Review | The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Bridewell Theatre ⋆⋆⋆⋆

Review | The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Bridewell Theatre ⋆⋆⋆⋆

Over the years, creatives have managed to find material to adapt for the stage from all sorts of places: from folklore; religious texts; to real life scandals and the list goes on. But who would have guessed that Charles Dickens’s unfinished murder mystery novel could be adapted into a boisterous whodunnit musical comedy and that [...]

Review | Back to the Future the Musical, Adelphi Theatre ⋆⋆⋆

Review | Back to the Future the Musical, Adelphi Theatre ⋆⋆⋆

I hadn’t originally planned on seeing Back to the Future the Musical. I felt lukewarm after watching the 1985 film and so logic would tell me that it would be best to avoid it. However, since this musical’s 2020 run in Manchester I’ve heard nothing but glowing word of mouth reviews and so temptation got [...]

Review | Bring It On, Queen Elizabeth Hall ⋆⋆⋆⋆

Review | Bring It On, Queen Elizabeth Hall ⋆⋆⋆⋆

My enduring love and respect for cheerleading dates back to watching the 2000's Bring It On film with Gabrielle Union and Kirsten Dunst. I would endlessly quote from it and lament that my school didn’t have a cheerleading team of its own. The closest I’ve been to experiencing cheer is attending a couple of gymnastics [...]

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 [...]

Playlist Of Musical Theatre Songs Dedicated To Everyone Going Through A Tough 2020

Playlist Of Musical Theatre Songs Dedicated To Everyone Going Through A Tough 2020

What a year 2020 has been. I attempted to summarise all the global events which have happened within the first six months of this year but it’s too many to list. I won’t pretend that we’re all suffering in equal measure as that’s clearly not the case. When you hear about the challenges facing key [...]

Review | The Fairytale Revolution: Wendy’s Awfully Big Adventure, Theatre503 ⋆⋆⋆

Review | The Fairytale Revolution: Wendy’s Awfully Big Adventure, Theatre503 ⋆⋆⋆

In this Fairytale Revolution, Wendy’s adventure is awfully big, so big it carries timely messages much larger than your average Panto. The piece, written by Louise Beresford and Anna Spearpoint, maintains the heart and humour of a traditional pantomime. But further than this, it admirably seeks to teach its young audience about bravery, defying expectations [...]