there was talk that he might come over with the Broadway production of the musical version … Continue reading

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An Evening at the melancholy manor: Rosmersholm at the Duke of York’s

Saturday 27th May 2019, evening It’s been a while since we were tempted into the West End for Kenneth Branagh’s takeover of the Garrick Theatre.  The combination of Tom Burke and Hayley Atwell in a new Ibsen play (new to … Continue reading

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Driving Miss Olive: Little Miss Sunshine at the Arcola Theatre

Saturday 30th March 2019, matinée Little Miss Sunshine seems like perfect material for William Finn – it’s a quirky film full of dark humour, and continues the theme of child exploitation which he explored in the 25th Annual Putnam County … Continue reading

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Way Out West: Outlying Islands at the King’s Head

Sunday 20th January 2018, matinée Having seen two plays by David Grieg, the chilling Letter of Last Resort put on as part of an excellent season of plays about nuclear weapons, and The Kid, a disturbing exploration of drone warfare, we … Continue reading

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Three of the Best: The Cane at the Royal Court

Saturday 12th January 2019, matinée It’s been a long time since we went to the Royal Court, nearly 8 years, but we were lured back there by the prospect of seeing Nicola Walker in a play with an intriguing subject … Continue reading

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Highly Strung: A Pupil at The Park Theatre

Saturday 24th November 2018, matinée To be fair, the publicity for this play does not offer a barrel of laughs. We are told that the story starts with a ‘disgraced former violinist’, Ye, preparing to take her life when she … Continue reading

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Writing wrongs: Honour at the Park Theatre

Saturday 27th October 2018, matinée (preview) We are always on the lookout for a new play at the Park Theatre, and when we spotted Henry Goodman as one of the cast members of ‘Honour’ we knew we would be in … Continue reading

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Fine Art: Sancho – An Act of Remembrance at Wilton’s Music Hall

Saturday 16th June 2018, matinée We have never been to Wilton’s Music Hall before but a fleeting visit from Paterson Joseph with his one-man show ‘Sancho – An Act of Remembrance’ briefly made this a must-visit venue for us.  According to … Continue reading

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Such stuff as Fun is made of: Return to the Forbidden Planet Upstairs at the Gatehouse

Saturday 12th May 2018 (preview) Ovation Productions at Upstairs at the Gatehouse are never short of ambition.  Not content with carving out a reputation for taking on the major musical theatre classics, they now bring us ‘Return to the Forbidden … Continue reading

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Naked Ambition: Napoleon Disrobed at the Arcola Theatre

Saturday 17th February 2018, matinée We’ve been keeping an eye out for some time for the next production from ‘Told By An Idiot’, having enjoyed previous productions so much, and judging by their website, we haven’t done a very good … Continue reading

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Tapping into Hollywood: Top Hat Upstairs at the Gatehouse

Friday 26th January 2018 Not content with bringing the most famous Gene Kelly movie to the tiny Upstairs at the Gatehouse stage three years ago with Singin’ in the Rain, the team have decided to give Fred Astaire the same treatment, … Continue reading

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Far From Eden: East at the King’s Head Theatre

Sunday 14th January 2018, matinée We were astonished to find that it’s been over 20 years since we last saw a Steven Berkoff play.    We hope it’s not another 20, but just in case we did jump at the … Continue reading

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Walking a casting tightrope: Barnum at the Menier Chocolate Factory

Friday 22nd December 2017 We’ve been wondering for a while why nobody has thought of mounting a small-scale production of ‘Barnum’, and now the Menier Chocolate Factory has finally got round to doing it as their Christmas show this year.  … Continue reading

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It’s got bite: White Fang at the Park Theatre

Saturday 16th December 2017, matinée Fans of Jack London’s book ‘White Fang’ might be wondering how on earth the Producers of this play have managed to stage it at the Park Theatre, being a the story of a Wolf told … Continue reading

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Pain is certain, suffering is optional: The Retreat at Park Theatre

Saturday 4th November 2017, matinée The problem with running away from your problems is that you can never escape from yourself.  In ‘The Retreat’, author Sam Bain has recognised a perfect opportunity for comedy and drama by writing a play … Continue reading

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