Review Round Up: The Queen of Spades, Royal Opera House

Love London Love Culture rounds up the reviews for Stefan Herheim’s production. Culture Whisper: **** “Director Herheim thinks big, and scores more hits than misses with his torrent of ideas.” The Stage: ** “Most of what intermittent dramatic tension or emotional engagement the evening has to offer comes from the pit, where conductor Antonio Pappano and the orchestra whip up the storm signally lacking on stage.”… Read More

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PREVIEW: Gershwin Reimagined, Royal Festival Hall

The Royal Festival Hall will present an evening filled with classic  Gershwin songs performed by Shaun Escoffery and Laura Mvula.  Taking place on the 10th February, this one off concert will see Olivier Award-nominated Shaun Escoffery (currently playing Mufasa in West End musical The Lion King), Mercury award-nominated Laura Mvula and the Philharmonia Orchestra performing a number of Gershwin classics. Songs such as ‘Embraceable You’, ‘Summertime’ and ‘I Got Rhythm’ have been arranged by… Read More

REVIEW: Songs For Nobodies, Ambassadors Theatre

Bernadette Robinson offers up a vocal masterclass in this highly  engaging show.  There is so much to say about this beautifully thought out and extraordinary play (with songs of course) by Joanna Murray-Smith that not only captures the spirit of the women that performer Bernadette Robinson brings to life but also those who admired them. Songs for Nobodies is partly about five extraordinarily talented women… Read More

REVIEW: Sinatra: Raw, Live at Zedel

This insightful and entertaining show successfully captures the many  different elements of Frank Sinatra’s life.  With the name Frank Sinatra, there are so many things you can associate with him including: charisma, smooth, relaxed, the mafia, Ava Gardner and J.F.Kennedy on top of being an immensely talented singer. Sinatra: Raw, Richard Shelton’s show covers all of these many different parts of Sinatra’s life to mesmerising effect as seen… Read More

Interview With… Bernadette Robinson

Love London Love Culture’s Emma Clarendon chatted to the actress  and singer about bringing Songs for Nobodies to the Ambassadors  Theatre.  Hi Bernadette, thank you so much for talking to me. What can audiences expect from Songs for Nobodies? It’s my pleasure! I think audiences can expect a show that explores some of the emotions we all feel in our lives: loneliness, grief, loss but also love. It’s a show that explores our desire… Read More

REVIEW: Odyssey by Take That

Released to celebrate their 30th anniversary, Take That’s latest album  beautifully reimagines some of their very best songs.  It is incredible to believe that Take That have been in existence for thirty years and now to mark this occasion have released a new album filled with their classic songs but revamped specially for this anniversary. By subtly changing the way in which many of the songs sound, it offers the listener… Read More

Love London Love Culture’s Round Up of the Year

It has been a busy year for LLLC – here’s a guide to some of what we  have been up to in the last 12 months… Take a Journey to the Underworld: perhaps a slight exaggeration but Love London Love Culture thoroughly enjoyed Funicular Productions immersive dining and theatre experience – which is also a great way to meet new people! I Am Of Ireland, Old Red lion Theatre: LLLC’s Kirsty Herrington enjoyed this production of Seamus Finnegan’s play… Read More

Watch: West End Stars Performing You’ve Got A Friend in Aid of Barnardo’s

A number of West End stars  have recorded a festive cover of Carole King’s You’ve Got A Friend, to raise money for children’s charity, Barnardo’s. This new recording which is available to download now here features vocals from some of the West End’s biggest stars including Nathan Amzi, Natasha Barnes, Christina Bennington, Daniel Boys, Janie Dee, Ben Forster, Clare Foster, Evelyn Hoskins,… Read More

REVIEW: A Christmas Carol, London Musical Theatre Orchestra, Lyceum Theatre

This cosy festive musical treat is performed beautifully by the London Musical Theatre Orchestra.  It is always such a treat to listen to the London Musical Theatre Orchestra’s interpretation of Alan Menken, Lynn Ahrens and Mike Ockrent’s A Christmas Carol. The orchestra’s performance is always filled with passion and warmth that really brings the story,… Read More

NEWS: Ida’s Christmas Album Enters Official Classical Chart

The pop-opera girl group’s Christmas album Believe was released on the 7th December.  Produced independently by the group and funded by their Kickstarter campaign, Ida’s Christmas album has entered the Official Classical Charts (as of 14 December). They are the only unsigned act to feature in this week’s Official Classical Chart. Every element of the creation of the… Read More