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La Cage aux Folles  - New Wimbledon Theatre
20 Mar
Andrew Bewley

Review: LA CAGE AUX FOLLES at Wimbledon Theatre

La Cage aux Folles  - New Wimbledon Theatre La Cage Aux Folles is a ground breaking piece of work. Written in 1983 the show is based around the relationship of female impersonator Albin and businessman Georges (played by John Partridge and Adrian Zmed) a gay couple who have been living together for twenty years, run the cabaret nightclub which gives the show its title and where Albin stars in drag as Zaza, and they've brought up George’s heterosexual son.

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My Brilliant Friend
19 Mar
Nastazja Domaradzka

Review: MY BRILLIANT FRIEND at The Rose Theatre Kingston

My Brilliant Friend This spring The Rose Theatre Kingston has staged the world premiere of Elena Ferrante’s Neapolitan saga which has been translated in many languages and has sold millions of copies worldwide. Adapted from the four lengthy volumes by April de Angelis, the story of two female friends growing up in post war Italy is an epic two part production that in an imaginative and moving way captures the strength and complexity of female friendship. Yet whilst Melly Still’s production offers plenty of great moments the overall feeling is that MY BRILLIANT FRIEND is perhaps a too ambitious a project.

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Partenope - ENO
16 Mar
Stuart King

PARTENOPE: English National Opera at The Coliseum Theatre

Partenope - ENO When choosing to stage a near 300 year old piece by the master of recitative and opera seria George Frideric Handel, "Partenope" is often sidelined in favour of one of his better received works; indeed it remained unperformed for some 200 years of its existence, due largely to a belief that the original story and libretto were convoluted, frivolous and poorly structured.

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Lise Dassin - An American in Paris
16 Mar
Daniel Perks

Review: An American in Paris

Lise Dassin - An American in Paris One of Wheeldon’s finest moments that captures the romantic essence of its Parisian roots and brings it into the present day. Experience a cast and creative team working its peak in a fitting homage to an iconic style.

Think of American Jazz and the roaring twenties and you automatically think of the Gershwin brothers. George and Ira are synonymous with the style – Rhapsody in Blue; virtuoso piano jazz standards; lilting, dreamy trumpet melodies; plush orchestration. All the aspects of a timeless classic composition can be found in An American In Paris – fitting, since it is itself one of the true great films of its era, a bastion of historical Hollywood in all its intoxicating glamour.

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Theatre Awards
13 Mar
Theatre Awards
Phil Willmott

There’s Still Time to see These Olivier Award Nominees!

If you enjoy award ceremonies you’ll know they’re even more fun if you know the work nominated and can root for your favourites. I always try to see all the Best Picture nominees for the Oscars and read the short listed novels for the Booker Prize.

Although some of the shows competing for honours have finished there’s still plenty of productions you can enjoy to help you pick your favourite.

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