CRITIC’S CHOICE: Douglas Mayo’s Pick Of 2015

Duncton Wood review Union Theatre

It’s been a great year for producers Off West End and three productions in particular highlighted the great wealth of talent that will ensure the future of British musical theatre. My pick(s) of 2015 are as follows:- The Clockmaker’s Daughter – Landor Theatre Michael Webborn and Daniel Finn’s muiscal fairytale was an engaging as any audience member could possibly hope for and showed enormous possibilities. Duncton Wood – Union Theatre Michael Strassen’s wonderful production of Duncton Wood (music and lyrics from Mark Carroll, book by James Peries, adapted from Horwood’s book) cemented the Union’s status as an Off West End venue committed to developing new writing talent. Fanny And Stella – Above The Stag Glenn Chandler and Charles Miller hit upon a winner with Fanny And Stella. Based on the true story of Ernest Boulton (Stella) and William Park (Fanny), the musical told the story of two notorious Victorian cross-dressers … Read more

Critics Choice: Top 10 New Plays in London May 29

The One Day Of The Year at The Finborough Theatre

10 Best New Plays in London 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 more than three years are not included – this is a list for new or relatively new productions running in London. So go see them! 1. The One Day Of The Year Despite its trappings and narrative, this is not a play about Anzac Day, the public holiday in Australia where attention is paid to those who fought for their country in wars, those who were killed or maimed, or worse, survived. No. In the same way Death of … Read more