Review: WONDER.LAND at the National Theatre, Olivier

I don't think I have ever had as much of a conflicted opinion on a show as I do currently on the National Theatre's latest co-produced musical 'wonder.land', currently playing in rep with Les Blancs at the National Theatre, Olivier. When the show was first announced over a year ago, I was excited to hear that the Broadway flop Wonderland with music by Frank Wildhorn was coming to London (which is incidentally receiving its UK premiere on tour next year)... only to quickly realise that this was a similar premise, but not the same show.

A Comedic Masterpiece: NELL GWYNN at the Apollo

I was dying to see Nell Gwynn when it started its life at the Globe with a week of performances. Fast forward a few months and Nell Gwynn has managed to find itself a new life at the Apollo Theatre on Shaftesbury Avenue in a colourful new production starring Olivier Award-nominee Gemma Arterton. It's a lavish, vivid and hilarious new play which takes an old, true story and pumps fresh air in to it to make it something new.

Review: EVENING AT THE TALK HOUSE at the National Theatre, Dorfman

My favourite kind of theatre is good, honest drama and that is exactly what Evening at the Talk House is serving up at the Dorfman National Theatre. It's nothing overly ambitious, it's nothing too ridiculous or out-there and it's not even that original in its concept, but it is a show that manages to fill itself with beautiful acting, wonderful chemistry and an ability to sustain interest throughout despite the fact that it is simply a sit-around-the-table-and-chat kind of drama at heart.

Catastrophic Slapstick: THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG at the Duchess

Those who go to the theatre with me know that whilst I can appreciate the humour in shows that are funny, I very scarcely laugh out loud at the jokes that are pulled so I went into the Duchess Theatre expecting to not be laughing out loud. The show began exactly how I predicted it would: I wasn't laughing and I actually began to find the jokes quite tedious.

Mediocracy at its most beautiful: AS YOU LIKE IT at the National Theatre, Olivier

I really don't like As You Like It at all. It's a Shakespeare play that has never captured me and I find the story to be boring, unexciting and in no way daring whatsoever, so it came as a shock to me when I left the National Olivier a few nights ago thinking "that was actually a really pleasant night at the theatre". I wasn't only surprised because I'm not a massive fan of the source content though; I was surprised because of the mixed reviews and opinions I'd heard about the show many months before.