Review: Miss Nightingale (The Vaults, London)

Miss Nightingale arrives in London following a number of revised productions over the years. First performed back in 2011, it’s pitched as ‘sex, scandal and showbiz 1940s style’, but does it follow up on that promise? Telling the story of a group of performers making a living amongst the background of World War 2, it…

Review: The Glass Menagerie (Duke of York’s Theatre, London)

John Tiffany is having a right run of success. Not content with dominating the Olivier Awards nominations with his production of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, he’s also brought his award-winning version of Tennessee Williams’s The Glass Menagerie to London. Already having very successful runs on Broadway and at Edinburgh International Festival, it’s clear…

Review: An American in Paris (Dominion Theatre, London)

An American in Paris arrives in London following a very successful run in New York back in 2014. Based on the 1951 film of the same name, this is the first opening of a year that sees many productions harking back to a golden era of musicals. Director Christopher Wheeldon had great success when An…

Review: Ugly Lies The Bone (National Theatre, London)

Returning to the National Theatre after 2015’s hit The Motherf*cker with the Hat, director Indhu Rubasingham takes on Lindsey Ferrentino’s 2015 play Ugly Lies the Bone. Jess (Kate Fleetwood) has been on three tours of Afghanistan. Returning to her home town of Titusville in Florida, badly scarred and in pain, she must come to terms with…

Review: La Cage Aux Folles (Theatre Royal, Nottingham)

La Cage Aux Folles was originally staged in 1983, and has since been revived numerous times, most notably back in 2008 with a production by the Menier Chocolate Factory that went on to win both Olivier and Tony Awards. And while this new touring production (the first ever to do the rounds in the UK) is…

Review: The HIV Monologues (Ace Hotel, London)

The HIV Monologues is a new play by dragonflies theatre and Theatre Bench, first launched at the Kings Head theatre at the end of 2016. Returning to London at Ace Hotel in Shoreditch, this is a stripped back production that exposes the stories about living with the effects of HIV. The play, written by Patrick…

7 London theatres to try on a budget

It seems a few people caught my post on the 7 ways to get a cheap theatre seat in London. Well, it occurred to me not long after posting it that there is in fact an eighth way: don’t go to the West End at all! Yes, the West End is known for its glitzy…

Review: RENT The Musical (St James Theatre, London)

Not many musicals manage to gather the loyal fanbase that has been afforded to RENT over its 20 year lifetime. That’s never been more obvious than during the current run at the St James Theatre, where a large portion of the audience seemed to be adorning ‘No Day But Today’ t-shirts, with ‘Moos’ at the…

7 ways to get a cheap seat at the theatre

I often get asked how I can afford to go to the theatre so often when the prices are so high. And there’s little wonder, when all you hear about in the press are premium prices, theatre not being affordable and the latest productions setting you back £200 a pop. In fact there have been…

Review: School of Rock (New London Theatre, London)

Remember that movie with Jack Black where he masqueraded as a teacher who manages to slip through the child protection net and enlists a bunch of kids to become rock stars? Well they’ve only gone and made a musical version of it! There wasn’t much to hate about the 2003 movie version, and apparently Andrew…

10 shows to see in 2017

In true West End Wanderer tradition, here’s a look ahead at what’s in store for theatre in 2017. These are my top 10 shows to look out for over the coming 12 months. Angels in America – National Theatre It feels like it’s been a while since the National had a show with quite so…

The best theatre of 2016

2016 has been a great year for London theatre. While new musicals have been somewhat lacking, there have been some very high profile revivals with the likes of Funny Girl, Dreamgirls and Sunset Boulevard. Meanwhile there have seemingly been more plays and more star name productions than ever before. And while West End Wanderer may…