Review: Young Frankenstein (Garrick Theatre)

Hadley Fraser (Dr. Frederick Frankenstein) & Shuler Hensley (The Monster) Credit Manuel Harlan
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SheSeesStars: ★★★★☆

Mel Brooks’ Young Frankenstein has burst into the West End. Based on the movie, also by Brooks, it’s brilliantly kitsch, wholly unsubtle and very, very funny.

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Review: Brexodus! The Musical (The Other Palace, Studio)

Brexodus! The Musical, Paul Croft as Nigel Farage, and Scott Jones, James Sanderson, Arlei Scott and Mike Durran as The Other 50% small
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SheSeesStars: ★★☆☆☆

You’d have to have been living under a rock for the past couple of years to have missed Brexit. It was inevitable that it would eventually lead to productions such as Brexodus! The Musical. Although clearly one of the most serious political issues of our time, Lord knows there’s plenty of scope for humour and satire about Brexit…

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Review: Musicals Unsung (St James Theatre Studio)

MusicalsUnsung-ParallelProductionsSheSeesStars: ★★★★☆

Having seen a couple of editions of West End Switched Off, which showcases well-known songs from musicals presented in a different light, I was keen to pop back to the St James Theatre’s Studio space to see another show put together by musical director Kris Rawlinson: Musicals Unsung. The concept of this show is a sort of flip-side to Switched Off, giving an airing to songs that have been cut from popular musicals. This appealed to me because I like to know what goes on behind the scenes, and get an insight into how the writing process leads to the final result.

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Review: Mrs Henderson Presents (Noel Coward Theatre)

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SheSeesStars: ★★★☆☆

It’s always exciting when a major new musical arrives in the West End – high hopes and trepidation abound, with cast, creatives and audience alike wondering how things will turn out. I was keen to get in early* to see the newest addition, Mrs Henderson Presents, which arrives in London after a run at Bath’s Theatre Royal last year. Having never seen the 2005 film starring Dame Judi and Bob ‘Oskins, I was only vaguely aware of the storyline and content, so I approached this one with a very fresh pair of eyes – one of my favourite ways to see a show.

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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: (National Theatre)

SheSeesStars: ★★★☆☆

© National Theatre 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: ★★★★☆

© Marc Brenner
© 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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