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Tuesday, 26 February 2019

REVIEW: Rip it Up at the Garrick Theatre


Following the hit success of ‘Rip It Up Dancing Through The 50’s’ back in 2017, this year Strictly Come Dancing heart throbs and favourites Harry Judd, Jay McGuiness, Aston Merrygold and Louis Smith MBE delve into the swinging sixties with their brand new production ‘Rip It Up the 60s!’, currently playing at The Garrick Theatre. 

Being a huge strictly fan myself, I was eager to experience the decade of revolutionary change through the sound and soul of the souring sixties, headlined by our four leading gentlemen. Backed by the exceptional Rip It Up live band, and undeniably talented troupe of backing dancers and vocalists, the four Strictly champions dance and sing to songs from British legends such as The Beatles, The Who and the Bee Gees. Throw in a mix of American superstars such as The Beach Boys, and vocal phenomenon’s Elvis Presley, Bob Dylan, Aretha Franklin, and Motown icons Marvin Gaye and Stevie Wonder, and you have the soundtrack to this show. A soundtrack that provided an unforgettable and everlasting decade of hits that changed the face of music and world forever.
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Monday, 17 December 2018

REVIEW: Nice Work If You Can Get It at the Upstairs at the Gatehouse


Rapidly approaching their 21st anniversary at “Upstairs at the Gatehouse”, there is no denying that Katie and John Plews have created something simply unique and welcoming at this brilliant North London fringe theatre venue. Their latest production with Ovation Theatres Limited sees them debut the UK premiere production of the hit Broadway show “Nice Work If You Can Get It”. 

Headed by Alistair So and Jessica-Elizabeth Nelson, this stellar cast have delve head first into creating an extremely charming and delightful adaptation for this debut. Set in the 1920s, Nice Work If You Can Get It follows dapper playboy Jimmy Winter (Alistair So), a wealthy gentleman who meets rough and ready female bootlegger Billie Bendix (Jessica-Elizabeth Nelson) on the weekend of his wedding. Jimmy, who has previously been married three times before, is preparing to marry Eileen Evergreen (Charlotte Scally), “the world’s greatest interpreter of modern dance”. Assuming Jimmy and Eileen will be out of town, Billie and her gang of bootleggers hide cases of alcohol in the basement of Jimmy’s Long Island mansion. But when Jimmy, his wife in waiting and her protesting family show up at the door for the wedding, Billie and her fellow bootleggers are forced to hide out as servants, causing a whole load of tomfoolery and nonsense. 
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Sunday, 20 November 2022

REVIEW: The Jinkx & DeLa Holiday Show at the London Palladium


A holiday show in November? Yes, please! As a festive fanatic and a long-time fan of both Jinkx Monsoon and Ben De La Crème, I was delighted to attend the opening night of their brand-new international production “The Jinkx & DeLa Holiday Show” on Thursday 17th November 2022 at the world-famous London Palladium.

Upon entering the building, I felt extremely proud to see two drag and cabaret legends not only headline but sell out this renowned and historic venue. It was a true testament to how far we have come in appreciation for both art forms. It was clear from the pre-show atmosphere that the audience was geared up for an evening of terrific talent and fabulous festivity.

The show, which can only be described as an interdimensional, time-travelling whirlwind of absurdity in the very best way, is a truly delightful display of endless imagination, originality, and hilarious holiday fun, that showcases both Jinkx and Dela magnificently.
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Thursday, 4 April 2019

REVIEW: Witness for the Prosecution at London's County Hall



We seem to be going back in time. Well, that’s certainly how I felt after leaving Agatha Christie’s Witness for the Prosecution last night, which is currently being revived for the first time in London’s West End since 1953. Director Lucy Bailey is now summoning a new generation of audiences for jury service in the unique courtroom chamber setting of London’s County Hall in an immersive, and wildly imaginative adaptation of Christie’s play.

Based on a 1925 short story and screen adaptations, Christie’s play is arguably one of her most ingenious and timeless works. With the evidence stacked completely against him, Leonard Vole faces the hangman’s noose after being accused of murdering a widow to inherit her wealth. But will he be able to defend himself and prove his innocence against shocking witness testimony’s and his own wife?
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Thursday, 25 July 2019

REVIEW: Jean Paul Gaultier: Fashion Freak Show at The Southbank Centre


This summer the Southbank Centre is getting a fashion make over with a twist. Imagine Queer Eye, the runways of 1970s Paris and an endless array of fabrics have a love child, and you have the foundations of Jean Paul Gaultiers new spectacular revue show, making its U.K. debut for thirteen performances only. Direct from its triumphant run at the Folies Bergere in Paris, Fashion Freak Show allows London audiences a chance to encounter a level of quirkiness, sexiness and genius fashion that is unforeseen. 

