As 2022 draws to a close, we take a look back on some of our more popular reads from the last 12 months….
Review of Mary Poppins at the Prince Edward Theatre: early on in the year, we finally managed to take a visit to see this magical family friendly musical, not only based on the popular Disney film but also on the original stories by P.L Travers. But this is your last chance to see it as it flies out of the West End on the 8th January.
Review of Hieroglyphs: Unlocking Ancient Egypt, British Museum : back in November, we paid a long over due visit to the British Museum to catch this wonderfully detailed exhibition exploring the origin and changing history of hieroglyphs which left us not only wanting more but reawakened our interest in Ancient Egypt.
Top five songs from My Fair Lady: ahead of paying a visit to see Lerner & Loewe’s classic musical at the London Coliseum, we took a look at some of our favourite songs from My Fair Lady and the reasons behind our particular favourites.
Review of Pretty Woman the Musical, Savoy Theatre: as the last big West End musical that we saw before lockdown in 2020, it was really lovely to pay a second visit to this musical and in its new home at the Savoy Theatre where it continues to play.
Interview with Molly-Grace Cutler: we were lucky to chat to Molly about starring as Carole King in the most recent UK tour of Beautiful the Musical.
Review of Inspiring Walt Disney: The Animation of French Decorative Arts, Wallace Collection: this year also saw us paying our very first trip to the Wallace Collection for this fascinating exhibition exploring how the french decorative arts helped to inspire Disney’s animators in creating film such as Beauty and the Beast and Cinderella. It really was a must see for fans of Disney!
Review of Les Miserables, Stephen Sondheim Theatre: rather shockingly this year was our very first visit to see this long running musical and it certainly didn’t disappoint – there were more than a few tears shed by the end of the performance!
Review of & Juliet, Shaftesbury Theatre: this joyful re-mixing of the story of Romeo & Juliet, featuring a plenty of the biggest hits written by Max Martin maybe leaving the West End next year – but there is plenty of fun to be had before then! Find out why by reading our review.
Review of A Sherlock Carol, Marylebone Theatre: one of our first Christmas shows this year was this intriguing show which combines the adventures of Sherlock Holmes and the story of A Christmas Carol, making for a interesting watch – even if the production was a little bit basic visually.
Review of Jack Absolute Flies Again at the National Theatre: it was lovely to re-visit the National Theatre to catch this hilarious new comedy from Richard Bean, who is best known for his previous hit comedy One Man, Two Guvnors (which also played at the National Theatre). Perhaps some of the comedy became a little repetitive but it was entertaining nonetheless!
Review of Fabergé in London: Romance to Revolution at the Victoria and Albert Museum: earlier this year, the Victoria and Albert Museum presented a dazzling exhibition exploring the work of Peter Carl Fabergé and those who worked alongside him and the rise of the company’s popularity.
Review of Cyrano De Bergerac, Harold Pinter Theatre: having had a previous run at the Playhouse Theatre before the pandemic, Jamie Lloyd’s production definitely felt a lot sharper this time around and James McAvoy gave an absolutely brilliant performance.
Review of Land of Dreams by Mark Owen: this year saw the Take That singer releasing his latest album, which we described in our review as being: ” filled with optimism and variety to make for fun listening.”
Review of To Kill a Mockingbird, Gielgud Theatre: having only read the book once and never seen the film, it was difficult to know how this stage adaptation based on the classic book would translate on stage. However worked beautifully thanks to Aaron Sorkin’s stage adaptation which showed great depth, understanding and was faithful to the story. Expertly directed by Bartlett Sher it was a powerful production to see (which you can still see now).
Review Evelyn, Southwark Playhouse: filled with secrets, Tom Ratcliffe’s play explores what it means to be judged by the public via social media. The whole production had an element of elusiveness to it that kept the audience enthralled right until the very end…