Goodbye Norma Jeane : the story of the man who made Marilyn Monroe

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  Goodbye Norma Jeane ☆☆☆☆☆ Above the Stag Marilyn Monroe (born Norma Jeane Mortenson) died of an overdose on 5th August 1962 in Los Angeles at the age of 36 and this astonishing production is set during that torrid summer’s day. Jack Cole (played by Tim English) wakes up to this news on his sofa … Continue reading



Jonny Ward falls in love with the optimism in UNDETECTABLE “an extraordinary new play” by Tom Wright

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  UNDETECTABLE ☆☆☆☆☆ KINGS HEAD THEATRE It is extraordinary to think that perhaps within the living memory of some fellow theatregoers, that the Lord Chamberlain would have censored the very concept of Undetectable, let alone the practical reality of it on stage. A Taste of Honey (Royal Court Theatre 1958) apparently caused a furore amongst … Continue reading



Jonny Ward is enamoured with Pippa Winslow’s stand out performance in STRIKE UP THE BAND

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  Strike Up The Band ☆☆☆ Upstairs at the Gatehouse It has to be one of the more unusual topics for a musical: a quintessential American business magnate (making cheese – for comedy value!) manipulates the US Government into war with tiny neutral Switzerland in order to protect his profits. As the programme notes suggest … Continue reading



Queerguru’s JONNY WARD reviews CIRCA ‘fascinating and challenging in equal measure”

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  Circa ☆☆☆☆ Old Red Lion Has the LGBTQ community reached a crisis point? Has the hard won promise of endless sexual freedom begun to conflict with a desire to settle down and lead heteronormative lives? This revival of the 2016 play Circa approaches this dilemma in a deliciously complex way. A cast of five … Continue reading



Jonny Ward reviews ‘And The Rest Of Me Floats’ about the messiness of gender

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      And The Rest Of Me Floats  ☆☆☆ Bush Theatre The Bush Theatre is a small theatre with a huge reputation for new writing and, most notably for an LGBT audience, it is where the seminal play ‘Beautiful Thing’ by Jonathan Harvey had its world premiere back in 1993. ‘And The Rest Of … Continue reading



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