Eccentric, eclectic and erotic, Jean Paul Gaultier is shaking up London with his scandalous new creation, Fashion Freak Show. The production is an explosive celebration of 50 years of pop culture, all delivered through the eyes of fashion’s infant terror.

We delve into a technicolour live autobiography of Gaultier’s life; from his childhood to his early career. From his greatest works, to his long term, iconic influencers, collaborations and supporters (a lot of whom make a shameless cameo throughout!). Each page of the story contrasting to the last and yet complimenting each other in the grand scale of this bold and stimulating re-enactment unfolding before our eyes. 
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Wednesday, 15 June 2022

REVIEW: BenDelaCreme is… Ready To Be Committed at the Leicester Square Theatre


With summer fast approaching, we plunge into a jam-packed season of ‘I do’s’, bridezillas and vows… and let’s face it, who doesn’t love a good wedding? Well, if the happiest day of your life is what you’re looking for, Drag Race royalty BenDeLaCreme has the answer you are looking for! You are cordially invited to a front-row seat at the most unusual wedding of the year in her latest international one-woman show, ‘BenDelaCreme is… Ready To Be Committed’, currently playing at the Leicester Square Theatre, London. 

Having been a fan of her work since her original season on the smash-hit reality show, I jumped at the chance to join her down the aisle by snapping up a ticket, and I certainly didn’t regret it! 
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Sunday, 22 January 2023

REVIEW: Cirque Du Soleil’s KURIOS at the Royal Albert Hall


Are you looking to delve into a world of showstopping talent? Then grab your keys and prepare to unlock Cirque Du Soleil’s Cabinet Of Curiosities at their brand new production KURIOS, currently playing at the Royal Albert Hall in London.

Having admired the undeniable artistry of Cirque from afar for years, I was thrilled to be invited to the European premiere press night at one of London’s most prestigious and grand venues. 

The minute I stepped into the space, I was transported into a wonderful world of spectacular steampunk spectacles. Before the show started, we were greeted with glimpses of what was to come through pre-show interactions delivered by this curious cast. 
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Monday, 16 December 2019

REVIEW: The Barricade Boys at the Other Palace


Back by popular demand following their critically acclaimed season in 2017, and hot off their 40 city 2019 UK tour, the Barricade Boys have come home for Christmas, with their brand new festive residency at The Other Palace Theatre in Victoria (Studio space). 

Having only seen the Barricade Boys briefly in action at this year’s West End Live Festival in Trafalgar Square, I was eager to see them perform a full concert, and what better way to start than with a Christmas Cabaret; the most wonderful time of the year. A sentiment that these four boys certainly didn’t fail to disappoint.

It became quickly apparent as to why this quartet have had sell out performances in London’s West End, an appearance at the St James Theatre on Broadway, and continue to delight audiences worldwide in their international dates and appearances. Plain and simply, they know how to put on a bloody good show! Truly showcasing some of the finest voices that London’s West End has to offer.
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Wednesday, 10 November 2021

REVIEW: The Choir of Man at the Arts Theatre


When I hear the word “choir”, I often think of a traditional setting, with outdated music, delivered in a classical genre. After watching The Choir of Man, that vision has truly been shattered and reborn for me! 

Last night I attended the opening press night performance of The Choir of Man, which following three sell-out seasons at the Sydney Opera House and multiple sold-out US and European tours has just started its debut West End run at The Arts Theatre, London. I have often seen this show advertised, however, have never had the opportunity to see it first-hand. Therefore, when the opportunity arose, I grabbed it with both hands, and I can’t express how thrilled I am that I did! 

Set in your everyday local pub, The Jungle, the show delves into the lives of nine multi-talented individuals. Packed full of heart, humour, and harmony (just literally with their world-class, faultless vocals!), and featuring a jam-packed soundtrack of reimagined folk, pop, Broadway and rock chart-toppers from artists including Guns ‘N’ Roses, Fun!, Adele, Avicii, Paul Simon, Sia, and more, this show is an irresistible lock-in that you never want to end! 
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Tuesday, 16 July 2019

REVIEW: Holy Land at The Lion and Unicorn Theatre


These days it seems people will post pretty much anything on social media for a reaction. From retweets on Twitter, to emojis on Facebook, and of course double taps on Instagram, the modern day generation seems to have forgotten about the origin purpose and flip side to the World Wide Web. Enter ‘Holyland’; a place where all the darkest sides of the internet are made into reality. A place where you go to view content you know you shouldn’t, and yet can’t resist a sneak peek at, the dark mirror to YouTube, if you will.

