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The Red Shoes

Sadler’s Wells Theatre, London (*****)

© Johan Persson, Ashley Shaw (Victoria Page)

© Johan Persson, Ashley Shaw (Victoria Page)

Well, he’s done it again. Matthew Bourne’s The Red Shoes, based on the iconic movie by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger is a triumph, whichever way you look at it. Scenic-wise, music wise and not least as a gripping story, from first to last you know you are in the hands of someone who loves and has complete mastery over the technical and dramatic qualities of theatre. Continue reading

Show Boat

New London Theatre (****)

© Johan Persson, cast of Show Boat

© Johan Persson, cast of Show Boat

Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein’s Show Boat was the musical that broke the mould in 1927. Based on the novel by Edna Ferber, it dared to mix serious themes – racism, alcoholism, a family saga – with musical entertainment. High and low produced an enduring classic of musical theatre that has now reached London from its sell-out revival at Daniel Evans’ Sheffield Theatre. Continue reading