Kinky Boots is a show with a whole lot of sole
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Kinky Boots is a show with a whole lot of sole

It’s taken three years to make it across the Atlantic, but finally Kinky Boots is high-kicking its way onto the West-End stage. Based on the 2005 Britcom of the same name, this Northampton-based musical has been wowing audiences across the pond since 2012 and is now ensconced in the Adelphi, ready to take on its first British audiences with…

The Commitments leaves the audience smiling and wanting more
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The Commitments leaves the audience smiling and wanting more

Despite its subject matter, the trials and tribulations of a group of youngsters endeavouring to put together a soul band, Roddy Doyle’s 1987 best-selling novel The Commitments is not an obvious choice for a musical adaptation. The main reason for this is that the book is extremely dialogue heavy; most of it in Dublin patois…

Review of Jersey Boys at Piccadilly Theatre London West End
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Review of Jersey Boys at Piccadilly Theatre London West End

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…

Review of Chimerica at the Harold Pinter Theatre
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Review of Chimerica at the Harold Pinter Theatre

It is 4th June, 1989. Joe Schofield, a young photojournalist, is hanging out of his Beijing hotel window watching the protests in Tiananmen Square, and unwittingly takes what is to become one of the most iconic photos of a generation; a young man, carrying two shopping bags stands in front of a tank, bringing the…

Review of The Ladykillers at the Vaudeville Theatre London
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Review of The Ladykillers at the Vaudeville Theatre London

In the programme notes, Graham Linehan claims that what finally decided him to write the stage version of The Ladykillers was when he went to see The 39 Steps. “I thought, if I’m allowed to be that relaxed with the source material, maybe I should do it.” The stage version of The 39 Steps was…

Review of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
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Review of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

The opening of the new West End musical Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is almost as eagerly anticipated as the re-opening of the Wonka factory itself, and, having been given my very own golden ticket, I admit I could barely contain my excitement. Nothing in my wildest imagination, however, could have prepared me for the…