REVIEW: Bonnie and Clyde – the wait is over, the notorious duo finally raise more than a little hell in the West End

BONNIE AND CLYDE. Frances Mayli McCann ‘Bonnie Parker’ and Jordan Luke Gage ‘Clyde Barrow’. Photo Richard Davenport Venue: The Arts Theatre, London Performance Date: 19 April 2022 Reviewer: Gemma Fincher Star Rating: ★★★★ Everybody loves an outlaw. For years, audiences have been transfixed by Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow’s illicit romance and descent into criminal notoriety. […]

REVIEW: Life of Pi – In a word, Life of Pi is spellbinding

Life of Pi, Wyndham’s Theatre Photograph: Johan Persson Venue: Wyndham’s Theatre, London Reviewer: Leyla Demirel Star Rating: ★★★★★ Life of Pi is an unusual story you wouldn’t think would initially capture people’s attention – a boy stranded on a boat for 2.5 hours – a story that could be potentially tricky to tell in a way […]

REVIEW: Rumi: The Musical – An epic story with music, lyrics & everything to match – a truly unforgettable theatrical experience

Photo: Jane Hobson Venue: London Coliseum Performance Date: 23 November 2021 Reviewer: Leyla Demirel Star Rating: ★★★★★ The choice to adapt the life of a 13th-century philosopher and poet into a musical may seem somewhat strange. However, Rumi, is not just any poet. His influence has transcended borders, religion, conflict, and time, touching millions around […]

REVIEW: Les Misérables: The Staged Concert – as stirring & iconic as ever

Ashley Gilmour as Enjolras and Company in Les Misérables – Photograph Johan Persson Venue: Sondheim Theatre Lyrics Alain Boubill & Herbert Kretzmer Book: Claude-Michel Schonberg Director: James Powell Reviewer: Leyla Demirel Star Rating: ★★★★★ The longest-running musical in the West End, Les Misérables has gone through a few changes and theatres but is currently back at the Sondheim […]

REVIEW: MUSIK – deserves nothing less than a five-star review. Jonathan Harvey, Pet Shop Boys & Frances Barber are a ‘tour de force’ & this piece of theatrical art should not be missed

Frances Barber as Billie Trix in MUSIK Image Credit: Marc Brenner Venue: Leicester Square Theatre, London Performance Date: 11 February 2020 Star Rating: ★★★★★ Reviewer: Alexia Anderson MUSIK is the sensational sequel to the 2001 Pet Shop Boys/Jonathan Harvey, West End musical Closer to Heaven. It tells the (sadly) fictitious story of rock icon Billie Trix; an absolute work […]

FIRST LOOK: 2020 cast of City of Angels

L-R, Jonathan Slinger, Vanessa Williams, Hadley Fraser, Rosalie Craig, Theo James, Nicola Roberts and Rebecca Trehearn. Photographer – Matt Crockett for Dewynters The Donmar Warehouse’s Olivier Award-winning production of CITY OF ANGELS Book by Larry Gelbart | Music by Cy Coleman | Lyrics by David Zippel Hits the West End! Josie Rourke’s critically acclaimed and […]

REVIEW: Everybody’s Talking About Jamie – An inspiring, life-affirming and absolutely stonking piece of theatre

Noah Thomas (Jamie) and Bianca Del Rio (Loco Channelle) in Everybody’s Talking About Jamie at the Apollo Theatre. Photo credit Matt Crockett Venue: Apollo Theatre, London Performance Date: 21 January 2020 Star Rating: ★★★★★ Reviewer: Gemma Fincher After exploding onto London’s West End towards the end of 2017, the smash-hit musical for today, Everybody’s Talking About Jamie hosted a […]

REVIEW: Fame the Musical – still lighting up the stage after 30 years

Jamal Kane Crawford as Tyrone Jackson & Jorgie Porter as Iris Kelly – Photo credit Alessia Chinazzo Venue: The Peacock Theatre Performance Date: 12 September 2019 Reviewer: Gemma Fincher Star Rating: ★★★★1/2 For 30 years Fame has been delighting audiences with its exuberant and energetic soundtrack, story and choreography. Based on the 1980 film of […]