Review | Bridges of Madison County, Menier Chocolate Factory ⋆⋆⋆

Review | Bridges of Madison County, Menier Chocolate Factory ⋆⋆⋆

It’s no secret that I’m an ardent fan of Mr Jason Robert Brown. He possesses the unique ability to compose a rousing and heartfelt score (See Parade, Last Five Years). Although he’s received critical acclaim and awards for his music, his shows haven’t had much luck in enjoying a healthy run on Broadway. When Bridges [...]

Review | Working: A Musical, Upstairs at the Gatehouse ⋆⋆⋆⋆

Review | Working: A Musical, Upstairs at the Gatehouse ⋆⋆⋆⋆

‘Working’ is a musical adaptation of Studs Terkel’s 1974 book with interviews from a cross-section of individuals talking about their jobs. Some people go to see musicals to escape all thoughts of their 9 to 5. But in this musical, working life is exactly what you’re confronted with. Given our political climate and the people [...]

Review | Bag Lady, The Barons Court Theatre ⋆⋆⋆⋆

Review | Bag Lady, The Barons Court Theatre ⋆⋆⋆⋆

Bag Lady is a top-ranking piece of new writing. Stephanie Manton has written and stars in this semi-autobiographical show which takes place at the Combined Cadet Forces' (CCF) annual camp. It’s hilarious, heart-warming and delves into a topic which isn’t often represented on stage.  In this solo performance, we join the young Kelly Carmichael (Stephanie [...]

Review | Trial of Love, Bread and Roses Theatre ⋆⋆⋆

Review | Trial of Love, Bread and Roses Theatre ⋆⋆⋆

Trial of Love is a black comedy horror, loosely based on the Chinese story of Wang Kui Betrays Guiyung. Directed by Sally Jiayun XU, it’s a promising piece about dispelling mystic curses, fusing styles from Chinese and Japanese cultures. There are some strong performances, yet this production doesn’t quite feel like it has reached its [...]

Review | Joseph and the Technicolour Dreamcoat, London Palladium ⋆⋆⋆⋆

Review | Joseph and the Technicolour Dreamcoat, London Palladium ⋆⋆⋆⋆

At this stage ‘Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat’, which opened at the London Palladium in June 2019, is well into its limited run. Its appearance on Britain’s Got Talent initially cast a slither of doubt on whether the show would be any good. But since opening, the production has been met with resounding praise: [...]