Review: X at the Jerwood Theatre Downstairs, Royal Court

It's very normal for a piece of theatre that is diverse and "out there" to split opinions and that is exactly what X at the Jerwood Theatre Downstairs, Royal Court has done. I've seen a range of reviews from one star to five stars for this play and while I sit on the four/five star side of this debate, I can totally see why opinions differ so highly: the piece really doesn't make a whole lot of sense.

The Show That Makes Me Dance: FUNNY GIRL at the Savoy

It's rare that you get to see a show you've loved for years come to life on stage for the first time when you visit the theatre a lot - and it's even rarer to thoroughly enjoy it after such a long build up - but the Menier Chocolate Factory revival of Funny Girl manages just that. Since the show first properly entered my brain way back in 2009, I fell deeply in love. 

Review: Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company's THE PAINKILLER at the Garrick

The Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company's 'Plays at the Garrick' season is something I'm progressively enjoying more and more as the year goes on, but despite the high level of comedy in this modern day farce, 'The Painkiller' really didn't cut it for me. Sure I found a lot of it funny and it was a good laugh, but there was something about the piece that cried out for more story to it.

#SMMPick - Top 10 London Ticket Picks (W/C April 11th)

It's Monday morning which means it's time for the next installment of #SMMPick; a weekly look at what I consider to be the ten hottest tickets in London town for the forthcoming week, which could be shows I have seen already or have simply heard great hype about.

Best of British: MRS HENDERSON PRESENTS at the Noël Coward

New British musicals are always exciting to see grace the West End and Mrs Henderson Presents - a transfer to London from the Theatre Royal in Bath - is no exception to the algorithm. Like many other fantastic Brit musicals, it's a show that manages to take a deeply British tale of struggle and hope and make it both funny and heartwarming to watch. 

Backstage with Eric Ulloa of 'ON YOUR FEET!' on Broadway

It's been a long while since I last interviewed someone here on SMM - well over a year actually now that I think about it, but I'm glad to say I'm back at it again after a long hiatus. Today I talk to Eric Ulloa who is currently in the company of ON YOUR FEET!, the Gloria and Emilio Esetfan musical playing at the Marquis Theatre on Broadway.

A Triumphant Return: SUNSET BOULEVARD at London Coliseum

Sunset Boulevard is undeniably one of Andrew Lloyd Webber's most overlooked and underrated musicals and nothing is a better reminder of this show's greatness than this lavish revival, currently playing at the London Coliseum for a limited five week run with the show's most iconic and prolific star to date, Miss Glenn Close, at the helm. 

#SMMPick - Top 10 London Ticket Picks (W/C April 4th)

I asked on Twitter last week if people wanted to see a "London top tickets" list from me every Monday. With a resounding "yes", I introduce to you "#SMMPick": a new label I'll be putting to shows that I think are the best London theatre have to offer. Each Monday, I'll take these shows and other shows alike and rank them in a Top 10 list of what I think you should be seeing in London.

Beyond Extraordinary: PEOPLE, PLACES & THINGS at Wyndham's

I originally wanted to catch People, Places & Things when it had its initial run at the National Theatre Dorfman but due to tickets selling out very quickly and time wasting away from me, I missed out. When the West End transfer was announced, I was delighted; there is something about this psychodrama that intrigued me so much more than anything else that had come before it. 

Review: MA RAINEY'S BLACK BOTTOM at the National Theatre, Lyttelton

From when it was very first announced, the idea of Sharon D Clarke taking on the iconic role of Ma Rainey in the National Theatre's acclaimed revival of August Wilson's 'Ma Rainey's Black Bottom' excited me. I most recently saw her stellar performance in Ghost at the Piccadilly Theatre and she was the one actress who stood out to me in that show (I actually have a really funny 13-year-old-Shaun stage door story about that, so if you ever get the chance, ask me about it!)

A Jazz Hot Return of the Bway classic: CHICAGO, UK Tour

It's so hard to be open minded when reviewing a show with such a historically huge success like Chicago; with the revival that made the show famous currently celebrating 20 years on Broadway as their second longest-serving resident, this UK tour is hardly anything new, but that doesn't in any way make it bad. I first saw the show back at the Cambridge Theatre in 2011 and since the show's closure, it's really fallen off of my radar.