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After it’s critically acclaimed run at Bristol Old Vic, The Grinning Man opened its doors to a lucky few for an exclusive peek on how the show is shaping up prior to its run at Trafalgar Studios. It did not disappoint.

Political plays are not my usual go-to when looking at shows in the West End. There’s no real reason why, I just tend to find big lavish musicals more exciting. However, when Labour of Love was announced to be starring Martin Freeman and Tamsin Greig (though it was Sarah Lancashire originally) I couldn’t resist the urge to give it a try.

Just across town from St. Martin’s Theatre where Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap continues its record-breaking run another of her murder mysteries Witness For The Prosecution is currently playing in the palatial surroundings of the Council Chambers of London County Hall. Which, with its beautifully imposing grand pillars, is the ideal setting, the Judge’s Bench taking centre stage and, as you might expect, the portrait above sitting in silent judgement. Immersive sets are very much in vogue currently and this production follows the trend. The light and sound effects which are pivotal to the play are inventive and very contemporary.  

And you’re gunna love me! Well, it. You’re going to love it – the show that is –Dreamgirls. One word is all it needs… If you’re unfamiliar with the show, Dreamgirls began life as a Broadway musical in 1981 but is perhaps better known for its 2006 film adaptation starring Beyoncé, Jennifer Hudson and many more Hollywood names.    

It was previously announced that Adrienne Warren would be playing Tina Turner in the show's title role. Additional cast announcements for TINA, which will have its world premiere at the Aldwych Theatre in spring 2018, have just been released.

Sergei Polunin’s upcoming Project Polunin has released full casting information. The world famous Polunin will be joined by dancers from across Europe. Consisting of Goleizovsky’s Scriabiniana, Andrey Kaydanovskiy’s new ballet First Solo, and the world premiere of Polunin’s Satori, Project Polunin works to celebrate and highlight the history of classical dance while embodying our current times in the creation of their new works. In collaboration with artists, writers, musicians, and filmmakers as well as dancers the project seeks to “convey the joy of dance”.

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