There's always a glimmer of excitement when a new British musical arrives on the scene, we wonder if we'll discover the next Lloyd Webber and if we'll find a show to celebrate.
Metamorphosis has been a hit throughout the world and as the cliché goes, it's easy to see why. Turning Kafka's short story into a piece which is part physical theatre, part simmering and charged domestic drama is no mean feat but it is accomplished with transfixing beauty, dark comedy and graceful tragedy.
Here in London musical theatre lovers have been enjoying catching obscure musicals produced in small London playhouses. Such opportunities these days to go see shows you wished you could have seen on Broadway or shows that only had short runs here in London or in New York.
Putting together my solo show Wot? No Fish!! http://www.jcclondon.org.uk/our-events/arts-culture/wot-no-fish has been a good excuse to do some thinkin...
Simon Russell Beale, an acting treasure who could easily be called the greatest stage actor of our generation if it weren't for Mark Rylance, takes on the lead, playing against type in a performance which is as dazzling as the sequin dresses he wears.
Theatre is the most collaborative of all the arts. Productions will often have at least two or three and often ten or twenty or thirty or forty people working on them for months if not years.
After a hugely successful run at the Edinburgh Fringe, Without You has transferred to the Menier Chocolate Factory till the 15th of September. It is a performance which reminds you just how powerful theatre can be.
Sex With A Stranger is the third play from writer Stefan Golaszewski. His previous two shows were one man pieces looking at love and relationships, the first of which, Stefan Golaszewski Speaks About A Girl He Once Loved, launched him sensationally onto the scene.