REVIEW: The Band, New Victoria Theatre

Tim Firth’s warmhearted musical about friendship is a joy from  start to finish.  Ah 1993 – the year in which Bill Clinton was sworn in as President of the United States, Unforgiven won the Best Picture award at the Oscars – but also the year that Take That went to number one in the charts with the song ‘Pray’. Tim Firth’s nostalgic and genuinely heartwarming new… Read More

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REVIEW: Gently Down the Stream, Park Theatre

Martin Sherman’s beautifully thoughtful and  poignant examination of relationships through the eyes  of two different generations  is mesmerising from start to finish.  Making its UK debut, this remarkably tender and perceptive play from Martin Sherman has plenty to keep the audience thoroughly engaged throughout as the two central characters Beau and Rufus find their way through their relationship. Set in a cosy but modern apartment, Gently Down the Stream focuses in particular on… Read More

REVIEW: Come From Away, Phoenix Theatre

This musical based on a remarkable true story is a celebration of  humanity at its best.   September 11th 2001. We all remember exactly where we were and what we were doing on that horrific day when terrorists crashed into the twin towers in New York. But what many people may not remember or know about is the story of 7000 people on planes also flying on that day… Read More

REVIEW: Carmen, King’s Head Theatre

Intimate, romantic and passionate – This modern take on Bizet’s Carmen is an opera you’ll feel you can relate to. When I heard about a modernisation of the classic opera, Carmen, I was a little sceptical. How on earth could the passion of an unruly woman in Spain be translated into modern British culture? British… Read More

Love London Love Culture’s Picks of the Week: Sunday 17th February

Missed anything on Love London Love Culture this week? Here’s what has been proving popular on LLLC…  Review of A Beautiful Noise at the Lyric Theatre: this week saw Love London Love Culture catching the first West End performance of the show dedicated to the music of Neil Diamond. Including songs such as ‘Forever in Blue Jeans’ and ‘Sweet Caroline’, it is a “Designed to be a crowdpleaser”. Review Round Up of Edward II at the Shakespeare’s Globe: this week saw the opening of Edward II and Love… Read More

REVIEW: Berberian Sound Studio, Donmar Warehouse

As chilling as it is fascinating, Tom Scutt’s production is an  effective slow-burner that captures the audience’s attention as much as their imagination.   Based on the 2012 film by Peter Strickland, Berberian Sound Studio feels less like the horror film than a psychological drama that plays out beautifully well on the Donmar Warehouse’s stage. For those who like me who normally avoid anything relatively creepy,… Read More

REVIEW: All About Eve, Noel Coward Theatre

Love London Love Culture’s Kirsty Herrington paid a visit to the Noel Coward Theatre to see Ivo  van Hove’s production based on the Oscar winning film.  One of the most highly anticipated theatre productions of the year, All About Eve has a lot to live up to. Joseph L. Mankiewicz’s original 1950 film was nominated for a record-breaking 14 Oscars, including Best Actress for the iconic Bette Davies, and so, with a star cast… Read More

REVIEW: A Beautiful Noise, Lyric Theatre

This tribute to the career of Neil Diamond is a lively affair with a great song selection.  Confession time. I went into this lively and entertaining show with very little knowledge of Neil Diamond’s music – but thanks to A Beautiful Noise I have certainly a new found appreciation for his music – not only as a charismatic singer but also his talent as a songwriter. Taking us through songs such… Read More

Review Round Up: Thank U Next by Ariana Grande

Five months after the release of Sweetener, Ariana Grande is back with a brand new album. LLLC rounds up the reviews…  Pitchfork: “But in the rare spots where the production is grating and the writing limp, Grande makes up for it with skill and intuition. thank u, nextmay be an imperfect album but it’s a perfect next chapter.” The Guardian: **** ” this feels like the work of a pop star… Read More

REVIEW: Rembrandt: Thinking on Paper, British Museum

This free display at the museum is worth catching and  shows potential for a full scale exhibition devoted to the artist’s work  on paper.  Marking the 350th anniversary of the artist’s death, the British Museum’s neat and compact exhibition focusing on the rarely seen prints and drawings offers a surprisingly detailed look at Rembrandt’s style and approach to many different topics. Comprised of sixty five prints and drawings, Rembrandt: Thinking on Paper is an intimate look… Read More