User review by Owen Marks for Desperate Measures (Jermyn Street Theatre, Inner London) 26th Nov 15: Although I attended this show under protest, having seen too many modern remakes of Shakespeare's plays, with the rewards, in terms of boredom/entertainment ratios, so desperately low as to be bloody, I was taken aback by the all around quality of this show. The remarkable display of talent, coming from a cast of near unknowns, must indicate the abundant, and largely untapped, reservoir of talent available to UK directors and producers. I think one measure of this production's success is that you forget Shakespeare provides its source.
Our huge talent show industry serves the useful purpose of ridding stages of the mass of mediocrity, leaving theatre goers with this truly talented cadre. Moreover, we needn't worry about Hollywood poaching our best, it would seem we have more than enough to go around.
Awarding five stars too often leaves reviewers with little critical breathing space. Desperate measures deserves 4.5 stars, but that option is not on the menu.
User review by Sally Johns for White Christmas (Hull New Theatre, Hull) 21st Nov 15: Last night a waitress at the New Theatre hotel told us at dinner that the production of White Christmas had got some poor reviews and that it was an amateur performance. Well I just want to say from the minute the orchestra started it's introductory reprise I knew we were in for a good night. The singing, dancing, costumes, sets, comedy were all there with a ton of nostalgia and a massive dose of Christmas cheer. We even got snowed on at the end ahead of the storms. Great night, great show 🎄🎅🏼
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child The new stage play by Jack Thorne based on a new and original story by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany will premiere in Londonís West End in summer 2016 at the Palace Theatre.