Motown The Musical: A technicolour, feel-good celebration of the Detroit label that just didn’t quite have me dancing in the streets

Motown The Musical
Shaftesbury Theatre

Motown The Musical is a joyful celebration of Motown’s first 25-years that oozes showmanship and panache from the sequin effect daubed on the ornate exterior of the Shaftesbury Theatre to the huge, glossy programme.

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The Mousetrap: the world’s longest running play

So whodunnit? I’m not telling.

Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap is still going strong, well into its sixty-fifth year of continuous running, and its forty-third at the St Martin’s Theatre. One of the cornerstones of the West End, proven by its blue plaque and ringing endorsements displayed on the theatre’s exterior, the play unashamedly retains its original 1950s charm – and it is no clearer now than you imagine it would have been to those in attendance on the opening night who the murderer is in the midst of the troubled Monkswell Manor Guest House.

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Succour Punch: Fantastic Findlay Fills in!

Ladies and gentlemen: the girls are back in town. Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour has returned with a bang, on the West End stage. But, of course, you all knew that. If you want to read a nice, concise, journalist-y review that I’ve written, you can find one here from the current run… or here from the National Theatre!

Instead, this time I’m going to dump a few more thoughts here which have occurred to me after seeing the play again this week, that wouldn’t really fit into a ‘proper’ review and only came with taking the time to get to know the play. SMASH THE FUCKING SYSTEM!

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Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour Review – A musical play that gets the balance just right.

Dorfman Theatre, London.

Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour is a musical play that gets the balance spot on between unbridled, youthful joy and almost total hopelessness over the course of less than two hours, with hardly a pause for breath.

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Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour: What you need to know

It’s the musical play that has taken Scotland by storm, and has now garnered rave reviews playing at the National Theatre in London. Before my review, which I will post shortly, here is a brief summary of everything you need to know.

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Made in Norfolk

The Norfolk Youth Music Theatre’s Made in Dagenham

Norwich Playhouse, Thursday 7th April 2016, 7:30pm

Before I begin, I’m going to make a confession. Last night was the first musical I have ever attended in person, and the first time I have been to the Playhouse for at least 10 years. Having never seen Made in Dagenham in either of its cinematic or theatrical guises, I know nothing other than what the Norfolk Youth Music Theatre (YMT) put on so while my thoughts may lack technical grounding, they will come free from preconceptions and complications. So here goes…

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