Review: 4**** The House of Yes – Hope Theatre @TheHouseOfYesH1 @TheHopeTheatre

Tweetingit: 4**** Warring siblings clash in the very definition of a dysfunctional family. The Kennedys loom large as a certain pink two piece and pill box hat take on new significance; top drama not to be missed. A fascination with the Kennedy clan endures partly because they are the closest America will ever come toContinue reading “Review: 4**** The House of Yes – Hope Theatre @TheHouseOfYesH1 @TheHopeTheatre”

Review: 4**** Fame – The Peacock Theatre peacocktheatre @famemusicaluk

Tweetingit: 4* Dust off those leggings and crop tops, it’s time to sing and dance the night away in this brilliantly staged piece of 80s popular culture. I can catch the moon in my hands don’t you know who I am…remember my name..fame!..I wanna live forever; I want to learn how to fly. I alwaysContinue reading “Review: 4**** Fame – The Peacock Theatre peacocktheatre @famemusicaluk”

Review: 3*** Macbeth – The Musical. White Bear Theatre #MacbeththeMusical @WhiteBearTheatr @StageSplinters

Tweetingit: 3* Shakespeare meets Avenue Q in a refreshing new treatment of the Scottish Play. The pub crowd will love it! Shakespeare productions are frequently accused of stuffiness and dense language. But just occasionally an adaptation will break down these barriers. Stage Splinters have produced just such a show with great imagination and potential. UsingContinue reading “Review: 3*** Macbeth – The Musical. White Bear Theatre #MacbeththeMusical @WhiteBearTheatr @StageSplinters”

Review: 3*** World’s End – King’s Head Theatre @WorldsEndPlay @KingsHeadThtr #QueerSeason2019

Tweetingit: 3* Parents and sons with dysfunctional relationships in a 90s time capsule. Patchy, but strong performances bring it home. For any retrospective piece to work it has to clearly identify the period in question. World’s End doesn’t exactly scream the 90s but does lack the unique motif of the decade that preceded it. SoContinue reading “Review: 3*** World’s End – King’s Head Theatre @WorldsEndPlay @KingsHeadThtr #QueerSeason2019”

Review: 4**** The Weatherman – Park Theatre 200 #TheWeatherman @parktheatre

Tweetingit: 4* A harrowing story of good men turning bad at the hands of an unscrupulous landlord. Human trafficking could never be pleasant viewing; but it is something we ignore at our peril. We usually see theatre as a brief escape from life’s routine and stark reality. But just occasionally, it rips us from ourContinue reading “Review: 4**** The Weatherman – Park Theatre 200 #TheWeatherman @parktheatre”

Review: 3*** River in the Sky – Hope Theatre @TheHopeTheatre

Tweetingit: 3* A young couple dealing with the death of a child; a surprisingly touching story of life and loss. Society rarely deals with death as well as it should. How could it be any other way? Those left behind are consumed by grief; but an instinct for survival somehow finds a way of copingContinue reading “Review: 3*** River in the Sky – Hope Theatre @TheHopeTheatre”

Review: 4**** The Hunchback of Notre Dame – St. Paul’s Church, Covent Garden @Iristheatre

Tweetingit: 4* Victor Hugo’s legendary tale is given new life by a gloriously original production in a near perfect venue. Esmerelda has never looked or sounded quite so good. A quiet sense of expectation grows whenever I walk through the gates of St. Paul’s Church in Covent Garden; a wonderful setting for an evening’s entertainment;Continue reading “Review: 4**** The Hunchback of Notre Dame – St. Paul’s Church, Covent Garden @Iristheatre”

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: 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”