Most popular posts of 2021

Unsurprisingly, in terms of hits 2021 was the worst year on record – I don’t actually remember writing as much as I did, so I’m glad that you’re still reading the minimal output I provide! And despite the lack of motivation, I still managed to complete a couple of challenge weeks. I was obviously still […]

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Olivier Awards 2020 – nominees

Just like last year, my initial reaction has been largely positive (unlike pretty much anything to do with this year’s WhatsOnStage Awards). It’s never going to be perfect, by any means, but some of my top priority shows have got some recognition – and there have even been a selection of lovely surprises too. That […]

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Day 3: “We dream in the dark”

In a show with a cast recording that boasts 46 tracks, it’s understandably hard to pick out a single song from Hamilton to call your favourite – or even the best. Despite the ‘hip-hopera’ label it’s occasionally given, there is a range of genres included which provides variety as well as an opportunity to bring […]

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Olivier Awards 2018

So, that just happened! Despite some small disappointments in the nominations (nothing too much, just some things felt unnecessarily overlooked), I was rather looking forward to this year’s Oliviers. And I was also rather glad that I wasn’t on site to cover the ceremony this time – partly because of the damp forecast, partly because I […]

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Bat Out Of Hell: 2018 preview

Meat Loaf musical Bat Out Of Hell returns to London for a new West End run in a couple of weeks’ time, making a new home in the Dominion Theatre. Since premièring at the Manchester Opera House just over a year ago, the show has enjoyed stints at London’s Coliseum (where it extended its summer […]

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Hamilton

“And the world’s gonna know your name…” Thanks to Lin-Manuel Miranda, the name Alexander Hamilton has been firmly reestablished in the American consciousness – and is steadily taking the world by storm, with London’s West End the latest opening for hit musical Hamilton. After a bit of a delay, the show has now officially opened […]

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A world of pure imagination

Somehow it’s over a year since my last (& only) trip to St James Theatre in Victoria; then for Uncle Vanya, now for Pure Imagination. In case you’re unaware, Pure Imagination is a celebration of the prolific Leslie Bricusse’s career – one that includes award nominations & wins (Oscars, Grammys, Tonys, Ivor Novellos), collaborations with […]

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