Category Archives: Reviews

Review of Ghost Stories at Arts Theatre

By | October 3, 2014

Ghost Stories has been one of those shows on my ‘to see’ list for quite a while, and frankly, up until now, I had just chickened out. But this week I found myself voluntarily walking past the London Dungeons-esque blood-splattered walls into the Arts Theatre’s auditorium. Ghost Stories was written by Andy Nyman (co-creator of many of Derren Brown’s mind-bending shows) and Jeremy Dyson (creator of the League of Gentlemen).… Read More »

Review of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory June 2014

By | June 18, 2014

I guess it’s hard for anyone to get themselves to Charlie, or that chocolate factory, in a condition of naivity. Ignorance cannot survive in a national bloodstream so awash with Roald Dahl’s most popular confection. Let me get the special pleading out of the way first. It’s a standing joke among my children that I am a dead ringer for Gene Wilder as Willy Wonka in the 1971 movie. At… Read More »

Review of Billy Elliot The Musical June 2014

By | June 5, 2014

Billy Elliot the musical has been dancing and singing in London’s West End since 2005, entertaining millions of audience members. Due to its huge popularity it can now be seen all over the world, entertaining even more people. Based on the highly popular film of the same name released in 2000, the musical follows the story of one talented young boy’s dream of being a dancer, that young boy is… Read More »

Miss Saigon opens in London at the Prince Edward Theatre

By | May 21, 2014

It’s the revival we’ve been waiting to see, for those of us who were too young to catch the original production at Drury Lane which opened in 1989, or those who simply want to re-live that first memory. The heat is finally back on in Saigon as Cameron Mackintosh’s production of Miss Saigon takes to the stage at the Prince Edward Theatre. Mackintosh has teamed up yet again with Laurence… Read More »

Review of The Pajama Game at Shaftesbury Theatre

By | May 13, 2014

The Pajama Game is a musical comedy set in 1954 USA, at the Sleep-Tite Pajama Factory, where there is a workers’ dispute over a wage rise. Love is in the air when Superintendent Sid Sorokin (Michael Xavier) falls in love with union rep Babe Williams (Joanna Riding). I went to see this show not having seen the film or knowing the score, most of the audience seemed much older than… Read More »

Mossovet State Theatre The Three Sisters and Uncle Vanya

By | May 4, 2014

How much ‘production’ does a great play really need?  I have seen both The Three Sisters and Uncle Vanya many times, but I have never heard the text spoken with such a sense of discovery,  moment by moment , so truly and fully lived as I did last week at Wyndham’s, where the Mossovet company are  presenting a short season. It was a thrilling evening, except for the ‘production.’ I… Read More »

Review of Jersey Boys at Piccadilly Theatre London West End

By | May 2, 2014

How many jukebox musicals have come and gone from our theatres over the years? Too many to count. Some had an engrossing storyline but forgettable, obscure songs; others had a compelling score with a weak storyline forcibly shoehorned around the hits. And a very few have it all; strong, interesting narrative, catchy hummable tunes and a plethora of talent to carry it all along. Those are the ones with staying… Read More »