Reviews


South Downs and The Browning Version Review

Following a hugely successful run at The Chichester Festival, Rattigan’s The Browning Version and its new companion piece by David Hare, South Downs, have transferred to The Harold Pinter Theatre. David Hare was approached to write a new curtain-raiser for the 100th anniversary of Rattigan’s birth. Hare explains in the programme that “My play is written as a tribute to Rattigan, and aims to share common themes with his”. Two one act plays, featuring two …

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Top Hat Review

The rain may be falling but it’s all about Summer in the Aldwych Theatre this year. On arriving, it’s the name I hear the most and when leaving it’s the voice I can’t get out of my head.  I’ve heard of ‘stealing the show’ but Summer Strallen has taken the phrase to a new level. Top Hat is a musical sensation based on the 1935 film starring Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, a movie famous …

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The Duchess of Malfi Review Old Vic Theatre

The Duchess of Malfi Review The Old Vic‘s production of The Duchess of Malfi is an incredible experience; dark and riveting with exciting twists and turns. The set is an impressive three-tier high cathedral and designer Soutra Gilmourh has cleverly used plenty of stairs, passageways and very dark corners, perfect for hiding unnoticed in the shadows for eavesdropping. The aroma of incense and sinister lighting reflects perfectly the themes of this Jacobian tragedy, which are …

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Long Day’s Journey into Night Review Apollo Theatre

London Day’s Journey Into Night Review When I arrived at the Apollo Theatre I was told the play Long Day’s Journey Into Night would last three hours with a small interval. However, this should not put the audience off. The play contained an intriguing story which kept my attention. The play intensely explores the dysfunctional Tyrone family and the relationship between the four members. It holds many similarities to the writer Eugene O’Neill’s own turbulent …

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Ghost the Musical Review – Believe in Love

Nothing could finish off a beautiful, sunny day better than a trip to the theatre. With an air of love about our bright bustling city, no show is more perfect than Ghost the Musical. The heart-wrenching story that defines romance and, above all, defines love. Everyone has seen the classic 1990 film Ghost starring the late Patrick Swayze and stunning Demi Moore. It was a film I watched repeatedly growing up, believing that no couple …

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