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FABULOUS CREATURES | REVIEW

Fabulous Creatures

Rating: ★★★★★
Venue: Arcola Theatre, London
Cast: Kate Newman, Jazz Jenkins and Hannah van der Westhuysen

Welcome to the Monstrous Cabaret Club, a place to drown more than your sorrows, where the acts are unreal and the voices to die for! Whether you’re strapping in for the Sirens or caught between Scylla and Charybdis, you’re in for a night you’ll never survive forget!

Once the pre-eminent killers of the mythical age, who even Gods would turn to for their dirty work, they’ve long given up their licence to kill. Now they run a private club hidden somewhere between Mount Olympus and the Underworld.

HEATHERS THE MUSICAL | REVIEW

Heathers the Musical
Rating: ★★★★★
Venue: @sohoplace, London
Cast: Jenna Innes, Keelan McAuley, Esme Bowdler, Sedona Sky, Daisy Twells, Amy Miles, Lucy Sinclair, Ivan Fernandez Gonzalez and Jason Battersby

Welcome to Westerberg High, where popularity is a matter of life and death, and Veronica Sawyer is just another of the nobodies dreaming of a better day. But when she’s unexpectedly taken under the wings of the three beautiful and impossibly cruel Heathers, her dreams of popularity finally start to come true. That is until JD, the mysterious teen rebel, teaches her that it might kill to be a nobody, but it’s murder being a somebody.

FAULTY TOWERS: THE DINING EXPERIENCE | REVIEW

Faulty Towers: The Dining Experience
Rating: ★★★★
Venue: President Hotel, London

Join inept hoteliers Basil, Sybil and Manuel at the longest running immersive experience on the West End – Faulty Towers The Dining Experience!

With over 12 years of faultless service right in the heart of Bloomsbury, you’re in for a quintessentially British experience like no other as the iconic Basil, Sybil and Manuel serve up theatre and chaos alongside a 70s-style 3-course meal.

STRATEGIC LOVE PLAY | REVIEW

Strategic Love Play
Rating: ★★★ ½
Venue: Soho Theatre, London
Cast: Archie Backhouse and Letty Thomas 

So they’ve both swiped right. Now they’re meeting for the first time. Facing each other. As if that’s a normal thing to do.

But she’s being uncomfortable, and he’s a total bore. The vibe is horrific and the banter is even worse. But something is keeping them in their seats. Something is making them stay.

With acid wit, Miriam Battye’s new play takes a scalpel to modern romance.

THE GLASS MENAGERIE | REVIEW

The Glass Menagerie
Rating: ★★★★ ½
Venue: Alexandra Palace
Cast: Geraldine Somerville, Kasper Hilton-Hille, Zacchaeus Kayode and Natalie Kimmerling 

Tom escapes a suffocating home life through cigarettes and long visits to the movies while his sister, Laura, withdraws into her records and collection of glass animals. But their mother, Amanda, harbours dreams for them far beyond their shabby apartment. When Tom brings home a potential suitor for Laura, Amanda seizes the opportunity to try and change their fortunes forever.

THE ENORMOUS CROCODILE | REVIEW

The Enormous Crocodile
Rating: ★★★★
Venue: Regent's Park Open Air Theatre, London
Cast: Joanna Adaran, Audrey Brisson, Laura Buhagiar, Malinda Parris, Nuwan Hugh Perera and Elise Zavou 

The Enormous Crocodile is weaving his way through the jungle in search of delicious little fingers and squidgy podgy knees. Only the other jungle creatures can foil his secret plans and clever tricks, but they’re going to have to find a large amount of courage to stop this greedy brute.

This new musical version of Roald Dahl’s picture book has tasty tunes by Ahmed Abdullahi Gallab and has a rib-tickling book and lyrics by Suhayla El-Bushra, and additional music and lyrics by Tom Brady.

ROMEO & JULIET | REVIEW

Romeo & Juliet
Rating: ★★★★★
Venue: Duke of York Theatre, London
Cast: Tom Holland, Francesca Amewudah-Rivers, Freema Agyeman, Michael Balogun, Tomiwa Edun, Mia Jerome, Daniel Quinn-Toye, Ray Sesay, Nima Taleghani and Joshua-Alexander Williams

Tom Holland is Romeo and Francesca Amewudah-Rivers is Juliet in Jamie Lloyd’s pulsating new vision of Shakespeare’s immortal tale of wordsmiths, rhymers, lovers and fighters.

ROMEO & JULIET storms London’s West End for a strictly limited run from May 2024.

CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG | REVIEW

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
Rating: ★★★★★
Venue: New Wimbledon Theatre, London
Cast: Adam Garcia, Charlie Brooks, Liam Fox, Ellie Nunn, Martin Callaghan, Bibi Jay, Adam Stafford, Michael Joseph, John Macaulay, Roshan Thomson and Gracie Cochrane

Based on Ian Fleming’s timeless story for children and later made into the famous 1968 film, in CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG we meet absent-minded inventor Caractacus Potts who restores a broken-down old racing car with the help of his children Jemima and Jeremy. Soon the family discover the car has magical powers, and along with the delectable Truly Scrumptious and Grandpa Potts, they end up on a fantastical adventure to far off lands. Their heart-warming journey makes this a fun-filled hit for all the family.

DON'T TAKE THE PITH! | REVIEW

Don't Take the Pith
Rating: ★★★★ ½
Venue: Drayton Arms Theatre, London
Cast: Helen Bang, Peter Rae, Abigail Dawn, David Furlong, Laura Morgan, Richard Rycroft, Ola Teniola, Billie Vee

A Brand-New JEWEL-HEIST – GHOST STORY – FARCE!

HOT on the heels of last-year’s HIT DEBUT PLAY at the Drayton Arms, An Absolute Farce of a Murder Mystery (5* reviews & FINALIST Best Comedy London Pub Theatre Awards), Canonbie Productions presents This Season’s HOTTEST* Play.*(Yes, a pun).

THE COLOUR OF DINOSAURS | REVIEW

The Colour of Dinosaurs

Rating: ★★★★
Venue: Polka Theatre, London
Cast: Dom Coyote, Lloyd Coleman, Jakob Vinther, Victoria Oruwari, Harry Miller, Roxana Vilk

A rip-roaring, prehistoric science pop gig for curious humans of all ages. Have you ever wondered what a dinosaur might do in a day? Or what they actually really looked like What colour were they? Did they have stripes and spots? Were they really green like they are in the movies? Join five amazing musicians and famous palaeontologist Dr Jakob Vinther as they enter the multi-coloured world of the dinosaurs with soaring music, catchy songs and mind-blowing science.

STAGEY CHAT WITH JAMES DACRE


The next interview in our stagey chat series is with Olivier and UK Theatre Award-winning Director and former Artistic Director of Royal & Derngate Theatre, James Dacre. James is guest directing the Nevill Holt Festival in Leicestershire this year.

Get yourself comfy and join us for the next segment of Stagey Chat!