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Two hours of auditions: A Chorus Line at London Palladium (***)

Theatre can be fairly accused of loving nothing more than shining the spotlight on itself (see current success Kiss Me Kate), but Broadway smash A Chorus Line takes that one step further by simply showing us a “chorus line” (backing dancers/singers, for the non-thesps) audition – warts and all. There’s nothing really wrong with the material, but there … Continue reading / Review / Writing: Journalism

Galloping into my heart: War Horse at the New London Theatre (****)

Critically acclaimed on both sides of the Atlantic, the monumental success of the National Theatre’s production of War Horse can hardly be doubted. Now running at the New London Theatre. To describe War Horse as “popular” would be a little bit of an understatement – the show has won some of the most prestigious theatre awards available, … Continue reading / Review / Writing: Journalism

War Horse for the kids: Goodnight Mr Tom at the Phoenix Theatre (****)

After the departure of long-standing success Blood Brothers, the Phoenix now plays home to the Chichester production of war-time drama and classic children’s book Goodnight Mr Tom. A sterling achievement, the production captures the essence of the book, even if there is a bit of West-End-success-paint-by-numbers going on here. It’s no surprise that a production of Goodnight … Continue reading / Review / Writing: Journalism

Pretty traumatic: Our Boys at the Duchess Theatre (****)

Our Boys makes an impassioned, personal attempt to humanise an army of young people who are necessarily sent into harm’s way. This timely revival of Jonathan Lewis’ classic comes as a welcome balm to any lingering post-Olympic national pride, and a stark reminder of the traumas of serving your country: marvellous stuff. At the Duchess Theatre. … Continue reading