Sophie’s Surprise 29th at the Underbelly Boulevard | Review

Sophie’s Surprise 29th at the Underbelly Boulevard | Review

Sophie is 29 and she’s going to celebrate in style – she just doesn’t know it yet! Sophie’s surprise 29th lands in London, at Underbelly’s new permanent venue, Underbelly Boulevard, after a well-received run on the Edinburgh fringe. The cast have certainly found their feet – or rather, launched themselves off them: this is a…

Review of Magic & Mind-Reading at Le Meridien Piccadilly

Review of Magic & Mind-Reading at Le Meridien Piccadilly

The West End in London is what Americans would call ‘downtown’. Whether organically or by deliberate marketing effort another, better name has arisen for the area around Shaftesbury Avenue: Theatreland. There’s such a concentration of theatres in this small area that in normal times you can take your pick from big-name musicals, serious dramas, or…

Radio by Al Smith at the Arcola Theatre | Review

Radio by Al Smith at the Arcola Theatre | Review

“Dreams aren’t weightless things, they have a mass,” Charles L Fairbanks Junior tells us, as he fantasises about becoming an astronaut despite growing up in Nowheresville. First performed in 2006, Al Smith’s Radio uses the moon landing as its centre of gravity, but it isn’t just the fiftieth anniversary of this triumph of American engineering…