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: 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: 4**** The Bodyguard. The Marlowe @TheBodyguardUK ‏ @marlowetheatre

Everyone knows the The Bodyguard – the 1992 film starring Whitney Houston and Kevin Cosner about the Former Secret Service agent turned bodyguard, Frank Farmer, who is hired to protect Rachel Marron from a stalker. As this is a romantic thriller, the inevitable happens and they fall in love. I was expecting a lot fromContinue reading “Review: 4**** The Bodyguard. The Marlowe @TheBodyguardUK ‏ @marlowetheatre”

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”