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Musicals

The triple-threat of music, dance and drama and another staple of the London theatre scene. There are plenty of musicals on the West End, but it’s the Off West End where you’ll find the new stuff, so don’t be afraid to jump in!

Rumpy Pumpy, Union Theatre – Review

Credit: Scott Rylander

Pros: A high-energy cast kept up the pace with talent and panache. Cons: The syrupy storyline oversimplified the serious and difficult subject matter. Rumpy Pumpy takes its inspiration from the true story of Jean Johnson and Shirley Landels, two women who campaigned for the legalisation of prostitution in 2006, following outrage over the murder of six sex workers in Ipswich. As part of their research these two formidable women travelled the world in pursuit of the “perfect brothel” in an ...

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Assisted Suicide: The Musical, Southbank Centre – Review

Credit: Manuel Vason

Pros: Carr offers a fresh perspective on a controversial topic and puts forward some compelling arguments. Cons: The show is at times repetitive and scattergun in its approach, with distractingly poor production values. I confess, I’ve been looking forward to Assisted Suicide: The Musical partly because of its wonderfully subversive title. Friends gave me impressively uncomfortable looks and made awkward comments when I told them the title of the show. I think these brief interactions alone indicated the general discomfort ...

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