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    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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    Mischief Movie Night, Curve Theatre (Leicester) | Review

    Mischief Movie Night | Essential Twenty

    ★★★★☆

    I’ve made no secret of the fact that I love Mischief Theatre – I’ve seen The Play That Goes Wrong in the West End and on tour, and I’ve seen The Comedy About A Bank Robbery twice in the West End. Unfortunately I missed out on their latest show when it had a brief run at the Arts Theatre over Christmas, but I was able to catch Mischief Movie Night at the Curve Theatre last night.

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    Red, Wyndham’s Theatre | Review

    Red, Wyndham's Theatre | Essential Twenty

    ★★★★★

    I really enjoyed the first series of How To Get Away With Murder, and despite never getting around to watching the second (or any of the others), I was eager to catch Afred Enoch’s West End debut in Red. In 2009, John Logan’s play Red opened at the Donmar Warehouse starring Alfred Molina and made a direct transfer to Broadway, winner of six Tony Awards including Best New Play, and earning Molina a Tony nomination for Best Actor In A Play. But until last month, Red had reached the West End. Continue reading

    The Rink, Southwark Playhouse | Review

    The Rink, Southwark Playhouse | Essential Twenty

    ★★★★★

    I’ve had my eye on seeing The Rink at Southwark Playhouse since it was announced, and with the great Caroline O’Connor taking a starring role it would be rude not to. In its first revival in 30 years, this Kander & Ebb classic has taken the Off-West End scene by storm this month. Continue reading

    Stephen Sondheim Society Student Performer of The Year and Stiles+Drewe Prize, 2018

    Stephen Sondheim Society Student Performer of The Year and Stiles+Drewe Prize, 2018 | Essential Twenty

    Potentially the biggest date in the theatre calendar for up and coming West End performers and writers, the Stephen Sondheim Society Student Performer of The Year (or SSSSPOTY if you’re searching for it on twitter) and Stiles+Drewe Prize (in association with the Stephen Sondheim Society and Mercury Musical Developments) descended on the Savoy Theatre for an afternoon of songs from 12 of the top theatre school members in the UK. Ranging from Arts Ed, GSA, The Hammond, RADA, Mountview, LAMDA, Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, and Royal Academy of Music.

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