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5 Reasons To See ‘Dear Evan Hansen’

★★★★

The smash hit musical has officially opened in London! Written by Steven Levenson (who has won a Tony Award for this show) with a soundtrack by the legendary Benj Pasek and Justin Paul (The Greatest Showman, La La Land), this London production was set to be a resounding success after it’s accomplishments on Broadway winning six Tony Awards. The show follows Evan Hansen (Sam Tutty), whose well intended lie of telling a grieving family that he was best friends with their son spirals out of control. Filled with some fantastic songs and such raw emotion, this show is one not to miss. We loved the show and thought it was so sad! The only part we felt didn’t really land that well with a British audience was “To Break In A Glove”, perhaps with the baseball glove father/son sentiment being something almost exclusively American, but hey, it’s an American show! Regardless, we highly recommend this show. Here are our five reasons to see Dear Evan Hansen in London!

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5 Reasons To See ‘The End of the F***ing World’

★★★★★

Series two of the cult hit dark comedy is finally here! Two years after the first series aired, we have been treated to the follow up story and it is just as fantastic as series one. Rather than just focus on the second series and after an announcement of a slim chance of any more series, here are our five reasons to see The End of the F***ing World in it’s entirety! (Don’t worry, you can binge the whole lot on a rainy Sunday no problem!). Spoilers are avoided here as much as possible, so read ahead and get that kettle on for a 6-7 hour binge!

Image credit: Clerkenwell Films, Dominic Buchanan Productions, Channel 4, Netflix
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5 Reasons To See ‘Doctor Sleep’

★★★★

Continuing from the success of 2017’s Netflix series The Haunting Of Hill House, writer, director and horror film aficionado Mike Flanagan is at the helm of Stephen King’s follow up novel to The Shining, now with Danny Torrance at the centre of the narrative. Packed with masterclass acting, a unique story and plenty of references to Stanley Kubrick’s original adaptation (which Stephen King famously hates), this sequel is one that has been worth the wait. Check out our five reasons to see Doctor Sleep below!

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Theatre Spotlight

‘& Juliet’ backstage event 31/10/2019

Where do we even start with this day? It was the BEST! After receiving an invite to the Shaftesbury Theatre for this event, we hastily negotiated the day off work, organised train tickets and even bagged ourselves a couple of seats at the 6pm show of Six!

The event was organised by Theatre Craft (more about them at the end) and London Theatre. The plan was to have a backstage tour at the Shaftesbury, a Q&A with the director and writer, and then watch some of the tech rehearsal. All this was 2 days before & Juliet opened at the theatre too. Super exciting!

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‘& Juliet’ review

★★★★

Opera House, Manchester 12/10/2019

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Max Martin’s name may not be familiar to many, but the songs he has written, co-written and produced over his career definitely are. With classics like “…Baby One More Time” (Britney Spears), “Since U Been Gone” (Kelly Clarkson) and “Can’t Feel My Face” (The Weeknd) in his writing credits, it’s no wonder he is the third most successful songwriter with 22 number one singles in the US charts (ahead of him are Paul McCartney (32) and John Lennon (26)).

Martin’s hits have now been put to a new musical, & Juliet, written by playwright David West Read. The story follows an alternative path of Juliet (Miriam-Teak Lee) had she not committed suicide at the end of Shakespeare’s tragedy.

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5 Reasons To See ‘Pride and Prejudice* (*sort of)’

★★★★

Entering the auditorium for an adaptation of Pride and Prejudice doesn’t always begin with seeing a disco ball hanging above the set. Jane Austen’s classic tale of true love has had quite the re-vamp, so grab your portable karaoke machine, this one might be a little different to the novel you remember. Our five reasons to see Pride and Prejudice* ( *sort of) while it’s tour stops in Birmingham, Edinburgh, Leeds, Oxford and Southampton are as follows:

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‘Joker’ review

★★★★★

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In the wake of cancelled plans to create a Joker film starring Jared Leto and mediocre critical response to 2016’s Suicide Squad, another Gotham villain film was the last thing audiences expected. Tipped as a psychological thriller and created by Todd Phillips, the man behind the Hangover trilogy, this origin story wasn’t on many “one to watch” lists. However, Academy Award nominee Joaquin Phoenix being cast in the title role, an eight-minute standing ovation and “Best Film” award at the Venice Film Festival this summer certainly gave Joker momentum for it’s October release.

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‘Six’ review

Arts Theatre, London 28/09/2019

★★★★★

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Make some room on that “hottest ticket” top-spot Hamilton, there’s a new show in town. Officially re-opening it’s open-ended residence at the Arts Theatre in January 2019 (currently extended until July 2020), Six is no stranger to heightened fandom. Sold out performances, masses of fan art and queues to meet the cast after each performance gives an indication to the level of success with it’s audiences.

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Our Top 5 Films!

Alongside seeing every musical we possibly can and binge watching everything on Netflix, we love to see films too. Here’s a list of our top 5 that we enjoy together. Once again we have our personal picks too so we can share an individual favourite each.

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‘Fleabag (National Theatre Live)’ review

★★★★★

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Phoebe Waller-Bridge is going from strength to strength. Streamed live across cinemas in the UK, her one-woman show Fleabag gives its swansong as a limited sell out run at Wyndham’s Theatre in the West End. Originally created as an Edinburgh fringe performance from a successful 10 minute stand-up storytelling routine, Fleabag was a huge hit at the arts festival. Fringe success led to the creation of the BBC series starring Waller-Bridge alongside Sian Clifford and Olivia Colman which received critical acclaim, thus being renewed for a second series. After eleven Primetime Emmy Award nominations, it was announced that the show’s creator would reprise the original show and role in London’s West End, with a performance broadcast by National Theatre Live.