The weekend from hell with the Bliss family.
BLACK SUPERHERO by Danny Lee Wynter. Jerwood Theatre Downstairs, Royal Court, Sloane Square, London to 29 April 2023. 4**** stars. William Russell.
A splendid first play by Danny Lee Wynter - funnyand provocative
An hour of concentrated loveliness from the ASMF
Monteverdi Vespers of 1610, Hereford Cathedral, Hereford Choral Society, 18 March 2023, 4****. David Gray & Paul Gray
A performance of great technical accomplishment and power
Visionary staging of Philip Glass’s Egyptian classic
Leaving Vietnam by Richard Vergette. Park2000, 13 Clifton Terrace, London N4 to 8 April 2023. 4****stars. William Russell
A powerful immaculately performed monologue.
Marjorie Prime by Jordan Harrison. The Menier Chocolate Factory, 53 Southwark Street, London SE1 to 6 May 2023. 3*** stars. William Russell.
Impeccably performed piece about where artificial intelligence could lead us.
Accidental Death of an Anarchist by Dario Fo and Franca Rame adapted by Tom Basden. The Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith, London W6 to 8 April 2023. 5*****. William Russell.
A scintillating production which deserves to draw the town and pulls no punches
Strauss’s Ariadne may be bonkers but it’s beautiful too
Further than the Furthest Thing by Zinnie Harris. The Young Vic Theatre, 66 The Cut, London SE1 to 29 April 2023. 3*** stars. William Russell.
Interesting well acted revival now with climate change overtones.
The Amatis Trio are outstanding advocates of two masterpieces of the repertoire
Two slashers fight it out. Read to see my horror film of the week.
Farm Hall by Katherine Moar. Jermyn Street Theatre, 16b Jermyn Street, London W1 to 8 April 2023. 4****. William Russell.
Gripping true story about the aftermath of the first atomic bomb and the German scientists who failed to build one.
The Cunning Little Vixen (Opera North). Theatre Royal, Nottingham. 14 March 2023. 5*****. William Ruff
Opera North’s Vixen is 40 years old but as life-enhancing as ever
A vibrant slice of early 20th century music-making
My Fair Lady, The Lincoln Centre Theatre Production, Birmingham Hippodrome, 8 to 19 March 2023 then touring. 5****, David Gray & Paul Gray
From its first performance, My Fair Lady has been a cast iron hit, blessed as it is with a wonderfully memorable score, elegant dialogue, an engaging plot, and sparkling song lyrics. This glittering production of Learner & Loewe’s masterpiece plays to all these considerable strengths. The main set is a lavishly detailed representation of three rooms and a courtyard in Professor Higgins’ house, mounted on a rotating stage. The action moves through the house as it rotates, creating an impression …
Jumping the Shark by David Cantor & Michael Kingsbury. Upstairs at the Gatehouse, Highgate Village, London N6 to 17 March 2023. 3***. William Russell.
Pleasant comedy about would be sit-com writers.
He Said She Said by Magero Otieno-Magoro. A Synergy Theatre Project. The Kiln Theatre, 725 Kilburn High Road, London NW6 7-10 March 2023. William Russell
The dangers of social media aimed at teenage audiences
Superpowers Panto – Extant & Simply Smiley Productions – The Arena Theatre, Wolverhampton, 2 March 2023 and touring through March. 4****, Rod Dungate
A small-scale touring panto with a warm heart.
Crisp baroque elegance from Sinfonia Viva
A young piano star revealing beauty in unexpected places
The Journey to Venice by Bjerg Vik translated by Janet Garton. The Finborough Theatre, 118 Finborough Road, London SW 10 to 25 March 2023. 4****. William Russell.
Bitter sweet story of old age, dreams and one more trip to Venice beautifully acted.
Watery end to a wood spirit’s dream
An Absolute Farce of a Murder Mystery by Peter Rae. The Drayton Arms Theatre, 153 Old Brompton Road, London SW5 to 11 March 2023. 4****. William Russell.
The hammiest show in town - but a barrel of laughs.
An impactful mediation on a longtime friendship.
