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Minor Disruptions - A Solo Show About the Queerness of Childhood (The Fringe Office, Edinburgh)
5 Ann Baker
13th Aug 19: Completely engaging and great fun. Katie draws you in as both viewer and participant in this clever, witty and thought provoking show. Definitely one to be seen and a talent to be snapped up and nurtured.
The Johnny Cash Roadshow - 50th Anniversary Tour of San Quentin (New Victoria Theatre, Woking)
5 John munn
27th Jul 19: Easily the best Cash show I've ever seen, it's that good I don't think there is room for much improvement apart from not being a long enough show. A great evening out.
Be Bop A Lula
5 Ian Mckay
27th Jul 19: Saw this show at Gaiety Theatre , Ayr . Standing ovation .
The Actor's Nightmare (Park Theatre, Inner London)
1 Eli
18th Jul 19: Absolute shite. I can forgive the cost of the ticket, but not the sheer mind numbing crap I had to sit through for 90+ minutes.
Dirty Dancing (Bristol Hippodrome, Bristol)
1 Tracey
4th Jul 19: complete rubbish performance
James Acaster - Cold Lasagne Hate Myself 1999 (Town Hall, Cheltenham)
1 Brad
2nd Jul 19: Sent to Cheltenham Town Hall.....Hello, What on Earth happened to James last night?????? A heckle and the show went down the toilet ! We know what he's like usually, seen all his TV and Netflix shows.... Bought 3 tickets for ourselves and son (23) (our son's Christmas Present !!) Row MM 7,8 & 9 Obviously you book him based on his track record, which is great, but... I'd be interested to hear if you've had any similar comments. If you're a stand some point you will get'd better be able to deal with it....put it behind you if you can't capitalise on it. Some comedians thrive on it....Jimmy Carr for example, but either; ignore it and carry on, or use it to get more laughs !!! I'll be looking online to see if there are any reviews. I can't believe it was just the three of us who felt the same way! Really disappointing evening :( Kind Regards, Brad
Calendar Girls - The Musical (Theatre Royal, Nottingham)
4 Jan Hortor
27th Jun 19: Wonderful entertainment, funny, sad, well cast, good songs, lovely music, a true feel good factor production. Well done to all concerned
1 Mr Ripoff
16th Jun 19: If you have read Zog then this production just doesn’t make sense. Absolute rubbish from the start to the end and everyone felt ripped off and disappointed. Doesn’t deserve to have any affiliation with the much loved Zog story. Avoid, avoid, avoid
Rock of Ages (Haymarket Theatre, Leicester)
5 Jane Grace
13th Jun 19: Absolutely brilliant show. Fantastic singing and dancing
Rock of Ages (Haymarket Theatre, Leicester)
2 Jane martin
12th Jun 19: Very disappointed...left at the interval...leicester.
Luther - Luther Vandross Celebration
5 Gail
4th Jun 19: Saw Harry perform last night in Bromley Churchill Theatre, absolutely fantastic show, great entertainment from the whole team and Henry performs as the perfect Luther tribute. Great covers of the classics, would love Bring me a rose as a ballad to be added... will definitely be looking out for further shows!! Highly recommended!!
Luther - Luther Vandross Celebration
5 Gail
4th Jun 19: Saw Harry perform last night in Bromley Churchill Theatre, absolutely fantastic show, great entertainment from the whole team and Henry performs as the perfect Luther tribute. Great covers of the classics, would love Bring me a rose as a ballad to be added... will definitely be looking out for further shows!! Highly recommended!!
Educating Rita (Theatre Royal, Bath)
5 Brilliant!
3rd Jun 19: A must see if you are in Bath this week. Fantastic performance & a well deserved standing ovation!
Chris Norman - Don't Knock The Rock Tour Live
5 Kev
27th May 19: Chris Norman at Preston (26/5/19) What a great night young and old enjoyed an amazing night of hits sung by one of the best voices of the 70’s, deserved a better crowd but the ones who did turn up enjoyed ever minute .
