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‘Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat’ review: Embrace the madness

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is one of those curious musicals where everyone somehow knows all the songs, even if they can’t recall having ever actually seen it. It’s most likely a faint memory from an early play at school and it’s that association which initially hampers this production of the UK’s longest running musical. For the opening couple of numbers, it comes across...

‘Sunny Afternoon’ review: The jukebox musical continues to flourish

Nineteenth months after its West End debut, Olivier Award-winning musical Sunny Afternoon continues to flourish. Now in its third year, second cast, and with a UK tour on the horizon; jukebox musical Sunny Afternoon is the story of 60s rock band The Kinks. Starting with them performing as jobbing musicians in Muswell Hill, and following...

‘Brian Tyler Live: Film Music For Stars, Cars & Superheroes’ concert review

Hollywood composer/conductor Brian Tyler made his concert debut in London this weekend in front of a packed audience of movie fans (including none other than Tom Cruise!). The 43-year-old American is probably best known for his work with Marvel Studios, composing scores for the likes of Iron Man 3, Thor: The Dark World and last year’s...

‘Of Mice and Men’ play review: Steinbeck’s novel comes to Brighton

Opening night of Of Mice and Men at Brighton’s Theatre Royal was full of an eclectic mix, from college students currently studying the book to eager long term fans of the novel, all anticipating the theatrical adaptation of the great story by John Steinbeck. The novel lends itself so easily to being adapted to the stage,...

‘Indiana Jones: Raiders of the Lost Ark’ live concert review

Celebrating the 35th anniversary of the film’s release, we had the pleasure of attending Indiana Jones: Raiders of the Lost Ark Live at London’s Royal Albert Hall this Saturday. As part of the Royal Albert Hall’s Films with Live Orchestra series, the special screening of the film was accompanied by the 21st Century Symphony Orchestra,...

‘King Charles III’ play review: Compelling, involving and all too believable

It begins in silence, with brief candles… and a party of twelve, looking for all the world like the Last Supper, shortly after Judas the Betrayer has legged it. And in Jesus of Nazareth’s position, we have Robert Powell, a weary yet still steely Prince Charles, soon to be crucified by the ones he seeks...

Noel Coward’s ‘Private Lives’ play review: Every line is sharp

Noel Coward’s Private Lives, aged just over 85 and showing no signs of maturing, fizzes onto stage for a tour (playing in Brighton through until Saturday 6 February) prior to the West End. It’s the one where two recent divorcees Amanda and Elyot run into each other while celebrating their brand new and ill-advised honeymoons,...

‘Cirque du Soleil’ review: ‘Amaluna’ wows the Royal Albert Hall

For over thirty years, Canadian company Cirque du Soleil have been wowing audiences around the globe with their stunning acrobatics and modern take on the travelling circus. Celebrating twenty years of performances at London’s prestigious Royal Albert Hall, Cirque du Soleil bring 2012’s Amaluna to the UK for the first time. Based loosely on Shakespeare’s...

‘Annie’ musical review: Vibrant, breathless and supremely confident

Annie is one of those musicals that you’re reasonably assured of what you’re going to get going in. It’s headed by an adorable kid with ginger ringlets, is peppered with a brace of reliably catchy show tunes, and is based on Harold Gray’s deceptively astute newspaper cartoon strip. In Nikolai Foster’s new production, however, the...

National Theatre’s ‘Wonder.land’ review: A feast for the eyes

Lewis Carroll’s classic Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland has long been ripe material for modernisation and adaptation, from horror action video games and graphic novels to more faithful television and film renditions. The most recent of these is this new musical from Blur frontman Damon Albarn, writer Moira Buffini and incumbent National Theatre creative director Rufus...