Author Archives: Playhouse Pickings

About Playhouse Pickings

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

Review 3*** Falling in Love Again – King’s Head Theatre

Tweetingit: 3* An enjoyable if lightweight tale of the King of England and Queen of Hollywood. Some things never change! With exquisite timing the premiere of Falling in Love Again lands at the King’s Head Theatre. Slap bang in the … Continue reading

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Review 4**** A Taste of Honey – Trafalgar Studios @NationalTheatre @TrafStudios

A gritty northern drama from the very top draw. A taste of honey just got that much sweeter. Once upon a time, theatre director Joan Littlewood took a pinch of inspiration and mixed it with a cupful of talent to … Continue reading

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Review 5***** Amelie the Musical The Other Palace @TheOtherPalace @AmelieMusicalUK

Witty, winsome and whimsical. Amélie The Musical is based on the 2001 film, where one little girl with a big imagination carries out remarkable acts of kindness to bring happiness to those around her. Until one day, Amélie meets arty … Continue reading

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Review: 5***** Mother Goose The Marlowe Theatre Canterbury @marlowetheatre @MarcPickering @ #HomeIsWhereThePantoIs #canterbury #pantomime #mothergoose #pantoseason @ben_roddy @lloydhollett @DrRanj

I have a number of traditions at Christmas which make the season special. These include putting a green man bought at Canterbury Cathedral on the top of the Christmas tree while listening to Michael Buble, watching Muppet Christmas Carol, and … Continue reading

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Review: 3*** An Act of God – The Vaults @thevaultsuk @ActOfGodLondon @leakstarches

Tweetingit: 3* Think the Ten Commandments could use a re-boot? Comedian Zoe Lyons imagines God in stand-up mode; predictable but occasionally very funny. An Act of God presents something of a moral conundrum, re-treading themes that have kept satirists busy … Continue reading

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News: What more can you need to know on a cold Friday morning to cheer you up than the news that JASON DONAVAN IS BACK IN JOSEPH @JDonOfficial @LondonPalladium @JosephMusical @jacyarrow

Following his critically acclaimed professional debut this summer Jac Yarrow is to wear the Dreamcoat again while Jason Donovan returns to the role of Pharaoh from 2 July 2020!!! Michael Harrison and the Really Useful Group are delighted to announce … Continue reading

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Review: 3*** Reputation The Musical – The Other Palace @TheOtherPalace @ReputationLdn

A fresh out of the box musical drawing inspiration from the golden age of Hollywood. Pleasant songs compensate for a lightweight script. The cosy studio of the Other Palace is now home to the newest off West End musical. Reputation … Continue reading

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Review: 5***** Death of a Salesman – Piccadilly Theatre @SalesmanWestEnd @WendellPierce @TeamPiccadilly

A heavyweight cast join forces with a heavyweight writer to create a tour de force in theatre; an intoxicating mix of style and attitude. Not to be missed. The cult of celebrity does sometimes work in mysterious ways; my earliest … Continue reading

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Review: 4**** God’s Dice – Soho Theatre @sohotheatre @Baddiel @exitthelemming

For someone who made his name in stand-up and sketch based comedy, David Baddiel’s first outing as a playwright comes as something of a surprise. God’s Dice sets an examination question that is both daunting and challenging. What would happen … Continue reading

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Review: 4**** Katheryn Howard – Hope Theatre @TheHopeTheatre

The Tudors represent a tumultuous period in British history and arguably provided the inspiration for Game of Thrones. Henry VIII ruled for 38 years and collected six wives along the way. But who of the six spring most readily to … Continue reading

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