The Verdict
Salome (Greenwich Theatre, Outer London)
3 Scott Berg
19th May 19: Agree generally with this review. Good: Saw it last night, would recommend for a night out - price is right. A for effort, and concept. Some strong moments. But at times it felt like the actors were dragging a cart of flea market antiques up a hill. And to have all the overstated warning signs all over the theatre - WHY? We're adults. This seemed like an excellent university fringe production. *spoiler alert* Now, for the 'full male nudity' - if you're going to say it, DELIVER. This is problematic on two frontals: One, it's being marketed to be a tease and while the actor is beautiful and brave, and the actual scene quite appealing, -- c'mon: White Gym-Bunny Boxers? Then, an ill-fitting red robe donated by someone’s Gran? Second, is the actual, ya’ know - theme of the play. The entire fulcrum is the fact that the audience is lured by the beauty of Salomé, and when they get it, it's a mirror - a sad reckoning of watching something so alluring turn ugly from the inside, and you have to walk home wrestling with it. This happens, IF YOU DELIVER. The problem with the "Gender Fluid" quota crowd is, that they do concept kitsch very well, and it sounds great on social media. However the depth just gets lost. You might take some notes from 60s counter culturists and sexual liberators…you aren't the first to Free Willy on stage, despite the historical amnesia of today’s young audiences. ?? Do something with lighting, come up with a see-through G-string - anything - but to present a shameless character who's called for the severed head of a Holy Man and PROPHET, who’s been omnisciently the voice of God, Almighty throughout the first half, and then direct said character to shamefully cover himself - please, spare us the pollyanna highbrow conceptual excuses - either do it or just don't. ?? This is probably the first gender-switch-thing I’ve seen that actually is arguably workable, and a great idea & new twist, inside a work of a genius. It actually poves the prowess of Wilde and the point of fluidity in total. (He himself played Salome so technically this is not the first). So, with all the other bad gender farces we’ve suffered so far, for all that’s good and thespian, go there, we can handle it. These actors seemed ready to take the ride - if not, get some who will.?? Quibble: the music choices - sigh. The laugh wasn't worth throwing the mood. Again, the night was worth £15, there's some really really great moments, the Herod character comes alive, and the intellect of Wilde provides a piece so timeless and intelligent that it challenges anything in the West End or on TV for certain. ??It will be nice to see if directors like this mature into an ability of fulfilling the noise of these not-so-new, new concepts.
Salome (Greenwich Theatre, Outer London)
1 Local resident
16th May 19: Wilde's brilliant novel, Salome, has been seen as both a play and also as the brilliant opera by Ricard Strauss. This production with its gender switches was always going to have homoerotic overtones and could have been enticing. Sadly it was not. The actors, many of whom have good pedigrees, behaved like a sixth form play, declaiming loudly and consistently with no variation in their cadence and not appearing to listen to each other. There was very little difference in both pace and volume, which should be so much part of this story. The infamous dance for the king was about as far from erotic as could be imagined with a very beautiful Salome peeling off jewellery as if demonstrating on a shopping channel and dancing as if troubled with a flare of eczema. The king's rising excitement and flicking off the ejaculatory results were tacky and seemed unbelievable given the performance. A sadly unengaging result from wonderful source material.
The Girl on the Train (The Orchard, Dartford)
4 Pam
11th May 19: Great production! Great acting! Loved the police inspector...but not always easy to hear what was being said..and then some of train sound effects were horrendously loud! And occasy it all lacked cohesion
Henry IV Part I - or Hotspur (Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, West End)
1 Annual Visitor
29th Apr 19: Been to the Globe annually for many years - am not local. This is the only poor production I have seen. Under-rehearsed obviously (27th April) with actors talking over their cues and stumbling over their lines from the first page onwards. I have appreciated the merits of female actors playing roles written for male actors in the past - but this was just laughable. This was a poor REP company performance (at best) - apart from Hotspur. For me the silliness came to a head when the "landlady" was played by a male actor, imitating Mrs Brown down to the accent, in a largely female company. The whole thing was nothing more than a third rate drag act pantomime masquerading as theatre. It may well go down well with other audiences - but it wasn't for me. The cross-gender performances added no value whatsoever - but they did detract from the play. Others may well enjoy it of course - so ignore me!
1 Jules
29th Apr 19: Dreadful. Total waste of time and money. We all know the story inside out and parts were confusing for kids and adults. Scaffolding? No attempt at dressing it up. All in all woeful. I would be embarrassed to be associated with it. ??

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