Review: Chicago

Celebrating it's 21st anniversary, the hit musical - with a Oscar-winning film adaptation - Chicago has been revived on the West End. There's nothing quite like the razzle-dazzle of Chicago, with the adultery, murder, jazz, and sequins - what more could you possibly want? With music by John Kander, lyrics by Fred Ebb, and book by Fred Ebb … Continue reading Review: Chicago

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Review UK Tour: Sunset Boulevard

Based on Billy Wilder's acclaimed 1950 film of the same title, Sunset Boulevard features a book and lyrics by Don Black and Christopher Hampton, and music by Andrew Lloyd Webber. The story focuses on has-been star Norma Desmond, who has been kept under the illusion that she is "the greatest star" decades after her career has … Continue reading Review UK Tour: Sunset Boulevard

Review UK Tour: Beautiful – The Carole King Musical

Beautiful - The Carole King Musical is, in my opinion, the best jukebox musical out there. Following the life and career of Carole King, her husband Gerry Goffin, and friends Cynthia Weil and Barry Mann, Beautiful features music which defined the latter half of the twentieth century. Carole King started songwriting as a teenager and wrote … Continue reading Review UK Tour: Beautiful – The Carole King Musical

Review UK Tour: The Band

Following a career with multiple top hits, awards, and a reputation as a great British boyband, Take That have turned their attention to a staging a musical. Using their music and a book by Tim Firth, The Band follows five 16 year old girls as they obsess over their favourite group and the opportunity to see … Continue reading Review UK Tour: The Band

Review UK Tour: COAL

COAL is a vastly emotive contemporary dance production by the Gary Clarke Company, which was created three years ago to commemorate the 30-year anniversary of the end of the British Miner's strike. The nostalgia is heavy throughout the piece as it narrates the women's effort - both in the home and supporting their men, the physical labour … Continue reading Review UK Tour: COAL

Review UK Tour: Of Mice and Men

John Steinbeck's novella Of Mice and Men is renowned for being on the syllabus of many English literature qualifications. Published in 1937, the text is set during the Great Depression in the US and focuses on the idolised idea of the American Dream. Throughout its history, the novella has been challenged and criticised for its racist … Continue reading Review UK Tour: Of Mice and Men

Review UK Tour: Crazy For You

Crazy For You is a glorious romantic comedy musical. Whilst it may appear dated at first, Paul Hart's incredible direction leads the show to the present without forgetting its roots. Based on the 1930 musical Girl Crazy, Crazy For You includes well-known Gershwin songs such as 'I Got Rhythm' and 'Nice Work If You Can Get It', … Continue reading Review UK Tour: Crazy For You

Review of 2017

I have been extremely fortunate to see some wonderful theatre in 2017. From starting my year in New York seeing Waitress on Broadway; to seeing a variety of theatre in Canada which I would never otherwise have the opportunity to see; to experiencing my first Edinburgh Festival Fringe; to ballet and opera; and finally, the … Continue reading Review of 2017

Review: Follies

Follies is an absolute dream of a production. I was eager to get tickets but when I checked it had sold out. My saving grace was the amazing scheme the National Theatre do for Friday Rush tickets. Every Friday at 1pm tickets are released on a first-come-first-served-basis for £20 limited to 2 per customer. Safe … Continue reading Review: Follies

Review: 42nd Street

From the very start, 42nd Street is an eruption of movement, with the curtain rising two feet to reveal the tapping feet of the 40-strong ensemble. The first glimpse of the show sets the pace for what the following 2.5 hours will contain; a relentless face-paced explosion of tapping. I was simply blown away by the … Continue reading Review: 42nd Street