The success of Headlong’s 1984 and its contribution to the future of theatre

1984 by George Orwell at the Playhouse Theatre

It was announced this week that, due to unprecedented demand, Headlong’s 1984 is extending its run at the Playhouse Theatre until August 23rd, prior to its second UK tour. The play itself reminds us of the dangers of following suit. The popularity of this anti-populist play therefore is a particularly pertinent indicator of some significant shifts in theatre. Robert Icke and Duncan Macmillian’s 1984 is … Read more

BIG INTERVIEW: Dean Pitchford, Lyricist of Carrie The Musical

Dean Pitchford lyricist for Footloose and Carrie

“Never have so many people who missed a flop musical wished so fervently that they had seen it. Many of those who did see it found themselves unable to stop talking about it…Carrie was fascinating, thrilling, horrible and unbelievable” Ken Mandelbaum – Not Since Carrie. Carrie has been labelled perhaps the greatest flop in musical theatre history. That’s a big mantle to take on, and … Read more

Critic’s Choice – Top 10 West End Plays – 1st April 2015

The RSC presents Oppenheimer at the Swan Theatre

What Play should you see first in London? We have compiled this list to save you the trouble of working it out! It’s just our view – and everyone has one – based on our Reviewers’ thoughts. We will update the list regularly so new productions get on your radar and when original casts change that is factored in. Plays which have been running for … Read more

Critic’s Choice – Top 10 West End Musicals (31 March 15)

Siobhan McCarthy and Jeremy Secomb in Tooting Arts Club's Sweeney Todd.

What Musical should you see first in London? We have compiled this list to save you the trouble of working it out! It’s just our view – and everyone has one – based on our Reviewers’ thoughts. We will update the list regularly so new productions get on your radar and when original casts change that is factored in. Plays which have been running for … Read more

The 5 Worst Musicals – An Opinion

Worst musicals ever written.

Anyone who knows me will tell you that I love musicals. So I was intrigued to see that Chris Caggiano who teaches musical-theatre history at the Boston Conservatory had compiled an online list of the worst 50 musicals ever. I have to say from the start that I disagree with about 70% of his list, but it did prompt me to think about shows I … Read more

Olivier Awards 2015 – Nominations Announced

James McAvoy to co-host the 2015 Olivier Award nominations

The nominations for the 2015 Olivier Awards were announced today by James McAvoy and Lesley Manville. The awards ceremony will take place at the Royal Opera House on April 12, 2015. FULL NOMINATIONS LIST FOR THE OLIVIER AWARDS 2015 WITH MASTERCARD BEST REVIVAL A View From The Bridge at Young Vic & Wyndham’s Theatre A Streetcar Named Desire at Young Vic The Crucible at Old … Read more

INTERVIEW: Brian Conley On Playing PT Barnum On Tour

Brian Conley plays PT Barnum in Ct Coleman's Barnum the musical on tour across the UK

Following a season at the Chichester Festival in 2013, Cy Coleman’s much loved musical headed out on the road with Brian Conley in the role of Phineus Taylor Barnum, a role originally played by Michael Crawford when the show opened in London in 1981. Barnum is a musical biography of the great American showman, utilising circus acts to document the great mans life and highlight … Read more

Top 10 New Musicals In The West End 6 March 2015

Katie Brayben plays carole King in Beautiful at London's Aldwych Theatre

What Musical should you see first in London? We have compiled this list to save you the trouble of working it out! It’s just our view – and everyone has one – based on our Reviewers’ thoughts. We will update the list regularly so new productions get on your radar and when original casts change that is factored in. Plays which have been running for … Read more

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