Grenfell System Failure – scenes from the inquiry by Richard Norton-Taylor with Nicolas Kent. The Tabernacle, 34 Powis Square, London W11. 27 February 2023. 4****. William Russell.
Shameful account of buck passing and failure impressively performed.
This Bitter Earth by Harrison David Rivers. The White Bear Theatre, 138 Kennington Park Road, London SE11 to 11 March 2023. 4****. William Russell
A moving tale of interracial love and how black lives matter
Vocal gems from The Orlando Consort's farewell tour
The Way Old Friends Do, The Rep, Birmingham 23 February 2023 to 4 March, 2023 then on tour 3*** David Gray & Paul Gray
A warm but rather safe tribute to fandom and friendship.
Akedah by Michael John O’Neill. Hampstead Theatre Downstairs, Eton Avenue, London NW3 to 18 March 2023. 3***. William Russell.
Two sisters struggle with their past and the world of religious sects.
The Beach House by Jo Harper. Park 90, 19 Clifton Terrace, London N4 to 11 March 2023. 3***. William Russell
Well intentioned and blessedly brief tale of sisters in love.
London Philharmonic Orchestra. Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham. 18 February 2023. 5*****. William Ruff
A stimulating programme played with charisma and insight
The Play with Speeches by James Woolf. The Brockley Jack Studio Theatre, 410 Brockley Road, London SE4 to 4 March 2023. 3***. William Russell.
Patchy but funny comedy about life upon the wicked stage.
The Oyster Problem by Orlando Figes. Jermyn Street Theatre, 16b Jermyn Street, London W1 to 4 March 2023. 3***. William Russell.
Fascinating,civilised,informative and well acted play.
Women Talking (2023), Director – Sarah Polley, Universal Pictures International, 5*****: Matthew Alicoon
A masterful examination into previous tragedies.
Windfall by Scooter Pietsch. The Large, Southwark Playhouse, 77 Newington Causeway, London SE1 to 11 March 2023. 2**. William Russell.
The perfect example of a play that goes wrong - badly wrong.
Winner’s Curse by Daniel Taub with Dan Patterson. Park Theatre, 13 Clifton Terrace, London N4 to 11 March 2023. 3***. William Russell.
Ramshackle but interesting play loaded with laughs.
Pianist Petr Limonov opens a window on the sublime
My Son’s a Queer (But what can you do?) by Rob Madge. The Ambassadors Theatre, West Street, London WC2 to 18 March 2023. 4****. William Russell.
Utterly beguiling account of living life as one wants to live.
Has Brendan Fraser just locked his Oscar win?
SNIFF by Gabriel Fogarty-Graveson. The Brockley Jack Studio Theatre, 410 Brockley Road, London SE4 to 11 February 2023. 4****. William Russell.
Nothing is what you think it is in a gripping tale of two men who meet in a pub toilet.
The Lehman Trilogy by Stefan Massini adapted by Ben Power. The Gillian Lynne Theatre, 166 Drury Lane, London WC2 to 20 May 2023. 4**** stars. William Russell.
The Lehman Trilogy returns recast but remains spellbinding.
A glorious celebration of an iconic English composer
Linck & Mulhahn by Ruby Thomas. Hampstead Theatre, Swiss Cottage, London to 4 March 2023. 3***. William Russell.
A queer romance based on a true story.
Popcorn with opera as the mighty Metropolitan New York comes to local cinema.
Missing (2023), Directors – Will Merrick and Nick Johnson, Sony Pictures Releasing, 5*****: Matthew Alicoon
The 2023 thriller to beat.
One Who Wants To Cross by Marc-Emmanuel Soriano – translated by Amanda Gann. The Finborough Theatre, 118 Finborough Road, London SW10 to 25 February 2023. 4****. William Russell.
Powerful, unforgettable and deeply disturbing.
Rare repertoire dazzlingly played by a young star cellist
Two Billion Beats by Sonali Bhattcharyya. The Orange Tree Theatre, Richmond to 4 February 2023. 3***. William Russell.
Fine revival of an interesting, stimulating and well performed play.
