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Fringe hit Paper Hearts to play Upstairs at the Gatehouse

Edinburgh Festival Fringe hit Paper Hearts will follow its sell-out London debut at Waterloo East Theatre with a run at Upstairs at the Gatehouse next month ahead of a tour of Germany in the summer. A labour of love for its writer and composer, Swindon-based design agency boss Liam O’Rafferty, the story of two lonely […]

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Breaking Up is Hard to Do – Upstairs at the Gatehouse

Breaking Up is Hard to Do continues at Upstairs at the Gatehouse, London. Star rating: three stars ★ ★ ★ ✩ ✩ The real joy of 1960s music – and the secret of its lasting popularity – is that the melody almost always sits at the top of the texture, unlike so much of the […]

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Anything Goes – Upstairs at the Gatehouse

Anything Goes continues at Upstairs at the Gatehouse, London until 29 January 2017. Star rating: four stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ✩ It can be more than a little frustrating for the musical theatre lover that because of commercial imperatives, such as a title having to be familiar at all costs, the list of frequently revived […]

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Anything Goes at Upstairs at the Gatehouse – casting details

Casting has been announced for Ovation’s revival of the Cole Porter classic musical Anything Goes at Highgate’s Upstairs at the Gatehouse opening next month. Taryn Erickson will make her UK musical debut alongside recent graduates Jack McCann and Jack Keane and West End regulars including Samantha Dorsey, David Pendlebury and Nova Skipp. Also in the […]

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The MGM Story – The Magic of the Musical – Upstairs at the Gatehouse and Touring

The MGM Story continues at Upstairs at the Gatehouse until 25 September, before transferring to the Theatre Royal, Windsor from 27 September until 1 October. Star rating: four stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ✩ The MGM Story – The Magic of the Musical is what you might call a ‘Ronseal’ musical – it does exactly what it […]

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Godspell – Upstairs at the Gatehouse

Godspell continues at Upstairs at the Gatehouse, London until 24 August as part of the Camden Fringe 2016. Star rating: three stars ★ ★ ★ ✩ ✩ Opinion is often divided on the musical Godspell. For the faithful, it has been seen as potentially blasphemous and to non-believers it can be perceived as a musical version of the […]

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New musical revue celebrates The MGM Story

The ‘Golden Age’ of the Hollywood musical is the subject of The MGM Story, a new musical revue due for its world premiere at Highgate’s Upstairs at the Gatehouse later this month. Presented by Katy Lipson for Aria Entertainment Concerts and Szpiezak Productions, the show celebrates the legendary Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer studios, the home of numerous classic […]

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Wallis: A Certain Person – Upstairs at the Gatehouse

Wallis: A Certain Person continues at Upstairs at the Gatehouse, London until 26 June. Rating: four stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ✩ Jennifer Selway’s fictionalised account of the troubled relationship between Wallis Simpson and the Prince of Wales counterpoints it against the friendship between a gay valet and a perky maid who often function as commentators. Robert Hazle […]

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Comeback! The Karl Marx Musical – Upstairs at the Gatehouse

Comeback! The Karl Marx Musical continues at Upstairs at the Gatehouse, London until 14 May. Star rating: two stars ★ ★ ✩ ✩ ✩ Imagine Ruddigore merged with The Magic Flute spiced with a whiff of The Phantom of the Opera and quite a lot of pantomime and you’ve got this show. Even the programme […]

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Bar Mitzvah Boy – Upstairs at the Gatehouse

Bar Mitzvah Boy continues at Upstairs at the Gatehouse, London until 10 April. Star rating: four stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ✩ There can surely be no better time to revive a musical that combines the skills of Jule Styne and Don Black than 2016. Composer Styne’s Gypsy and Funny Girl have been successfully revived […]

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Interview – lyricist Don Black on Bar Mitzvah Boy and 2016 being a very good year

This year is looking to be a good one for lyricist DON BLACK. As well as a new West End musical, Mrs Henderson Presents, under his belt, the London Coliseum is to play host to a revival of Sunset Boulevard (for which he co-wrote the book and lyrics with Christopher Hampton and won two Tony […]

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The Great Jewish American Songbook – Upstairs at the Gatehouse

The Great Jewish American Songbook continues at Upstairs at the Gatehouse, London until 28 February and then at the Radlett Centre (6 March). Rating: three stars ★ ★ ★ ✩ ✩ The story of the Jewish contribution to the Great American songbook has been the focus of several shows such as The Jewish Legends and You Won’t […]

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Legally Blonde the Musical – Upstairs at the Gatehouse

Legally Blonde the Musical continues at Upstairs at the Gatehouse, London until 31 January. Star rating: three stars ★ ★ ★ ✩ ✩ ’Tis the season of goodwill so let’s first go with the positives about Ovation’s version of the hit American musical comedy that launched Sheridan Smith as a shimmering West End star when it […]

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Bar Mitzvah Boy – Aria Entertainment presents rare London revival in 2016

