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The Worst Witch, 2019
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Theatre, Musicals

‘The Worst Witch’ review

icon-location-pin Vaudeville Theatre, Strand
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If Harry Potter can have a West End play, then Mildred Hubble can damn well have a West End play too…

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Romeo and Juliet, Sadler's Wells, Matthew Bourne
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Dance, Ballet

Matthew Bourne’s ‘Romeo and Juliet’ review

icon-location-pin Sadler's Wells, Clerkenwell
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After ‘Swan Lake’, ‘The Nutcracker’, ‘Sleeping Beauty’ and ‘Cinderella’, another of ballet’s big beasts has received the Matthew Bourne treatment…

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Evita, Regent's Park Theatre, 2019
© Marc Brenner
Theatre, Outdoor theatres

‘Evita’ review

icon-location-pin Regent's Park Open Air Theatre, Regent’s Park
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Forget everything you know about ‘Evita’: this one properly rocks. Gone are the romanticised shots of sun-soaked South America, sliced out are the filler numbers clogging the score and deleted is the simpering, blonde starlet…

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Theatre, Outdoor theatres

‘The Hunchback of Notre Dame’ review

icon-location-pin St Paul's Church, Covent Garden, Covent Garden
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Outdoor theatre is a summer tradition like eating strawberries, speculating over Andy Murray’s hip and complaining about the weather (whatever the weather)…

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Mr Gum and the Dancing Bear – The Musical!, 2019
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Theatre, Children's

‘Mr Gum and the Dancing Bear – The Musical!’ review

icon-location-pin National Theatre, South Bank
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The NT’s triumphantly weird new musical ‘Mr Gum and the Dancing Bear’ is adept both at delighting kids and at giving adults regular icy shivers of horror…

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Where Is Peter Rabbit, 2019
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Theatre, Children's

‘Where is Peter Rabbit?’ review

icon-location-pin Haymarket Theatre Royal, Leicester Square
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While much kids’ theatre is a triumph of imagination over budget, this overcooked mini Beatrix Potter ‘musical’ is kind of the opposite: too much stuff thrown together without enough thought…

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Theatre, Musicals

‘The Bridges of Madison County’ review

icon-location-pin Menier Chocolate Factory, Southwark
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If you’re still reeling in horror from the ‘Cats’ trailer and need to purge your soul by seeing something that’s pretty much the exact aesthetic, spiritual and musical opposite, then you could do worse than checking out ‘The Bridges of Madison County’ at the Menier…

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Theatre, Interactive

‘The Unholy Marriage of Slice and Sweetly’ review

icon-location-pin St Matthew's Church, Bethnal Green
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London immersive company ImmerCity returns with its fifth production, ‘The Unholy Marriage of Slice and Sweetly’, which follows previous events at Kensington Central Library, the London Museum of Water and Steam and Vine House…

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The Gruffalo, Tall Stories
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Theatre, Children's

‘The Gruffalo’ review

icon-location-pin Lyric Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue
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Tall Stories’ stage version of Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s classic kids’ picturebook ‘The Gruffalo’ is now something of a classic itself…

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