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**** 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: 4**** Adam and Eve – Hope Theatre @TheHopeTheatre

Tweetingit: 4* Newlywed couple set up home dreaming of domestic bliss. Their happiness is shattered when proverbial hits the fan. Excellent storytelling packed into an hour. A band was tuning up in the basement when I got to the Hope and Anchor in Islington. It was reminder of the venue’s origins as a bastion ofContinue reading “Review: 4**** Adam and Eve – Hope Theatre @TheHopeTheatre”

Review: 4**** Schism – Park Theatre 90 @ParkTheatre ‏

Tweetingit: 4* an engrossing study of the pupil/teacher relationship and attitudes towards disability. A sometimes heavy going but ultimately rewarding experience. The ridiculously convenient Park Theatre sprang another surprise on me last night; a small but beautifully formed studio theatre upstairs, mysteriously dubbed Park 90. An excellent performance area is distinguished by a brilliantly simpleContinue reading “Review: 4**** Schism – Park Theatre 90 @ParkTheatre ‏”

Review: 3*** In the Shadow of the Mountain – Old Red Lion Theatre @ORLTheatre ‏ @InstinctTheatre ‏

Tweetingit: 3* A solid two-hander focusing on a couple thrown together by circumstance; the realisation dawns on them they both have mental health issues. Excellent character acting compensates for a painfully thin plot. Mental health is sadly a poor relation in the strife-ridden NHS. So it is refreshing to see a play addressing the issueContinue reading “Review: 3*** In the Shadow of the Mountain – Old Red Lion Theatre @ORLTheatre ‏ @InstinctTheatre ‏”

Review: 5***** Chess, the London Coliseum @mrmichaelball @cassidyjanson @timhowar @alexandramusic @SirTimRice #Abba @chessthemusical @bjornulveus # Benny Andersson #ABBA

Tweetingit: 5***** A chess Master-piece makes a triumphant return to the West End. Beautifully sung & visually stunning – if you’ve got a pulse, you’ll love this! Chess had its first West End run at the Prince Edward Theatre from 1986-1989. Having seen the latest production two questions persistently nag at the back of myContinue reading “Review: 5***** Chess, the London Coliseum @mrmichaelball @cassidyjanson @timhowar @alexandramusic @SirTimRice #Abba @chessthemusical @bjornulveus # Benny Andersson #ABBA”

Review: 3*** Trainspotting Live, the Vaults @thevaultsuk @TrainspotLive

Tweetingit: 3* an ideal opportunity to re-acquaint with familiar faces including Renton, Begbie and Sick Boy. However, truncated stage version loses some spirit of the original screenplay. But still great fun! The dark, cavernous atmosphere of the Vaults in Waterloo would appear to be the perfect venue for Trainspotting Live. Most will be aware ofContinue reading “Review: 3*** Trainspotting Live, the Vaults @thevaultsuk @TrainspotLive”

Review: 4**** Pressure – @ParkTheatre

Tweetingit: 4**** A riveting tale of the d-day landings and how a weather forecast went into battle. Proof that history is the new rock and roll! In the film Yanks, Captain John shouts out to a GI: Britain’s a beautiful country they just forgot to put the roof on! Well that missing roof created theContinue reading “Review: 4**** Pressure – @ParkTheatre”