The World Goes Round, St James Studio

The World Goes Round has been, well, going round for 25 years. The John Kander and Fred Ebb catalogue lends itself to a tight-knit review format – Cabaret and Chicago embrace that genre anyway – and the songs, even from show to show, impact on each other in interesting ways. But surely it’s time to … [Read More]

L’Etoile, Royal Opera House

L'EtoileIt’s a kind of French Mikado. In a distant and exotic kingdom a victim must be found to celebrate the King’s name-day. No little list, no W H Gilbert wit, either, but a handful of delicious tunes, most of them deftly previewed in one of operetta’s smartest overtures. Mark Elder had the orchestra skip … [Read More]

Grey Gardens, Southwark Playhouse

347526_770_previewIt’s not hard to see why Grey Gardens – the musical – has become such a collector’s item. This strange but true tale of American royalty gone rogue, of Jacqueline Kennedy’s rebellious relatives, of a stain on the Bouvier clan somehow exposing the rot at the heart of the American dream was/is irresistible. We all … [Read More]

Singular Sensations @ Charing Cross Theatre

Anna Jane Casey

Anna-Jane Casey – Sunday 6th March 2016 3.00pm

Anna-Jane Casey is one of the UK’s most versatile musical theatre stars. Her theatre credits include: Lottie in Mack & Mabel (Chichester), Jerry’s Girls (St James Theatre), Mrs Wilkinson in Billy Elliot (Victoria Palace), Aladdin in Aladdin (Hackney Empire), Courtesan in Comedy of Errors (Regents Park), Ella [Read More]

Funny Girl, Menier Chocolate Factory

Funny Girl - Sheridan Smith (Fanny Brice) - picture by Marc BrennerIt’s hard not to invoke the B word – Barbra, that is, not Brice – and I speak as one who bunked off school to catch her at a mid-week matinee. It was standing room only at the Prince of Wales but by then she was pretty much phoning in her performance and only the … [Read More]

The Force of Destiny, London Coliseum

100613Whenever the name Calixto Bieito is mentioned it’s invariably to mention ‘the toilets’ – not the reasons for them, just the fact that they were there at all. That production of Verdi’s A Masked Ball was one of the most theatrical and exciting in English National Opera’s post-powerhouse era. It’s true that Bieito’s passion can … [Read More]

A Conversation With Dame Diana Rigg

Diana Rigg002Sunday 7th February 2016 at 3.00pm, St James Theatre

Dame Diana Rigg is one of our most distinguished actresses and has had an extensive, award-winning career in theatre, film and television.

Dame Diana trained at RADA, made her professional stage debut in 1957 in The Caucasian Chalk Circle, and joined the Royal Shakespeare Company … [Read More]

Glenn Close talks Sunset Boulevard at ENO

Glenn Close 2On Monday 2nd November 2015, Edward hosted a press conference with Hollywood and Broadway star Glenn Close, and writers Don Black and Christopher Hampton to launch the eagerly anticipated, semi-staged performances of Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber‘s Sunset Boulevard at English National Opera in April and May 2016.

Full performance details and booking information … [Read More]

Elf, Dominion Theatre

ElfThere’s nothing wrong with Elf that a decent song or two wouldn’t help put right. Oh, wait, there is one – “Nobody Cares About Santa” – which bucks up act two no end and turns rather deliciously into a chorus line of Santas with swinging sacks. But it’s also the only moment where Matthew Sklar … [Read More]

The Stationmaster, Tristan Bates Theatre

Aria Entertainment’s From Page to Stage platform for new writing in musical theatre is another of those life-lines which refreshes the parts that the West End so rarely reaches – and to see a fledgling musical like The Stationmaster find its feet and roar for the first time on a stage, in a theatre, is … [Read More]


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