Written by newcomer Matthew Gouldesbrough, ELEGY’s latest project of ‘Holyland’ is about to complete its run at The Lion and Unicorn Theatre in Kentish Town before embarking on a full UK tour, including a spot at The Edinburgh Fringe Festival. The show explores the prevalent and haunting matter of the darker side of both life, and the internet. 

Presented as a three hand cast, we follow three separate stories of Jon (Rick Romero), Tim (Matthew Gouldesbrough) and Kate (Hannah Marrison), all of which in turn lead us to one question; how little control do we have of human nature? Containing themes of sexual abuse, violence and disturbing footage and images, this production certainly has a highly intense and important topic at the centre of its core; a topic that as an audience member I was eager to hear more about. 
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Sunday, 28 July 2019

REVIEW: Little Baby Bum Live! at the Troubadour White City Theatre


Ever wonder what happened to Incy Wincy Spider or the Muffin Man? Well now you can find out, as they take to the stage in a brand new adventure with Little Baby Bum Live! 

Based on the smash hit world’s largest educational YouTube channel, the recently opened Troubadour White City Theatre are inviting families across London as part of their inaugural summer season ‘Troubakids Festival’ to step into the magical and colourful world of Little Baby Bum. 

Hosting four family productions throughout the summer season, Troubakids Festival has been created to delight and inspire the next generation of young theatregoers in their inviting, spacious and modern new space. It must be noted at this point that Alistair Shaw, Managing Director of White City Projects, along with Troubadour Theatres and Stanhope, Mitsui Fudosan and AIMCo have clearly invested immense amounts of careful planning and budget into this new theatre, having created two truly state of the art, versatile theatres under one roof to satisfy and entertain an extensive and diverse demographic. Their vision to transform the local area and create a new and accessible cultural experience is clearly paying off. 
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Wednesday, 9 February 2022

REVIEW: The Night Larry Kramer Kissed Me at the New Wimbledon Theatre Studio



Last night, I was transported back in time to the buzz, thrills, and raw activism of 1980’s New York as I attend the press night performance of “The Night Larry Kramer Kissed Me”, written by David Drake, directed by Steven Dexter, currently playing at the New Wimbledon Theatre Studio.  

As a gay, gender-questioning identifying individual, I have a rich passion for any LGBTQIA+ related theatre, topics and issues, literature, history, or art, therefore after exploring the context of this play, I was both intrigued and eager to delve back into the queer history books. 

Furthermore, what felt even more special was the fact that this piece is debuting and running during LGBT+ History Month here in the UK, therefore acting as a beautiful, yet haunting reminder of our past, and how many positive steps forward we have taken since. 
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Sunday, 15 December 2019

REVIEW: 42nd Street at Upstairs at the Gatehouse



Following their 21st anniversary last year, Ovation Theatres latest production sees them tackle the tap extravaganza musical favourite, 42nd Street; currently playing its UK fringe theatre premiere at Upstairs at the Gatehouse in Highgate. 

Vastly downsizing to a cast made up of 13 compared to the recent West End production at Theatre Royal Drury Lane, which consisted of an impressive cast of 58 members, Ovations adaptation can be nothing short of applauded for the mammoth challenge they have taken on; in particular within the effective use of limited space. 

Staged in a promenade setting with entrances at either end, the production was directed thoughtfully to ensure all audience members had an excellent view of each scene and number. This was particularly apparent whenever choreography was introduced throughout.
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Sunday, 27 March 2022

REVIEW: Ballet Boyz: Deluxe at Sadler's Wells


When I hear the word ‘Ballet’, my mind transports me straight to a front-row seat at the classic tale Swan Lake.

Last night, that traditional vision was shattered, by the dynamic, daring and delightful talents of the cast of Balletboyz: Deluxe, which I had the pleasure of attending during the Press Night performance at the prestigious Sadlers Wells. 

As someone who has had a passion for dance and choreography from a young age, I jumped at the chance to grab a ticket for a production performed and driven by a cast of male-identifying individuals. Even before the curtain had lifted, I took pride and inspiration in the knowledge that this cast and concept of production alone makes a bold statement simply by contradicting gender stereotypes historically seen within dance productions. 
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Tuesday, 22 December 2020

REVIEW: Girl Power - The Original London cast of SIX Reunite (Online at Thespie.com)



If 2020 has provided us with one thing, it’s the development and innovative thinking behind technological resources that provides us with the ability to put on, and stream a fantastic, high-quality production from the comfort and safety of our homes! And Girl Power is no exception to that rule. 

First live-streamed on 17th December 2020 curtesy of Thespie, an online platform offering listings for theatre streaming, theatre music & audio, theatre eBooks, educational resources, live London theatre, theatre news, and more, Girl Power is a jam-packed celebration of all thing’s sisterhood. Set up in a concert style, Girl Power is an empowering showcase of songs by iconic girl groups from across the decades, ranging from vintage wartime tributes, to the sultry Moulin Rouge, and finishing with today’s chart-topping divas and powerhouses like Little Mix.

