THE GREAT GATSBY – REVIEW – ACTORS CHURCH

As part of its open-air theatre tour, Tethered Wits bring their retelling of The Great Gatsby to the stunning Actors Church in London. This reimagined version attempts to focus on the unattainable American dream, and how each character is limited in some way whether that’s through social origins, gender, or privilege. This is emphasised numerous … More THE GREAT GATSBY – REVIEW – ACTORS CHURCH

THE TWO GENTLEMEN OF VERONA & SONNET 104 – REVIEW – BARONS COURT THEATRE

A reinterpreted adaptation directed by Evan L. Barker has many qualities that both hit and miss. This modern take brings back memories of high school; the story takes place in a secondary school of an English Academy, albeit with Italian names and setting. They even play catch with an American football to give the impression … More THE TWO GENTLEMEN OF VERONA & SONNET 104 – REVIEW – BARONS COURT THEATRE

ROBIN HOOD THE LEGEND. REWRITTEN – REVIEW – REGENTS PARK OPEN AIR THEATRE

As a huge fan of Carl Grose, known for writing Dead Dog in a Suitcase (and other love songs) and The Grinning Man, this reimagined take on a classic story – Robin Hood: The Legend. Rewritten, unfortunately completely misses the bullseye. This remake pulls on political strings regarding the ecosystem, royalty, and capitalism; set in a … More ROBIN HOOD THE LEGEND. REWRITTEN – REVIEW – REGENTS PARK OPEN AIR THEATRE

THE PILLOWMAN – REVIEW – DUKE OF YORK’S THEATRE

After its run at the National Theatre in 2003 (which starred David Tennant), The Pillowman returns to the more intimate Duke of York’s theatre, with an all-star cast featuring Lily Allen (playing Katurian) and Steve Pemberton (Playing Tupolski). Matthew Dunster directs the first major revival of Martin McDonagh’s Olivier award-winning black comedy which features endless … More THE PILLOWMAN – REVIEW – DUKE OF YORK’S THEATRE

WISH YOU WERE DEAD – REVIEW – RICHMOND THEATRE

Adapted exclusively for the stage, Peter James’ Wish You Were Dead is the latest thrilling installment of the Grace Series – the most successful modern-day crime stage franchise since Agatha Christie. It’s currently performing at the beautiful Richmond Theatre as part of its UK tour.  Detective Superintendent Roy Grace (played by George Rainsford) and wife … More WISH YOU WERE DEAD – REVIEW – RICHMOND THEATRE

HUMANS 2.0 BY CIRCA – REVIEW – SOUTHBANK CENTRE

Humans 2.0 poses the question: ‘Can we ever find a perfect balance, or is adapting to constant change the only way forward?’ through the use of acrobatics, contemporary choreography, and undeniable strength. The space goes dark, making the announcement to ensure phones are switched off. In a flash, the stage is revealed with ten bodies on … More HUMANS 2.0 BY CIRCA – REVIEW – SOUTHBANK CENTRE

NOTRE DAME DE PARIS – REVIEW – THREEDUMB THEATRE (ONLINE)

Threedumb Theatre Company brings a unique digital theatre adaptation of Victor Hugo’s Notre Dame de Paris. This is a live-streamed show created during the pandemic, using one-shot filming, which adds to the authentic live feel which is present in this piece. The show feels relevant amongst recent strikes and the general cost-of-living crisis, and it’s … More NOTRE DAME DE PARIS – REVIEW – THREEDUMB THEATRE (ONLINE)

THE MERCHANT OF VENICE 1936 – REVIEW – WATFORD PALACE THEATRE

After being on hold for three years due to the pandemic, Watford Palace Theatre proudly presents a revolutionary version of The Merchant Of Venice 1936. Placing Tracy-Ann Oberman as Shylock, who is normally played by a male figure, this production attempts to challenge the preconceived notions about Jewish moneylenders and ideology around social and political power.  The … More THE MERCHANT OF VENICE 1936 – REVIEW – WATFORD PALACE THEATRE

