Phantom of the Opera review: Let the spectacle astound you | Theatre | Entertainment

There was a time when Phantom felt like it was haunting the outskirts of London’s West End while newer, brighter and shinier musicals grabbed the spotlight. Yet lockdown has somehow given this productional a new lustre and life. The staging has never looked more spectacular. You’d think I’d never seen a show by the way… Continue reading Phantom of the Opera review: Let the spectacle astound you | Theatre | Entertainment

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Anything Goes: A witty hit in 1934, a witty hit today | Theatre | Entertainment

Premiered on Broadway in 1934, it was an instant hit and continues to be revived to great acclaim, in spite of the two tepid film versions starring Bing Crosby. Its rightful home is the stage and director/choreographer Kathleen Marshall’s production, first seen on Broadway in 2011, is outstanding. Set onboard a liner travelling from New… Continue reading Anything Goes: A witty hit in 1934, a witty hit today | Theatre | Entertainment

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2:22 A Ghost Story review: Is Lily Allen’s West End debut any good? | Theatre | Entertainment

Focussing all eyes on Lily Allen for this new play might appear to be cynical stunt casting but it also slyly pulls focus from all the clues that are slickly scattered elsewhere throughout this fitfully entertaining spooky mystery. The former chart-topper plays terrified middle-class wife Jenny, convinced a weeping ghost is haunting her newborn baby’s… Continue reading 2:22 A Ghost Story review: Is Lily Allen’s West End debut any good? | Theatre | Entertainment

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Anything Goes review: Broadway legend Sutton Foster headlines a ship-shape triumph | Theatre | Entertainment

Cole Porter’s nautical musical comedy is awash with the likes of classics I Get A Kick Out Of You, You’re The Top, It’s De-Lovely, Blow Gabriel Blow and the show-stopping title number. Based on an original book by PG Wodehouse, it’s endlessly giddy fun as a madcap cast of swindlers, stowaways, gangsters, showgirls and star-crossed… Continue reading Anything Goes review: Broadway legend Sutton Foster headlines a ship-shape triumph | Theatre | Entertainment

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Singin’ In The Rain review: Star-studded cast are a splash hit | Theatre | Entertainment

As Brits battle one of the soggiest summers in recent memory, there couldn’t be a more apt show to see right now. This splendid adaptation of the beloved Gene Kelly and Debbie Reynolds musical is joyously uplifting and inventive. And if you didn’t get wet on the way there, it also comes with 6,000 gallons… Continue reading Singin’ In The Rain review: Star-studded cast are a splash hit | Theatre | Entertainment

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Bagdad Cafe, a heartwarming tale of resurrection and friendship in the Nevada desert | Theatre | Entertainment

 It tells the story of two abandoned women from entirely different backgrounds, who form an unlikely friendship in a rundown cafe/hotel in the Nevada desert. Bavarian tourist Jasmin (Patrycja Kujawska) wanders into the place after her husband leaves her stranded. Harassed Brenda (Sandra Marvin) is trying to cope with recalcitrant children and a broken coffee… Continue reading Bagdad Cafe, a heartwarming tale of resurrection and friendship in the Nevada desert | Theatre | Entertainment

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Luisa Miller’s captivating voices make for a musical treat: Brilliant, Verdi! | Theatre | Entertainment

Strong performances: Luisa (Mané Galoyan) and Rodolfo (Charles Castronovo) (Image: Richard Hubert Smith © Glyndebourne Productions Ltd) This year, of course, Covid-19 gave added difficulties with social distancing posing problems for both audiences and singers. The former resulted in a reduction in the number of seats sold, while the latter involved dividing the principal members of the… Continue reading Luisa Miller’s captivating voices make for a musical treat: Brilliant, Verdi! | Theatre | Entertainment

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Review: Sir Ian McKellen in Hamlet at Theatre Royal Windsor | Theatre | Entertainment

Sir Ian McKellen brings the gravitas of a world-weary scholar ‑ a very mature student ‑ to this Hamlet. It’s 50 years after his last attempt and he inhabits the role with consummate ease. Not given to intemperate outbursts of youth, McKellen’s Great Dane is a man of reason forced into questioning his philosophy. And… Continue reading Review: Sir Ian McKellen in Hamlet at Theatre Royal Windsor | Theatre | Entertainment

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Hairspray Uk Tour review: You can’t stop the beat of this dynamite show | Theatre | Entertainment

The first show to return with capacity audiences at Southampton’s grand and glorious old dame (who’s had a rather fabulous facelift, by the way) was packed to the rafters on opening night. They were dancing and singing in their seats all night long to this irresistibly irrepressible musical. Hairspray is also currently running in London,… Continue reading Hairspray Uk Tour review: You can’t stop the beat of this dynamite show | Theatre | Entertainment

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Peter Kay announces comeback shows in aid of cancer charity | Theatre | Entertainment

British comedian Peter Kay has broken his long silence and announced a return to performing with two live Q&A (question and answer) sessions later this year. His Twitter account posted the news that the two Q&A sessions will be hitting the stage in August of this year in aid of a brain cancer charity called… Continue reading Peter Kay announces comeback shows in aid of cancer charity | Theatre | Entertainment

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