Reviews


Matilda The Musical Review November 2011

When the RSC-staged musical adaption of Roald Dahl’s Matilda played in Stratford earlier this year, it was widely acclaimed by both audience and critic alike. News of its West End transfer to the Cambridge Theatre was enthusiastically received and the London audience eagerly anticipated its arrival. Well, now it’s here and it more than lives up to the hype. Roald Dahl’s book about the ill-treated child prodigy who discovers she has ‘super-powers’ and can move …

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Backbeat Review Duke of York’s Theatre

Backbeat – a musical about the Beatles (based on the 1994 film)! This announcement might not have sparked enthusiasm in all musical theatre fans. The heated discussion regarding ‘new writing’ versus ‘jukebox musicals’ is ongoing and with many great West End musicals closing early due to a lack of ‘bums on seats’, not everyone is willing to welcome all new musicals with open arms. Personally, I am always open-minded. If a production is good and makes …

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The Woman In Black Review October 2011

Review of The Woman In Black at The Fortune Theatre Cast: Arthur Kipps – David Acton, The Actor – Ben Deery Residing on the dimly lit Russell Street, in the shadow of Theatre Royal Drury Lane, The Woman in Black has been a strong feature in London’s West End for 23 successful years. Every night, in this tiny theatre, an audience is gripped, stunned and hooked into the realm of the unknown. How has The …

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Kimberley Walsh in Shrek the Musical

In one of my blogs a few weeks ago, I wrote about the upcoming cast change for Shrek the Musical at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane: with Amanda Holden ending her run early due to pregnancy, the role of Princess Fiona was taken over by Kimberley Walsh. The Girls Aloud band member had previously spoken about her desire to take on the challenge of musical theatre and, as part of a TV documentary, performed ‘On …

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Crazy For You Review Novello Theatre

After a successful run at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre, Crazy For You has made its West End transfer to the Novello Theatre, and quite frankly, who could ask for anything more? God bless such a musical that ensures every single patron sways their way out of the Novello, exiting as a youngster once again no matter what their age; simple, traditional magic at its best! Sure, it is evidently a musical plucked straight out …

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