Don Carlos at the Rose Theatre in Kingston

I wanted to visit Kingston’s Rose Theatre since their collaboration with paper artist Su Blackwell but missed the show when jet-lag won. When Friedrich Schiller’s Don Carlos was announced in May, I got tickets immediately – after all, this tragedy was a big part of my college exams and I must have read it several … Continue reading Don Carlos at the Rose Theatre in Kingston

Stephen Sondheim’s Follies at the Churchill Theatre in Bromley

The London suburb of Bromley is technically already in Kent but better connected than some other boroughs of the capital. The Churchill Theatre is in the middle of its high street in a concrete building, currently half wrapped in scaffolding but the warm staff makes up for it. And after all it is a very … Continue reading Stephen Sondheim’s Follies at the Churchill Theatre in Bromley

A long way home: The Odyssey Live Reading at the Southbank Centre

After I shared my struggles on deciding for a translation of Homer’s Odyssey after a visit to the British Museum I looked into the options available and decided for Emily Wilson’s new translation which got a lot of praise. The long Easter weekend was sorted, and I was enchanted by the power and modernity of … Continue reading A long way home: The Odyssey Live Reading at the Southbank Centre

Feeling sound in the West End – Motown The Musical at Shaftesbury Theatre

I am where I wanted to go since passing the glittering façade of the Shaftesbury Theatre during our pub crawl leading to the jazz night at Ronnie Scott’s. An endless amount of Motown tribute shows and revues are now touring and rotating through the stages of the whole planet. I have been assured that Motown … Continue reading Feeling sound in the West End – Motown The Musical at Shaftesbury Theatre

Apphia Campbell starring as Nina Simone in Black Is The Color Of My Voice at Twickenham’s Exchange

One of this season’s most exciting guests plays for one night only at Twickenham’s Exchange, in what is a monodrama written by starring Apphia Campbell as jazz legend Nina Simone. There is no mentioning of this being a musical but you cannot tell any musician’s story without their music. Nina has locked herself in a … Continue reading Apphia Campbell starring as Nina Simone in Black Is The Color Of My Voice at Twickenham’s Exchange

Wise Children at the Old Vic – Angela Carter’s love letter to South London

Angela Carter was born in 1940 so there is no big anniversary this year but for some reason she seems everywhere: This summer gave us a fantastic TV documentary which made me proud to live in country where programs about authors are being shown on Saturday night at prime time. Since then the BBC published … Continue reading Wise Children at the Old Vic – Angela Carter’s love letter to South London

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Gynecologic Oncology Unit at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center of New York City at Finborough Theatre, Earls Court

Death is the price we all pay for our lives. Cancer is one of the most unpleasant ways of going towards it. A cruel reminder that life is an unfair and unjust journey for the people who suffer and for those people left behind. Stand-up comedian Karla meets Don and they become acquainted with each … Continue reading A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Gynecologic Oncology Unit at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center of New York City at Finborough Theatre, Earls Court

The Book of Mormon at the Prince of Wales Theatre in London or: Don’t believe the hype

When we were in New York we were debating to either watch The Book Of Mormon or Avenue Q, then decided for the latter as our first choice was still running back in London. Almost two years later, we finally got tickets. When we pick them up from the theatre’s box office we can hardly … Continue reading The Book of Mormon at the Prince of Wales Theatre in London or: Don’t believe the hype

Watching an interrupted Midsummer Night’s Dream in Twickenham’s Fountain Garden

Summer has arrived in Twickenham when you lay in the park and the people around you start practicing Shakespeare, accompanied by the screeches of passing parakeets flying over. A week of outdoor performances by the Richmond Shakespeare Society is indeed an annual tradition, each year in front of the scenic nymphs’ (or rather correctly oceanides’) … Continue reading Watching an interrupted Midsummer Night’s Dream in Twickenham’s Fountain Garden

It happened in Key West at The Charing Cross Theatre, London

It is the week in which every theatre newsletter contains the message that the facilities have air conditioning. Even without London’s heatwave continuing we are taken back to Key West in this new musical. Having been lucky enough to have visited Key West if only for a day, it is the US’ most southern point, Mile 0. It was a day filled with snorkelling, lime key pie, conch dishes and a round … Continue reading It happened in Key West at The Charing Cross Theatre, London