Review: Chicago, Phoenix Theatre ★★★★

Chicago opens with an announcement, a warning of sorts that this is a story of adultery, murder and other various sins. As the actor delivering it says, ‘all those things we all hold near and dear to our hearts’, and it’s evident from the show’s record breaking history that audiences do too. The longest running musical on Broadway, Chicago returns to the London stage with its … Continue reading Review: Chicago, Phoenix Theatre ★★★★

Review: Heathers the Musical, Theatre Royal Haymarket ★★★★

How very…timely? Almost a decade since Laurence O’Keefe and Kevin Murphy penned their stage adaptation of 80’s film Heathers, the musical has finally made it’s way onto the London stage. For years, UK fans have been eager for a transfer, asking, “Honey, what you waiting for?” Now playing the Theatre Royal Haymarket for a limited engagement, has it been worth the wait? Heathers the Musical follows Veronica … Continue reading Review: Heathers the Musical, Theatre Royal Haymarket ★★★★

Review: 42nd Street, Theatre Royal Drury Lane ★★★

With its “Lullaby of Broadway” and nostalgia for toe-tapping songs, 42nd Street seems to enchant UK audiences every five years or so with a revival in some form. Since 2017, writer turned director Mark Bramble’s production has found a suitably showbiz home on the London stage, at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane. But much like the production itself, is it all style over substance? Based on the … Continue reading Review: 42nd Street, Theatre Royal Drury Lane ★★★

Review: The Trail to Oregon! The Other Palace ★★★

As part of The Other Palace’s commitment to the staging and sharing of new musicals, its Previews Season in the Studio allows shows to play to London audiences before heading up to the Edinburgh Fringe. One such show is The Trail to Oregon!, a musical originally produced by StarKid and making its European debut with Gone Rogue. Packing London previews to capacity and loaded with … Continue reading Review: The Trail to Oregon! The Other Palace ★★★

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Review: SeatPlan ★★★★

Most theatre-goers probably have a selection of go-to websites when booking tickets. One you know you can get the best deals on. One whose reviews you trust. One which has an accurate seating plan. One site aims to provide all three: SeatPlan. Despite being round less than a decade, it’s become an integral part of my day-to-day booking process. SeatPlan has a number of features … Continue reading Review: SeatPlan ★★★★

Review: The Woman in Black, Fortune Theatre ★★★★

Some shows stay with you for a long time. Perhaps because it resonates with you deeply, perhaps because it raises your spirits…or perhaps it’s because it chills them to the core. Playing at the Fortune Theatre for 28 years, The Woman in Black is a story which lives on, still surprising and scaring audiences to this day. Based on Susan Hill’s novel, playwright Stephen Mallatratt takes this … Continue reading Review: The Woman in Black, Fortune Theatre ★★★★

Review: The Wonderland Bar ❤❤❤❤

Prepare to fall head over heels in love with The Wonderland Bar, as you tumble head first down the rabbit hole known as Waterloo Vaults. There’s no need to choose between EAT ME or DRINK ME: The Wonderland Bar gives you both with a wide range of food, drinks and entertainment. Open to both theatre goers and the general public, whether you’re a Diamond or Club, Walrus … Continue reading Review: The Wonderland Bar ❤❤❤❤

Review: Paper Hearts (Upstairs at the Gatehouse) ****

  Paper Hearts the Musical has seen various incarnations, playing at the 2016 Ed Fringe Festival and a sell out run at Waterloo East Theatre. The story continues, as the show returns off West End. Humorous, heartfelt and with a hugely talented cast, Liam O’Rafferty’s show takes a novel approach to storytelling. Would-be writer Atticus Smith has always surrounded himself with books. So much so, in fact, … Continue reading Review: Paper Hearts (Upstairs at the Gatehouse) ****