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Review: Alice’s Adventures Underground

Review: Alice’s Adventures Underground

How can you review a show when you don’t get to see it all? Alice’s Adventures Underground is a production that takes you down the rabbit hole into wonderland to experience the true madness of a realm where the Queen of Hearts is in charge. Everything has lost its nonsense… and wonderland is desperate to get it back. What’s wrong with nonsense anyway? In order to get into character, you have to embrace the ridiculous, the absurd, the nonsensical… So, a nonsense review for this production is even more impactful for making no sense at all.

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News: World Premiere of King Kong at The Vaults this summer

News: World Premiere of King Kong at The Vaults this summer

The world premiere of a monstrous new comedy, King Kong, based on the classic ape story comes to The Vaults this summer.

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Interview: Miss Nightingale creator Matthew Bugg and star Tamar Broadbent, “We should be spending time making the people who like us, love us.”

Interview: Miss Nightingale creator Matthew Bugg and star Tamar Broadbent, “We should be spending time making the people who like us, love us.”

As an original musical, not based on a book or a film, nor brought over from America to our side of the pond, Miss Nightingale is somewhat of an anomaly on the theatrical scene at present. It is a highly political piece, but not one that announces its own intentions. Instead it fuses a heady world of 1940s jazz and cabaret with a tale of illegal love, blackmail and immigrants trying to make their living in the middle of the London Blitz.
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Review: Miss Nightingale

Review: Miss Nightingale

Published with thanks to Theatre Bloggers, #LDNTheatreBloggers


Miss Nightingale storms the stage to start the show just as it ends – with energy, enthusiasm and a patriotic desire to support the troops. Unfortunately, these kinds of scenes are often where Matthew Bugg loses his way slightly on the show, releasing his otherwise tightly held grip and clear conceptual realisation in favour of getting the audience on their feet, involved and dancing. These numbers fall flat and end up as slapdash, a bit shoddy and overdone. The best parts of Miss Nightingale are those that stay simple, heartfelt and emotional, stripped back and laid bare. Thankfully these nuggets of gold far outweigh their superficial counterparts in a musical that has real promise and foresight, a refreshing take on a forbidden love story.

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