A Long Way From Home

Reuniting on a West End stage for the first time since their final performance in Sunny Afternoon in October 2015, Olivier Award winners John Dagleish and George Maguire played the first in a pair of concerts at Live at Zédel on Monday night (thanks to Just For Laughs Theatricals). Accompanied on the piano by another former Sunny […]

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Favourite performances of 2016

It almost goes without saying that over my nearly three hundred shows this year there have been some incredible performances on display – from actors I’ve seen in other productions, as well as my fair share of newbies. None fresher than new RADA graduates in their production of John Gay’s The Beggar’s Opera. Obviously you […]

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Another Night Before Christmas

Tucked away just around the corner from Crystal Palace Park is the Bridge House – a gastropub which handily has a theatre upstairs. For their Christmas season they are introducing the UK première of Another Night Before Christmas, a two-hander musical originally by Sean Grennan (book & lyrics) & Leah Okimoto (music). Carole is a social worker with decreasing job […]

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American Idiot

Green Day’s 2004 release, American Idiot, was a modern punk concept album on the subject of youth disenfranchisement in the post-9/11 world. In the same way that Pete Townshend oversaw the creation of The Who’s rock operas Quadrophenia and Tommy, Billie Joe Armstrong devised American Idiot as a punk opera. At the centre of the […]

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The Buskers Opera

2016 is turning out to be a good year for new writing. The latest in the line of new British musicals is Dougal Irvine’s 21st century successor to The Beggar’s Opera: The Buskers Opera. It tells the hidden story behind the London 2012 Olympics – an event widely lauded & the catalyst of a wave […]

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A night at the opera

Next month, for just over a week, Londoners will have the rare opportunity to see three productions of three versions of the same story, when The Beggar’s Opera, The Threepenny Opera and The Buskers Opera all coincide. Why now? I happened to be pondering this over a pint a few nights ago, and thought it […]

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