FISHERMAN’S FRIENDS: THE MUSICAL – REVIEW – RICHMOND THEATRE

Based on the true story of the chart-hitting sensation, Fisherman Friends: The Musical shows the journey of how an unlikely group of Cornish fishermen go from singing shanties in their local pub to ending up on the Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury. The show centred around a group of fishermen, their families, and friends in this … More FISHERMAN’S FRIENDS: THE MUSICAL – REVIEW – RICHMOND THEATRE

BLOOD BROTHERS – REVIEW – RICHMOND THEATRE

Blood Brothers tells the story of Mrs Johnstone (played by Niki Colwell Evans), a working-class mother in Liverpool who discovers she is having twins. Struggling to care for the children she already has, she makes an agreement with Mrs Lyons (played by Paula Tappenden). A wealthy woman who cannot have children, she convinces Mrs Johnstone … More BLOOD BROTHERS – REVIEW – RICHMOND THEATRE

REVIEW – WHEN DARKNESS FALLS – RICHMOND THEATRE

Inspired by true events, When Darkness Falls is set on the island of Guernsey on a stormy night. A young paranormal expert (Thomas Dennis) and a skeptical history teacher (Tony Timberlake) sit down to record the first of a series of podcasts inspired by the island’s folklore and paranormal history. In this deeply descriptive delve … More REVIEW – WHEN DARKNESS FALLS – RICHMOND THEATRE

REVIEW – THE ELEPHANT SONG – PARK THEATRE

Brilliantly directed by Jason Moore with fluidity and suspense, with meaningful actions and subtle shifts in tone which leave the audience with chills, The Elephant Song takes us on a journey of mystery. The hospital Director, Dr Greenberg (Jon Osbaldeston) is determined to question Michael (Gwithian Evans), whom is suspected to be involved in a … More REVIEW – THE ELEPHANT SONG – PARK THEATRE

REVIEW – DARE YOU SAY PLEASE – KING’S HEAD THEATRE

Dare You Say Please is described as a dark comedy drama about a heavily populated society which has pushed to take extreme measures. Two 25-year-olds are put into a room and have 60 minutes to decide which of them survives. Oscar and Maria spend their allocated hour questioning which of their lives is really more … More REVIEW – DARE YOU SAY PLEASE – KING’S HEAD THEATRE

REVIEW – IRRELEVANT – SEVEN DIALS PLAYHOUSE

Set in a talent agency office, we are taken on a journey through the previously untold character autobiography of Millie Grable (portrayed by Debbie Chazen), an actress who gives up on her dreams of the limelight and becomes an acting agent so she can live through others’ successes. The show is a mere reflection of … More REVIEW – IRRELEVANT – SEVEN DIALS PLAYHOUSE

REVIEW – THE COMMITMENTS – NEW WIMBLEDON THEATRE

Five years after a phenomenally successful, record-breaking run in London’s West End and subsequent sell-out tour, a brand-new version of The Commitments is back for a limited-time tour. Based on the BAFTA award-winning film, The Commitments is the story of Jimmy Rabbitte (played superbly by James Killen), a young working-class music fan who shapes an … More REVIEW – THE COMMITMENTS – NEW WIMBLEDON THEATRE

REVIEW – MY DAD WEARS A DRESS – BARONS COURT THEATRE

Based on real life, My Dad Wears A Dress is a joyous celebration of childhood sprinkled with meaningful reflections on the binaries perpetuated by society. Telling a friend of many years something that she had never mentioned before, the audience is let in to this personal story first hand. Barons Court Theatre allowed for an … More REVIEW – MY DAD WEARS A DRESS – BARONS COURT THEATRE

REVIEW – STRICTLY BALLROOM – NEW WIMBLEDON THEATRE

Baz Luhrmann’s successful 1992 film has been adapted for the stage, into Strictly Ballroom the Musical, directed by the renowned Craig Revel Horwood.  Fran (Maisie Smith) is from a religious Spanish background, and her dance tradition is Strictly Flamenco. Scott (Kevin Clifton) is from the ballroom dance world, yet he has his own “maverick” style … More REVIEW – STRICTLY BALLROOM – NEW WIMBLEDON THEATRE