West End Wilma – Review Round-up

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It’s been a busy week for show reviewing. A massive twelve show have been reviewed on westendwilma.com in the past seven days. Here is a little summary of what me and my reviewing team have been seeing at the theatre.


REVIEW: BAD GIRLS (The Union Theatre) ★★★★

BAD GIRLS the Musical, written by Maureen Chadwick and Ann McManus (writers of the original ITV prison drama) premiered at the West Yorkshire Playhouse in 2006 before a three month run at the Garrick Theatre in London’s West End in 2007. The show is now back in London at The Union Theatre in the heart of Southwark (a venue which is due to move into a brand new venue this summer, opposite the current theatre) and these are girls you would not want to come face to face with in a dark street at night. Read more here


REVIEW: Twentysomething – The Quarter-Life Crisis Cabaret (St James Theatre) ★★★★★

Fellow blogger and actress Katie Brennan has been going from strength to strength these last few months with her cabaret show ‘The Quarter-Life Crisis’ which debuted at the The Alley Cat Bar before selling out the St James Studio (twice!). And it’s easy to see why. Read more here






REVIEW: BU21 (Theatre 503) ★★★★★

BU21 takes on the question that most of us tend to avoid: how would I cope? If it happened to me, how would I bear it? Each of the six young Londoners in Stuart Slade’s new play has been caught up in a terrorist attack in Fulham – the deadliest since 9/11. We follow their journey through a series of testimonials and interactions as they struggle to come to terms with what they have been through and what they have lost. Read more here


REVIEW: Whiskey Tango Foxtrot (Ye Olde Rose and Crown) ★★★★

Warning: Contains strong language, weapons, and penguins.

In a world where politically correctness has gone too far and freedom of speech debatable, it seems quite shocking to think that despite everything women have fought for, there are still men out there who treat us like shit. Read more here



REVIEW: ANNA KARENINA (Brockley Jack Theatre) ★★★★

Tolstoy is one of those authors that everyone has heard of. Many have tried to read his works. And a few have succeeded. I’ll admit that even I struggled with War and Peace but Anna Karenina is a wonderful story. She is a woman scorned, adored and betrayed. Her fragility is as dangerous as her strength and through this, she self-destructs. Read more here



REVIEW: THE TRUTH (Menier Chocolate Factory) ★★★★

This is the third play by celebrated French playwright Florian Zeller to be staged in London after the critically acclaimed The Father, which will soon be returning to the West End, and The Mother, which recently had a sold out run at the Tricycle Theatre. Translated by Christopher Hampton, The Truth is the companion piece to The Lie, featuring the same characters, which should make its journey to London soon. Zeller admits that he was inspired by Harold Pinter’s classic play Betrayal when writing The Truth and the similarities are indeed striking. Read more here


REVIEW: RUN (New Diorama Theatre) ★★★

Anyone who has ever worked in an office will appreciate the concept of a show abut four interns, working alongside each other in the big bad city of London. From those who just want to impress their peers, to those who want to do a good job to get a foot on the career ladder and will do anything they are asked to get there. Then there are the other office workers who have little time to dedicate to the youngsters and tell them to just “sit there and wait to be given something to staple”. Read more here



Living with the Lights On is written and performed by Mark Lockyer. I’m often suspicious of such shows but this story can only be told by Mark. It’s his own story of his struggle with mental illness and experiences of the medical and criminal justice system. It’s a tale that needs to be told. Read more here




What do cheating spouses, Jesus, strippers, Satan and tap dancing Ku Klux Klan members all have in common? They are featured in Richard Thomas and Stewart Lee’s musical Jerry Springer: The Opera. Ten years since gracing the National Theatre with it’s colourful profanity and controversial characters, the Olivier Award Winning Show has returned for one week at The Lost Theatre, Battersea. When the original production was televised on BBC Two, they received 55,000 complaints due to the musical’s treatment of Judeo-Christian characters in the second act. Read more here


REVIEW: NOT MOSES (Arts Theatre) ★★★★

NotMoses is a new play written and directed by Gary Sinyor which markets itself as a play for people who loved the film ‘Life of Brian’. It goes without saying that this is a comedy, poking fun mainly at Judaism but also slipping in some jibes at Islam, Christianity and the ancient Egyptian gods. Read more here



REVIEW: MISS ATOMIC BOMB (St James Theatre) ★★

It’s 1952 and the glitz and glamour of Las Vegas has just started it’s sparkle. Here we find ineffective hotel manager Lou Loubowitz (Simon Lipkin), promoted due to some heavy handed ‘mob management’, struggling to find a way to bring in customers and cash to his failing hotel the ‘Golden Goose’. When he hits apon the idea of hitching the all American beauty contest to the local desert testing of nuclear bombs to create the ‘Miss Atomic Bomb’ pageant. Read more here



REVIEW: AVENUE Q (New Wimbledon Theatre) ★★★★

Opening on Broadway in 2003, Tony Award winning Avenue Q is a coming-of-age tale, satirising the trials and tribulations of entering adult-hood. Growing up with TV shows such as Sesame Street being told you can be “whatever you want to be” and to “shoot for the stars to reach your goals”, the characters of this musical come to terms with life adjusting to the idea that they’re not “special”, their real world options are limited and they’re, in fact, just like everybody else. This is all set to a brilliantly upbeat score by Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx (Disney’s Frozen) and a hilarious book by Jeff Whitty. Read more here