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BLOG : Review: The Phantom Of The Opera Is A Classic, Through And Through. It's... Phantastic!

By Harriet Wilson
Phantom of The Opera Thursday 05 May 2016

The Phantom of the Opera, now in its 30th year at (the divine) Her Majesty's Theatre, is a real classic, and a staple show for all theatre enthusiasts. Its music, scored by Andrew Lloyd Webber, is the life of the show, and it is absolutely enchanted. I had promised myself that I would not use that one used-to-death pun in this review, but I can't help myself: the show was phantastic.

BLOG : Review: Phantom Of The Opera At Her Majesty's Theatre

By Harriet Hards
Phantom of The Opera Tuesday 26 April 2016

I have a confession to make. For a long time I had no interest in Phantom of the Opera. I got the impression it was a bit pretentious and old fashioned but honestly I hadn’t given it a chance. Sitting there in Her Majesty’s Theatre, I was completely overwhelmed by the vibrance and beauty of the whole production. I wasn’t expecting the music to affect me in this way but there were so many moments where I found myself breathless, completely entranced by what was happening on stage.

BLOG : My First Experience Of Phantom Of The Opera

By Molly Richardson
Phantom of The Opera Tuesday 26 April 2016

This iconic Andrew Lloyd Webber musical recently bagged itself an Olivier Award in the audience voted category, and it’s celebrating its 30th year this year, and it’s no surprise to see why.

BLOG : The History Of Paris And Broadway Spectacular An American In Paris

By Shaun Nolan
An American In Paris Friday 22 April 2016

If you’re really odd and don’t check Twitter every second of every day, then you’d probably be unbeknownst to the fact that the Broadway smash-hit AN AMERICAN IN PARIS is headed to London’s Dominion Theatre in March 2017. The show not only has a massive cult following thanks to its very old roots from its movie days, but it also has a very big new fan base thanks to this fresh and new musical; this dance-centric musical balances old and new in a way that was so successful, it landed itself a whopping 12 Tony Award nominations last year including Best Musical.

AN AMERICAN IN PARIS, Broadway’s Tony Award-winning New Musical To Open March 2017 At London's Dominion Theatre

By Jacob Porteous
An American In Paris Friday 22 April 2016

An American in Paris bursts into life on the West End stage for the first time when Christopher Wheeldon’s multi award-winning new Broadway musical comes to London’s Dominion Theatre next spring. An American In Paris tickets on sale NOW

BLOG : Review: Show Boat

By Liz Dyer
Show Boat Wednesday 20 April 2016

If ever proof were needed that some of the best theatre comes from outside London, Daniel Evans’ production of Show Boat now showing at the New London Theatre is it. There’s been great excitement about this West End revival, following the show’s five-star run at the Sheffield Crucible last year. Boasting a stellar cast and a fabulous score, the show is a feel-good spectacular, a classic musical that will make you laugh, cry and seriously consider getting up and joining in.

BLOG : Interview: Janie Dee Talks Inspiration, Co-Stars, and Working With A Particularly Irreverent Puppet In Hand To God

By Jacob Porteous
Hand To God Tuesday 19 April 2016

Janie Dee is one of Britain's most celebrated actresses. She most recently starred in THE SEAGULL at Open Air, Regent's Park Theatre following AH, WILDERNESS! at the Young Vic – and received rave reviews from national critics for both. Janie is the winner of multiple awards including Olivier, Evening Standard, Critics' Circle, Obie, Theatre World Best Newcomer and TMA Theatre and was Olivier Award nominated for NSFW at the Royal Court, and NOISES OFF at the Old Vic.  She has had long associations with Alan Ayckbourn, Harold Pinter and Sir Peter Hall. London Theatre Direct bloggers caught up with her to talk about Hand To God, currently showing at London's Vaudeville Theatre:

BLOG : 10 Things You Need To Know About Hamilton, The Biggest Hit That Hasn’t Even Opened Yet

By Harriet Hards
In The Heights Tuesday 19 April 2016

Unless you’ve been in hiding in the Himalaya’s for the past year, you’ll have heard of Hamilton. It has completely shaken up Broadway with its immense success and tickets are like gold dust, the fact that people who claim to have tickets are selling them for up to $2,500 says it all really! This really is the hottest show on Broadway and it is almost certainly heading across the pond next year to UK audiences. Trust me, everyone will be talking about it (if they aren’t already) and it’s really worth swotting up about it to stay in the loop. Don’t worry, I’ve got you covered with the 10 things you need to know about Hamilton.

BLOG : Review: A Five Star Run At The Wyndham's Theatre For People, Places & Things

By Harrison Fuller
People, Places and Things Tuesday 19 April 2016

People, Places & Things is another successful west end transfer from the ever brilliant National Theatre. The play had a sell out run at the Dorfman Theatre in the South Bank complex and is now enjoying a five star run at the Wyndham’s Theatre.

BLOG : White walls. Bright lights. Short sentences. When Does "Stylistic" Become Self-Indulgent?

By Harriet Wilson
People, Places and Things Monday 18 April 2016

“Stylistic” is a word used to describe, seemingly, most shows at the moment. But is it necessarily a good thing? I love seeing shows with a unique style but, sometimes, “stylistic” comes across as little more than self-indulgent. I mean, how many shows use the “unique” idea of invasive, bright lighting, and abstract perspectives?

 

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