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WEST END REVIEWS

REVIEW: The Nether at the Duke of York Theatre

“Just because it’s virtual doesn’t mean it isn’t real.”  We live in a world where an online presence matters. Where a history of our Google searches can reveal intimate details about our physicality, desires, and aversions. Where the amount you can spend in physical cash,... ...

REVIEW: Eric and Little Ern at the St James Theatre

One of the most successful British comedy double acts in history, it’s fair to say that Morecambe and Wise, collectively, were a pair of national icons. Making an indelible mark on television comedy, they performed over more than 40 years, with just a brief interlude... ...

REVIEW: Miss Havisham’s Expectations at the Trafalgar Studios

A Dickens classic, Great Expectations is a traditional coming-of-age story piqued by complex characters and beautifully detailed narrative. A book taught in schools up and down the country, it follows the social and emotional development of the orphaned Pip, who lives the early years of... ...

REVIEW: Made in Dagenham at the Adelphi Theatre

The Dagenham Ford sewing machinist strike of 1968 is widely accepted as a pivotal moment in the pursuit of gender equality in the UK. Prompting the passing of the Equal Pay Act 1970, the strike originated from the decision to downgrade the machinists from skilled... ...

REVIEW: Urinetown at the Apollo Theatre

The first time you see a billboard for “Urinetown,” it’s difficult to know what to think. It’s hard to tell if it’s just an advertising pastiche; or if it’s an earnest poster for a small-time musical in a small-time theatre; or more likely, something very…niche…created... ...

REVIEW: Speed-the-Plow at The Playhouse Theatre

Speed-The-Plow. It’s that play with Lindsay Lohan in. You know, the one by David Mamet that’s had critics positively salivating at the prospect of some easy prey to sink their teeth into. You know the one I mean? The play where the previews were beset... ...

REVIEW: Evita at the Dominion Theatre

“With more than 20 major awards to its credit, and an Oscar winning film, Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Evita is iconic. Featuring some of the best loved songs in musical theatre, including Don’t Cry For Me Argentina, On This Night of a Thousand... ...

REVIEW: King Charles III at the Wyndham’s Theatre

The Queen is dead. The passing of the monarch is a strange and pivotal moment in the life of any Prince of Wales. In heralding the mourning of the death of a parent, it simultaneously triggers ascent to the throne, and all the pageantry, traditions... ...

REVIEW – Shakespeare in Love at the Noel Coward Theatre

The curtain rises on Will Shakespeare (Tom Bateman), a fledgling playwright, struggling with writer’s block in Elizabethan London. His latest work, Romeo and Ethel the Pirate’s Daughter, is far from complete, but with the rights to this curiously-entitled play already sold, Will is forced to... ...

Review: Miss Saigon – Prince Edward Theatre

Starring: Eva Noblezada – Kim Alistair Brammer – Chris Jon Jon Briones – Engineer Tamsin Carroll – Ellen Hugh Maynard – John Kwang Ho Hong – Thuy Rachelle Ann Go – Gigi With an extraordinary £4.4m tickets sold on the first day, Miss Saigon set... ...

REVIEW: 1984 at The Playhouse Theatre

Starring: Mark Arends – Winston Tim Dutton – O’Brien Stephen Fewell – Charrington Christopher Patrick Nolan – Martin Matthew Spencer – Syme Gavin Spokes – Parsons Mandi Symonds – Mrs Parsons Hara Yannas – Julia “2 + 2 equals…what?” This was my lasting impression of... ...

REVIEW: Once at the Phoenix Theatre

Starring: Arthur Darvill – Guy Zrinka Cvitešić – Girl With eight Tony Awards to its name, Once (Broadway) is undeniably a hit musical the other side of the Atlantic. Wins in 2012 include best musical, best director and best actor in Steve Kazee, so it’s... ...