Grease: the Musical UK tour 2017
5.0★ ★ ★ ★


Grease was voted “the No. 1 Greatest Musical of All Time” by Channel 4 viewers in 2003.  It certainly isn’t that.  But it does have something, if the singing and dancing are done right.  They sure are ...
4.0★ ★ ★ ★

Pierre Novellie is Cool Peter

You won’t need the details above, because – alas! – by the time you read this review  you will have missed the show in the intimate upper room of one of London’s best known comedy venues.  But if it e...
3.0★ ★ ★


The programme note said “Suitable for children aged 4+”.  The poster at the venue said “Suitable for children aged 5+”.  As it turned out, the show was eminently suitable for a child aged 68+.  Your ...
2.0★ ★

Silver Lining

Every cloud has one, but there are clouds aplenty outside the old people’s home in Gravesend that is the setting for the première of this first full-length play by the well-known comedienne, Sandi Toksvig. ...
4.0★ ★ ★ ★

Potted Panto

Shakespeare may have been reduced, but now pantomime has been potted.  The dotty duo of Dan and Jeff have got form on genre reduction, having taken Potted Potter on tour for a good few years, and having also p...
4.0★ ★ ★ ★

The MGM Story

Situated beside what used to be a toll gate, the Gatehouse is a pub atop Highgate Hill boasting good food and an excellent range of real ales from microbreweries. But that is not the only reason for making the ...
Marilyn and Sinatra Jermyn Street
3.0★ ★ ★

Marilyn and Sinatra

Your reviewer is old enough to remember when Frank Sinatra was having Top Ten hits and Marilyn Monroe was making Hollywood movies. He was too young at the time to appreciate that she had sex appeal, although he...
Blanc de Blanc at London Hippodrome
4.0★ ★ ★ ★

Blanc de Blanc

The Hippodrome opened as a theatre next to London’s Leicester Square in 1900, and is now a vast three-floor casino, which also houses a cabaret theatre.  The Hippodrome, in an earlier incarnation, was where ...
Impossible at Noel Coward Theatre
4.0★ ★ ★ ★


The Nöel Coward is a lovely old theatre in the heart of London’s West End.  Built in 1903, older theatre-goers may remember it as The New Theatre (well, it was new once) and as The Albery.  The historical ...
Hotel Black Cat, London Wonderground
4.0★ ★ ★ ★

Hotel Black Cat

Is it a bird, is it a bee, is it a twister?, asked Chubby Checker.  Similar uncertainty arises as to what to call Hotel Black Cat.  It is certainly cabaret.  But it is also circus, ballet, and a whole lot mo...