Alan Bennett’s first new play for over five years is the latest piece to take up residency at the Bridge Theatre, under the watchful of Nicholas Hytner. It follows the limited runs of Barney Norris’ Nightfall and the Laura Linney vehicle My Name Is Lucy Barton, with the auditorium returning to its original setup after […]

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The Laundry

With a running time of only 80 minutes, The Laundry packs a lot in as it moves to explore themes around female relationships and the bond between families. Written by Nicole Palomba, Audrey Thayer and Brandon Force, this two-act play tells the story of three generations of women and the struggles they’ve faced in life. […]

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Knights of the Rose

Since its announcement back in March, the Arts Theatre’s latest show has been causing quite a stir in the capital – from a multitude of posters, to performances at West End LIVE and a horseback photo shoot on Tower Bridge. It is now open and is due to have a fairly limited run over the […]

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Guest reviewer: Evie Freeman Rent, based on Puccini’s La Bohème, follows the lives of a group of New Yorkers in the late 80s dealing with love, loss and disease. When Jonathan Larson’s musical premiered Off Broadway in 1996 it was a turning point in musical theatre history due to its explicit themes and iconic rock […]

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Missed The Boat: Amélie

This is another missed opportunity from last year’s New York trip – particularly given that it was still in previews when I was over there, so potentially a slightly lower demand and price range… But it wasn’t to be (as you know, I didn’t end up seeing any show in a Broadway theater) and given […]

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Cafe of the Damned

Following on from 2017 Camden Fringe smash Dark Room, Jim Mannering is back with the second in a trilogy of comic thrillers – all taking place in the same odd universe, but each a standalone piece. This time we find ourselves in a seaside café of questionable quality (the specials board simply reads: NO EGG), […]

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Fat Jewels

Guest reviewer: Ellen Casey Fat Jewels is a tragi-comedy following troubled youth Pat and his sexually sinister ‘family friend’ Danny as, over the course of one night, their many murky issues begin to come to light. It is at turns incredibly uncomfortable to watch and then quickly, bizarrely hilarious. The mood is set early on during […]

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Flesh and Bone

First performed at Camden’s Etcetera Theatre in 2016, Unpolished Theatre’s production of Elliot Warren’s debut play next had a stint at the 2017 Edinburgh Festival Fringe, before moving on to Adelaide Fringe – and now it’s resident at the Soho Theatre (Upstairs) for a limited run. This award-winning play is working class East London through and through, […]

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The Sweet Smell of Success

Guest reviewer: Ellen Casey Two weeks later and I’m back at the Susie Sainsbury Theatre! This time to see The Sweet Smell of Success, a Jazz musical based on the 1957 movie of the same name. In it we follow a struggling press agent, Sidney Falcone, as he cosies up to the most influential columnist […]

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