THE MURDER EXPRESS: There was a touch of Murder on the Orient Express  about the Murder Express. Is it theatre, is it a pop-up restaurant, is it a train? There was fine dining but few restaurants before have ‘popped up’ with the lavish attention to detail and period grandeur of this immersive dining experience presented by award-winning creative collective Funicular. Check out my review.


KING LEAR: With an 80 year old woman, Glenda Jackson, in the title role of King Lear it has come a long way since Shakespeare first loosely adapted it from Leir of Britain, a mythical tale about an 8th Century BC Celtic king.

THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST: Abiku Theatre’s six-day run of the Oscar Wilde play The Importance of Being Earnest at ‪the Etcetera Theatre. Click link for my review.‬


DR FAUSTUS: Most are familiar with Christopher Marlowe’s play and the seven deadly sins which haunt Doctor Faustus in this Elizabethan tragedy.

SHE WEARS SCENTED ROSE: Written and directed by Yasir Senna and with an excellent central performance by Craig Karpel as businessman Mark, this psychological drama is two-hours of edge-of-the-seat entertainment driven by surprising plot developments and five-star natural, believable acting.

THE RESURRECTIONIST: According to Greek mythology Prometheus stole fire from the Gods and spent eternity paying for his spiritual crime. His archetype is ‘resurrected’ in this Frankenstein-influenced play set in a gothic castle overlooking Lake Geneva.

THE TEST: If HAL the conscious computer from Arthur C. Clarke’s 2001: A Space Odyssey incarnated in a stage production, it would probably be similar to Mother. Mother (Zara Banks) is the world’s first fully conscious machine, created by A.I specialist Dora (Natasha Killam)

ONE NIGHT IN MIAMI: Did this conversation between Cassius Clay (as he was then known), Malcolm X, soul singer Sam Cooke and American footballer Jim Brown actually happen?

HAMLET: Shakespeare, the world’s greatest bard was both born and buried in Stratford-upon-Avon 400 years ago so it’s fitting that on this anniversary year Britain’s first all black production of Hamlet should be produced and performed in Stratford – Stratford, East London that is.

BALLET BLACK: Founded in 2001 by Cassa Pancho MBE, (now vice president of the London Ballet Circle), this dance company does exactly what it says on the packet. Providing performance opportunities for dancers from black and Asian backgrounds and attracting a large percentage of this new potential audience in the process.

THE GIRL AND THE BOX: Fabletop Theatre’s Girl and The Box tackles a problem as old as Man and Woman. What do we do with negative feelings such as depression, anger and fear that plague us in dark moments?

PIGS AND DOGS: Caryl Churchill’s relationship with the Royal Court stems back to her 1974-1975 residency there and the theatre’s retrospective of her plays on her 70th birthday shows the high regard in which she is held.

LOSERS: If you’ve had your fill of reality TV and talent shows such as TOWIE, I’m A Celebrity and X Factor perhaps a trip to the theatre is in order. And as chance will have it a certain new stage production makes light of all the hopeless, talentless types seeking overnight fame on the small screen

THE RED CANDLE: From Eastern lore comes a play about this beautiful tragedy of Japanese mermaids adapted by playwright and translator Nozomi Abe and directed by Yojiro Ichikawa.

SOMETHING, SOMETHING LAZARUS: Check out my article about Something, Something Lazarus the musical. An interview with the writer John Myatt at the concert preview.

Something Something Lazarus - cast

THE DREAMWATCHER: Check out my review of Dreamwatchers: Winter Tales of Hidden Bulgaria. A combination of theatre, folk lore and Bulgarian Choir.