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    Strictly Ballroom The Musical, Round Two

    Strictly Ballroom The Musical, Round Two | Essential Twenty

    I made it no secret that when I saw Strictly Ballroom The Musical during its April previews, I didn’t love it. It wasn’t what I was expecting in the slightest and I walked away underwhelmed. However, I’ve had the opportunity to spend a few months away from the show. It’s had a chance to polish the rough edges (and change up the songs a fair bit), and there’s even been a slight cast change. So four months on from its opening, did Strictly Ballroom The Musical get the chance to wow me? Continue reading

    The German Girls, The Lion And Unicorn | Review (Camden Fringe)

    The German Girls | Essential Twenty

    ★★★☆☆

    Whilst August is well known across the UK as the month of the Edinburgh Fringe, but whilst Scotland is partying every night for a month, the Camden Fringe is also on. I was out of the country for a good third of the month so I’ve been playing catchup ever since. To the point where until I didn’t see a Camden Fringe show until the 18th. Two days ago. The German Girls reveals a side to the Nazi occupation of Europe that I’d never considered before – the lives of those in Copenhagen.

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    Knights Of The Rose, Arts Theatre | Review

    Knights Of The Rose | Essential Twentty

    ★★☆☆☆

    I’m not entirely sure what I watched at the Arts Theatre when I attended the press night for Knights Of The Rose, but it wasn’t what I signed up for. Andy Moss and Katie Birtill were so positive about the production when I interviewed them a couple of weeks prior to Knights Of The Rose opening, but did they genuinely think the show they were in was good?

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    The King And I, London Palladium | Review

    The King And I | Essential Twenty

    ★★★★☆

    I’m going to hold my hands up and say that until recently I had never seen The King And I, despite it being on Rodgers & Hammerstein’s most popular musicals. It’s a film that my mum absolutely adores, but I’d just never managed to catch it in full. Thanks to London Box Office I was able to catch the Tony Award winning transfer from the Lincoln Center at the London Palladium. Continue reading

    Serenade London: For The Love Of Girls, The Other Palace

    Serenade London For The Love Of Girls | Essential Twenty

    Now I may not have made the trip to see Heathers at The Other Palace just yet (give me a few more weeks, and then I’ll have the review ready for you), but I got swept up in the hype surrounding the show on Friday when I went to see Serenade London: For The Love Of Girls, and it was worth giving myself a little bit of a late night before West End LIVE. Continue reading

    It’s Only Life, Union Theatre | Review

    It's Only Life | Essential Twenty

    ★★★★☆

    I’ve seen a lot of shows produced by Katy Lipson for Aria Entertainment over the past year that I’ve loved – Pippin, Yank, Spring Awakening and The Toxic Avenger were all brilliant – so when I heard she was bringing a song cycle to the Union Theatre, I was definitely interested. It’s Only Life brings together five performers following a story of longing, wisdom, fulfillment, loss and triumph, tying these feelings with songs by John Bucchino.

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