Review: 3*** The Actor’s Nightmare – Park Theatre 90 @ParkTheatre

Tweetingit: 3* Six mini playlets explore the mysteries of theatre in this patchy but broadly enjoyable portrayal of industry stereotypes. Satire is the most challenging genre for both writer and performer. It requires a subtle, understated form of wit and a deep understanding of the subject matter. Actor’s Nightmare is Christopher Durang’s take on theContinue reading “Review: 3*** The Actor’s Nightmare – Park Theatre 90 @ParkTheatre”

Review: 2** Games for Lovers. Waterloo Vaults @GamesLoversPlay #waterloovaults

Over the last decade or so, dating has completely changed. Gone are love letters, childhood sweethearts and meeting at your local social club, and replacing all that is battling the perils of Tinder, speed dating, Plenty of Fish and the like. This has all become standard fare for singletons worldwide and something which might beContinue reading “Review: 2** Games for Lovers. Waterloo Vaults @GamesLoversPlay #waterloovaults”

Review: 4**** A Beautiful Noise – Lyric Theatre #ABeautifulNoise @TheLyricTheatre @FisherStevensUK

Tweetingit: 4* Dust off your best karaoke voice for a good old sing song; but more importantly, the celebration of a great modern songwriter. So the great tribute bandwagon rolls on with A Beautiful Noise at the Lyric Theatre in Shaftsbury Avenue. The title song was a top 20 hit for Neil Diamond, one ofContinue reading “Review: 4**** A Beautiful Noise – Lyric Theatre #ABeautifulNoise @TheLyricTheatre @FisherStevensUK”

Review: 4**** Hamlet – St Paul’s Church, Covent Garden @Iristheatre

Tweetingit: 4* A beautiful setting and confidently staged version of a classic Shakespeare tale. Even better the rain stayed away…hurrah! A damp early morning drizzle had thankfully given way to a bright, warm summerevening. Performers entertained a crowd on the piazza while an endless throng of tourists passed through. Open air productions are naturally aContinue reading “Review: 4**** Hamlet – St Paul’s Church, Covent Garden @Iristheatre”

Review: 4**** The Greatest Love Of All – The London Palladium @TGLOAShow @LondonPalladium‏ @BelindaDavids

Tweetingit: 4* Belinda Davids pays tribute to Whitney Houston in a sparkling show at the London Palladium. If only all Sunday nights could look and sound this good! A film documentary entitled Can I Be Me spoke volumes for the painfully short life of Whitney Houston; interviews with those closest to her showed how sheContinue reading “Review: 4**** The Greatest Love Of All – The London Palladium @TGLOAShow @LondonPalladium‏ @BelindaDavids”

Review: 2** Swell Mob – Flabbergast Theatre at the COLAB Factory, London Bridge #theswellmob #flabbergasttheatre #immersivetheatre @FlabbergastT

Immersive theatre is new to me I was therefore very excited to rummage around my wardrobe creating an 1840’s costume looking like a cross between ‘Mary Poppins’ and ‘Drucilla’ from ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’ (niche reference I know).  I was eager to meet ‘The Swell Mob’ described on the press release as ‘an explosive immersiveContinue reading “Review: 2** Swell Mob – Flabbergast Theatre at the COLAB Factory, London Bridge #theswellmob #flabbergasttheatre #immersivetheatre @FlabbergastT”

Review: 4**** School of Rock – The Gillian Lynne Theatre @SchoolOfRockUK ‏

Tweetingit: 4* Unemployed rock guitarist blags his way into prep school and teaches kids to rock. A routine score is saved by a fantastically talented cast. It seems appropriate the Gillian Lynne Theatre was re-named in honour of the legendary choreographer. Arguably her finest work Cats played at this theatre for twenty one years. NowContinue reading “Review: 4**** School of Rock – The Gillian Lynne Theatre @SchoolOfRockUK ‏”

Review: 4**** George, Eventim Apollo Hammersmith @EventimApollo ‏#Rob Lamberti #GeorgeMichael

Tweetingit: 4* Bouffant hair, three day stubble and regulation ray-bans all present and correct; oh the voice is pretty bloody decent too! A highly enjoyable celebration of the man and his music; all courtesy of the brilliant Rob Lamberti. When George Michael died on Christmas Day 2016, it marked the end of a wretched depressinglyContinue reading “Review: 4**** George, Eventim Apollo Hammersmith @EventimApollo ‏#Rob Lamberti #GeorgeMichael”

Review: 4**** Rosmersholm – Duke of York’s Theatre @RosmersholmPlay @RosmersholmPlay #HayleyAtwell

Rosmersholm – Duke of York’s TheatreTweetingit: 4* Most plays by Ibsen come complete with a headache. But a heavy going story is lightened by great staging and an excellent cast led by the wonderful Hayley Atwell. Ah the joys of Henrik Ibsen; and the first time in god knows how long I’ve been to theContinue reading “Review: 4**** Rosmersholm – Duke of York’s Theatre @RosmersholmPlay @RosmersholmPlay #HayleyAtwell”

Review: 5***** Toast – The Other Palace @NigelSlater @TheOtherPalace @ToastPlay

Toast – The Other PalaceTweetingit: 5* A boy’s obsession with food growing up in 60s suburbia. Nigel Slater’s formative years reimagined for the stage. Riding on a wave of nostalgia this leaves a sweet taste in the mouth. Quietly blending at the bar of the Other Palace there were a host of familiar faces IContinue reading “Review: 5***** Toast – The Other Palace @NigelSlater @TheOtherPalace @ToastPlay”