The Frogs Jermyn Street Theatre
5.0★ ★ ★ ★ ★

The Frogs

I love this show. I can’t deny it. Not just because it sounds far bigger than the tiny space it’s now inhabiting (thanks to Tim Sutton’s new orchestral reduction), or the fact that every square foot of th...
3.0★ ★ ★

The Wild Party

The St James Theatre is no more, having been bought by Lord Lloyd Webber and renamed The Other Palace with the intention, as stated in the programme that he wants ‘… The Other Palace to become the London sp...
The Girls The Phoenix Theatre
5.0★ ★ ★ ★ ★

The Girls

Eight weeks into 2017, and I’m happy to say we have a new bona fide feel-good hit in the West End in the shape of The Girls, Tim Firth and Gary Barlow’s adaptation of Firth’s film, Calendar Girls. It...
Death Takes A Holiday. Photo Scott Rylander
3.0★ ★ ★

Death Takes A Holiday

Death Takes a Holiday, the Yeston/Stone/Meehan musical which has just opened at The Charing Cross Theatre boasts accomplished direction, a great cast, and probably the best set that The Charing Cross Theatre ha...
3.0★ ★ ★

Christina Bianco’s O Come, All Ye Divas

One-Woman shows are notoriously difficult to pull off successfully and, if I’m honest, I don’t believe O Come All Ye Divas, the American impressionist Christina Bianco’s Christmas residency at The Charing...
4.0★ ★ ★ ★

Half A Sixpence

I know I’m always banging on about structure, and what happens when you get it wrong in a musical, but there’s a reason for that, and Half A Sixpence which has just opened at The Noel Coward Theatre with im...
2.0★ ★

Side Show

Bernard Pomerance’s 1977 play, The Elephant Man, detailing Joseph Merrick’s wish to be treated as a ‘normal’ member of society, after being discovered in a freak show where he was abused by his captor, ...
5.0★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Apocalypse Cruise Ship Love Affair

Apocalypse Cruise Ship Love Affair is absurd, puerile, vulgar, and utterly, utterly brilliant. I came out of the tiny Above the Arts theatre space with my eyes streaming, and even the muscles on the back of ...
3.0★ ★ ★

Musical of the Year

Musical of the Year, the show currently playing at The Lost Theatre on Wandsworth Road, is a rough re-telling of Victor Hugo's 1831 novel The Hunchback of Notre Dame with the 'schtick' being that each scene of ...
Wonderful Town Ye Olde Rose & Crown Theatre
4.0★ ★ ★ ★

Wonderful Town

There are some shows which just don’t really work, but have great scores. Paint your Wagon and Candide are two that come immediately to mind. Although the score for Wonderful Town isn’t quite in their le...