Monday, 27 May 2019

TINA – The Tina Turner Musical | Aldwych Theatre

It’s no secret that jukebox musicals sell. Pluck out a well-known artist, throw in their top hits, add the plot of their rise to success - marketed as the untold true story, of course - and you have yourself a success. Right? 

TINA, based on the life and music of the acclaimed Queen of Rock’n’Roll, opened with its worldwide debut in the West End just over a year ago to mixed reviews from the critics, three Olivier nominations and a whole lot of positive word-of-mouth. A huge amount of the buzz around TINA championed Adrienne Warren, who originated the titular role, and is set to reprise the role as the show opens on Broadway later this year. With big thanks to London Box Office for providing tickets, I finally headed to Aldwych Theatre to see what the fuss was all about.

Thursday, 23 May 2019

Farzaneh and the Moon - Matt Wilven

I haven’t written a book review in a while. In fact, it’s been over a year. Wow. It’s not that I’m not reading – I’ve managed around 20 books since – but with the dwindling amount of time I have available to dedicate to this space, theatre has taken precedence. However, having reviewed and adored his first novel, The Blackbird Singularity, I couldn’t turn down the chance to join Legend Press's blog tour for Matt Wilven’s new book.

Wednesday, 8 May 2019

Emilia - Vaudeville Theatre

Have you heard of Emilia Bassano? Outside of this play’s growing reputation, it’s unlikely. If I count the number of times I studied Shakespeare and his male contemporaries from secondary school to the end of my literature degree, I run out of fingers and toes. But how many times was Emilia Bassano’s name mentioned? Perhaps once in passing, when speculating the subject of Shakespeare’s Sonnet 130, his ‘Dark Lady’. Perhaps not. Morgan Lloyd Malcolm’s exceptional play sets out to change that, and gloriously succeeds.
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