Review: The Lorax (Old Vic)

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© SheSeesShows

SheSeesStars: ★★★★★

Near the South Bank of town where the river Thames flows
and commuters pass by in monotonous rows
and sometimes I go to see theatre shows,
is the Old Vic. Now playing: The Lorax!

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Review: Bull (Young Vic)

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© Young Vic

SheSeesStars: ★★★★☆

I missed Mike Bartlett’s Bull when it was at the Young Vic early this year. It won the award for Outstanding Achievement in an Affiliate Theatre at the 2015 Oliviers, so I was glad to see it make a return and took the opportunity to grab a ticket (and to satisfyingly cross off the one missing theatrical Olivier winner from my list, having seen all the West End winners during my stint on the theatre judging panel from March 2014-February 2015*).

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Review: wonder.land (National Theatre)

SheSeesStars: ★★★☆☆

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wonder.land is a modern-day reworking of Lewis Carroll’s children’s classic Alice in Wonderland for the internet generation (hence the . in the title). The show debuted at this year’s Manchester International Festival and has music by Blur’s Damon Albarn, book and lyrics by Moira Buffini whose Handbagged was a triumph, and direction by Rufus Norris. With such a strong pedigree, I was expecting something pretty spectacular. In the event, whilst I wasn’t entirely disappointed, I wasn’t entirely convinced either.

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Review: Funny Girl (Menier Chocolate Factory)

SheSeesStars: ★★★★☆

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© Marc Brenner

I stayed up until midnight several months ago to grab tickets for Funny Girl at the Menier Chocolate Factory for several reasons. Firstly, of course, there’s Sheridan Smith, who smashes everything she’s in these days, be it on the small screen or on stage. Secondly, I love the Menier as a venue – it’s intimate and has a remarkable strike rate for great shows. And finally, I’ll admit to loving the satisfaction of getting tickets to a show that’s bound to be a sell out!

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