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Friday, 18 September 2020

REVIEW: Pippin at the Garden Theatre

The Garden Theatre was one of the first venues to stage a live theatrical production with Fanny and Stella, with more shows popping up and more announcements being made every day they haven’t stopped and they continue their season with a newly staged version of Stephen Schwartz Pippin. 

I last saw this show at the Southwark Playhouse in the transfer production from the Hope Mill Theatre, being a huge fan of this particular version I was excited to see another interpretation of this interesting piece. 

As I said before in my review of Fanny and Stella, the venue and the staff are doing everything they possibly can to make this a safe and comfortable experience for all of their patrons. All staff have protective masks on and the bar is covered with screens, they’ve sure stepped up their game since my last visit! The bar itself has a really great atmosphere, made even better by people eager and excited to see some live theatre. The staff are all so polite and accommodating and the venue should really be proud of their front of house team. 

When you enter the theatre you are instantly transported to the world of the show, the smell of incense and the sound of 60’s music mixed with news broadcasts immediately sets the scene. Putting the show in the context of the ’60s was an interesting and brave choice, I’m not sure it was completely justified within the production but it certainly made sense most of the time. I may have felt like some choices in this production may not have completely worked but they sure committed to every single one of them and for that I commend them. 

Thursday, 27 December 2018

Pocket Size Theatre: Top 10 Best shows of 2018!

Theatre in 2018 has been incredible! We're ending the year in a strange place, lots of long running shows closing but also lots of exciting shows coming up! Click here to see a list of shows we're looking forward too. We reflect, with our incredible team, on some of the best shows of the year. Take a look!

Six at the Arts Theatre

"Hamilton may be in trouble, theres new girls on the block and they've come to steal your fans. The music will be stuck in your head for days and this has to be one of the hottest shows of 2018. Get your tickets now, however I suspect we’ll see the return of this show to London very soon."

Six returns to the Arts Theatre from the 16th January after completing a sold out run at the Arts Theatre and a successful UK tour.

Julius Caesar at The Bridge Theatre

"An absolute must-see for those who perhaps don't know Shakespeare as well as they should as it brings his historical text stampeding into the modern day and for those who know it like the back of their hand: it's new, vibrant and will be unlike any other retelling you've seen before. Shakespearean perfection."

Julius Caesar played the Bridge Theatre form January through to April with a National Theatre Live broadcast in March.


Sunday, 11 March 2018

10 Most Iconic Mothers in Musical Theatre | Mothers Day Special

Mamma Rose in Gypsy 

Donna in Mamma Mia 

Diana in Next to Normal 


Thursday, 1 March 2018

REVIEW: Pippin at the Southwark Playhouse

Pippin, written by WICKED composer Stephen Schwartz, originally ran on Broadway in 1972 with later revivals in 2013 with Patina Miller and most recently in London in 2011 at the Menier Chocolate Factory. In August 2017 the Hope Mill Theatre in Manchester staged a new production of the show which has transferred to London’s Southwark Playhouse and runs until the 24th March. 

The story is more relevant than ever, in a time where the people are standing up to their leaders this becomes very poignant in the production. With the recent student protests in America about gun laws, when the characters stand up to their dictator we suddenly realise the harsh reality of how we must control our world for the next generation. 

The great thing about this this production in particular is that everyone can take something different away from the show, the messages mean different things to different people. What Jonathan O’Boyle does with this production is very special, it’s not throwing any kind of concept or ideas into your face, it allows you to really make up your own mind on what’s going on.

Tuesday, 16 January 2018

Pocket Size Picks: 12 Shows to look forward to in 2018!

Little Shop of Horrors at Regent's Park, Open Air Theatre

From 3rd August to 15th September 

Chess at the London Coliseum 

From 26th April to 2nd June 

Tickets from £18!

Sunday, 27 August 2017

10 Broadway shows that need to come over to the West End!


This production has only recently opened on Broadway, its run has only spanned over a few months but the rumours are already spreading about possible international productions, London being one of them! We love the film and the new cast recording is one of our most played albums so we can not wait to see this one! 


A London production of Waitress is allegedly in the works to open next year, we are a huge fan of the music and hope to see it open soon! Who could star in the lead role though? We asked our readers and here are some of the top suggestions!

Sunday, 8 June 2014

15 Broadway musicals that should come to the West End

The West End has a bunch of musicals playing that have transferred over from Broadway including Wicked, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, The Pajama Game, The Book Of Mormon, Jersey Boys and Memphis to name a few. I look at some productions that have played on Broadway that should come to the West End... Take a look and see if you agree! Have I missed any? Tweet me the ones you'd like to see come to London! @PocketSizeBoy


Dreamgirls made its broadway premiere in late 1981 and closed on August 11 1985, after 1,521 performances. Around the time it was on Broadway a film version was in the works with names such as Whitney HoustonLauryn Hill and Kelly Price in the mix to star. However it didn't actually happen until  2006 with Jamie FoxxBeyoncĂ© KnowlesEddie MurphyDanny Glover and Jennifer Hudson starring. The production has never actually made it over to London. You'd think with the success of the film that it would be a perfect time to produce it. I'd love for this show to come to London, I think it would do pretty well and with the right creative team it could be incredible! 


Aida made its Broadway premiere in 2000, the show has music by Elton John and lyrics by Tim Rice and was produced by Disney. The show closed after 1,852 performances and two national tours followed.  The show has never been professionally performed in the UK, with the composers both originally from the UK its seems London would be a great place to bring the production to. The soundtrack is unbelievable and I am convinced the West End would be a perfect place for it. 


Monday, 10 June 2013

Tony Awards 2013: Full List of Winners and Nominees


Winner: Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike

The Assembled Parties
Lucky Guy
The Testament of Mary
Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike


Winner: Kinky Boots

Bring it On: The Musical
A Christmas Story, The Musical
Kinky Boots
Matilda The Musical


Winner: Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

Golden Boy
The Trip to Bountiful
Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

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