2016-2017 UK Tour of The Full Monty

2016/2017 TOUR ANNOUNCED FOR THE AWARD-WINNING THE FULL MONTY STARRING GARY LUCY, JOE ABSOLOM, ANDREW DUNN, LOUIS EMERICK, CHRIS FOUNTAIN AND KAI OWEN The 2016/17 UK Tour of Simon Beaufoy’s THE FULL MONTY, which won the UK Theatre Award for Best Touring Production, will begin in Bournemouth on 21 September 2016, finishing at the Sheffield Lyceum […]

Persuasion Review

The Rosemary Branch Theatre 4 – 22 May.  Reviewed by Claire Roderick Bryony J. Thompson has done it again. 200 years after Jane Austen completed Persuasion, Thompson’s adaptation condenses the novel into a short but very sweet production. Anne Elliot, persuaded by her family to end her engagement to Frederick Wentworth because of his lack […]

Threesome Review

Union Theatre 3 – 14 May.  Reviewed by Claire Roderick Sam (Chris Willoughby) and Kate (Gemma Rook) are stuck in a rut, so meet Lucy (April Pearson) for a threesome, hoping that this will give their relationship a boost. Laboratory Theatre Company’s production of Jamie Patterson’s play begins with a film clip (Sam and Kate […]

The Buskers Opera Review

Park Theatre 5 May – 4 June.  Reviewed by Claire Roderick Wow. What a show. Dougal Irvine has updated John Gay’s Beggar’s Opera, slamming it into the summer of 2012. Peachum has become a corrupt newspaper mogul, Lockitt is the buffoon, dad-dancing, Mayor of London, and Macheath is an “artiste” busking and stirring up anti-capitalist […]

Footloose The Musical Review

New Wimbledon Theatre 2 – 7 May. Reviewed by Claire Roderick On paper, I should have loved this musical. But I left disappointed, feeling as if I’d watched some low budget daytime movie on Channel 5. Based on the 1984 film, Footloose tells the story of Ren McCormack, who leaves Chicago with his newly separated […]

Brideshead Revisited Review

York Theatre Royal.  Reviewed by Marcus Richardson A perfect novel loved by many, and it even had its own TV series, so it seemed great that it was coming to the stage. I was excited to go and see this world premiere of the play and I had high hopes as previous York Theatre Royal […]

A Kingdom For A Stage Review

Chelsea Theatre 28 April – 7 May.  Reviewed by Claire Roderick Celebrating the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, Tony Diggle’s new play has great potential – it just needs some judicial trimming. In the Heavens, Shakespeare, Ben Jonson, Christopher Marlowe and George Bernard Shaw spend their time bickering over each other’s work. Shakespeare summons Puck […]