Adam Mcdonnell

A very accomplished production of a show that boasts an utterly enchanting score, Floyd Collins is sophisticated, intriguing and beautifully performed with some truly breath-taking moments. It is clear that every detail of this carefully produced musical has been considered meticulously, with the piece emanating waves of meaning and feeling. Instantly you know you are in safe […]

  Adam Mcdonnell

Taking inspiration from the many music legends who lost their lives at an early age, 27 is a brand new rock musical from debutant Sam Cassidy that, while boasting a decent original score, sadly plods its way through a particularly sub-par book that not even its undoubtedly talented cast can recover into something believable or […]

  Adam Mcdonnell

Well-executed if not a little rough around the edges, this take on the quirky self-referential [Title of Show] from SR productions is entertaining enough to provide a fun night of musical theatre on the West End’s fringe, but lacks the quality and daring direction needed to make it a complete success. As the name suggests, this mid-noughties […]

  Adam Mcdonnell

Billie Piper produces an outstanding performance as a woman whose struggle to have a child turns to desperation and obsession in Simon Stone’s smartly reinvented version of the Federico Garcia Lorca classic, Yerma. The play centres around Piper’s character ‘Her’, providing snippets of her life over a five-year period and the interactions she has with […]

  Adam Mcdonnell

A very stylish and smart production of an intriguing gem of a musical that first premiered in the National Theatre back in 2011, Sedos’ take on London Road overcomes an incredibly challenging book and score and creates something that is touching, funny, uncomfortable and thought-provoking. The premise surrounds the tragic murders of 5 prostitutes in […]

Originally premiering off-Broadway in the late 70s, I’m Getting My Act Together and Taking It on the Road tackles gender issues head on, exploring the stereotypes and labels given to men and women alike and the prejudices that existed for a ‘strong, independent woman’ during the musical’s setting. Despite being written nearly 40 years ago, many of […]

  Adam Mcdonnell

Gretchen Creyer and Nancy Ford’s I’m Getting My Act Together and Taking It on the Road was a hit show both Off-Broadway and on the West End and, after 35 years, it will get its first London revival when it plays at the Jermyn Street Theatre this July. Ahead of this run I spoke to […]

  Adam Mcdonnell

Before starting my review I think it is important to mention that this is a musical I already know very well and indeed am incredibly fond of. While this means I was already entering the theatre with the confidence that I would at least appreciate Peter Stone and Maury Yeston’s book and music, it also […]

A fairly unremarkable production that feels too much like an educational show for schools at times and doesn’t deliver quite enough quality to justify its worth, despite its experienced and overall able cast. The story of George Holyoake, the last Brit to be convicted and imprisoned for blasphemy, is one that certainly peaks interest, but […]

  Adam Mcdonnell

Not without both touching and humorous moments and boasting a wonderfully talented pair of actors, This Is Living is a largely flawed piece that relies too heavily on a thin plot line and certainly does enough to entertain but doesn’t leave you with much to reflect on, and is far less groundbreaking or thought-provoking than […]

  Adam Mcdonnell

An intelligent and knowing comedy musical that remains totally aware of itself throughout, not shying away from its farcical nature but rather embracing it. This show is fun but polished and a joy to watch. The title itself, The Toxic Avenger, provides a pretty clear indication of the tone of the musical before you are […]

  Adam Mcdonnell

The songs are conventional, the punchlines predictable, and the plot utterly bonkers, but there is something about Miss Atomic Bomb that ticked with me, making it quite an enjoyable, if not flawed, new musical. The show certainly has its problems and is unlikely to stand the test of time, but its charm and almost innocent […]

  Adam Mcdonnell

Probably Shakespeare’s most famous comedy, there is undoubtedly going to be added pressure to present something new when performing A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and that is certainly what we get with Filter Theatre’s production at the Lyric Hammersmith. A total farce from start to finish, this zany show is a wonderful comedy fest that successfully […]

