THEATRE REVIEW: Company directed by Antonio Banderas at Teatre Apolo de Barcelona

By Neil Durham

WORTH A LOOK?: *****

WHEN? Friday 20 May, runs to 12 June 2022 RUNTIME: 180 minutes (with 20-minute interval)

Robert is single but dating and on his 35th birthday we see his life through his interaction with multiple couples.

  • Read on for reasons including how this faithful interpretation of the 1970 original is unexpectedly moving
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THEATRE REVIEW: A Chorus Line directed by Antonio Banderas at Tivoli Theater, Barcelona

By Neil Durham

WORTH A LOOK?: ****

WHEN? Wednesday 18 May, runs to 29 May 2022 RUNTIME: 135 minutes without interval

Two years ago Oscar-nominated actor Antonio Banderas revealed he was in negotiations to bring this Spanish language production of the classic musical to Broadway (see clip below).

  • Read on for reasons including why this Spanish production of A Chorus Line would be a Broadway hit
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THEATRE REVIEW: Legally Blonde starring Courtney Bowman at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre

By Neil Durham

WORTH A LOOK?: ****1/2

WHEN?: Friday 13 May, opening 19 May and booking until 2 July 2022

RUNNING TIME?: 165 minutes (including a 20-minute interval)

This musical opens with our titular heroine Elle anticipating her boyfriend’s marriage proposal – and then being crushed when he actually breaks up with her.

  • Read on for reasons including how Courtney Bowman rocks as Elle
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THEATRE REVIEW: My Fair Lady starring Amara Okereke, Harry Haddon-Paton & Vanessa Redgrave at the Coliseum

By Neil Durham

WORTH A LOOK?: *****

WHEN?: Saturday 7 May, booking to 30 August 2022 RUNTIME: 190 minutes (including a 20-minute interval)

‘By George, she’s got it.’ Remember the name Amara Okereke who was flawless in the titular role at its 1st preview.

  • Read on for reasons including how this is a faithful recreation of a beloved musical with a great cast
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THEATRE REVIEW: Bonnie & Clyde starring Frances Mayli McCann & Jordan Luke Gage at Arts Theatre

By Aline Mahrud

WORTH A LOOK?: ****

WHEN?: Sunday 24 April (matinee), booking to 10 July 2022 RUNTIME: 150 minutes (including 1 20-minute interval)

Duet You Love Who You Love between the titular Bonnie and her would-be sister-in-law Blanche is an absolute showstopper as the pair ruminate on their love for Barrow brothers Clyde and Buck.

  • Read on for reasons including why this isn’t quite London’s ‘most wanted’ musical
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THEATRE REVIEW: Oklahoma! starring Anoushka Lucas, Arthur Darvill, Marisha Wallace & Liza Sadovy at the Young Vic

By Neil Durham

WORTH A LOOK?: ****

WHEN?: Saturday 30 April, booking to 25 June 2022 RUNTIME: 170 minutes (including 1 20-minute interval)

We’re sat onstage behind a trestle table on which sits a six-pack of Bud Light and a cooking pot of chilli as male lead Curly McLain, played by Arthur Darvill, arrives playing guitar and singing Oh What A Beautiful Mornin’ and sits opposite us.

  • Read on for reasons including how the source material has been tweaked to make the story more unsettling
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THEATRE REVIEW: Cabaret starring Fra Fee, Amy Lennox & Omar Baroud at The Kit Kat Club

By Neil Durham

WORTH A LOOK?: *****

WHEN?: Monday 18 April, booking to 1 October 2022

RUNTIME: 165 minutes (including a 20-minute interval)

7 Oliviers, 3 monstas and 5 months after we 1st saw this production we return for a major cast change which sees 4 of its 5 leads depart.

  • Read on for reasons including why this remains a 5* show even with the loss of its Oscar-winning star
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THEATRE REVIEW: Prima Facie starring Jodie Comer at the Harold Pinter Theatre

By Neil Durham

WORTH A LOOK?: *****

WHEN?: Saturday 16 April, opens 27 April and runs to 18 June 2022

RUNTIME: 100 minutes (no interval)

Defence barrister Tessa Ensler revels in the certainty of the law – defendants are either convicted or acquitted, everything is either black or white, right or wrong.

  • Read on for reasons including why Comer’s West End debut makes for such a thrilling eve
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THEATRE REVIEW: Scandaltown starring Rachael Stirling by Mike Bartlett at Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith

By Aline Mahrud

WORTH A LOOK?: ****1/2

WHEN? Saturday 10 April, opens 14 April, booking to 14 May 2022 RUNTIME? 150 minutes (including 20-minute interval)

2 years ago 1 of the 1st comedies we had tickets for that was Covid-cancelled was a revival of Mike Bartlett’s Love, Love, Love starring Rachael Stirling at this very venue.

  • Read on for reasons including how Matthew Broome making his stage debut is a name to watch for
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THEATRE REVIEW: But I’m A Cheerleader The Musical starring Alice Croft, Evie Rose Lane & Jodie Steele at Turbine Theatre

By Neil Durham

WORTH A LOOK?: ***

WHEN? matinee Sunday 3 April, runs to 8 May 2022

RUNTIME: 160 minutes (including a 20-minute interval)

Conversion therapy is headline news in the UK and there seems no more apt time for this new musical based on a beloved 1999 cult film starring RuPaul and Michelle Williams to be taking its bow.

  • Read on for reasons including why the story and talented cast are the best reasons to see this new musical
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