The Shawshank Redemption Edinbugh Fringe
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The Shawshank Redemption Edinbugh Fringe

Omid Djalili has to be one of the bravest and funniest actors alive in the country today. Before Shawshank, we saw him do one of his regular stand-up comedy nights where he was preparing his set for a forthcoming tour. We did not stop laughing throughout, yet it was clear from his appealing self-deprecation that…

Review of A Doll’s House at the Duke of York’s Theatre
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Review of A Doll’s House at the Duke of York’s Theatre

It is little surprise that 120 years after he wrote it, Henrik Ibsen still compels us to come in to his A Doll’s House and live the nightmare of Nora in particular, but also her husband Torvald and their friends. Only her two children, Jon and Ivar, safely sleeping by the start of the second…

Review of The Sound of Music Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre
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Review of The Sound of Music Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre

Like so many children born in the 1950s, I grew up to a backdrop of the iconic Julie Andrews film. Our mother was obsessed by it. She had five of us already but augmented our number with foster kids to bring us up to the requisite seven. She dressed us in stripy curtains, put our…

Review of FENCES Starring Lenny Henry at the Duchess Theatre
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Review of FENCES Starring Lenny Henry at the Duchess Theatre

August Wilson’s Fences opened in Bath earlier this year to strong reviews and then toured before transferring to the Duchess Theatre in the West End, where the powerful performances at the opening preview we saw were applauded with a standing ovation. Although I personally found it too long and wished a few times that one…

Review of The Judas Kiss by David Hare at Duke of York’s Theatre
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Review of The Judas Kiss by David Hare at Duke of York’s Theatre

It’s probably a tribute to Oscar Wilde to note that the story of his persecution is not even more relevant than it is, this century-and-a-bit later. Apparently reckless in his homosexual self-outing, he knew exactly what he was doing. Though he might hate the mere notion of having an agenda, his purpose was nothing less…

Review of Seussical London Arts Theatre 2012
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Review of Seussical London Arts Theatre 2012

At the heart of this lovably eggcentric show is indeed an egg and this production of Seussical is like that egg – golden in the centre, exploding with goodness and with a huge, huge potential that could be so much bigger than the small and rather beautiful Arts Theatre just off the Charing Cross Road,…