REVIEW: The Pianist Of Willesden Lane, St James Theatre ✭✭✭✭✭

Book tickets for The Pianist Of Willesden Lane at St James Theatre

The piece is told beautifully and simply, with no added spectacle or illusion: just one woman, her piano and a story – and I was holding on to every word and every note. I expected scattered sniffs and the rustling of tissues, but it was between Golabek’s performance of Beethoven’s Sonata ‘Moonlight’ and Debussy’s ‘Clair de Lune’ where I surrendered to the army of stomach knots and the choking lump in my throat and sobbed – the shoulder-bobbing kind.

FIRST LOOK: Miss Atomic Bomb at St James Theatre – Production Shots

Miss Atomic Bomb at the St James Theatre

Tonight is the official press night of Miss Atomic Bomb and to celebrate we are pleased to be sharing this great selection of production shots from the show now running at the St James Theatre. Featuring Catherine Tate, Simon Lipkin, Florence Andrews, Dean John Wilson, and Daniel Boys, Miss Atomic Bomb is inspired by the bomb tests that occurred in Las Vegas the reaction of the population to those tests. BOOK TICKETS FOR MISS ATOMIC BOMB

Rachel Tucker – Back From Broadway At The St James Theatre

Rachel Tucker to appear at the St James Theatre

Fresh from her acclaimed performances on Broadway in Sting’s musical The Last Ship, Rachel Tucker returns to the St James Theatre on Sunday 19th April with her all-new live solo show. Rachel is perhaps best known for her marathon run as Elphaba in Wicked, which saw her “green-up” for over two and a half years and over 1000 performances. Rachel’s theatre credits include Farragut North (Southwark Playhouse), We Will Rock You (Dominion Theatre), Tonight’s The Night (National tour), Rent (Olympia Theatre, Dublin), The Who’s Tommy (National tour), and The Full Monty (National tour). Rachel was also a finalist in the BBC series I’d Do Anything, which sought to find a performer to play Nancy in the West End. Rachel Tucker – Back From Broadway will play The St James Theatre on April 19 at 3pm and 7pm.

REVIEW: Ruby Wax – Sane New World ✭✭✭

Ruby Wax in Sane New World At The St James Theatre

Ruby Wax is a transatlantic treasure. So it was terribly exciting to hear of her brand new one woman show, Sane New World, playing for a limited run at the St. James Theatre. But there was a spark missing tonight. Ruby, vibrant as ever, with her quick wit, and honest opinions of her own neuroses, unfortunately gave us less of a journey-filled one woman show, and more of a neuroscience lecture, with jokes.

REVIEW: Accolade, St James Theatre ✭✭✭✭

Rona (Abigail Cruttenden), Will (Alexander Hanson) and Ian (Sam Clemmett) in Accolade. Photo by Mark Douet. St James Theatre

McIntyre directs with careful, thorough assuredness, avoiding the easy trap of treating the material like the melodrama it could so easily become, preferring instead to focus on true and believable characterisation and detailed, intimate, and utterly believable situations and exchanges.

REVIEW: Side Show, St James Theatre ✭✭✭✭✭

Side Show review Broadway

On any rational view of it, this is not a revival but a complete re-imagining of the original work. It is not an attempt to recapture the magic of a first run or to cash in on an established success. It is a completely new creation, in terms of content, style and tone, and unlike its predecessor, it’s purpose is clear, focussed and spectacularly realised.