Review: Jeff Wayne's musical version of THE WAR OF THE WORLDS at the Dominion Theatre
By Davor Golub Thursday, February 25 2016, 13:18
Well SPRINGTIME FOR HITLER has finally met its match! I have sat through some duff shows at the Dominion Theatre but this one takes the cake. Anyone remember David Cassidy as an intergalactic warrior in TIME acting along with a 3-D hologram of Lord Olivier’s head? Well, the hologram is back. However this time it is Liam Neeson and we’ve progressed to a whole body hologram.
Review: MA RAINEY’S BLACK BOTTOM at the National Theatre
By Davor Golub Friday, February 5 2016, 12:29
In the book ‘Between the World and Me’, author Ta-Nehisi Coates’ brilliant and blistering examination of American race relations, he states that the ongoing condition for African-American men and women in the United States is one where they are constantly at threat of “Losing their body”. This disturbing phrase kept coming to mind last night while I was watching the National Theatre’s excellent new production of August Wilson’s first hit play MA RAINEY’S BLACK BOTTOM. In a month where African-American actors are protesting the Academy Awards for lack of representation it is dispiriting to find that a play written in 1982, examining the exploitation of artists in the 1920’s, is sadly still relevant today.
Review: The Pianist of Willesden Lane at the St James Theatre
By Davor Golub Wednesday, January 27 2016, 15:35
Should you find yourself suffering from the post-Christmas January blahs I would like to suggest that you quickly get yourself to the St. James theatre to see the soul stirring ‘The Pianist of Willesden Lane’. I can assure you that this unique combination of play and classical piano concert performed with love and humanity by the talented concert pianist Mona Golabek is just the type of theatrical experience you need at this dark time of year.
Review: Ellen Terry with Eileen Atkins at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse
By Davor Golub Wednesday, January 27 2016, 15:06
This was my first visit to the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse the candlelit, replica Jacobean theatre that is part of the Globe Theatre complex. If truth be told I was almost as interested in seeing the theatre itself as I was at the prospect of seeing the wonderful Dame Eileen Atkins in her one woman show recreating Ellen Terry and her renowned Shakespeare lectures. Thankfully, uncomfortable seating aside, both the theatre and Dame Eileen did not disappoint.
Review: Audra McDonald in Concert at the Leicester Square Theatre
By Davor Golub Monday, January 25 2016, 22:13
It’s been a momentous week for Audra McDonald’s UK fans. Just prior to her first solo concert in the UK for 16years it was announced that McDonald would be reprising her Tony Award winning performance as Billie Holiday in ‘Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill’ at the Wyndham’s Theatre this summer. Audra as Billie is a performance that I urge you not to miss. But I will go into more detail about that later.