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The Colour Purple
23 May
Reviews
Phil Willmott

Review THE COLOUR PURPLE: Great News for Stage Struck Kids and their Cash Strapped Parents

The Colour Purple Last night, May 21st, saw an event at the Cadogan Hall conceived to encourage more kids from culturally diverse backgrounds to not only appreciate West End performances but to aspire to perform themselves.

It took the form of a scintillating concert performance of Broadway musical The Colour Purple featuring some of the best black performers in the U.K. spending their night off from major London and touring shows like Dreamgirls, The Bodyguard and Jesus Christ Superstar to sing with a choir of young performers and no doubt inspiring every one of them.

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Jude Law - Obsession - Barbican Centre
22 May
Reviews
Phil Willmott

A Second Look at OBSESSION starring Jude Law

Jude Law - Obsession - Barbican Centre Fellow critic Nastazja Domaradzka raved about Ivo Von Hoves production of Obsession starring Jude Law recently so I was delighted to be invited by the Barbican Theatre to the launch of their new season, which included a chance to check it out for myself.

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Love in Idleness
22 May
Reviews
Phil Willmott

Review: LOVE IN IDLENESS at The Apollo Theatre

Love in Idleness Watching Trevor Nunn's funny and fleet-of-foot production of Love in Idleness, a "new" play forged by combining two drafts of an old play written by Terrence Rattigan that's been barely performed, is like a blast from the past.

Until the emergence of angry, radical drama in the 1960s every theatre in the West End would offer variations on its formula - posh people chattering away in posh drawing rooms, with a quick dip into melodramatic peril before leisured wit and privileged are restored. The overarching philosophy of most of this repertoire is summed up when a character quips that there's nothing that can't be overcome with "small talk".

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Matilda The Musical - London
18 May
News
Phil Willmott

Fall in Love with Matilda

Matilda The Musical - London Everybody loves the musical Matilda. When it opened at the Royal Shakespeare's home theatre in Stratford-Upon-Avon even the most pompous critics were besotted calling it the greatest new musical of recent years. Actually it isn't, the musical numbers are fun but beyond the infectious kids song - When I Grow Up - there's nothing anyone will still be singing in ten years time but watching the show is a glorious experience and if you haven't seen it before you'll fall in love with it too. I paid a second visit the other night and fell for its charms all over again.

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Richard III - Arcola Theatre
17 May
Reviews
Hugh Wooldridge

Review: RICHARD III at the Arcola Theatre

Richard III - Arcola Theatre It is always interesting to see how a small theatre company tackles the second longest play in the canon with a roster of over 50 speaking characters – there are more ghosts listed in the cast list than in a typical West End play… Here the Arcola Theatre tackles Richard III with 13 fine actors, a couple of extras and a couple of children; a few suitable costumes and a composite set.

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