REVIEW: Cyprus Avenue, Royal Court Theatre

This 2019 revival of David Ireland’s play is currently available to watch online. Last seen on stage at the Royal Court Theatre in 2019 for a brief run, this chilling black comedy about one man’s struggle with the past and uncertainty about the future is an extremely powerful watch from start to finish. Directed with… Read More

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REVIEW: Miss Austen by Gill Hornby

This beautifully tender story offers a new insight into the world of the Austen sisters interweaving the past and present effectively. It can never be easy being a sister who is overshadowed by her fellow sibling – particularly when that sibling is Jane Austen. But what Gill Hornby’s gorgeously written novel Miss Austen does bring… Read More

REVIEW: Anna of Kleve: Queen of Secrets by Alison Weir

Alison Weir produces the most fascinating story surrounding the life of Henry VIII’s fourth wife. When it comes to Henry VIII’s wives, most historical fiction novels that I seem to read usually focus on the stronger female queens – particularly Anne Boleyn, which is why it is fascinating to read a novel about a queen… Read More

REVIEW: Lipstick, Southwark Playhouse

A tender and funny story of growing up and self-discovery has potential but there is definite room for development. It can’t be denied that there is an endearing quality to Lily Shahmoon’s portrayal of two teenage boys embarking on a journey of self-discovery and emotional complications that ensures there is a likeable quality throughout. But… Read More

Love London Love Culture’s Picks of the Week: Sunday 8th March

Here’s a guide to what has been proving popular on LLLC this week… Review of Pretty Woman the Musical at the Piccadilly Theatre: this week saw the official opening of the London production starring Danny Mac and Aimie Atkinson. The musical features a score by Bryan Adams and is directed and choreographed by Jerry Mitchell.… Read More

REVIEW: United Queendom,Kensington Palace

Les Enfants Terribles are back with a truly sublime show exploring the lives of Queen Caroline and Henrietta Howard. Rejoice! It is 1774 and we are all invited to party to celebrate King George II’s birthday – but underneath the celebrations is an underlying tension between Queen Caroline and her husband’s mistress Henrietta Howard. In… Read More

REVIEW: Pretty Woman the Musical, Piccadilly Theatre

While retaining many of the elements from the film, the musical also adds a few new elements to make it feel contemporary. Suitably romantic and updated to make it feel more contemporary, Pretty Woman the Musical has plenty to recommend it in terms of music and characterisations to make for a feel-good show. Based on… Read More

REVIEW: The Prince of Egypt, Dominion Theatre

A dazzling cast, a powerful score and mesmerising choreography make this a real spectacle to watch. To take a beloved film and to transform it into a stage spectacular takes a lot of courage and ambition – which is clearly something that all those involved with this immense production had when coming up with the… Read More

REVIEW: The Upstart Crow, Gielgud Theatre

Filled with fantastic wordplay, Ben Elton’s comedy is a lovely tribute to William Shakespeare. Believe it or not I hadn’t heard or seen anything of Ben Elton’s BBC comedy before hearing about this new stage version – but after seeing this brilliantly funny production I definitely left wanting more. The Upstart Crow sees William Shakespeare… Read More

REVIEW: Zorro: The Musical in Concert, Cadogan Hall

Things were certainly hotting up at the Cadogan Hall thanks to this lively if occasionally stilted performance of Zorro the Musical. Passion, duty, power, love and family are all at the very heart of this musically vibrant show – a story of good vs evil that perhaps doesn’t fully come to life through Stephen Clark’s… Read More