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The Greatest Love of All – London Palladium

Music: Whitney Houston Director: John Van Grinsven Reviewer: Nina Reece If you never had the pleasure of seeing Whitney Houston live, Belinda Davids in The Greatest Love of All is the closest you will ever get. Produced by Showtime Australia, the performance aims to ‘honour the music, talent and memory of Whitney Houston’ and it very nearly achieves these aims. ...

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The Mousetrap – The Lowry, Salford.

Writer: Agatha Christie Director: Gareth Armstrong Reviewer: Sam Lowe “Suspect everyone!” is intimidatingly written on the show’s poster. Yet, simultaneously we suspect someone. Tonight, the audience take on the role of investigator as they attempt to deduce whodunit; who committed the murder? Which character has the opportune moment and which one has the fitting motive? Yes, this is the world’s ...

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Captain Corelli’s Mandolin – Rose Theatre, Kingston Upon Thames

Writer: Louis de Bernières Adaptor: Rona Munro Director: Melly Still Reviewer: Stephen Bates Setting a fictional romance against the backdrop of real events in Greece during World War II, Louis de Bernières’ 1994 novel Captain Corelli’s Mandolin became a worldwide hit. Many thought that the lavish 2001 film version suffered badly from miscasting, but, unencumbered by pressure to place star ...

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FILM REVIEW: Giant Little Ones  

Writer and Director:  Keith Behrman Reviewer:  Richard Maguire There’s no shortage of coming-out films, but they are still necessary, especially when there’s a revival of right-wing thinking across the world. However, Giant Little Ones, a Canadian film showing at BFI Flare, London’s LGBTQ+ film festival, is not a straightforward coming-out film. It could be argued that it’s not a coming-out ...

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Film Review: From Zero To I Love You    

 Writer and Director: Doug Spearman Reviewer:  Richard Maguire Just before his film was shown at BFI Flare, London’s LGBTQ+ film festival, Doug Spearman confessed that he was surprised that the programmers had labelled it as a comedy. He thought he’d made a love story. But, ultimately, From Zero to I Love You is a combination of both these genres. In short, ...

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Film Review: Sunburn   

Writer and Director:  Vincente Alves do Ó Reviewer:  Richard Maguire Portuguese film Sunburn really split the critics at its press screening this week at the BFI Flare Festival, London’s biggest LGBTQ+ film festival. Some walked out while others kept glancing at their watches. After the film, those who had stayed were trying to extol Sunburn’s virtues to those who had threatened ...

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Northern Ballet: Victoria – Sadler’s Wells, London

Music: Philip Feeney Choreographer and Director: Cathy Marston Reviewer: Maryam Philpott 2019 marks the bicentenary of Queen Victoria’s birth, a monarch who, along with both Elizabeths, secured her place in history by reining unchallenged for decades and presiding over a golden age of technical, societal and cultural innovation. Yet for modern storytellers, it is her personal grief that fascinates, living ...

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FILM REVIEW: Eaten by Lions

Writer: David Isaac, Jason Wingard Director: Jason Wingard Reviewer: Maryam Philpott Representations of inter-racial families on screen are still few and far between, and while this was much more common in the 1980s, the last 30-years has felt like a step backwards in terms of the image of the Britain we all really know. And where those experiences do exist, ...

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