Photo preview: James Norton in Bug, Found 111

Production photos of Tracy Letts’ Bug, opening tomorrow at Found 111.

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The Wicker Husband: The Sparrow’s Tale

This song demo is from The Wicker Husband, a musical under development by Darren Clark (musica and lyrics) and Rhys Jennings (book and story), based on a short story by Ursula Wills-Jones. The musical is currently crowdfunding for contributions to its further development on IndieGogo.

Annie, Aylesbury Waterside ★★★½

Originally published on The Public Reviews Since opening on Broadway in 1977, Annie has played in several West End runs and spawned countless new productions all over the world. West Yorkshire Playhouse’s touring production uses the strapline “the world’s most popular family musical”, and it’s a piece of hyperbole with which it is hard to argue. Even…

Private Lives, Aylesbury Waterside ★★½

Originally published on The Reviews Hub. Noël Coward’s 1930 comedy Private Lives is widely regarded as one of his comic masterpieces. Starting with two divorcees discovering, to their horror, that they are honeymooning with their respective new spouses in adjoining hotel suites, Coward’s script contains plenty of smart one-liners and deft send-ups of the social mores of…

Hanging Hooke, St James Studio ★★★½

Reviewed for The Reviews Hub. In any biography of the sciences covering the vast expansion of ideas and theories in the 17th Century, Robert Hooke should be ever present. Yet his name is perpetually overshadowed by his contemporaries, including Christopher Wren, with whom he collaborated on the rebuilding of London after the Great Fire, and…

Alexandra Da Silva: La Petite Divatante, The Pheasantry ★★★★½

Reviewed for The Reviews Hub. There is something about supreme confidence in a cabaret performer which is essential to audience enjoyment, particularly when the artist in question is not as familiar names as some. Alexandra Da Silva is one such performer – although those who saw recent Kander and Ebb tribute show The World Goes Round,…

End of the Rainbow, Aylesbury Waterside ★★★★

Reviewed for The Reviews Hub. There is little doubt that Judy Garland was one of the 20th Century’s most engaging performers – or that the somewhat erratic performance style, particularly late in life, was both fuelled by, and a result of, the drug regime to which she was addicted. Starting from her early days in…