Plenty of Oo la la! in this pleasant comedy
Passionate commitment brought to two very personal works
Sound of The Underground by Travis Alabanza. The Royal Court Theatre, Sloane Square, London SW1 to 25 February 2023. 3*** stars. William Russell.
Hilarious, over the top, frequently bitter and lavishly dressed gay rant
Dirty Dancing by Eleanor Bergstein. Dominion Theatre, Tottenham Court Road, London to 29 April 2023 and then back on tour. 2**. William Russell.
You may have the time of your life. That is twice I have not.
Baffling, Befuddling, Bewildering, Bonkers, Bizarre
Matthew Bourne’s Sleeping Beauty. Theatre Royal, Nottingham. January 24 2023 (on tour till April). 4****. William Ruff
Matthew Bourne’s Sleeping Beauty (now 10 years old) has lost none of its magic
Liza Pullman – The Heart of It. The Other Palace, 12 Palace Street, London SW1 23 & 30 January 2023. 5***** stars. William Russell
Nobody does it better - a canary like no other.
And Then the Rodeo Burned Down. The King’s Head Theatre, 115 Upper Street, Islington, London N1 to 4 February 2023. 3***. William Russell.
An inspired sister act manic piece of clowning
You Can’t Understand by India Wilson. The Brockley Jack Studio Theatre, 410 Brockley Road, London SE 4 to 21 January 2023. 3***. William Russell.
An entertaining trip down memory lane.
In the Net by Misha Levkov. Jermyn Street Theatre, 16b Jermyn Street, London SW1 to 4 February 2023. 2** William Russell.
Hard working cast, terrible play.
Least Like the Other by Brian Irvine. Irish National Opera at Linbury Theatre, Royal Opera House London to 19 Jan 2023 . 4**** Clare Colvin
Compelling tale of political conformity’s sacrificial victim
Allegiance. Music & Lyrics by Jay Kuo. Book By Marc Acito, Jay Kuo & Lorenzo Thione. Charing Cross Theatre, Villiers Street, London WC2 to 8 April 2022. 4****. William Russell
A first rate cast and direction of a disturbing and flawed musical.
Jeneba Kanneh-Mason: a young artist with a very bright future
An extensive examination into universal issues.
The NYO brings energy and enthusiasm to an evening of joyful music-making
The Human Voice composed by Francis Poulenc/Libretto by Jean Cocteau; English translation by Joseph Machlis. Charing Cross Theatre, The Arches, Villiers Street WC2. 4****. Clare Colvin
‘Classic tale of woman on the edge of a nervous breakdown’
Dick Whittington – The Pantomime Paved with Gold, Birmingham Hippodrome, 20 December 2022, on ‘til 29 January 2023, 5*****, David Gray & Paul Gray
A spectacular and hilarious Panto. Oh yes it is!
Sarah Beth Briggs: a pianist of charisma and refinement
A Christmas Carol adapted by Ross McGregor. The Brockley Jack Studio Theatre, 410 Brockley Road, London SE4 to 30 December 2022. 4****. William Russell.
A Carol like no other splendidly staged and performed.
Rumpelstiltskin -book by John Savournin, music & lyrics by David Eaton. Park 90, 13 Clifton Terrace, London N4 to 14 January 2023. 3***. William Russell.
Philip Lee dazzles in the title role but look out for the cow in this not quite a pantomime
Do not bet against James Cameron.
Playing of brilliance, emotional depth and transparency by the Fidelio Trio
Interesting concept which isn't executed as successfully as it could have been.
2022's Die Hard Rip Off
The Sons of the Prophet by Stephen Karam. Hampstead Theatre, Eton Avenue, Swiss Cottage, London NW3 to 14 January 2023. 4****. William Russell.
What happens when you don't have health insurance. A comedy with lots to make you think.
An outstanding performance of a little known violin concerto by Nielsen, and a mostly excellent Shostakovich Fifth Symphony
A show with big hair and a big heart - Fantabulosa
Christmas Music with the Choir of St. John’s Cambridge, Director Andrew Nethsingha, as part of the 822nd Lunchtime Organ Concert with Thomas Trotter: Symphony Hall Birmingham, 5th December 2022 5***** David Gray & Paul Gray
A concert to put you in the mood for the festive season
Goldilocks and the Three Bears. Richmond Theatre, The Green, Richmond TW9 to 31 December 2022. 5***** stars. William Russell.
