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    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

    Matilda The Musical UK Tour, Milton Keynes Theatre | Review

    Matilda The Musical UK Tour, Milton Keynes Theatre | Essential Twenty

    ★★★★★

    Matilda The Musical will always hold a special place in my heart because it was the last theatre trip I had before I went to uni. A couple of days before moving north, Mum and I spent the day in London and ended it with a trip to see the show at the Cambridge Theatre, and I loved it. I’ve been meaning to return ever since but it’s never really worked out for me, until it went on tour. Kicking off at the Leicester Curve,  followed by Dublin and Sunderland, Matilda The Musical UK Tour is playing at Milton Keynes Theatre until the end of June and the folks of Milton Keynes and the surrounding areas are in for a treat.

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