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THEATRE REVIEW: Caroline's Kitchen ★★

Caroline’s Kitchen Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham Tuesday 26th February - Saturday 2nd February 2019
As a well-known middle class TV cook, Caroline Mortimer (Caroline Langrishe) is a modern, fun-loving cook with enthusiam and a passion for food, but behind the camera’s her life is spiralling downhill as with the return of her son Leo (Tom England) comes the chaos of betrayal in the form of a closeted affair against her husband Mike (Aden Gillett) with their handy-man Graeme (James Sutton).
Though the set is beautifully designed by James Perkins, personally I felt the same could not be said for the obnoxious and moral values that were held within the characters, which though enjoyed by the much older generation in the audience, I found highly offensive with a play which though looking very modern is still very much stuck in the way of the expansion of sexuality and health related issues.
As this production was in the style of a farce, you could forgive the performance for generating a slow s…

MUSICAL REVIEW: Waitress ★★★

Waitress Adelphi Theatre, London Friday 8th February - Saturday 19th October 2019

Based off the 2007 movie featuring Keri Russell, Waitress the tells the story of Jenna, our female protagonist and waitress at Joe’s Pie Diner, who soon finds out she is pregnant with her controlling husband Earl, but is also torn between her ever growing love for Dr. Pomatter, who works at the Clinic. In this london transfer from Broadway, Smash and Scorpion actress Katharine Mcphee takes on the role of Jenna, having already had a taste of the pie from her time on Broadway, and shines brightly on stage with energy and compassion for her portrayal of this conflicting persona. Sadly her performance is one of the only redeeming features to this musical, to which the storyline and forgettable numbers bring down this over-hyped transfer.

Contrary to the latter statement, the cast and ensemble of this show are very much to be celebrated. David Hunter brings a chramfulness manner and sweet vocals to Dr. Pomatter, …

THEATRE REVIEW: All in a Row ★★★

All in a Row
Southwark Playhouse, London
Thursday 14th February - Saturday 9th March 2019
Strife in controversy since choosing the decision to use a puppet to depict an 11 year old non-verbal boy, All in a Row focuses on the night before Laurence is set to leave his family home to go to a residential area almost 200 miles away. Having read much about the protests and talk from Jane Harris at the National Autistic Society, I was incredibly intrigued to find how it would benefit the production by using the clearly careful choice to use a puppet, and I came out leaving the theatre almost conflicted to the reports.
For the story's purpose and premise, the journey in which Laurence undertakes as a non-verbal boy already enhances the use of puppetry and really takes its fill potential, especially in the more tense moments in which Laurence suffers some episodic moments, something that would have been more uncomfortable I feel if performed by someone with the condition in everyday, real life…

MUSICAL REVIEW: Come From Away ★★★★★

Come from Away
Phoenix Theatre, London
30th January - 14th September 2019

On September 11th 2001, 38 planes, with a total number of 7,000 passengers plus many animals, were diverted to Gander, the Newfoundland town in Canada, after the horrific attack on the Twin Towers in the the USA. Stranded there for 5 days, the residents of Gander took the ‘plane people’ into their homes, shelters and community centres, resulting in the whole town coming together to help those in need of food, drink, communication and hospitality.

Then on September 11th 2011, the tenth anniversary of the attacks, ‘Come From Aways’, as they were now called, from across the world descended once again on Gander to commemorate the events, and within these visitors were writers Irene Sankoff & David Hein, who started interviewing those who remembered the events, and with this information came the blueprints that formed the hit Broadway, and now transferred production to London, Come From Away.

