Tag Archives: song

Girl from the North Country, Old Vic

Defiantly rejecting the standard jukebox model, Conor McPherson’s much-anticipated new work mining the back catalogue of Bob Dylan is labelled “a play with songs” – or perhaps that should be a play and songs, with two distinct forms of storytelling weaving around … Continue reading

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Lazarus, King’s Cross Theatre

Like David Bowie himself, this is a show that defies definition. It’s both all and none of a musical, a play, a gig, performance art, philosophical meditation, a fever dream, a collective trip into the unknown. It’s aesthetically ravishing, musically … Continue reading

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A Pacifist’s Guide to the War on Cancer, National Theatre

How do you make a musical about cancer? This latest work from Bryony Kimmings isn’t just theatre, but metatheatre. Her voiceovers and the emails published in the programme detail the at times highly personal development process, and a gut punch … Continue reading

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Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour, National Theatre

“This is our show,” proclaims one of the musically angelic but devilishly foul-mouthed convent schoolgirls descending on Edinburgh for a choir competition. And by God it is. A cracking ensemble of six plays the vividly drawn gang, as well as … Continue reading

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Show Boat, New London Theatre

Racial politics, addiction, violence and economic hardship. The subject matter of Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein II’s musical, based on Edna Ferber’s sprawling novel, shocked on its 1927 premiere, as did its integrated story and score and revolutionary dramatic heft. … Continue reading

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Motown the Musical, Shaftesbury Theatre

We’ve reached peak jukebox musical with this latest glossy Broadway import, which crams almost 60 popular hits into its two-and-a-half-hour running time, at the expense, unsurprisingly, of satisfying drama. Not that the latter is high on the list of priorities … Continue reading

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Funny Girl, Savoy Theatre

Vaudeville is having quite the West End moment, with Funny Girl inheriting the Savoy from Gypsy and Mrs Henderson Presents over at the Noël Coward. Gypsy is the pick of the bunch dramatically, delivering theatre history with real psychological heft, but Sheridan … Continue reading

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Guys and Dolls, Phoenix Theatre

It’s all change once more for Gordon Greenberg’s slick, protean revival, which began life at Chichester back in 2014, as three new leads join the show’s transfer from the Savoy to the Phoenix. If not a revelatory version of this … Continue reading

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In the Heights, King’s Cross Theatre

Rents are going up, local businesses priced out, and the rich folk and hipsters are invading. That’s in Washington Heights, New York’s largely Dominican-American quarter, but it could as easily describe King’s Cross, one of multiple London areas undergoing gentrification. … Continue reading

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Strictly Speaking: Week 3

Ah, Strictly theme weeks. Regular readers will know I look forward to these about as much as emergency root canal surgery with a rusty saw. We reached a nadir last year with the addition of Donnie (Baby!) Osmond during Movie Week. On … Continue reading

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