Review of Matilda the Musical at Cambridge Theatre, London

Review of Matilda the Musical at Cambridge Theatre, London

When reviewing productions aimed at children, usually the highest accolade is to say “It works on two levels”, meaning that some of the content will be appreciated by the children and some by their parents. Matilda is the exception to that rule. It works on one level; one cheerfully revolting, hilarious and touching level which…

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Review of The Wedding Reception

The team behind the mighty Faulty Towers Dining Experience is branching out into weddings. Or, more precisely, a wedding reception – the wedding itself has already happened. Kate and Will, desperate to keep the affair as low-key as possible, opted for a discreet registry office ceremony; however, they reckoned without the force of nature that…

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Apocalypse Cruise Ship Love Affair at Above The Arts Theatre

For anyone who saw Beach Comet’s last nutty and hilarious offering, Vampire Hospital Waiting Room, the question was; How on earth are they going to follow that? Well now we know; with a deranged disaster B Movie/supernatural murder mystery/romantic comedy. Set on a cruise ship. What else? Apocalypse centres on the increasingly deranged quest of the tormented Captain Bleaufont…

Review of Noel Coward’s Home Chat at Finborough Theatre
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Review of Noel Coward’s Home Chat at Finborough Theatre

Unusually, I feel I should begin this review with a few words about the venue. The Finborough Theatre never ceases to amaze me, both in terms of the plays themselves and the staging. The sheer variety and ambition of their productions would do credit to any theatre, let alone one above a pub. The things they manage to…

Extravaganza Macabre at Battersea Arts Centre – Review
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Extravaganza Macabre at Battersea Arts Centre – Review

For me, the word extravaganza when used in a theatrical context conjures up certain mental images. Luxuriant costumes, lurid makeup, complex set and props, mind­boggling special effects, that kind of thing. This production, by Little Bulb, has none of those things. It doesn’t need them. What is does have, in spades, is imagination, creativity and a sense of…

Mad Bad and Dangerous to Know: The Scandalous and Fast Times of Lord Byron
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Mad Bad and Dangerous to Know: The Scandalous and Fast Times of Lord Byron

So you think you know the real story of Lord Byron? Well… you probably do. There are not many revelations in Paul Huntley-Thomas’ one hander, but then, Byron’s most scandalous secrets are public knowledge already: keeping a bear at Cambridge; his relationship with his half-sister; his passion for young boys – all these and more are in the…