Review: 4**** God’s Dice – Soho Theatre @sohotheatre @Baddiel @exitthelemming

For someone who made his name in stand-up and sketch based comedy, David Baddiel’s first outing as a playwright comes as something of a surprise. God’s Dice sets an examination question that is both daunting and challenging. What would happen if the existence of God could be scientifically proven? It seems a million miles awayContinue reading “Review: 4**** God’s Dice – Soho Theatre @sohotheatre @Baddiel @exitthelemming”

Review: 4**** Katheryn Howard – Hope Theatre @TheHopeTheatre

The Tudors represent a tumultuous period in British history and arguably provided the inspiration for Game of Thrones. Henry VIII ruled for 38 years and collected six wives along the way. But who of the six spring most readily to mind; Catherine of Aragon, long suffering first wife, whose divorce sparked the reformation; or theContinue reading “Review: 4**** Katheryn Howard – Hope Theatre @TheHopeTheatre”

Review: 3*** The Last Act of Harry Houdini – The Cockpit Theatre @cockpittheatre @UKTheatreNet @TheCompanyO

Tweetingit: 3* A solid one man show delving into the mind of a puzzling and often misunderstood showman. Harry Houdini wouldn’t have had it any other way. On 31 October 1926, magician and escape artist Harry Houdini died in Detroit. Ninety three years later almost to the day, Barry Killerby performs The Last Act ofContinue reading “Review: 3*** The Last Act of Harry Houdini – The Cockpit Theatre @cockpittheatre @UKTheatreNet @TheCompanyO”

Review: 5***** Calendar Girls The Regent Theatre Ipswich @thegirlsmusical @IpswichRegent

We at Playhouse Pickings have seen Calendar Girls a few times and, once again, it has not failed to make us laugh, make us cry, and be quite simply one of the best shows we have seen. A story of loss, love and hope all stemmed from a tragic story back in 1998, when AngelaContinue reading “Review: 5***** Calendar Girls The Regent Theatre Ipswich @thegirlsmusical @IpswichRegent”

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: 4**** We Will Rock You – Ipswich Regent Theatre @wwryglobal @QueenWillRock @wwrytour

Dazzling screens projecting the galaxy with shooting stars and the feeling that something momentous is about to happen, greet you as you enter the Ipswich Regent Theatre, promising a glittering show of the music we all love and adore by Queen. The immensely talented Ben Elton has recreated the incredibly popular show, with a returnContinue reading “Review: 4**** We Will Rock You – Ipswich Regent Theatre @wwryglobal @QueenWillRock @wwrytour”

Review: 4**** Matilda the Musical – Cambridge Theatre @MatildaMusical @TheRSC

Witty, wonderful and weird until the very end. Matilda champions bold imaginations, standing together and fighting for what is right.  The RSC’s spell-binding production of Roald Dahl’s much-loved classic both mesmerises maggots…ahem, children and delights the inner child in the grown-ups, judging by the swells of laughter that filled the Cambridge Theatre tonight. Dennis Kelly’sContinue reading “Review: 4**** Matilda the Musical – Cambridge Theatre @MatildaMusical @TheRSC”

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”