Reviews of the best plays in London, including Everybody’s Talking About Jamie and Six.
A selection of the top concerts to be found on London’s stages…
London’s Apollo Theatre everybodystalkingaboutjamie.co.uk
What’s the big deal about a teenage drag queen? This musical is based on the true tale of Jamie Campbell, a high school student who wanted to wear a dress to his school dance, and it brims with universal themes of hope, happiness, family, and love.
Underneath the fireworks, newcomer Noah Thomas presents a charming, real naivety and tenderness.
He makes us care about Jamie, who is matched by Melissa Jacques as Jackie, Jamie’s watchful mother.
Yes, the wonderful fingerclicking, wig-tossing celebration numbers were fantastic, but Jamie’s It Means Beautiful had me in tears, and I couldn’t get through Jackie’s power ballad He’s My Boy without a silent sob.
Dan Gillespie Sells’ enticing pop tune is complemented by a stellar cast, which features Shane Richie starting in January. In amazing heels, this show boasts a giant heart. Don’t simply talk about it; witness it for yourself.
Lyric Theatre, London, until April 18th, sixthemusical.com I’ll be honest: if I could, I’d award this extremely entertaining musical six stars.
The wives of Henry VIII battle in a diva-tastic showdown to see who was treated the worst by their illustrious husband, inspiring us to unleash our inner queens. Your socks (and crowns) will be blown off by the clever, sarcastic lyrics and infectious tunes.
Rod Stewart, Robbie Williams, Robert Plant, Cliff Richard, Simple Minds, and Mica Paris will perform, as well as seasonal readings by Bill Nighy, Lily James, Kwame Kwei-Armah, and Freddie Fox, which will be streamed live starting at 7 p.m.
It’s the holiday season, which means it’s time to be merry – and generous.