Reviews


The 39 Steps Review Criterion Theatre

John Buchan’s novel The 39 Steps was first published in 1915. With the storyline being so very successful there have now been three films made broadly following the same storyline. The Criterion Theatre has been home to Patrick Barlow’s adaptation for the stage since September 2006. The story features Richard Hannay, a young man innocently becoming involved in the dark underworld of spies. Hannay flees up to Scotland for his own safety and to find …

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Posh Review Duke of Yorks Theatre

Posh An absolute Riot Posh, at the Duke of York’s Theatre, is by far one of the best pieces of theatre I have ever seen. It’s extraordinarily funny, charming and heartbreaking. We are transported into a world that most of us haven’t experienced, a place where the wine is more expensive but the morals are the same. Written by the outstanding Laura Wade, this play focuses on a group of young men studying at Oxford, …

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Vaudeville Theatre What The Butler Saw Review

34-year-old writer Joe Orton was bludgeoned to death by his lover in his home in Islington with 9 hammer blows to his head in 1967. His murderer Kenneth Halliwell then committed suicide by overdosing on tablets. The script of What The Butler Saw was found under Orton’s bed after his death. The play made its debut in the West End in 1969. During his writing career, Orton was known for pushing boundaries and being as …

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The Sunshine Boys Review Savoy Theatre

A bit sketchy I hate to begin with a weather metaphor (again) but truly in this gloomy British rain there is surely NOTHING more likely to slap a smile on your face than The Sunshine Boys at The Savoy Theatre. Not only is it an absolute gem of a play, written by the award-winning Neil Simon, it’s starring two of the greatest actors still spoiling us with their incredible amounts of talent, Richard Griffiths and …

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Review of Billy Elliot The Musical Victoria Palace Theatre

Billy Elliot The Musical Review Having seen the film countless times and the musical several times before, I knew I was in for an entertaining show watching Billy Elliot the Musical! The musical is set in Durham during the harsh political and financial climate of 1984/85 when Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher, took on the Miner’s Union and the miners went on strike in protest. Times were tough for the working class and the strikes affected …

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