Caroline, or Change: A Musical as Brutal as it is Beautiful

Saturday 14th April 2018 at Hampstead Theatre, London. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ After opening at The Chichester Festival and now playing at Hampstead Theatre, this production of Caroline, or Change will soon find its third home when it transfers to the Playhouse Theatre in November. It takes approximately five minutes to see why this production is set to... Continue Reading →

Our Country’s Good: An Accessibility Game Changer

Wednesday 11th April 2018 at West Yorkshire Playhouse. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Timberlake Wertenbaker’s Our Country’s Good is based on The Playmaker by Thomas Keneally which is a classic approach to the play-within-a-play trend. It’s the unusual and fascinating subject matter which gives this play its pull; taking audiences back in time to settings untraveled by law abiding... Continue Reading →

Miss Saigon: An Epic Production in Every Sense

Saturday 7th April 2018 at the Palace Theatre, Manchester. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ There’s little to say about Boublil and Schönberg’s Miss Saigon that hasn’t already been said; the consensus has always declared it a supreme theatrical triumph and that is entirely evident in this revival currently touring the UK. What struck me most about this production is... Continue Reading →

Holes: A Coming of Age Story with Lasting Appeal

Wednesday 4th April 2018 at Nottingham Playhouse. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Louis Sachar’s modern teen fiction classic has lain dormant in many a heart and mind since becoming a staple of secondary school curriculums. This production from Nottingham Playhouse Theatre Company directed by Adam Penford reminds us why this story remains a steadfast presence in memory. When poor... Continue Reading →

The Flying Lovers of Vitebsk: Beautiful Storytelling

Tuesday 20th March 2018 at West Yorkshire Playhouse ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ In many ways, The Flying Lovers of Vitebsk defies description; much like the comical opening exchange points out - a scene which sees our protagonist bombarded with convoluted attempts to describe his work with words; visual art is extremely difficult to capture in this way. Based... Continue Reading →

The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde: An Interesting Departure from Faithful Adaptation

Wednesday 14th March 2018 at Harrogate Theatre. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Blackeyed Theatre return to the dark depths of mankind with their production of The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde. Much like their production of Shelley’s Frankenstein (review here), this adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson’s novel from Nick Lane is full of relish as it... Continue Reading →

The Nature of Forgetting: Beautiful Physical Theatre

Tuesday 6th March 2018 at West Yorkshire Playhouse. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Theatre Re’s The Nature of Forgetting explores memory through the lens of Tom, who is living with Early Onset Dementia. Conceived and directed by Guillaume Pigé and devised by the company, it’s a piece which seeks an emotional response through montages and tableaux of the life... Continue Reading →

Brighton Rock: Excellent Production Designs Conjure Mob Territory

Saturday 3rd March 2018 at York Theatre Royal. ⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2 Pilot Theatre and York Theatre Royal have joined to bring this dark and brooding adaptation of Graham Greene’s Brighton Rock to the stage. Adapted by Bryony Lavery and directed by Esther Richardson, Brighton Rock offers a dramatic play which falls somewhere between Peaky Blinders and Bugsy... Continue Reading →

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