Writer Liam Sesay uses a variety of storytelling modes to craft an affecting, nuanced depiction of the queer experience using The Little Mermaid as a narrative anchor
Category: Theatre Reviews
“No Limits” Review: Simply breathtaking
There is no limit to the amount of talent both on stage and off at The Turbine Theatre with “No Limits – A Song Cycle” by Sam Thomas
“Wreckage” Review: A powerful, honest exploration of love after loss
Writer Tom Ratcliffe explores the evolution of a relationship even after its end in this hugely emotional play
Six’s crown continues to shine over the West End with a glittering new set of Queens
The stratospheric ascent of Marlow and Moss’s award-winning, continent-spanning musical shows no sign of burning out thanks to its stellar cast
“My Son’s a Queer (But What Can You Do?)” Review – Joyously authentic
Rob Madge’s autobiographical tale is beautifully honest and brilliantly touching
“But I’m a Cheerleader” Review: A show destined for greatness
Based on the beloved queer film of the same name, But I’m a Cheerleader boasts incredible performances, an uproarious book and uplifting and surprisingly clever in parts score that seems set to have a life beyond the Turbine Theatre
Eureka Day Review: Gloriously hilarious and searingly topical
Eureka Day at the Old Vic is probably the funniest thing you will see at the theatre this year
Theatre Review Roundup: August 2022
Hadestown and Cabaret at the Kit Kat Club are truly extraordinary, wonderfully artistic pieces of musical theatre
Beetlejuice Review: A ghastly, wickedly good time
Welcome to the show about death
Into The Woods at the St. James Theatre Review: Believe the hype
With a cast as glittering as Cinderella’s slippers, Encores! production of Into the Woods is phenomenal
Treason the Musical in Concert Review: The fuse is lit but the flame is yet to burn brightly
The first live performance of the musical based around the iconic events of The Gunpowder Plot shows great promise, but is far from complete
DIVA: Live From Hell! Review: A devilishly wicked tale
Monahan and Alexander Sage Oyen’s outrageous one-man show, starring Luke Bayer, is one hell of a good time
Titanique, The Musical Review: A truly unhinged, joyously chaotic masterpiece
“Shall we go for it?” asks Marla Mindelle’s Celine Dion. You’d be mad not to.
A Strange Loop Review: Searingly, heartbreakingly honest
Michael R Jackson’s meta Tony Award winning ‘A Strange Loop’ certainly pulls no punches, but its intelligence is let down by production elements
“Beauty and the Beast” Review: A tale as old as time reinvigorated for the present
Disney’s new production of Beauty and the Beast, directed by choreographer Matt West, will have you wanting to Be Their Guest time and time again ★★★★★
Elliot Clay’s pop-infused, highly relatable song cycle plays its limited season until 7th August – and it’s definitely not one to miss ★★★★☆
Legally Blonde Review: Whipped Into Shape by a Sublime Cast
Lucy Moss’ production for Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre clearly demonstrates that even the most phenomenal casting can only take you so far
LIFT – A Musical at Southwark Playhouse Review
The first staging of Craig Adams and Ian Watson’s musical in almost a decade is wonderfully intricate and beautifully moving
The 47th review – Bertie Carvel is brilliant as Donald Trump
Painting Trump’s potential bid for a second term of presidency as a Shakespearean historical, Mike Bartlett warns of the dangers to democracy that Trump poses, though it’s nothing the audience don’t already know
Cock review – A bitterly amusing commentary on the reductive nature of labelling
Falling in love with a woman completely upends the lives of John (Jonathan Bailey) and long-term boyfriend M (Taron Egerton) in Mike Bartlett’s Cock
“Doctor Who: Time Fracture” is a fanboy’s dream come true
Intricately plotted, staged and performed immersive production Time Fracture is sure to delight Doctor Who fans and newcomers alike with its heart-racing, engaging premise
Wuthering Heights Review: Be careful what you seed
Wise Children’s Wuthering Heights is theatrical and epic to the extreme, but is tonally worlds away from Brontë’s classic novel
Blood Brothers Review: Did y’hear the story of the Johnston twins?
Despite being relatively unchanged since its genesis, ‘Blood Brothers’ proves almost as relevant now as it ever did
Moulin Rouge! The Musical Review: Breathlessly energetic but emotionally hollow
Moulin Rouge!, much like its diamond, is all sparkle and little substance.
Les Misérables: reworked for the modern audience
The iconic musical is just as impactful in its reworked guise as the record-breaking original.
Bring It On: The Musical’s UK Tour is pure serotonin
Watching Fabian Aloise’s engaging and energetic choreography is sure to bring a smile to your face
Frozen: The Musical is a bona fide spectacle
The stage adaptation of Disney’s massively successful 2013 animation possesses the same magic that made the original so beloved
Anything Goes Review: Sutton Foster is other-worldly
Anything Goes at the Barbican Centre is a massive highlight of the 2021 Theatre Season
The Normal Heart Review – Heartbreaking and powerful
In the first London revival of Larry Kramer’s autobiographical play, The Normal Heart perfectly portrays the devastating anger and crippling isolation of the 80s gay community
The Prince of Egypt Review: This is why you were born
The 1998 beloved DreamWorks animation makes for a spectacular and affecting production at the Dominion Theatre.
Diana: The Musical is entirely unexpected, dizzyingly chaotic and ferociously camp – but that doesn’t mean it’s not wonderful
As camp as a row of tents, Diana: The Musical, recently released as a filmed version on Netflix, is completely incongruous with what the world has come to expect of an adaptation of The People’s Princess’ life, but it’s deliciously addictive all the same.
Back to the Future is a triumphant spectacle
With an energetic, toe-tapping soundtrack and genuinely jaw-dropping special effects, Back to the Future is an astounding theatrical feast
The Last Five Years Review: Stunning in its simplicity
After two premature closures at the Southwark Playhouse, Jason Robert Brown’s The Last Five Years finally graces the West End – and it has been worth the wait
Bedknobs and Broomsticks Review: It’s Time to Start Believing
Oft-overlooked Disney classic, Bedknobs and Broomsticks dazzles and delights in its World Premiere UK Tour
Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Cinderella: An extraordinary masterpiece on all fronts
Finally making its world premiere, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Cinderella has certainly been worth the wait
Death Drop Review: Silly, chaotic escapism
Disaster ensues when Lady von Fistenberg (Vinegar Strokes) invites an odd assortment of dinner guests to an elegant soirée on the remote Tuck Island Starring Courtney Act, Monét X Change, Kemah Bob, LoUis CYfer, Anna Phylactic, Holly Stars, and Vinegar Strokes
Promotional Pictures for Pretty Woman: The Musical on the West End Released
Having been in previews since February 13th, Pretty Woman had its official opening last night and signalled this event by releasing some brilliant promotional pictures of the West End cast, by Helen Maybanks.
“I had a really good time tonight” – Pretty Woman: The Musical Review
Now showing at the Piccadilly Theatre, the musical adaptation of the 1990 Gary Marshall and J. F. Lawton film, featuring a score by Bryan Adams and Jim Vallance, is pure, unadulterated fun.
Leaving Footprints on the Sands of Time – The Prince of Egypt is the West End’s latest spectacle
Based on the hit 1998 Dreamworks film, with a score by Stephen Schwartz (Wicked), The Prince of Egypt is a bold and stunning new production, now showing at the Dominion Theatre.
A purr-fectly honest review of ‘Cats’
The reaction to Tom Hooper’s Cat‘s adaptation is a prime example of how trendy negativity has become.