Dogfight
4.0★ ★ ★ ★

Dogfight

This is the European première of a musical first staged off-Broadway in 2012, and it is the best thing I have seen all year.  The auditorium in the small South London theatre was packed, and the audience rose...
CNTRL + ALT + DELETE
2.5★ ★

CNTRL + ALT + DELETE

Emma Packer is a very good actress, and the role that she adopts in this one-woman performance is played with great conviction and commitment.  And authenticity.  I initially thought that Miss Packer was impe...
Carousel
3.5★ ★ ★

Carousel

Walk on, walk on, with hope in your heart, and you’ll never walk alone.”  With those words of encouragement, in a song familiar to us all, there comes to an end this revival of what Time Magazine has dee...
District 6 - Our Buckingham Palace
3.0★ ★ ★

District 6: Our Buckingham Palace

Between now and 12th July the studio theatre at Jermyn Street near Piccadilly Circus, small in size but big in the range of its work, is hosting a South African Season.  Among the works featured is the Europe...
Tristram Shandy – Conception, Cock & Bull
3.5★ ★ ★ (★)

Tristram Shandy – Conception, Cock & Bull

Nothing odd will do long”, opined Dr Johnson.  “Tristram Shandy did not last.”  Laurence Sterne, the author of The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman, was not to be overawed by the Great ...
The Confessions of Gordon Brown
4.0★ ★ ★ ★

The Confessions of Gordon Brown

First performed at the Edinburgh Festival in 2013 and subsequently transferred to the Trafalgar Studios in Whitehall, this mordant political satire makes a welcome return to the London stage.  There is preciou...
Blues in the Night
5.0★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Blues in the Night

From the first warbling blue note of the saxophone solo that opened the show, it was clear that something special was in store.  Right enough, the three female singers then launched unaccompanied into a three-...
On Tidy Endings
3.0★ ★ ★

On Tidy Endings

A long queue snaked its way from Cambridge Circus, in the heart of London’s Theatreland, round the corner into Earlham Street, and round another corner into Tower Street.  Was this throng of young people wa...
Songs from my Trunk
5.0★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Songs from my Trunk

Walk through the Edwardian opulence of the Hippodrome in Leicester Square – past the baccarat, the poker and the roulette tables, for the Hippodrome is now a Casino – go up a flight of stairs to the first f...
A Spoonful of Sherman
5.0★ ★ ★ ★ ★

A Spoonful of Sherman

Come to the cabaret, old chum, was the refrain I was singing in the bath this morning.  The feel-good factor had persisted from last night’s performance at the Studio in St James’s Theatre near Buckingham ...