Love London Love Culture’s Picks of the Week: Sunday 18th August 2019

Here’s a guide to some of the most popular reads on LLLC this week… Review of Showtune at the Union Theatre: we begun this week with a trip to the Union Theatre to celebrate the music created by Jerry Herman. Featuring some of his best known hits from musicals such as La Cage Aux Folles… Read More

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Review Round Up: Actually, Trafalgar Studios

Love London Love Culture rounds up the reviews for Oscar Toeman’s production of Anna Ziegler’s new play. WhatsOnStage: *** “It’s never not watchable and is full of nuance about the mystery of human relationships, the way that people are constantly wrong-footed by their feelings, side-swiped by complicated emotions. But in terms of drama, its even-handedness… Read More

Review Round Up: Dora Maurer, Tate Modern

This year long display of the Hungarian artist’s work is the first exhibition in the UK to explore the diversity of her art. Here’s what the critics had to say about it… The Guardian: **** ” In today’s anxious world, where even a museum on a Sunday afternoon is not a safe space, it’s a… Read More

Review Round Up: Romeo & Juliet, Sadler’s Wells

Love London Love Culture rounds up the reviews for Matthew Bourne’s reimagining of Romeo & Juliet . The Independent: **** “Where many Romeo retellings emphasise contemporary divisions, Bourne reframes it as a story of young people against a uniformly oppressive system.” The Telegraph: ***** “For a few agonising moments during the press night for Matthew Bourne’s new… Read More

Review Round Up: Bat Out of Hell, New York City Center

The musical which brings to life the songs of Jim Steinman and Meat Loaf is now playing in New York. But what have critics been saying about it? Observer.com: ” I’ve never seen a cast work so passionately on such silly material. Polec, as the often shirtless, mike-twirling rock Adonis, has a wild comic energy that… Read More

Review Round Up: Evita, Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre

Find out what critics have made of Jamie Lloyd’s production of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s musical with LLLC’s review round up… The Telegraph: ***** “This revelatory staging confirms that Lloyd Webber is re-gaining kudos.” The Observer: **** “Lloyd’s Evita isn’t as high-emotion as some can be, but it’s a work of screaming fun, from the… Read More

Review Round Up: Tree, Young Vic Theatre

Find out what critics had to say about this production which premiered as part of the Manchester International Festival before its arrival in London. Evening Standard: **** “the visual flair of its staging, strong performances and an excellent Afro-electro soundtrack make up for the glib slightness of the story. What’s more, it begins and ends… Read More

Review Round Up: Mr Gum and the Dancing Bear – The Musical! , National Theatre

Love London Love Culture rounds up the reviews for Andy Stanton and Jim Fortune’s musical based on the children’s books. The Guardian: ** “Andy Stanton’s adaptation of his own children’s books is packed with eccentricity and verbal flourishes – all at the expense of the story.” Time Out: **** “Think about it too hard and… Read More

Review Round Up: Peter Pan, Troubadour White City Theatre

Sally Cookson’s production of J.M.Barrie’s classic story officially opens the Troubadour White City Theatre. Love London Love Culture rounds up the reviews. London Theatre1: *** “if you’re a literary purist and want to explore the darker psychological tensions of the JM Barrie original text, you may well enjoy the depth and duration of this production.… Read More

Review Round Up: Moulin Rouge, Al Hirschfeld Theater, New York

Love London Love Culture rounds up the reviews for one of the most highly anticipated musicals of the year… The Guardian: *** “What audiences apparently want is dazzle and excitement and pyrotechnics and trapezes and sword-swallowing and equal-opportunity lechery and Catherine Zuber’s sensuous costumes and Derek Mclane’s glitzy set and Sonya Tayeh’s playful, libidinous, clever… Read More