Review | Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Bridewell Theatre ⋆⋆⋆⋆

Review | Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Bridewell Theatre ⋆⋆⋆⋆

Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, a stage adaptation of the 1988 film, is an unashamedly silly musical that chucks political correctness out of the window. Just when you think it can’t get more ludicrous, the plot skids and slides into territories that are even more absurd and outrageous. But somehow it’s gloriously good. Set on the French [...]

Review | Jersey Boys, Trafalgar Theatre ⋆⋆⋆⋆

Review | Jersey Boys, Trafalgar Theatre ⋆⋆⋆⋆

I was kindly invited to review Jersey Boys for the Evening Standard. You can read the review by clicking the link below. https://www.standard.co.uk/culture/theatre/jersey-boys-london-musical-theatre-west-end-b951150.html  Photo Credit: PR handout Jersey Boys is running at the Trafalgar Theatre until 2 January 2022 at the time of writing.

Review | Be More Chill, The Shaftesbury Theatre ⋆⋆⋆⋆

Review | Be More Chill, The Shaftesbury Theatre ⋆⋆⋆⋆

In Be More Chill, this quirky sci-fi fantasy musical takes the premise that a supercomputer has the functionality to make a high-schooler popular and runs, no, sprints with it. The result is an adrenaline fuelled and ultimately uplifting production which seeks to connect with misfits everywhere and remind them that they are not alone in [...]

Review | Cinderella, Gillian Lynne Theatre ⋆⋆⋆

Review | Cinderella, Gillian Lynne Theatre ⋆⋆⋆

*This review is based on a preview performance of Cinderella. In one of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s recent press statements, he described this production of Cinderella as ‘the first world premiere of a new musical in this country since the pandemic’. However, others online correctly noticed that there have indeed been other original musicals mounted on [...]

Review | Ragtime, Bridewell Theatre ⋆⋆⋆⋆

Review | Ragtime, Bridewell Theatre ⋆⋆⋆⋆

‘Where’s the America we were supposed to get? Was it a silhouette?’  It’s hard to deny that America is currently facing a storm of socio political issues: rising racial tensions; polarisation in communities over its immigration system; dwindling worker’s rights; and the ever-widening gap between the richest and the poorest in society. It’s easy to [...]

Review | Soho Cinders, Charing Cross Theatre ⋆⋆⋆

Review | Soho Cinders, Charing Cross Theatre ⋆⋆⋆

From Bill Clinton’s encounter with Monica Lewinsky, to Keith Vaz’s most recently revealed escapade with two paid men, nothing grabs the public’s interest quite like a scandal involving adultery and politicians. There’s something saucy about knowing that these people, who hold esteemed positions in public office, would risk their reputation for a private rendezvous. Such [...]

Review | Tickle the Musical, King’s Head Theatre ⋆⋆⋆

Review | Tickle the Musical, King’s Head Theatre ⋆⋆⋆

When you see the advert for ‘Tickle the Musical’ with two half-dressed men front and centre, it’s safe to assume that this won’t be the most child-friendly of shows. The immediate questions which spring to mind are, which direction will a musical about the curious sport of competitive endurance tickling go? And how far will [...]

Review | Dissociated, Etcetera Theatre ⋆⋆⋆⋆

Review | Dissociated, Etcetera Theatre ⋆⋆⋆⋆

When you enter the Etcetera Theatre for Dissociated, you are asked whether this is your first-time lucid dreaming. To my amusement, most people quickly answered yes. I assume because they misunderstood the question or perhaps they were already on board for the evening ahead. As you take your seat, you see someone lying on a [...]

Review | Merrily We Roll Along, Broadway Theatre ⋆⋆⋆⋆

Review | Merrily We Roll Along, Broadway Theatre ⋆⋆⋆⋆

Earlier this year, Artform gifted us with a moving production of The Last Five Years. Now the same south-east London amateur theatrical production company has brought one more time travelling piece to Catford’s Broadway Studio Theatre. This one is Merrily We Roll Along, the Stephen Sondheim and George Furth musical which infamously flopped and closed [...]