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Ragtime, Bridewell Theatre – Review

Both the Bridewell Theatre and its resident company Sedos are largely hidden gems. Quietly tucked behind Fleet Street they continuously produce high quality plays and musicals. Their latest, Ragtime, is a remarkable achievement for an amateur company at a fringe venue. A simple wooden set easily adapts to every scene, while excellent costumes add genuine authenticity; all of which provide a credible snapshot of New York in the early 20th Century. Sitting close to the dividing curtains stage left I ...

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Last Orders: the Haunting of the Old Red Lion, Old Red Lion Theatre – Review

Ever wondered why things go bump; swear you can hear the floorboards creaking, dull footsteps in the dead of night? No me neither! That probably means I don’t believe in ghosts; and Last Orders: the haunting of the Old Red Lion has failed in its objective. But in all truth that isn’t the case. It proves we divide into two camps where the spirit world is concerned. You either believe or you simply don’t know. I’m one of the many ...

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Chicago Blues Brothers: Motown Mission, Savoy Theatre – Review

The Blues Brothers brand has now endured for forty years, first appearing on the big screen in 1980. But Jake and Elwood don’t look much like rock stars, occasionally they don’t sing so well. Tall and skinny, short and fat maybe; but with shades and a pork pie hat they become the funky men in black; they are indeed the Blues Brothers. Come to the Savoy Theatre any other night and you would have got 9 to 5 with the ...

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Chicago Blues Brothers: Motown Mission – Preview

With Chiacago Blues Brothers currently touring the UK, quite possibly coming to a town near you soon, as well as one night only in London on 4 August, we asked Brian Penn to reminisce about a show that for many people of a certain age is a cult classic. For a full list of upcoming venues and tickets see https://www.thebluesbrothers.co.uk/ One of the outstanding films of my childhood was the Blues Brothers, directed by John Landis. It had pretty much ...

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