Richmond has a bobby dazzler of a pantomime.
Fun show packed with unmemorable songs
A 40th anniversary concert to remember: John Wilson’s ear-opening, virtuoso Sinfonia of London
12:37 by Julia Pascal. The Finborough Theatre,118 Finborough Road, London SW10 to 21 December 2022. 4****. William Russell.
A sprawling, enthralling epic story about Irish and Jewish nationalism - and bombs.
Playing to nourish both head and heart from Steven Osborne
It’s a Wonderful Life by Jake Heggie; Libretto by Gene Scheer 4**** English National Opera, The Coliseum, London WC2 to 10 December 2022. Clare Colvin.
Heart-warming sentiment on the side of the angels in opera adaptation of classic Christmas film.
Elf the Musical. Book by Thomas Meehan & Bob Martin. Music by Matthew Sklar. Lyrics by Chad Beguelin. The Dominion Theatre, 268 Tottenham Court Road, London W1 to 7 January 2023. 3***. William Russell.
A Happy Holidays show for those who like shows like this.
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, Adapted by David Edgar, Royal Shakespeare Company, Stratford-on-Avon, Audio Described Performance, 26 November 2022, 5***** David Gray & Paul Gray
A magical festive delight that invites us to see the worlds as it is, but with wonder.
Baghdaddy byJasmine Naziha Jones. The Royal Court Theatre, Jerwood downstairs, Sloane Square, London SW1 to 17 December 2022. 4****. William Russell
Stimulating, inventive and provocative tale about growing up.
Birds of Paradise: The Lark Ascending, CBSO, Symphony Hall, Birmingham 23 November 2022, 3*** David Gray
A concert that, despite its subject matter, too often failed to take flight
Romanian National Philharmonic. Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham. 24 November 2022. 4****. William Ruff
High drama and red-blooded emotion from Maxim Vengerov and the Romanian Philharmonic
A Sherlock Carol written by Mark Shanahan. Marylebone Theatre, 33 Park Road, London NW1 to 7 January 2023. 3***. William Russell.
And now for something completely different - or,as the blurb says, deck the halls with Dickens and Doyle.
Mrs Warren’s Profession by George Bernard Shaw. Richmond Theatre, Little Green, Richmond to 26 November 2022. 2** William Russell.
Disappointing staging of a fine Shaw play.
The Hermes Experiment, Jennifer Blackwell Performance Space, Symphony Hall, Birmingham, 22 November 2022, 3***, David Gray & Paul Gray
A mixed evening of music, by turns engaging and sometimes over-intellectual.
Dinner With Groucho by Frank McGuinness. Studio 1, The Arcola, 24 Ashwin Street, London E8 to 10 December 2022. 5*****. William Russell.
Dazzling,diverting and brilliantly performed theatre of the absurd play.
Dazzling pianism in Hannes Minnaar’s night-themed programme
Life’s A Drag by Nancy Brabin-Platt. The Brockley Jack Studio Theatre, Brockley Road, London SE4 to 19 November 2022. 3***. William Russell.
Life may be but this one woman show is not.
El Gran Teatro Del Mundo: civilised musical conversation and generosity of spirit
Pantomime of earthly delights in Handel’s late baroque extravaganza
The Sex Party by Terry Johnson. The Menier Chocolate Factory, Southwark Street, London SE1 to 7 January 2023. 2** William Russell.
A two star play in a four star set.
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham. 16 November 2022. 5*****. William Ruff
High octane, colourful performances from the RLPO and Isata Kanneh-Mason
Reflection and Remembrance – requiems by Faure and Charpentier. Union Chapel, Islington 12 November 2022. 4****. William Russell.
A challenging evening of remembrance.
East and west combine to produce a thrilling artistic synergy
How To Build A Better Tulip by Mark R Giesser. Upstairs at the Gatehouse, Highgate Village, London N6 to 20 November 2022. 2**. William Russell.
