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A charming little gem: Daddy Long Legs at St. James Theatre (*****)

John Caird’s varied career has been studded with glittering highs, including directing Les Miserables for the RSC and Hamlet at the National, but this little musical (with a cast of two) has taken a long time to meander its way back to the UK after a successful US tour – a misstep? Good heavens no. … Continue reading / Review / Writing: Journalism

Funky Slide into Sin: Faust at the Greenwich Theatre (****)

Billed as a ‘music-fuelled adaptation’ of the classic tale of Faust, Dumbwise’s production bears the hallmarks of a folk opera, but with a blues-y twist – and the resulting piece is an incredible accomplishment and a testament to this young company’s undeniable skill. It lags and sags a little as it goes on, but this is … Continue reading / Review / Writing: Journalism

Cuban Missile Jazz-Hands: Thirteen Days at the Arcola Theatre (****)

Grimeborn, the Arcola Theatre’s alternative and fringe opera festival, closed with new musical Thirteen Days this year, Alexander S. Bermange’s musical rendition of the events of the Cuban Missile Crisis, where the world purportedly came as close as it ever has to nuclear annihilation. There’s still some work to be done to make this piece fully come … Continue reading / Review / Writing: Journalism

Aladdin (***)

I’ve written before about Lost Musicals: Ian Marshall Fisher’s rehearsed readings of musicals that have disappeared from the public eye are still a delightful afternoon of musical entertainment, although this particular show doesn’t quite capture the magic as well as it has done before. At Sadler’s Wells (Lilian Baylis Studio). In this case, Fisher has … Continue reading / Review / Writing: Journalism

Ragtime (****)

The musical Ragtime premieres at the Open Air Theatre, and its turn-of-the-century, heavily allegorical themes have been accentuated to the full in Timothy Shader’s production. The ragtime music is a fresh and interesting twist on the classic musical, and it is produced and performed exquisitely – but is it all a little too heavy-handed? At the Regent’s … Continue reading