Jonathan Kemp gets wild about Wilde being fabulously re-imagined

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  Th’ Importance of Bein’ Earnest by Oscar Wilde ☆☆☆☆☆ Drayton Arms Theatre  I must confess I had reservations about this production when I read it was to be relocated to a North Yorkshire Council Estate. Whilst I’m all for putting new wine in old bottles, if done wrong it can be a woeful disaster. … Continue reading



Jonathan Kemp is Hopelessly Devoted to LE GATEAU CHOCOLATE & JONNY WOO at London’s Soho Theatre

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‘   Le Gateau Chocolat & Jonny Woo A Night At the Musicals   ☆☆☆☆☆ Soho Theatre, London From the moment you walk into the upstairs theatre, to the strains of Liza Minnelli, to the moment you exit, accompanied by Barbra Streisand singing ‘People’, you’re immersed in the magical, flamboyant world of the musical, that art … Continue reading



Jonathan Kemp rapturous ☆☆☆☆☆ review of Edward II, Christopher Marlowes drama about the gay king of England

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  Edward II ☆☆☆☆☆ Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, London “All they that love not tobacco & boys are fools”, Christopher Marlowe famously declared, and whilst there’s no tobacco in his play Edward II, there’s plenty of boy-love – and plenty of fools. Nick Bagnall’s production foregrounds the central love triangle of King Edward (Tom Stuart), Gaveston … Continue reading



Jonathan Kemp revels in the rude festive cheer of BUTTONS

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BUTTONS: A CINDERELLA STORY ☆☆☆☆ Charles Court Opera  @ Kings Head Theatre It’s panto season and Charles Court Opera’s take on the Cinderella Story twists the traditional narrative into glorious, gender-bending lewd fun in their offering at the King’s Head  Theatre (till Jan 5th). In this gloriously topsy-turvy version, Buttons is a toy bear who … Continue reading



Jonathan Kemp reviews Linus Karp’s flawless performance in ‘Awkward Conversations With Animals I’ve F*cked ‘

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  Awkward Conversations With Animals I’ve F*cked  ☆☆☆ Kings Head Theatre, Islington, London   Following a critically acclaimed run at the Edinburgh Fringe last summer, LINUS KARP brings his performance of Rob Hayes’ one-man show, ‘Awkward Conversations With Animals I’ve F*cked’ to London’s Kings Head Theatre. KARP gives an engagingly vulnerable performance as Bobby, as … Continue reading



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