Author Archives: Playhouse Pickings

About Playhouse Pickings

Theatre blog run by Rhiannon Lawson; a civil servant, extreme tea drinker and theatre reviewer.

Review: 3*** Shrek @ShrekUKTour ‏@marlowetheatre

This show is a great example of how subjective productions are, and therefore, how interesting reviewing is.  I had a reviewer see Shrek at Norwich. I also bought tickets for my mum and her partner. My reviewer gave it 4 … Continue reading

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Review: 4**** Shrek the Musical @ShrekUKTour @TheatreRNorwich @AmeliaLilyOffic

Following the award-winning success of DreamWorks Animation film, Shrek the Musical is bursting back on to stages around the UK. Currently taking residency at Norwich’s Theatre Royal until Sunday, July 8th Shrek will then continue touring the UK until December 2018. … Continue reading

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Review: 3*** Le Misanthrope – Camden People’s Theatre @ExchangeTheatre @CamdenPT

Exchange Theatre has a laudable mission: to bring foreign plays to an English-speaking audience. For this alone they deserve huge credit. And their attention to classics is equally important: there is so much more to enjoy than endless outings of … Continue reading

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Review: 4**** Cole Porter’s Kiss Me, Kate – @LondonColiseum @Opera_North @kissmekatetour

Arrogant theatre director, Fred Graham, is starring in a musical production of Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew, opposite his irritable film star ex-wife Lilli Vanessi. The show is already in danger of coming apart at the seams thanks to … Continue reading

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Review: 4**** 84 Charing Cross Road – @RichmondTheatre @Stefanie_Powers @84CXROnTour

  Mountains of venerable leather-bound books greet the audience: neat, catalogued shelves on the right of the stage; disorderly piles on the left. And so the stage is set for a play of juxtapositions: man and woman; togetherness and solitude; … Continue reading

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Review: 2** Soap at Underbelly @UnderbellyFest #soap

#Tweetingit – 2** promised to make us wet with excitement. Left us damp and disappointed.  The programme promised a lot.  A unique combination of world-class acrobatics, comedy and live opera performed in, on and around bathtubs.  Quite a bold claim … Continue reading

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Review: 2** The Yellow Wallpaper – Omnibus Theatre @Omnibus_Theatre

The marketing for this show is a striking image of an agonised figure reaching through a yellow wall, I was therefore quite ready for an atmospheric piece and a sense of ominous danger. The production is based upon an original … Continue reading

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Interview: WHIST Lilian Baylis Studio, Sadler’s Wells @Sadlers_Wells @AoiEsteban

On the 19th June I am off to see Whilst at the Lilian Baylis Studio. This production is described as an experience which merges physical theatre, interactive Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) technologies and an art installation, in … Continue reading

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Review: 4**** Adam and Eve – Hope Theatre @TheHopeTheatre

Tweetingit: 4* Newlywed couple set up home dreaming of domestic bliss. Their happiness is shattered when proverbial hits the fan. Excellent storytelling packed into an hour. A band was tuning up in the basement when I got to the Hope … Continue reading

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Review: 4**** Awful Auntie Marlowe Theatre Canterbury @_AwfulAuntie ‏@davidwalliams @birminghamstage,

David Walliams’ Awful Auntie is the story of unfortunate Lady Stella Saxby (Georgina Leonidas) and the unravelling of her mean Aunt Alberta (Timothy Speyer). Recently orphaned Stella is left to be ‘cared’ for by her Aunt Alberta when her parents … Continue reading

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