Aria Entertainment is presenting a rare revival of the musical Bar Mitzvah Boy which will run for six weeks at London’s Upstairs at the Gatehouse Theatre from Thursday 3 March to Sunday 10 April (press night is 10 March). Jack Rosenthal adapted his award-winning 1976 TV play (British Academy Best Play Award and Broadcasting Press […]

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Legally Blonde at Upstairs at the Gatehouse – casting revealed

The full cast has been announced for Ovation’s upcoming production of Legally Blonde the Musical due to play London’s Upstairs at the Gatehouse Theatre this Christmas season. Jodie Jacobs (Rock of Ages) will reprise the role of Paulette she played in the recent Kilworth House production of the show alongside London School of Musical Theatre […]

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Legally Blonde is Christmas musical at Upstairs at the Gatehouse

Upstairs At the Gatehouse in London’s Highgate will play host to Ovation’s new production of Legally Blonde the Musical this Christmas season. The staging of the multi-award winning show will run at the venue from 16 December 2015 until 31 January 2016. Casting details have yet to be announced, but the creative team is in place and includes: director […]

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The Jewish Legends – Upstairs at the Gatehouse

The Jewish Legends continues at Upstairs at the Gatehouse, London until 12 September. Star rating: three stars ★ ★ ★ ✩ ✩ Upstairs at the Gatehouse is housed within one of north London’s oldest establishments, the auditorium having hosted concerts, balls and jazz since 1895. It seems apt that a cabaret show centring around some of the most […]

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There’s a Guy Works Down the Chip Shop Swears He’s Elvis – Upstairs at the Gatehouse

There’s a Guy Works Down the Chip Shop Swears He’s Elvis continues at Upstairs at the Gatehouse, London until 28 June. Star rating: 4 stars ★ ★ ★ ★ A nostalgic, funny but quite hard-hitting evening among the warm theatrical Gatehouse community sees a long-held idea of Ovation’s director John Plews brought gutsily to life by close […]

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The Jewish Legends – Upstairs at the Gatehouse

The Jewish Legends continues at Upstairs at the Gatehouse, London, until 15 March. Star rating: 3 stars ★ ★ ★ Where to start with The Jewish Legends? There are so darn many of them this idea for a show, the great Jewish talents who have graced showbusiness down the years, could run longer than EastEnders. Part One gives us […]

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The Goodbye Girl – Upstairs at the Gatehouse

The Goodbye Girl continues at Upstairs at the Gatehouse, London until 28 February. Star rating: 4 stars **** This soft-centred musical version of Neil Simon’s witty Oscar-nominated film – which won a Best Actor gong for Richard Dreyfuss in 1978 – has a sweet nature, a good heart and wonderful chemistry between the leads Paul Keating and Rebecca Bainbridge. […]

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Singin’ in the Rain – Upstairs at the Gatehouse

Singin’ in the Rain continues at Upstairs at the Gatehouse, London until 25 January. Although everybody remembers Gene Kelly’s magical dancing-in-rain, splashing-in-puddles, getting-soaked routine from the timeless 1952 Hollywood movie, it was London that eventually translated Betty Comden and Adolph Green’s screenplay into a stage musical when Tommy Steele directed and starred in it at the Palladium in the […]

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Singin’ in the Rain at Upstairs at the Gatehouse – casting revealed

Casting has been revealed for Ovation’s production of Singin’ in the Rain at Upstairs at the Gatehouse in London’s Highgate Village, running from 17 December to 25 January 2015 (press night is 19 December). With a screenplay by Betty Comden and Adolph Green, music by Nacio Herb Brown and lyrics by Arthur Freed, Singin’ in the Rain […]

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The Blonde Bombshells of 1943 – Upstairs at the Gatehouse

The Blonde Bombshells of 1943 at Upstairs at the Gatehouse, London until 29 June. You probably remember it better as a TV movie with Judi Dench called The Last of the Blonde Bombshells but 14 years on from that we’ve got a revival of the original 1989 version of Alan Plater’s ‘play with music’ at […]

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Kiss Me Kate – Upstairs at the Gatehouse

Kiss Me Kate continues at Upstairs at the Gatehouse, London until 26 January 2014. Cole Porter’s lovely Kiss Me Kate (comma deleted in line with the recent Old Vic revival and all the better for it) is one of those special musicals, like West Side Story and My Fair Lady, in which virtually every song […]

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When Midnight Strikes – Upstairs at the Gatehouse

When Midnight Strikes continues at Upstairs at the Gatehouse, London until 29 September. A man cheats on his long-suffering wife and panic arises. This is a theme played out regularly across television, film and theatre. However, author and lyricist Kevin Hammonds and composer Charles Miller’s When Midnight Strikes adds a new twist to this formula […]

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Avenue Q – Upstairs at the Gatehouse

Playing at Upstairs at the Gatehouse, London until 30 June. Although it ran for five years in the West End followed by a national tour, Avenue Q‘s Off-Broadway roots always showed. In its first UK fringe theatre production, the smaller space and intimacy works in its definite favour. The musical takes the idea of humans […]

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