  Adam Mcdonnell

A potent and hard-hitting depiction of working class adolescence, Herons at the Lyric Hammersmith is a tough play, brought to life through Sean Holmes’ directing and acted wonderfully by its young cast. Herons occurs a year after the death of a 15 year old girl, and while the cause of her death remains a mystery, […]

  Adam Mcdonnell

Uniquely written, eloquently put together and beautifully performed, for one hundred and twenty minutes we are given an insight into the highs and lows of the once celebrated Beale family who lived at Grey Gardens. For the first half of the show, we are taken back to 1941 and introduced to ‘Edith’, a self-assured but […]

  Adam Mcdonnell

An enjoyable evening of roasting the current crop of West End shows, Jest End is amusing, loud, well executed—if not slightly under-polished at times—and a whole load of fun for anyone who is up to speed with London’s musical theatre. The structure is simple: take the music of any song from a West End show […]

  Adam Mcdonnell

Adapted from a 1980s film that is credited for being the reason ‘Worst Film of the Year’ awards exist and taking its score from the songs of Olivia Newton John, I wasn’t expecting Brecht from this production of Xanadu but did approach the show with an open mind and the hope that it would live […]

  Adam Mcdonnell

Tony Award Winner, Academy Award nominee and television favourite, Angela Lansbury has had a long and illustrious career and Fiona-Jane Weston takes us through the life of the great Dame, in her latest cabaret style production, Looking for Lansbury. The show is a telling of both her professional and personal life, which spans nearly a […]

  Adam Mcdonnell

‘Lights up on Washington Heights’—this adaptation of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s uniquely brilliant, Tony Award-winning musical is an absolute must see for anyone with even a slight interest in theatre. Set in a diverse but mainly Latino area of New York’s Washington Heights, the musical surrounds a close-knit community of friends and family and introduces us to […]

  Adam Mcdonnell

An original British musical is something of a rarity in London theatre, with juke box shows and film adaptations dominating the West End, but luckily we have a thriving fringe circuit that is willing to take risks on such shows, as the Union Theatre has done with ‘The White Feather’. A beautifully touching musical, it […]

  Adam Mcdonnell

Three singers, two pianists, and a whole lot of Sondheim—a thoroughly enjoyable evening by the AC Group for the avid or even casual fan of the great lyricist/composer, though this charming production is unlikely to convert any sceptics of his extensive catalogue. Quite remarkably, ‘Side by Side by Sondheim’ was first performed over 40 years […]

  Adam Mcdonnell

A very well executed production of a unique and interesting new play, And Then Come the Nightjars is simultaneously funny, heart-breaking and eye-opening, and is a real credit to the writer, production team and cast. Centred on the Foot-and-mouth crisis of 2001 and how it affected a South Devon farm, the play tackles an issue […]

  Adam Mcdonnell

A stylish revival of the musical that hit the West End and Broadway with a bang over a decade ago, this stripped down version of Thoroughly Modern Millie is largely successful in its interpretation of the much grander original but lacks the pizazz needed to pull off such a unique and iconic show. Those who […]

  Adam Mcdonnell

Get lost down the rabbit hole, immerse yourself in the madness and enter the freakishly wonderful world of Alice. Hidden away in the Waterloo Vaults, a beautiful and unique experience has been created as Les Enfants Terribles explore Lewis Carroll’s timeless novel. Alice’s Adventures Underground is an interactive theatrical piece consisting of a maze of […]

  Adam Mcdonnell

It is refreshing when a rarer musical pops up on the London fringe circuit, and this production of The Baker’s Wife does a fine job at demonstrating one of composer Stephen Schwartz’s lesser known works. The intimate Drayton Arms Theatre serves perfectly as the local French village where the show is set and the stage […]

  Adam Mcdonnell

Take a bow, Imelda Staunton. The national treasure is mesmerising as Mama Rose in this perfect West End revival of the 1959 classic, Gypsy. Having been lucky enough to see the production at the Chichester Festival Theatre prior to its West End run, I couldn’t wait to see it again at the Savoy and certainly […]