Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
3.5★ ★ ★ (★)

Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

There's an inbuilt problem with screen to stage adaptations, especially those destined for the musical stage. Ideally you need a film that hardly anyone has seen, but with enough of a recognition factor that yo...
3.0★ ★ ★

I Can’t Sing!

There's a brilliantly excoriating satire to be written on the get-rich-quick-without-doing-the-leg-work world of 'Talent Show Television', and in particular Simon Cowell's format behemoth and cash cow that is T...
Urinetown The Musical
3.0★ ★ ★

Urinetown The Musical

I usually submit my reviews on the day I see the show. I offer this observation not as some badge of pride that I’m able to throw together 750 words between the curtain going down, and midnight, but because ...
Lost Boy
2.0★ ★

Lost Boy

There are games you play when your mind wanders in a theatre. One of my favourites is to wonder what the cast I’m watching should actually be performing. This evening I came to the conclusion that I rather wi...
The Mistress Cycle
3.0★ ★ ★

The Mistress Cycle

It's a curious place, The Landor. On the one hand this little powerhouse of a theatre above a pub a couple of minutes away from Clapham North underground station punches well above its weight, and has a genuine...
The A to Z of Mrs P
3.5★ ★ ★

The A to Z of Mrs P

There's an awful lot to like about The A to Z of Mrs P, the new musical with book by Diane Samuels, and music and lyrics by Gwyneth Herbert, which has just opened at The Southwark Playhouse. The show tells t...
HMS Pinafore or The Lass That Loved A Sailor
5.0★ ★ ★ ★ ★

HMS Pinafore or The Lass That Loved A Sailor

Gilbert and Sullivan's comic opera HMS Pinafore, or The Lass That Loved A Sailor, proved an instant success when it opened at London’s Opera Comique theatre in 1878, giving the creators their first bona fide ...
Kiss me, Figaro!
3.0★ ★ ★

Kiss me, Figaro!

There are some things in life which seem like a really good idea over a couple of glasses of chardonnay and yet, in the cold light of artistic execution somehow fall spectacularly short of their creators' inten...
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3.5★ ★ ★

From Here to Eternity

There're an awful lot of things to like about the new Bill Oakes/Tim Rice/Stuart Brayson musical From Here To Eternity, currently playing at The Shaftesbury Theatre, and based on James Jones’ 1951 novel of th...