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REVIEW: MY COUNTRY: A WORK IN PROGRESS (Theatre Royal Stratford East) ★★★

My Country: A Work in Progress is a Brexit-inspired collaboration between Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy and Artistic Director of the National Theatre Rufus Norris. It was conceived primarily as a listening project, in response to a referendum campaign characterised by stark divides and bitter debates. In a country that often feels like it doesn’t […]

REVIEW: TOMMY (Theatre Royal Stratford East) ★★★★★

Tommy is an iconic rock opera, born from the 1969 album from The Who. In 1975 it was turned into a film with a star studded cast including Tina Turner, Elton John and the members of the band. The show came to the stage in London in 1979 and gained a Broadway revival in 1992, […]

REVIEW: SINBAD THE SAILOR (Theatre Royal Stratford East) ★★★

This year, the intrepid panto crew of Stratford East’s Theatre Royal set sail for distant lands in search of adventure with their show, Sinbad the Sailor. As always, Director Kerry Michael gives us the best bits of this lovely old genre of theatre: real actors who can multi task, just enough audience participation and a […]

REVIEW: THE HOTEL CERISE (Theatre Royal Stratford East) ★

Bonnie Greer’s new piece inspired by Chekhov’s ‘The Cherry Orchard’ attempts to present a glimpse at the broken cogs of America in the here and now. In the trudging plod to the ever closer Trump/Hilary election, and the first black president preparing to leave the white house, we see an African American family saying goodbye […]

REVIEW: GLASGOW GIRLS (Theatre Royal Stratford East) ★★★★

In 2010 director Cora Bissett saw a documentary called ‘Tales From the Edge’ and it was this that first introduced her to the ‘Glasgow Girls’; an incredibly tenacious and loyal bunch of schoolgirls who, alongside members of their close knit community, initially fought to stop one of their friends being deported back to Kosovo and […]

REVIEW: COUNTING STARS (Theatre Royal Stratford East) ★★★★

Counting Stars is a single act play, lasting sixty five minutes in which two actors play all the parts. Each actor plays one principle character and two supplementary characters who are less central, but still important to the story. The actors talk directly to the audience and not to each other throughout, at least not […]

West End Wilma – Review Round-Up

Take a look at all the shows that have been reviewed over the past week on westendwilma.com … REVIEW: Russian Dolls (King’s Head Theatre) ★★★★ Russian Dolls was shortlisted for the Bruntwood Prize in 2013 before winning the Adrian Pagan award last year. Based on the real-life story of an Islington version of Hilda, Kate Lock’s […]

REVIEW: LABELS (Theatre Royal Stratford East)

Labels is about immigration, racism and why we feel the need to file each other into neat little categories. Is it fear? Curiosity? Or can labelling be a case of intelligent and wilful emotional manipulation? A one man show that has enjoyed an award-winning run at the Edinburgh Fringe, Labels has a stint at the […]

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