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
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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...
Cirque Alfonse in BARBU at the London Wonderground
4.0★ ★ ★ ★

Cirque Alfonse: Barbu

This has been the most jam-packed hour and a quarter in your reviewer’s career.  As he walked across the footbridge over the Thames to the Southbank Centre, the sky was still heavy with the dark clouds that ...
Sensation – a Tribute to the Music of The Who Fairfield Halls, London
2.0★ ★

Sensation – a Tribute to the Music of The Who

I don’t want to cause a big s-s-s-sensation, sang Roger Daltrey.  “I’m just talking about my g-g-g-generation.”  Many of that generation (including your reviewer) were in the audience for last night...
The Silver Gym Queens Theatre Hornchurch
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The Silver Gym

Your reviewer had never ventured so far into darkest Essex.  On and on trundled the District Line train, taking him farther and farther eastward, away from his familiar haunts in Central London.  Having reach...