British Summertime Festival: Only Barbara Streisand could sing Silent Night in mid-Summer

British Summertime Festival: Only Barbara Streisand could sing Silent Night in mid-Summer

Barbra Streisand gave the audiences at the Barclay’s British Summertime event in Hyde Park,July 7th, everything they could have hoped for. And more was to come. The legend was joined for three ‘surprise’ duets during her set. One with Kris Kristofferson, who had performed a set earlier. He joined her...

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Opera at the Royal College of Music

Opera at the Royal College of Music

A Dinner Engagement followed by Trouble in Tahiti. A Berkeley/Bernstein double bill not to be missed. The Royal College of Music, London, 28th, 29th June and July 1st. This stunning double bill by the Royal College for Opera studio showcases, amongst many other pleasures, the reasons why the Royal College...

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Exceptional Promise at the Bush Theatre

Exceptional Promise at the Bush Theatre

The Bush Theatres Exceptional Promise exhibits just that; exceptional promise. The show Exceptional Promise takes form as a game show where three contestants answer a range of quick-round questions and compete to win a deed to their dream home. The contestants are all played by members of the creative team...

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The Music Man Project

The Music Man Project

David Stanley, a former Deputy Head teacher at a Performing Arts Specialist Secondary School and now director of the Music Man Project, was inspired after teaching his friend Tony, who has Downs Syndrome how to play ‘I am the Music Man’. In 2001 David started the Southend Mencap Music School,...

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Trial by Laughter at the Richmond Theater

Trial by Laughter at the Richmond Theater

  The problem with this play, and it is a problem, is that it doesn’t know what it is. Is it a comedy, a courtroom drama, a piece of polemic journalism, or a political satire? Laughter may have driven the original rhetoric and William Hone’s own defence two hundred years...

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Review: A Funny Thing Happened on the way to Gynaecologic Oncology Unit at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center of New York

Review: A Funny Thing Happened on the way to Gynaecologic Oncology Unit at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center of New York

Finborough Theatre, 118 Finborough Rd,  London SW10 9ED Until Saturday 27 October Tickets: https://www.finboroughtheatre.co.uk/productions/2018/a-funny-thing-happened.php   Frankly it would be amiss of me to start a review of this play without addressing its interminable title. Perhaps there is something our American friends find hilarious about it that got lost somewhere on...

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The Taming Of The Shrew at Tristan Bates Theatre

The Taming Of The Shrew at Tristan Bates Theatre

Considering the hundreds of years that separate us from the Bard’s heyday, it only seems that Shakespeare is becoming more relevant to the modern audience. There is not a play in his folios, that has not be re-cut, re-imagined and altogether changed in meaning beyond the Elizabethan playwrights wildest imaginings....

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Review: ‘Revels in Hand’ theatre service

Review: ‘Revels in Hand’ theatre service

Revels in Hand did not sell itself short on the venue. As journalists-cum-bloggers-cum-insta-famous-influencers filed into a Shangri-La Hotel room on the 39th floor of The Shard, there was a pyretic intrigue as to what the evening had in store. Were we entering into the blood-stained lair of Patrick Bateman? Were...

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Spotlight on Spotlight Festival

Spotlight on Spotlight Festival

SPOTLIGHT Festival returned to Seven Dials, Covent Garden for a free music and entertainment festival on Saturday 19th August. Crowds of people collected around the iconic seven dials monument to watch open-air performances from the Five Guys Named Mo musical and 2017 Glastonbury performers, Old Dirty Brasstards. There were pop-up...

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Apologia at Trafalgar Studios

Apologia at Trafalgar Studios

At the curtain call on the opening and press night of Apologia, there was a standing ovation, mainly for the American actress Stockard Channing. This was surprising, as although it was a fine performance within a run-of-the-mill play about family values, resentments and regrets, it was not a great one. She famously played...

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