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Wednesday 24 November 2010

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Here are some recent London theatre reviews from visitors to London's West End.

"Death Trap: I can't spoil the storyline because it tells me not to in the programme! But well worth the visit to see it - twists and turns and a few jumps from your seat - fab show. Also The 39 Steps:  No one would tell me what it was about except 'it's Hitchcock, it's funny'..well guess what? "It's Hitchcock, it's very funny and clever and ...well worth a visit although there is more than 39 steps"..go see it :)" - Janet Borten

"We saw Dirty Dancing what a great show" - Nick Prentice

"We saw Jersey Boys and thoroughly enjoyed it..we had seats about 10 rows back in the stalls..just right. I haven't given it a 5 star rating as ..although the music's very infectious and recognisable..it may not be everybody’s style. But we would love to see it again! - Bee Hunt
"When We are Married - Garrick Theatre, October 26th: A light hearted romp through the events of what should have been a celebration. This stalwart comedy line up give a warm, often rib tickling performance of J.B Priestley’s characters and make you feel like the fly on the wall of this beautifully designed drawing room.  In three acts, the play never feels over long, and even though this is a comedy, never turns into true farce, which i was hoping it would. without spoiling it too much for readers, the 25th Wedding anniversary that should have been, never really gets going. you feel sadness along with relief, but occasionally short-changed by the development of a few of the younger characters. (except from the young maid, who is highly under-rated and gets a hearty, well deserved cheer at the curtain call), but this play is not about them. The Garrick is a sweet setting for the show, and you feel at one with the style as soon as you enter. A real treat to watch , especially if plays are not your normal choice (Rosemary Ashe does play the piano briefly, so there is some musical relief!) if you need some uplifting, (which i did this night), then this play certainly delivers." - Christopher Bartlett.

"I hope Stratford East counts as a London venue for the review purposes, as 'Reasons to Be Cheerful' by Paul Sirett, music by Ian Dury, deserves to be seen by a much wider audience! The story revolves around a group who have written a play about Vinnie, an Ian Dury fan, and his family and friends. From the moment you walk into the auditorium you are taken to the Red Lion pub and immersed in the characters play that they are performing. Confused?... you won’t be! It is a brilliant vehicle for Dury's music and the play is performed by Graeae, a disabled led theatre group 'boldly placing disabled artists centre stage'. The energy in this performance is immense, the story is touching and hilarious too ... and as for the music... its Clever Trevor! Please go and see whilst you can. This should be in the West End!" - Naomi Duffree

"Went to see Blood Brothers a couple of weeks ago, for the second time this year. An absolutely fantastic performance by each and every cast member. But a special mention for Stephen Palfreman who plays the part of Mickey, what a performance he gives very emotional at times, but very believable. Definitely one for all to see. So for anyone who wants a good theatre show this is it. I will be going again that's for sure." - Catherine Clarke

"Oh my life my girlfriend took me to see 'Dirty Dancing'... Yes that’s right. (i think she took me so she could see it really) I think she actually wet he knickers when Johnny took his top off. Oh my life my right ear is still hurting!!! So after getting over the fact that she was now in love with Johnny not me anymore. I just thought I would make the most of it. Then the girls walk out... WOW!!! I was also in love. I had such a great night all the dancing was amazing and the stage was so impressive, was like no other theatre. This show is not just for girls and would go and see it again." - Darren Macey

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