Presented by the original West End queens of the musical SIX, this marks the girls second online concert, returning following phenomenal popularity and demand. 
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Sunday, 20 November 2022

REVIEW: La Clique at the Spiegeltent in Leicester Square


At the heart of Leicester Square’s annual festive wonderful you will find a company of the very best of circus, comedy and cabaret, the cast of La Clique! Making their return to the West End, the show is headlining London’s Spiegeltent in Leicester Square from November 2022 until January 2023.

As a huge fan of all things cabaret, I was thrilled to be invited along to the Press Night for the show on Tuesday 15th November 2022. Having been familiar with La Clique for a few years, I was eager to delve into their unique cabinet of curiosities, absurdities, and talents for the first time. The venue, which is a temporary pop-up fringe theatre space acts as a quint and complimentary home for this genre of theatre, transforming throughout the show to incorporate a wide array of delightful acts.
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Thursday, 11 November 2021

REVIEW: Dick Whittington - A New Dick in Town at Above the Stag



A pantomime in November? Oh yes, it is! 

Some may argue that it is still far too early to begin celebrating Christmas. Me? I say bring on the mince pies and merriment! Which is why I jumped at the opportunity to snap up a ticket to Dick Whittington, A New Dick in Town! Which has just started its run at the Above The Stag Theatre in Vauxhall.  

Growing up I would often go with my family to the local pantomime each year in my hometown, however, until last night, I was yet to see an adult pantomime. I can confirm that it would certainly turn a few heads back in my neck of the woods! 

Much like the traditional tale, the story follows gay country lad Dick, as he comes to the big city in search of men and money. However, when dirty diva Queen Rat comes along and frames Dick for crime he hasn’t committed, it’s certain that Dick’s life will become harder than ever before (pun intended!). 
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Wednesday, 16 February 2022

REVIEW: Steve at the Seven Dials Playhouse



Does anyone still wear, a hat? I’ll drink to that! 

Here’s to the ladies who lunch, and the cast of ‘Steve’! Whom I was lucky enough to watch live last night during their press night performance. The play, directed by Andrew Keates, is currently making its European premiere in the heart of London at The Seven Dials Playhouse. 

The minute I stepped into the space, I was greeted by an infectious buzz and undeniable anticipation for this inaugural production at Seven Dials Playhouse. Having previously run in NYC in 2015, where it was listed as The New York Times Critic’s Pick, I was yearning to delve into a world of escapism, comedy and more Stephen Sondheim references than an Off-Broadway revival of Sunday in the Park with George! 
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Monday, 12 December 2022

REVIEW: Who's Holiday at the Southwark Playhouse



It came without ribbons, it came without tags. It came without packages, boxes, or bags. Yet this year if you visit the Southwark Playhouse, you will find a fresh tale that is legendary, no doubt! 

As someone who unashamedly identifies as a festive fanatic, I was thrilled to attend the press night of Who’s Holiday by Matthew Lambardo, currently making its European debut at the Southwark Playhouse in London until 7th January 2023. 

The one-person show, starring Ru Paul’s Drag Race royalty and fan favourite Miz Cracker, re-introduces us to everybody’s favourite Who, Cindy-Lou Who, except this time, she is all grown up, and not so innocent! As you take a trip back to Mount Crumpit, we check in with this not-so-small Who, as she reflects on that infamous night she met the Grinch, and the whirlwind adventure of events that has led to her not-so-festive, isolated reality. 
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Wednesday, 9 June 2021

REVIEW: Alyssa: Memoirs of a Queen at the Vaudeville Theatre


Theatre is back for 2021! And for one week only, the Vaudeville Theatre in London’s bustling West End has managed to smuggle in a fan favourite from Ru Paul’s Drag Race. Of course, I am talking about the Texas doll herself, Miss Alyssa Edwards, who is currently performing in her one-woman show: “Alyssa: Memoirs of a Diva”. 

Marking her West End debut, “Alyssa: Memoirs of a Diva!” is a whistle-stop tour of drag excellence as we dive into the whirlwind lifestyle of the dancing diva herself. With stories about her time on the hit TV phenomenon, her own Netflix series “Dancing Queen”, lip-syncs and more rhinestones than Priscilla’s tour bus, this show contains all the glitz and glam any drag fan could hope for, while also introducing us to the individual behind the glitter foam wig and lashes. 

From the minute the curtain went up, it was clear that we were in the hands of a seasoned, professional entertainer, and in for a highly entertaining evening, packed full of goops, gags, and giggles!
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