Reviews


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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Review of Katie Arnstein’s Sexy Lamp at Clapham Omnibus

Katie Arnstein’s award-winning production Sexy Lamp is back, this time for a short run at the Omnibus Theatre in Clapham. (She then heads to Nottingham Playhouse’s studio then The Edinburgh Festival at The Pleasance. Personally, I feel that it should do a detour, Katie’s one-woman show should be performed at every secondary school in the UK as well as every performance academy, and stage school! This is not just a piece of theatre, this is …

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Rosmersholm at the Duke of York’s Theatre | Review

When Ibsen wrote Rosmersholm in 1886, he looked to pit political and moral concerns of his day against each other – to engage in debate, on stage. He set his play in the midst of political upheaval; conservative politicians are being unseated, disrupted and challenged by radical and freethinking leftists. The question of equality, of fairness, are being taken seriously by the people, challenging the ruling classes to respond. Mild and impressionable Rosmer (Tom Burke) …

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Review of The Simon & Garfunkel Story at The Lyric Theatre

The Simon & Garfunkel Story starts with Paul Simon – Adam Dickinson, and Art Garfunkel – Kingsley Judd, telling us of their meeting during their school days and the first performance together in Alice in Wonderland. Soon realising performing together is where the future lays and forming the rock group Tom & Jerry (they perform the group’s biggest hit Hey Schoolgirl) to the groovy times in the psychedelic sixties and onwards. When Tom & Jerry …

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