A futile search for how to grow a black tulip.
La Boheme – Giacomo Puccini, WNO, Birmingham Hippodrome, 9 – 11 November 2022 then on tour, 4**** David Gray & Paul Gray
A well sung revival of a sturdy production
Opera North’s Orfeo ed Euridice may be semi-staged but there’s no skimping on emotional power
Symphony Hall Birmingham, B:Classical 2022/23: 7.30pm, 8 November 2022 – Belgian National Orchestra 5***** Paul Gray
Stunning performance by the Belgian National Orchestra under Conductor Roberto González-Monjas, and pianist Paul Lewis
From Here to Eternity. Music by Stuart Brayson, Lyrics by Tim Rice, book based on the novel by James Jones by Donald Rice and Bill Oakes. Charing Cross Theatre, The Arches, Villiers Street, London WC2 to 17 December 2022. 4****. William Russell.
Testosterone is bursting out all over in this brash, loud, well sung revival.
The Makropulos Affair – Janáček, Welsh National Opera (WNO) The Birmingham Hippodrome, 8 November 2022, on tour until 2 December 2022. 5***** David Gray
An intense and richly realised piece of music theatre.
With La Traviata Opera North presents a music drama that thrills, delights and moves to tears
The Yeomen of the Guard by W.S. Gilbert and Sir Arthur Sullivan The Coliseum, London WC2 3*** Clare Colvin
Lively performances by beleaguered ENO with a topsy-turvy mingling of “serious” and comic
Not Now by David Ireland. The Finborough Theatre, 118 Finborough Road, London SW10 to 26 November 2018. 4****. William Russell
A gem of a play beautifully performed
CBSO @ Symphony Hall, Birmingham Wednesday 2 November 2022, 2.15pm | Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto et al **** David & Paul Gray
A stunning, revelatory performance of Mozart's Clarinet Concerto by CBSO Principal Clarinet, Oliver Janes
The dynamic Leonkoro Quartet: a young ensemble with the brightest of futures
Paddy Goes to Petra by Aine Ryan. The Brockley Jack Studio, 410 Brockley Road, London SE4 to 5 November 2022. 4****. William Russell.
The latest in the Brockley Jack Studio’s short run pieces is a moving tale about overcoming grief in quite the most unusual way and the strangest of places. It is a monologue performed with great sensitivity by Brendan Dunlea as Paddy, an Irish farmer whose son Kieran h as committed suicide leaving him and his wife bereft. What they do is, their son having left money, is use it to travel and one of the places they end up in …
The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde. The Rose Theatre. Kingston upon Thames to 12 November 2022. 2** stars. William Russell.
Carry On Earnest - an evening to forget.
Evening Conversations. Soho Theatre, 21 Dean Street, London W1D to 12 November 2022. 4****. William Russell
A beguiling tale of three continents.
Baz Luhrmann’s Strictly Ballroom – The Musical, Birmingham Hippodrome. To 5 November 2022. 3*** David Gray & Paul Gray.
A dance musical that doesn’t always deliver the dance
Mary by Rona Munro. Hampstead Theatre, Eton Avenue, London NW3 to 26 November 2022. 4****. William Russell.
Henshall in fine form in splendid new play part of the James series.
Daddy Issues by Lewis Cornay. Seven Dials Playhouse, 1A Tower Street, London WC2 to 19 November 2022. 3***. William Russell
Bebe Cave worth watching as the deeply distressed potentially suicidal Imi.
A celebration of old and new in a stimulating Manchester Collective programme
Behind Closed Walls by Daryl J Blair. The Brockley Jack Studio, 410 Brockley Road, London SE 4 to 29 October 2022. 3***. William Russell.
A two hander that holds the interest throughout.
All’s Well That Ends Well by William Shakespeare. The Hithe, 75 Albion Street, Rotherhithe, London SE16. To 6November 2022. William Russell.
A welcome addition to the London fringe theatre scene.
