Review: 3*** Americat: A Love Story….Really – Tristan Bates Theatre @TristanBates @1912Productions

Tweetingit: 3* A sometimes confusing, but frequently engaging study of an American in London finding love then desperately trying to cling onto it. Just across the road from St Martins Theatre (where the Mousetrap plays into its 67th year) we have the Tristan Bates Theatre; an unassuming hole in the wall that houses a cosy downstairsContinue reading “Review: 3*** Americat: A Love Story….Really – Tristan Bates Theatre @TristanBates @1912Productions”

Review: 4**** Avenue Q New Wimbledon Theatre @AQuktour ‏@NewWimbTheatre

A cheeky, rude, irreverent musical (definitely for adults!) that was full of funny, catchy tunes performed by a mix of puppets and human actors, rather like an X-rated Sesame Street. Set in New York, everything on Avenue Q is not “a-ok”. The story follows Princeton (voiced by Lawrence Smith), a newly-arrived college graduate who moves toContinue reading “Review: 4**** Avenue Q New Wimbledon Theatre @AQuktour ‏@NewWimbTheatre”

Review: 4**** The Bowie Experience: The Golden Years Tour Hackney Empire @HackneyEmpire @bowieexperience

Tweetingit: 4* A true icon and his live show re-imagined; A hugely entertaining take on a greatest hits package. I defy anyone not to enjoy this show! June 1983: post-punk, pre Band Aid and belted safari jackets were inexplicably in fashion. But more importantly, it marked the only occasion I saw David Bowie play live.Continue reading “Review: 4**** The Bowie Experience: The Golden Years Tour Hackney Empire @HackneyEmpire @bowieexperience”

Review: 4**** Notre Dame de Paris @NotreDameLondon @LondonColiseum ‏

Tweetingit: 4* the other Victor Hugo musical set to music. Visually stunning with great musicality. Stand anywhere within half a mile of the London Coliseum, and there’s a fair chance you’ll be able to see the illuminated globe announcing the home of ENO (English National Opera). This beautiful theatre stands second only to the PalladiumContinue reading “Review: 4**** Notre Dame de Paris @NotreDameLondon @LondonColiseum ‏”

Review: 4**** Romea & Julian The Bread & Roses @RomeaAndJulian @BreadandRosesTC

I arrived at the Bread & Roses a little dubious as I’m not exactly a Shakespeare buff, despite a deep appreciation for his language I do sometimes struggle if the story telling is not clear and confident.  I was, however, reassured by the gender swapping title, that this interpretation would bring a fresh perspective onContinue reading “Review: 4**** Romea & Julian The Bread & Roses @RomeaAndJulian @BreadandRosesTC”

Review: 4**** Dein Perry’s Tap Dogs – The Peacock Theatre @TapDogsofficial ‏@peacocktheatre

Tweetingit: 4* Cool, fast and funky, the godfathers of tap are back…but please do not try this at home! I first saw Tap Dogs around 20 years ago and took my Mum along as a reluctant +1; I asked her what she thought of the show?…and I quote: oh it’s alright but that’s not properContinue reading “Review: 4**** Dein Perry’s Tap Dogs – The Peacock Theatre @TapDogsofficial ‏@peacocktheatre”

Review: 5***** Six: Divorced, Beheaded, Live! Arts Theatre @sixthemusical ‏@marlowandmoss ‏

Tweetingit: 5***** Henry VIII meets hip hop in a royal mashup. Ladies in the house kick some serious Tudor ass. Time to party like its 1499! In the true spirit of revisionism I’ve often wondered why Henry VIII had so many wives; the need for a male heir to secure the throne; political alliances withContinue reading “Review: 5***** Six: Divorced, Beheaded, Live! Arts Theatre @sixthemusical ‏@marlowandmoss ‏”

Review: 3*** Riot Act, King’s Head Theatre @KingsHeadThtr@RikkiBB #riotact #queerseason

Tweetingit: 3* A one act monologue charting the life experience of three gay men from the 1960s to 1980s. A tad predictable but nicely performed using first-hand accounts. Presented as part of Queer Season at the King’s Head Theatre, Riot Act is a verbatim play based on interviews with three gay men. Alexis Gregory hasContinue reading “Review: 3*** Riot Act, King’s Head Theatre @KingsHeadThtr@RikkiBB #riotact #queerseason”

Review: 3*** Le Misanthrope – Camden People’s Theatre @ExchangeTheatre @CamdenPT

Exchange Theatre has a laudable mission: to bring foreign plays to an English-speaking audience. For this alone they deserve huge credit. And their attention to classics is equally important: there is so much more to enjoy than endless outings of Shakespeare (for all his merits) and British audiences need more opportunities to explore it. InContinue reading “Review: 3*** Le Misanthrope – Camden People’s Theatre @ExchangeTheatre @CamdenPT”

Review: 4**** Cole Porter’s Kiss Me, Kate – @LondonColiseum @Opera_North @kissmekatetour

Arrogant theatre director, Fred Graham, is starring in a musical production of Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew, opposite his irritable film star ex-wife Lilli Vanessi. The show is already in danger of coming apart at the seams thanks to the bickering couple, but when young actress Lois Lane discovers that her boyfriend Bill CalhounContinue reading “Review: 4**** Cole Porter’s Kiss Me, Kate – @LondonColiseum @Opera_North @kissmekatetour”