Like most musicals, I tri…

THEATRE REVIEW: Home, I'm Darling ★★★★★

Home, I’m Darling Duke of York’s Theatre, London 26th January - 13th April 2019

Living in the present day but contrary to their home life, which is transformed into 50s decor following being made redundant from her job, Katherine Parkinson remarkably excels as Judy, a stay-at-home house wife to her husband Johnny (Richard Harrington). Whilst on the surface they live a bliss and happy home life, underneath the pressures of money and new acquaintances entering Johnny’s life leaves Judy conflicted, in a play which I would happily consider being the best production in London this very moment.
Designer Anna Fleischle soars as she brings onto stage a full two storey house which completely blows you as the audience over to the detail and precision given to every room; from the open space downstairs merging the living room and kitchen, right up to the bathroom and bedroom above the stairs, you can tell that care has been taken in making sure it is in keeping with the era in which Judy and Johnn…

THEATRE REVIEW: In Other Words ★★★★★

In Other Words Everyman Theatre Irving Studio, Cheltenham Friday 15th - Saturday 16th February 2019
Off the Middle presents In Other Words, the tale of Jane and Arthur, a young couple who we meet at the beginning of their relationship where 'the incident’ first occurs and propels us, the audience, into a loving but equally heartbreaking story as we see the deterioration of Arthur's memory's through Alzheimer's.
In Other Words is a beautiful representation of the effects of Alzheimer's and the progression of the disease through the eyes of Jane and Arthur, who throughout the production jump from the action to address the audience, with later moments doing so to utter silence from the audience as we are so compelled into their story, or the smatterings of sniffles as there becomes a distinctly lack of dry eyes in the house.
Angela Hardie (Jane) and Matthew Seager (Arthur) relentlessly pull at the heartstrings of the audience as they effortlessly weave through the story, …

THEATRE REVIEW: Wise Children ★★★★

Wise Children
Bristol Old Vic
Wednesday 23rd January - Saturday 16th February 2019

Following her rather successful stint as Artistic Director at Shakespeare's Globe in London, Emma Rice has since gone on to now create an ambition of hers she's longed for; Wise Children, a theatre company helmed at the reins by Rice, and for her first production has chosen to adapt Angela Carter's novel of the same name, something which has always inspired Rice from early stages in her career.

Set in Brixton during the early 20th century, Dora and Nora Chance are both celebrating their 75th birthday, and throughout the production we are treated to the visions of their younger years, presented by a phenomenal group of actor musicians, some who may seem quite familiar to those who have followed Rice's previous work with the remarkable Kneehigh Theatre Company; Patrycja Kujawska, Katy Owen, and Mike Shepherd to name a few, all join Rice on this bold journey to bring Carter's novel and imag…

THEATRE REVIEW: Waiting for Godot ★★★

Waiting For Godot
Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham
Thursday 7th - Saturday 16th February 2019

Hailed as 'The Most Significant Play of the 20th Century', Samuel Beckett's Waiting for Godot tells the story of Estragon (Alan Tweedy Digweed) and Vladimir (Jeremy Stockwell), two men who are contemplating taking their lives but have been instructed to wait for Godot, a person who they've never met before and during the course of the production we do not meet, but are welcomed to three more arrivals in the form of Dominant and Arrogant  Pozzo (Mark Roper) and his silent slave Lucky (Murray Andrews).

Unfortunately this production directed by Paul Milton brings little more to this already diverse production which leaves little detail to time frame, though cleverly the set transforms in a way that will guarantee a decent audible laugh from the audience each time. Jeremy Stockwell shines as Vladimir, especially when bouncing off Alan Digweed's Estragon, though the real highlight of t…

THEATRE REVIEW: All About Eve ★★★★

All About Eve Noël Coward Theatre, London Saturday 2nd February - 11th May 2019

All About Eve, an adaption of Joseph L. Mankiewicz’s 1950s American Film and the 1946 short story ‘The Wisdom of Eve’, tells the story of star stricken Eve Harrington, who has seen every performance of Margo Channing’s (Gillian Anderson) Aged in Wood, to which one evening waiting outside Stage Door, Margo’s friend Karen Richards (Monica Dolan) brings Eve into Margo’s dressing room, where she sees the naivety and potential in Eve’s skills to offer her the role as an assistant, bringing Eve along to follow her idol’s journey, with consequences that slowly start turning the tables in Margo’s personal and professional lifestyle.

From the team that was brought together for The National’s Network starring Bryan Cranston, a production to which I thoroughly praised during it’s venture, I was very excited to watch the team come together once again for this production with a star-studded cast, and as a whole I was thoro…