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Romeo and Juliet – National Ballet of Canada

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The National Ballet of Canada pay a welcome visit to London’s Sadler’s Wells with a new production of Prokofiev’s ‘Romeo and Juliet’. A classic of most ballet companies, this new production features stunning choreography by Alexei Ratmansky, and was first seen in 2011. The joy of Shakespeare’s ‘Romeo and Juliet’ comes from the timeless story that so neatly adapts into new mediums without feeling forced. There can be no one coming to the piece who is unfamiliar with the basic story, and adaptation such as Baz Luhrmann’s ‘Romeo + Juliet’ and Bernstein’s ‘West Side Story’ both show how successful More >

Let It Be London Review

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With Backbeat – a musical about the early days of the Beatles – closing earlier this year, it came as a surprise to hear that a new show focusing on the Fab Four was to play at another venue in London, with Let It Be opening this month at the Prince of Wales. I was sceptical that I would enjoy the show that much, as although I am a fan of the Beatles’ music, I thought that seeing a tribute act performing their songs would be a little tacky, and assumed that no one could fill the shoes More >

A Chorus Line coming to London Palladium

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Multi Tony Award winning musical A Chorus Line will open at the London Palladium on February 19th 2013 following previews from February 2nd. In a shock announcement for the venue, the owner of Really Useful Group Andrew Lloyd Webber who manages the theatre said this would be a ‘fitting tribute’ to composer Marvin Hamlisch who passed away earlier this year. The show’s iconic score has captured the imagination of many since opening in 1975 and includes standards such as ‘What I Did For Love’, ‘One’, and ‘At the Ballet’.

The original Broadway production was conceived, directed and choreographed by Michael Bennett More >

Carousel Opera North Review

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Carousel may be a musical that is not to everyone’s taste. It has every danger to be over sentimental, unrealistic and un-watchable (it clocks in at 3 hours long), and many people have issues with the message it sends about domestic violence. It is however without a doubt the finest score in the Rodgers and Hammerstein canon, and one of the only shows that can routinely bring me to tears. Any new production of this musical classic has to stand in the shadow of Nicholas Hytner’s definitive 1993 National Theatre production, but Opera North’s revival that has More >

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory the Musical

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It was today announced that the eagerly awaited production of London’s second Roald Dahl musical in as many years ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – the Musical’ will open at the London Palladium in June 2013, following a month long preview period from May. The theatre’s current tenant ‘The Wizard of Oz’ will end its run in early September, before giving way to a seasonal production of Leslie Bricusse’s ‘Scrooge the Musical’ through to the end of January. Bricusse provided the soundtrack to the original iconic film production ‘Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory’, penning songs such as ‘Pure Imagination’, ‘The Candyman More >

Ragtime at the Open Air Regent’s Park

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As this was my first trip to the Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre, I was filled with expectations and pre conceived images of how wonderful and picturesque an outdoor theatre, surrounded by trees and singing birds, would be. These images were shattered the moment I walked into the auditorium.

Smoking rubble; among it a torn down McDonalds signs, a scrap heap Ford car, a small Statue of Liberty and to top it all off, a torn election campaign poster with a 10ft image of Barack Obama’s face looking over the chaos. Welcome to America in ruins, or director More >

Heather Headley stars in The Bodyguard

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Broadway icon Heather Headley is set to star in the world premiere of brand new musical The Bodyguard when it opens at the Adelphi Theatre London on December 5th following previews from November 5th 2012. In a press launch this week, Headley spoke of her excitement to take on the role of superstar Rachel Marron who was played in the film by the late Whitney Houston. Headley felt ‘humbled’ to have been asked, saying it really was a once in a lifetime opportunity. Despite practising for the role since the age of 15 (in her bedroom with a hair-brush) it More >

Les Miserables January 2012

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Long-running musical Les Misérables gets the high production treatment in a show that fires on all cylinders with Ramin Karimloo leading the charge. 

As the longest running musical in the history of London’s West End, some may have quite rightly wondered what more could possibly have been done with the stage adaptation of Victor Hugo’s seemingly immortal story, Les Misérables. It first hit London in October of 1985 and has since undergone a number of relocations and amassed over 10,000 performances, so pressure was on to give returning audiences something they hadn’t already seen.

The narrative follows More >

Absent Friends, Harold Pinter Theatre

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Ayckbourn’s dark comedy is Absent of energy or emotional drive in this new production at the Harold Pinter Theatre

The West End is currently awash with comedy. It seems that audiences are beating off the Winter Blues and the looming double dip recession by going to the theatre to be entertained rather than challenged, and above all, to laugh. Two of the most successful shows currently in London are the hilarious Noises Off at the Old Vic, which acts as a perfect example of British face as well as the hugely successful One Man, Two Guvnors. Alan More >

Noises Off at the Old Vic

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Having seen this play twice over the past three months, on both occasions I have never experienced such a fantastic response from an audience. Noises Off is one of those plays that many people have seen and revisit it over and over again, meaning that the laughs begin as soon as Celie Imrie enters the stage clutching one of the many plates of sardines. The laughter comes after every line in Lindsay Posner’s fantastic new production at the Old Vic, building throughout the hilariously slapstick second act to a riotous crescendo in the third. Farce as a genre More >

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