Reviews


Beneath The Blue Rinse By Tom Glover at Park Theatre

Tom Glover’s one-act comedy has plenty of gags, some fine actors and an essentially interesting conceit but it doesn’t really gel as a full-length play. Feeling very much like it belongs in the first phases of ITV pilot writing from a few decades ago, this play is not especially funny nor particularly important although it makes attempts at both. Kevin Tomlinson plays Simon, a 37-year-old intruder alarm salesman in pursuit of his big bonus by …

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Review of Operation Mincemeat at the New Diorama Theatre

Operation Mincemeat is set in 1943 and as the audience arrives the mood is set by the dark, smoky atmosphere and wartime music playing in the background. The set is basic, just a few filing cabinets and a plethora of phones hanging from the ceiling. Operation Mincemeat is the almost unbelievably true story of how the Germans were taken largely by surprise by the allied landings in Sicily because the body of a supposed Royal …

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Review of Salomé at Greenwich Theatre

What is ‘power’? According to an online dictionary, power is the capacity or ability to direct or influence the behaviour of others or the course of events. However, even with this definition, whilst many people believe they have power, very few actually do. There is a moment in Game of Thrones when Queen Cersei, explains the concept to Lord Baelish in three words, “Power is power”. Knowing who actually wields power is one of the …

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Matilda the Musical is fun, funky and thoroughly magical…

Fun, funky and thoroughly magical, this cultural classic is brought to life with so much spectacle and joy, you’ll feel the thrills of a rollercoaster ride and the uplift of a Christmas special – but none of the saccharine elements that make grown-up’s teeth hurt. Kids empathise with kind and wise Matilda and relish the subversion of a world where so many adults are figures of ridicule. The bright and bold modernist set, that towers …

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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 has been delighting children and adults alike for the past eight years. I mean – an all singing, all dancing …

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