South African Road Trip. Peacock Theatre, Portugal St, London WC2A to 25 October 2022. 4****. William Russell
S spellbinding road trip round the South Africa tourists don't go to.
King Hamlin by Gloria Williams. Park 2000, Clifton Terrace, London N4 to 12 November 2022. 3***. William Russell.
A timely tale but almost impossible to comprehend what the cast is saying.
La Bohème by Giacomo Puccini – Glyndebourne to 29 October then touring to 26 November 2022. 4**** – Clare Colvin
A Gothic touch to Puccini’s tragic tale of young love facing hard reality
Anna Tsybuleva in a programme as thoughtful as it was brilliantly performed
A Single Man by Christopher Isherwood adapted for the stage by Simon Reade. Park Theatre, Clifton Terrace, London N4 to 26 November 2022. 3***. William Russell
Competent but uninspiring premiere of a play based on Isherwood's novel.
Youthful energy combines with the wisdom of old age
Sherlock Holmes – The Valley of Fear by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle adapted by Nick Lane. Blackeyed Theatre. Streaming from 20 October 2022. 3***. William Russell
The games afoot - prepare to join Sherlock on yet another difficult case.
A classic play given an up-to-the-moment relevance in a sparkling adaptation.
Willard White and his long-matured Christmas cake of a voice
Something in the Air by Peter Gill. Jermyn Street theatre, 16b Jermyn Street, London SW1 to 12 November 2022. 4**** stars. William Russell.
A moving tale of love in old age perfectly acted.
The Moors by Jen Silverman. The Hope Theatre, 207 Upper Street, Islington, London N1 to 5 November 2022. 3***. William Russell.
A Gothic horror tale to thrill if a mite too long.
CBSO with conductor Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla, ‘cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason and flautist Marie-Christine Zupancic. Symphony Hall, Birmingham 6/10/2022 – 5***** David & Paul Gray
Glorious evening of concerti and some seminal British orchestral works
Tango After Dark, the Peacock Theatre, Portugal Street, London WC2 to 22 October 2022. 4****. William Russell.
Lavish and splendidly danced tango show.
Wonderfully vibrant and joyful version of a classic.
A night of celebration for the Hallé and Nottingham
An infectious feelgood show.
Tosca by Giacomo Puccini. English National Opera, the Colliseum, St Martin’s Lane, London WC2 to 4 November 2022. 4****. Clare Colvin.
A gripping melodrama passionatelt sung and stylishly directed.
Dmitry by Peter Oswald with Alexander J Gifford after Friedrick Schiller. The Marylebone Theatre, 35 Park Road, London NW1 to 5 November 2022. 4****. William Russell
An exciting blank verse drama about a battle to secure power. Worth catching.
The Milk Train Doesn’t Stop Here Anymore by Tennessee Williams. The Charing Cross Theatre, Villiers Street, London WC2 to 22 October 2022. 2** William Russell.
A bold but unsuccessful attempt to resuscitate a late Williams play.
John Gabriel Borkman by Henrik Ibsen. The Bridge Theatre, Potter’s Field, London to 25 November 2022***. William Russell.
Nordic gloom in abundance in a well performed but ultimately disappointing resurrection of a late Ibsen play.
Only an Octave Apart. Wilton’s Music Hall, Graces Alley, London E1 to 22 October 2022. 4****. William Russell
Some unforgettable songs and equally unforgettable singers to remember
Sober triumphs for world war Aida Sober triumphs for World War Aida.
The House of Flamenka. Choreographers James Cousins & Francisco Hidalgo. The Peacock Theatre, Portugal Street, London WC2A to 8 October 2022. 5*****. William Russell
The raunchiest show in town, an unmissable mix of modern dance and flamenco.
Rambert Dance, Peaky Blinders, The Redemption of Thomas Shelby, Birmingham Hippodrome, 28/09/22, 4****, David Gray & Paul Gray
Fashion and violence abound in dance realisation of iconic TV show
Ghosts on a Wire by Linda Wilkinson. The Union Theatre, 229 Union Street, London SE 1 to 8 October 2022. 3***. William Russell
A green tale for our times with a worth heeding message.
