PREVIEW: 9 reasons why we can’t wait for September

  1. Young Frankenstein re-animates the Garrick

The Garrick Theatre had some success earlier this year with Griff Rhys Jones/Lee Mack comedy The Miser and this musical re-working of the Mel Brooks classic looks like it will be puttin’ on the Ritz with a cast including Ross Noble (see above) and Lesley Joseph. Runs 28/9 to February 2018. Tickets

  • Read on for reasons including Sir Ian McKellen, new Hurts and Strictly Comes Dancing does Annie

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THEATRE REVIEW: Apologia starring Stockard Channing, Freema Agyeman and Laura Carmichael

WORTH A LOOK?: ****

WHERE: Trafalgar Studios

WHEN: 29/7 runs through 18/11

Apologia means a formal defence of a position or action and it’s a well-chosen title for this thoughtful reflection on whether acting for the greater good can excuse parental neglect.

  • Read on for reasons including why Channing won a standing ovation at her 1st preview

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THEATRE REVIEW: Buried Child starring Ed Harris

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

WHERE: Trafalgar Studios

WHEN: 17/11 (matinee), press night 1/12, runs until 18/2/17

We were in the audience for five-times Oscar nominee Ed Harris’ fourth preview for his West End debut in this Broadway transfer in which he appears alongside his real-life wife Amy Madigan.

  • Read on for reasons including our first impressions of Westworld star Ed Harris’ new role

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THEATRE REVIEW: No Man’s Land starring Sir Ian McKellen and Sir Patrick Stewart

WORTH A LOOK?: ****

WHERE: Wyndhams Theatre

WHEN: 21/9, runs to 17/12

Never has there been a play in the history of theatre where we’ve disagreed so intently with our companion for the evening about their interpretation of it.

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THEATRE REVIEW: The Spoils starring Jesse Eisenberg, Kunal Nayyar & Alfie Allen

WORTH A LOOK?: ***

WHERE: Trafalgar Studios

WHEN: 3/6, runs to 13/8

Standing ovations at the end of West End shows are nothing new but the enthusiasm with which this audience appreciated this play from the pen of Hollywood star Jesse Eisenberg and in which he also stars surprised even us.

  • Read on for more observations from the centre of the front row at the Trafalgar Studios

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PREVIEW: 9 reasons why we can’t wait for February

  1. Zawe Ashton stars in The Maids at Trafalgar Studios 

Ashton was shortlisted for a 2015 monsta for best theatre actress for Splendour at the Donmar and headlines here with Orange Is The New Black‘s Uzo Aduba in Jean Genet’s tale of the help for Downton Abbey‘s Laura Carmichael. Performed by the Jamie Lloyd Company, we’re expecting something spiky and stylish. (Pic via Facebook courtesy Jamie Lloyd Company)

  • Read on for reasons including Melodifestivalen, Hurts live and the Oscars

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