Navigating Australia’s Secret River: tempestuous journey in pursuit of a tragic dream


United KingdomUnited Kingdom The Secret River by Kate Grenville (adapted for the stage by Andrew Bovell): National Theatre, London, 28.8.2019. (CSa)

Sydney Theatre Company’s The Secret River (c) Ryan Buchanan

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Puttin’ on the Ritz in Blackpool


United KingdomUnited Kingdom Various composers, Puttin’ on the Ritz: Grand Theatre, Blackpool, 6.7.2019. (MC)

Company of Puttin’ on the Ritz

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In Somnium at Sadler’s Wells Neil and Katya Jones Dream the Impossible Dream


United KingdomUnited Kingdom SOMNIUM – A DANCER’S DREAM: Neil and Katya Jones, Charles Venn and company of dancers. Sadler’s Wells, London, 20.6.2019. (JPr)

Neil and Katya Jones in Somnium: A Dancer’s Dream

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Renée Fleming Headlines The Light in the Piazza Which Proves To Be a Flawed Italian Travelogue


United KingdomUnited Kingdom The Light in the Piazza (book by Craig Lucas, lyrics and music by Adam Guettel): Company of The Light in the Piazza, Orchestra of Opera North / Kimberley Grigsby (conductor). Royal Festival Hall, London, 19.6.2019. (JPr)

The Light in the Piazza (c) Dewynters London

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Bernstein’s Masterwork Comes Alive in Chicago


United StatesUnited States Bernstein, West Side Story: Soloists, Orchestra of Lyric Opera of Chicago / James Lowe (conductor). Civic Opera House, Chicago. 18.5.19 (JLZ)

West Side Story at Lyric Opera of Chicago (c) Todd Rosenberg
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The Seven Deadly Sins of the Viviana Durante Company at Wilton’s Music Hall


United KingdomUnited Kingdom THREE/8:38/SEVEN: Viviana Durante and Company, Wilton’s Music Hall, London, 8.5.2019. (JB)

Viviana Durante & Mbulelo Ndabeni in 8:38

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Avalanche: A Love Story: Maxine Peake Excels at the Barbican Theatre


United KingdomUnited Kingdom Julia Leigh, Avalanche: A Love Story: Barbican Theatre, Barbican Centre, London, 1.5.2019. (CS)

Maxine Peake ©The Other Richard

Maxine Peake © The Other Richard

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Man of La Mancha is Staged, Acted and Sung Generally Well but Was Not Worth Reviving


United KingdomUnited Kingdom Man of La Mancha (Dale Wasserman [book], Joe Darion [lyrics] and Mitch Leigh [music]): Company of Man of La Mancha, English National Opera Orchestra / David White (conductor). London Coliseum, 30.4.2019. (JPr)

Nicholas Lyndhurst, Peter Polycarpou & Kelsey Grammer (c) Manuel Harlan

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