Community Opera – Gelert, by Composer Paul Mealor and Librettist Grahame Davies. North Wales International Music Festival, St Asaph Cathedral, 24/09/11, 14.30 Welsh performance; 17.30 English performance. David Gray 4****
A thoughtful, melodically rich take on the ancient Welsh tale of the faithful hound, Gelert
Persephone by Ross McGregor. The Brockley Jack Studio, 410 Brockley Road, London SE 4 to 17 September 2022. 4****. William Russell.
Demeter - above - pondering her daughter's behaviour in a splendid, challenging play.
Crazy for You. Music & Lyrics by George and Ira Gershwin, Book by Ken Ludwig. Chichester Festival Theatre to 4 September 2022. William Russell.
Who could ask for anything more? - a dazzling revival dazzlingly danced.
Ragtime. Book by Terrence McNally, Lyrics by Lynn Ahrends, Music by Stephen Flaherty. Based on the novel by E.L. Doctorow. Alleyn’s Theatre, Dulwich, London SE 22 to 27 August 2022. 4****. William Russell.
Skillfully staged and drilled production by the National Youth Music Theatre
Diva: live from hell. Book by Nora Brigid Monahan, music & lyrics by Alexander Sage Oyen. The Turbine Theatre, Nine Elms, Battersea SW 11 to 3 September 2022. 5*****. William Russell
Luke Bayer delivers a high octane performance
You will have a whale of a time but make sure you have a few bevvies.
Re-wilding the Wasteland, I Fagiolini, Three Choirs Festival, Holy Trinity Church, Hereford, 24/07/22, 5***** David Gray & Paul Gray
A perfect fusion of exquisite singing and remarkable poetry
A closure is announced.
Identical based on Erich Kastner’s The Parent Trap. Book Stuart Paterson, Music George Stiles, Lyrics Anthony Drew. Nottingham Playhouse to 14 August 2022. 4 ****. William Russell.
A tuneful work in progress which one day may be a massive hit
A thoughtful and imaginative telling of a remarkable life with some really great music
The Dream of Gerontius, Three Choirs Festival, Hereford Cathedral, 30/07/22 5*****. David Gray & Paul Gray
A deeply felt and compelling performance of Elgar’s Masterwork
A mixed evening of musical highs and not so highs
Tasting Notes. Book by Charlie Ryall, Music by Richard Baker, lyrics by Ryall and Baker. Southwark Playhouse, 77 Newington Causeway, London SE 1 to 27 August 2022. 2**. William Russell
Interesting idea but flogged to death in overlong show#
The Creation, Haydn, Three Choirs Festival, Hereford Cathedral, 26/07/22, 4**** David Gray & Paul Gray
A fine period performance somewhat marred by lack of dynamic contrast in the chorus
Mahler Symphony No.4, Three Choirs Festival, Hereford Cathedral 24/7/2022 4**** David Gray & Paul Gray
On another glorious summer’s evening of music in Hereford Cathedral as part of this year’s 294th Three Choirs Festival the Philharmonia Orchestra, under the mostly assured baton of Finnish conductor Emilia Hoving, and with the outstanding soprano Elizabeth Llewellyn, gave fine performances of a new premiere by Rolf Martinsson, an orchestral song cycle, Ich denke Dein, and the ever fresh Fourth Symphony by Gustav Mahler. Martinsson’s cycle sets five poems; two by Goethe, two by Rilke and one by Eichendorff. …
Little Women by Mark Adamo. Opera Holland Park, London W8 in repertoire to 5 August 2022. 3***. Clare Colvin
Louisa May Alcott's classic saga on the joys and sorrows of sisterhood.
Dvořák Requiem, Three Choirs Festival, Hereford Cathedral, 23/07/22 – 5***** Reviewers – Paul Gray & David Gray
A thrilling start to this year's Three Choirs Festival in Hereford
I Fagiolini – Draw on, Sweet Night – Three Choirs Festival, All Saints Church, Hereford, Saturday 23/07/22 5***** Reviewers David Gray & Paul Gray
A sweet, late-summer evening of music, with tales of chivalry and sweet honey-sucking bees