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‘The Libertine’ play review: Dominic Cooper is a perfect fit as John Wilmot

John Wilmot, the Second Earl of Rochester, was, to use a modern phrase, a bit of a lad. Drinking in excess, staying out all hours with his ‘merry gang’ and sleeping with anyone he wished to have his wicked way with. Dominic Cooper’s ridiculous good looks and swagger make him almost perfect for a role...

‘1984’ play review: Andrew Gower brings fireworks to Room 101

An adaptation is always going to differ from its source material. A play can’t be the book, and neither can a movie; what’s necessary is to capture the mood and essence of the story and transplant it to a different medium. Jonathan Glazer’s remarkable film Under the Skin, for example, is such an abstracted adaptation...

‘Footloose: The Musical’ review: Cut loose in Brighton this week

Based on Kevin Bacon’s hit 1984 movie, Footloose: The Musical first opened on Broadway way back in 1998. Featuring original songs by Tom Snow and Dean Pitchford, the show also tears through a number of classic ’80s tracks, including Holding Out for a Hero, Almost Paradise, Let’s Hear it for the Boy and, of course, that...

‘Thriller Live’ review: The King of Pop hits Brighton

Now in its record-breaking ninth year, Thriller Live arrives in Brighton direct from London. The West End hit has played over 3000 shows around the world to three million fans in over 30 counties – and if tonight’s performance at Brighton’s Theatre Royal is anything to go by, the crowd-pleasing celebration of the King of Pop’s 45-year career shows no sign of...

‘Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat’ review: Embrace the madness

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is one of those curious musicals where everyone somehow knows all the songs, even if they can’t recall having ever actually seen it. It’s most likely a faint memory from an early play at school and it’s that association which initially hampers this production of the UK’s longest running musical. For the opening couple of numbers, it comes across...

‘Sunny Afternoon’ review: The jukebox musical continues to flourish

Nineteenth months after its West End debut, Olivier Award-winning musical Sunny Afternoon continues to flourish. Now in its third year, second cast, and with a UK tour on the horizon; jukebox musical Sunny Afternoon is the story of 60s rock band The Kinks. Starting with them performing as jobbing musicians in Muswell Hill, and following...

‘Brian Tyler Live: Film Music For Stars, Cars & Superheroes’ concert review

Hollywood composer/conductor Brian Tyler made his concert debut in London this weekend in front of a packed audience of movie fans (including none other than Tom Cruise!). The 43-year-old American is probably best known for his work with Marvel Studios, composing scores for the likes of Iron Man 3, Thor: The Dark World and last year’s...

‘Of Mice and Men’ play review: Steinbeck’s novel comes to Brighton

Opening night of Of Mice and Men at Brighton’s Theatre Royal was full of an eclectic mix, from college students currently studying the book to eager long term fans of the novel, all anticipating the theatrical adaptation of the great story by John Steinbeck. The novel lends itself so easily to being adapted to the stage,...

‘Indiana Jones: Raiders of the Lost Ark’ live concert review

Celebrating the 35th anniversary of the film’s release, we had the pleasure of attending Indiana Jones: Raiders of the Lost Ark Live at London’s Royal Albert Hall this Saturday. As part of the Royal Albert Hall’s Films with Live Orchestra series, the special screening of the film was accompanied by the 21st Century Symphony Orchestra,...