Review of The Alchemist at The Rose Playhouse London
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Review of The Alchemist at The Rose Playhouse London

This energetic and vibrant Mercurius production condenses the five acts of Ben Jonson’s The Alchemist into 90 minutes – by comparison the Royal Shakespeare Company’s production, which at the time of writing is playing in Stratford-upon- Avon and transfers to the Barbican Theatre in London in September 2016, runs at 2 hours and 20 minutes not including interval….

Highly enjoyable Hobson’s Choice at the Vaudeville Theatre
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Highly enjoyable Hobson’s Choice at the Vaudeville Theatre

Hobson’s Choice is a classic example of a situation where the man may rule but it is the lady who governs. And with Kinky Boots continuing to draw crowds at the Adelphi Theatre just a few doors away, how fitting it is that the Vaudeville Theatre should present a play set in a family run footwear business….

Shook Up Shakespeare’s Midsummer Madness – Review
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Shook Up Shakespeare’s Midsummer Madness – Review

The wonderful Shook Up Shakespeare has burst onto our collective Shakespearian consciousness once again to cajole us into party mood at the wake-for- Shakes we’ve all been waiting for (probably). Midsummer Madness is fun and funny, excitable and exciting, pure joy and immensely enjoyable. Above all there is true reverence in the show’s irreverence, an…

James and the Giant Peach at The Polka Theatre – Review
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James and the Giant Peach at The Polka Theatre – Review

Even before the ‘peach’ in James and the Giant Peach breached the (fourth) wall, it became clear to me that the younger members of the Polka Theatre audience were providing very nearly as much entertainment as the production itself, even before the show started. There is something quite innocent about the novelty (from the perspective of the young…

Sherlock Holmes and the Invisible Thing – Tabard Theatre
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Sherlock Holmes and the Invisible Thing – Tabard Theatre

After a well-received adaptation of A Study in Scarlet, playwright Greg Freeman turns his hand to a new Sherlock Holmes tale at the Tabard Theatre. Sherlock Holmes and the Invisible thing has all the trappings of Holmesian tale, though ultimately the pay-off may disappoint serious Sherlock Holmes fans. The Tabard sets the scene with strangely saccharine music, offering…

Off The King’s Road at Jermyn Street Theatre – Review
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Off The King’s Road at Jermyn Street Theatre – Review

When Matt Bourne, a man lost in grief for his ex-wife decides to stay at a hotel ‘Off the King’s Road’ he goes on a journey he’ll never forget. Steeped in loneliness, he meets an equally lonely prostitute, Sheena, and another equally lonely widow, Ellen Mellman, and her cat, Christina. This play celebrates London but…