4.0★ ★ ★ ★

Blondel – The Musical

There’s a song towards the end of Act One of Blondel when Richard the Lionheart and Saladin are seated behind a desk discussing the crusades, titled ‘Call it a Draw’. It’s done in the style of a foot...
3.0★ ★ ★

The Mikado

Gilbert and Sullivan’s comic masterpiece is all but Teflon coated in its ability to withstand whatever ‘concept’ is imposed upon it. It must therefore have seemed a jolly wheeze to set it at what I tak...
3.0★ ★ ★

The Braille Legacy

Being the story of a man with apparently boundless devotion to his chosen field, who died relatively young (43) had the moral rectitude of a saint, and containing absolutely no hint of sex whatsoever, the story...
I Capture The Castle Palace Theatre, Watford
3.0★ ★ ★

I Capture The Castle

Adapting a novel into a musical, especially when the novel is as well-loved as Dodie Smith’s 1948 I Capture The Castle, is never going to please everybody. That being said there are some story-telling conv...
4.0★ ★ ★ ★

Adam and Eve and Steve

There are some stories which should be taken with a LARGE pinch of salt. ‘The Creation’ story is just such a one. However, in Chandler Warren and Wayne Moore’s take on events in the Garden of Eden, Ada...
4.0★ ★ ★ ★

The Life

Ira Gasman is supposed first to have come up with the idea for The Life after walking down 42nd Street at some point in the early 1980’s and seeing a police car pull up beside him, and two people get arrested...
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...