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A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Open Air Theatre, Regent’s Park


There is no perfect setting other than the Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre to see a production of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. The birds flying overhead, the gentle breezes and the tall trees rustling nearby help transport you to the magical woodland forest in this tale of fairies and young love, and it certainly made this season’s showing of the classic play all the more enjoyable.

As this story has been told countless times in many adaptations over hundreds of years, it comes as no surprise that this time, another new element was thrown in –  the setting More >

Sweeney Todd Review


Michael Ball and Imelda Staunton are a brilliant gruesome twosome in this new revival of the classic Sondheim musical.

Sweeney Todd – Michael Ball and Imedla Staunton

With Sweeney Todd still in previews at the Adelphi Theatre in London, this show is sure to receive much praise after its opening night tomorrow. With dark humour, blood and horrible pies, the tale of the Demon Barber of Fleet Street ticks all the right boxes thanks to the creepy and spine-tingling score by Stephen Sondheim, and the perfectly-cast performances by Imelda Staunton and Michael More >

Absent Friends by Alan Ayckbourn


  Dark humour and a brilliant cast make this new production of the classic play one to watch

The recently renamed Harold Pinter Theatre welcomes a revival of the classic 1974 play by celebrated British playwright, Alan Ayckbourn – Absent Friends. With a brilliant cast of six, the play is more character exploration and development than plot, and enables the audience to really delve into the lives and troubles of this dysfunctional group of friends which Ayckbourn presents with dark humour.

The setting is the living room of couple Paul and Diana played by Gavin and Stacey’s Steffan Rhodri More >

The Lion In Winter Review


The Haymarket Theatre, London


“What family doesn’t have problems?”

With a new chill tinging the air, darker nights ahead and Christmas around the corner, it seems inevitable that London’s Theatreland would see shows based around the festive season pop up here and there. A play that is set around Christmas time been brought to the Haymarket by Sir Trevor Nunn, but is a far cry from the usual kiddies pantomimes that litter this season. The Lion In Winter whisks us all the way back to 1183, when a family Christmas turns into a family at war.

Written by More >

Crazy For You Tap Dances into the West End


Tap dancing its way from the Open Air Theatre in Regent’s Park to the Novello in the West End comes Crazy For You, the great musical spectacle that is a throwback to the golden age of Hollywood musicals with glittering choreography by Stephen Mear that is reminiscent of the elaborate Busby Berkeley numbers of the 1930s.

Crazy For You first dazzled the stage in New York in 1992 and became an instant smash-hit in London the following year. The show uses classic songs from George and Ira Gershwin who wrote the musical Girl Crazy in 1930, but was adapted by More >

Crazy For You Cast

Novello is Crazy for You


Sean Palmer as Bobby Child and Chorus

“The world is in a mess/with politics and taxes/and people grinding axes/There’s no happiness”

Ira Gershwin’s lyrics sound as current today as they did back in 1937 when first used for the Astaire-Rodgers musical Shall We Dance. Just like the Great Depression the current global economic climate has put a dampener on many people’s theatre habits, but upon entering the theatre the woes of the world are left far behind. The show may be ‘frothy’ and ‘effervescent’, but it comes at just the right time to remind audiences More >

Backbeat Review


 Transporting us back to when The Beatles were barely known, Backbeat explores the tragic life of original bass player, Stuart Sutcliffe


Everyone knows who The Beatles are. With over 700 million albums sold worldwide, they are the most successful band in history, and to this day, their influence on popular culture can be seen with countless bands covering and performing their hits. Not everyone, however, knows the story of just how they rose to fame, including the turbulent friendship between  John Lennon and the original bassist of the group, Stuart Sutcliffe. New West End musical, Backbeat, explores the More >

Singin’ In The Rain Opens in 2012


One of the best-loved musicals of all-time, Singin’ In The Rain, is set to make a splash onto the London stage in 2012. Following a successful, sold-out run at the Chichester Festival Theatre over the summer, it will take over from Priscilla, Queen of the Desert once it closes at the Palace Theatre and will open with previews from 4th February 2012.

Starring Adam Cooper in the role of Don Lockwood that Gene Kelly made famous in the 1952 MGM film, Singin’ In The Rain transports us back to the era of the roaring 20s, where the giant stars of More >

Broken Glass


Personalities are shattered and unravelled in this classic play by Arthur Miller, revived on the London stage


Set in 1938 just before the Second World War shook the Earth once again, Broken Glass whisks us over to Brooklyn to reveal the secrets of troubled Jewish couple Sylvia and Phillip Gellberg. Sylvia (Tara Fitzgerald) is wheelchair-bound, much to the dismay of her anxious husband, Phillip (Antony Sher). Having been looked over by her flirting physician Harry Hyman (Stanley Townsend), the Gellberg’s are told that Sylvia’s condition isn’t a physical one, and that her loss of ability to walk is More >

Phantom of the Opera to be Filmed and Screened in Cinemas


The 25th Anniversary performance of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera, will be screened live in cinemas across the globe in October. The most successful stage show in history celebrates its 25th year of performing to audiences this year, having first opened at London’s Her Majesty’s Theatre in 1986, where it remains to this day.  For two sold-out performances at the Royal Albert Hall on 1st and 2nd October 2011, The Phantom of the Opera will perform to eager fans and will feature the original stage designs of the show.

The lead characters of Christine and the Phantom More >

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