Friday 23rd June

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On The Town: an entertaining take on the 1940s musical, despite underwhelming aspects

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This year’s Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre summer programme kicks off with On The Town, Betty Comden and Adolph Green’s 1940s musical about three sailors enjoying their shore leave to the full in New York City.  

Directed and choreographed by Olivier Award-winner Drew McOnie, the concept seems promising and the show has a lot going for it.  However, as Sandip Kana writes for What’s On London below, the colourful and tuneful production often underwhelms, although strong showings from the female cast members ensure it still makes for an entertaining night at the theatre.  

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Category: Theatre
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Romeo and Juliet: a violent and visionary adaptation of Shakespeare’s classic love story

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Emma Rice’s final season as Artistic Director of Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre sees the return of quintessential love story, Romeo and Juliet.  And with typical ambition, Rice has appointed Daniel Kramer – her equivalent at the English National Opera – to deliver as unique a take on the play as Rice herself brought to A Midsummer Night’s Dream last summer.  

Some might consider Kramer’s dark, volatile and confrontational production to be an affront to the play’s traditions.  But, as Sandip Kana writes below for What’s On London, this would underplay the important, visionary and fearless contribution Kramer has managed to make to this all-time classic.

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Category: Theatre
London

What’s On, London? 16th – 18th June 2017

Ian Cater, Chief Features Writer

It’s been another tragic week for London with the full consequences of the Grenfell Tower fire still emerging.  One thing’s clear: never again can people be exposed to such danger.  Londoners must do all we can to ensure our politicians act quickly to help those affected and prevent any repeat.  The only silver lining to this awful cloud has been the response: money donated, items provided and fundraising efforts set in motion.  So while again we have no choice but to try to carry on with our lives, making the most of the positive things happening in our city (listed below), we include a special section highlighting the events coming up to raise funds for the victims and their families.

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Category: Clubs
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Tom Green: “I’ve made my comedy less polarising. It’s still edgy, ridiculous and outrageous – but there’s a point to it.”

This Saturday, Tom Green concludes his first UK tour with two performances of his European Comedy Road Trip at O2 Academy Islington.  

The one-time ‘wild child’ of MTV and – his critics would say – purveyor of poor taste has mellowed a little, returning to his stand-up roots to hone a show Green calls his best work yet.  Including segments of improvisational comedy and rap, it promises to be a performance packed full of energy, anecdotes and cracked observations on the world we live in.

Ahead of the shows, Ian Cater spoke to Green about his stand-up style and a career that’s seen the Canadian marry Drew Barrymore, fine dine with Prince Charles and get fired by Donald Trump.

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Category: Comedy
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Rose Matafeo: “Apart from the coffin on-stage, the show isn’t morbid. It’s actually pretty silly and inappropriate.”

This Thursday, rising star Rose Matafeo returns to Soho Theatre for the last three performances of her 2016 Fringe hit, Rose Matafeo Is Finally Dead.  The show – a clever blend of stand-up and sketch-play – earned the endearing Aucklander rave reviews last year, which have reverberated around the comedy industry since.  

Matafeo returns to Edinburgh this August to deliver her new show, Sassy Best Friend, which she’s also presently previewing across London.  But before putting Finally Dead to bed, she spoke to Ian Cater about her compulsion for control, well-hidden laziness and Tweed-clad fans.

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Category: Comedy
London

What’s On, London? 8th – 11th June 2017

Ian Cater, Chief Features Writer

Last weekend was a tragic one for London.  But we can’t let mindless, hateful morons stop us doing what we do best: making the most of the amazing things this great city has to offer everyone – whatever your tastes and interests.  We carry on.  We must and we will.  With that in mind, the next few days offer plenty of opportunities for Londoners to seek escapism, to laugh and to marvel at the creative contributions people make to our shared culture every day.

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Category: Art
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Croft & Pearce: Croft & Pearce Are Not Alone review

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Ian Cater, Chief Features Writer

Croft & Pearce produce a set of entertaining sketches, interwoven storylines and clever dissection of British society which nearly match their first-class delivery.

While sketch comedy inexplicably continues to toil in the minds of television commissioners, it repeatedly excels in live venues across London and beyond.  As a case in point, this week saw Croft & Pearce take over the Museum of Comedy for five nights and impress with their entertaining sketches, interwoven storylines and clever dissection of British society, cutting across gender, class and geography with assured ease.

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Category: Comedy
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The Braille Legacy review

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French musical The Braille Legacy recently held its world premiere at Charing Cross Theatre, telling the true story of Louis Braille’s invention of his eponymous tactile alphabet which helped transform the lives of blind people ever since.  

Directed by the highly-acclaimed Thom Southerland (Titanic, Parade), The Braille Legacy has many of the ingredients required to be a classic: a strong story with bleakness and hope, a young cast with impressive voices and a thoughtful approach to presentation.  

However, as Sandip Kana writes below, a few glaring issues prevent the production from fully allowing its thought-provoking message to shine through.

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Category: Theatre