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TheUK tour of Rent
© Matt Crockett
TheUK tour of Rent © Matt Crockett

Rent: a pulsating and stunningly emotional revival

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Written by Sandip Kana

Twenty years after Rent made its theatrical debut off Broadway, it impressively returns to London’s St James Theatre until 28 January 2017.  After earning four Tony Awards and a 12-year residency in New York, it’s safe to say this heart-wrenching and life-affirming show remains a rock phenomenon.  

There’s simply nothing quite like it in the West End.

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Category: Theatre
Simon Bailey and Laura Pitt-Pulford in MARRY ME A LITTLE at St James Studio. PHOTO CREDIT Roy Tan (4)
Simon Bailey and Laura Pitt-Pulford in MARRY ME A LITTLE at St James Studio. PHOTO CREDIT Roy Tan

Marry Me a Little by Stephen Sondheim

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The breathtaking Laura Pitt-Pulford and charisma-laden Simon Bailey portray the inner workings of two New York singles; living tragically close to each other, but destined to be alone.

Hannah Chissick’s intimate production proves once more that even the widely acknowledged master of contemporary musical theatre, Stephen Sondheim, is not always right about the merits of theatrical endeavour. When concept writer Craig Lucas sent Sondheim a postcard asking to create a production from his large collection of cut and unpublished songs, the Don of showbiz agreed, adding that it was a ‘terrible idea’. Marry Me a Little went on to enjoy a sell out first season.

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Category: Theatre
Theo Jackson
Photo by Ben Amure

Theo Jackson: Exploring the boundaries

Appearing at The Forge, Camden, February 27 + St James’ Theatre Studio, Belgravia, March 22

Theo Jackson is fast establishing himself as a force to be reckoned with on the Jazz scene, having returned to these shores from the US to two forthcoming London dates at The Forge in Camden and St James’ Theatre in Belgravia. Theo writes his own songs as well as offering a unique take on the standards. His slightly raspy voice belies the gentlest jazzy vibrato; imagine if you will Nick Drake in this genre and you’ll be somewhere near. I define Jackson as a contemporary storyteller and it’s one reason he cites Nick Drake as influential, alongside forces as diverse as Stevie Wonder and Tom Waits.

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Category: Music