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A Little Night Music, Palace Theatre

nightmusicposterCan it really be 40 years since Sondheim’s waltzy, nostalgia-flecked, fancy first intoxicated our senses with its promise of indiscretion and insatiable desire? But that’s the thing, isn’t it – every Sondheim piece feels brand new on re-acquaintance and it’s only as you wonder at the unique tinta each of these shows and marvel afresh … [Read More]

Posted on 27/01/2015
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Assassins, Menier Chocolate Factory

AssassinsSanta Claus does make it to the Menier Chocolate Factory this Christmas but his name is Sam Byck and he plans to fly a 747 into the White House and “incinerate Dick Nixon”. So not the Christmas show, not in any traditional sense, actually not in any sense, but a hymn to the disenchanted and … [Read More]

Posted on 02/12/2014
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Gypsy, Chichester Festival Theatre

GypsyThere’s a moment of stunned silence in Imelda Staunton’s storming Mama Rose at the Chichester Festival Theatre, a long, long, moment where neither speaking nor singing she conclusively demonstrates what a difference a great actress makes in this most iconic of musical theatre roles. Just like her mother and husband before, her daughter June has … [Read More]

Posted on 19/10/2014
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Sondheim/Furth “Merrily We Roll Along”, Menier Chocolate Factory (Review)

It seems inexplicable now that Stephen Sondheim and George Furth’s Merrily We Roll Along should have bombed so ignominiously on its first Broadway outing in 1981. But then again what is clearer than ever from Maria Friedman’s immensely enjoyable and touching revival at the Menier Chocolate Factory is that Merrily – in common with pretty … [Read More]

Posted on 01/12/2012
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The Artistry of Maria Friedman and Jason Carr finally ignites the Hippodrome’s new Matcham Room – review

It’s taken a while for the Hippodrome’s spanking new cabaret room to feel lived-in and alive and it’s taken a real artist – actually two real artists – to capitalise on its intimacy and generate a buzz. Not many are given to putting together a truly organic programme for a continuous one-act set – something … [Read More]

Posted on 06/09/2012
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