11:06 | 20th April 2019

Reviews: Live Shows Archive

Jan 29th: Extra Virgin - theatre review

How much do you really know about the stranger you’ve invited over?

Nov 6th: Rupert Street Lonely Hearts Club - theatre review

Rupert Street may be a fancy gay bar in Soho, but that came long after Jonathan Harvey’s “Rupert Street Lonely Hearts Club” was first on the scene - and it is this play that returns to Above The Stag theatre, 10 years after it was first produced when they were in Victoria.

Aug 6th: Happy Ending - Theatre Review

Something rather wonderful is happening in Above The Stag’s studio in Vauxhall - a two-hander called ‘Happy Ending’ is currently playing and, if you are looking for something light-hearted and incredibly funny, look no further than here.

Jul 11th: Grindr the Opera! - theatre review

Imagine if Grindr, the hook-up app for gay men, was personified as a mischievous, playful but, ultimately, selfish god of the online underworld, and you have the start of ‘Grindr the Opera’, the latest offering from Above The Stag theatre in Vauxhall.

Jun 10th: Beautiful Thing - theatre review

The new, and very much improved, Above The Stag has officially opened for business in its new venue. Whilst still under the arches, but on the other side of Vauxhall station, it has steamed into town with its latest production, Beautiful Thing by Jonathan Harvey.

Mar 18th: Party - theatre review

There’s a Party going on right here… well, at Above The Stag theatre to be precise. This production, centring around a group of gay friends, is a revival of ATS’s hit from 2016 hit and, fair to say, it’s even better second time around.

Jan 21st: B*tches Down Under - theatre review

Escape the winter blues by booking a trip to sunny Bondi Beach in Vauxhall, South London for the final chapter of the B*tches trilogy – ‘B*tches Down Under!’, currently playing at Above The Stag theatre.

Jan 14th: Strangers In Between - theatre review

Transferring to the West End is always a daunting prospect. However, ‘Strangers In Between’ makes it seem easy as it moves from The King’s Head to Trafalgar Studio 2, where it is playing until 3rd February.

Dec 10th: Snow White - Rotten To The Core! - Theatre Review

We all love a bit of panto. Oh yes we do. It signals that Christmas is well and truly upon us - a time for giving, a time for forgiving, a time for… Oh you get the drift, a pun that segues seamlessly into ‘Snow White, Rotten to the Core!’, Above The Stag’s annual festive gift that just keeps giving.

Nov 6th: Lord Dismiss Us - theatre review

Lord Dismiss Us, the latest production at Above The Stag theatre, is a truly wonderful piece of theatre, superbly adapted and directed by Glenn Chandler from the novel of the same name by Michael Campbell.

Sep 25th: Holding The Man - theatre review

‘Holding The Man’ is on at Above the Stag theatre in Vauxhall and, by any means, grab yourself a ticket as ‘sold out’ regularly appears on their website.

Aug 11th: He Shoots! He Scores! - Theatre Review

‘He Shoots! He Scores!’ is the latest musical production from the ever-popular Above The Stag Theatre.

May 20th: When Harry Met Barry - theatre review

Seven years ago, when Above The Stag theatre was literally above The Stag pub in Victoria, ‘When Harry Met Barry’ premiered at the venue. This ‘fairytale’ musical was well received and gained great reviews, so it was only a matter of time before it returned to ATS in Vauxhall – but with an upgrade or two.

Mar 15th: Southern Baptist Sissies - Theatre Review

Above The Stag in Vauxhall have excelled themselves with the excellent ‘Southern Baptist Sissies’, a story about four boys growing up in a close-minded community.

Jan 22nd: Bitches Ahoy! - Theatre Review

Take three friends, add some lovers, a cruise ship and some cocktails – what do you have? The first show of 2017 from Above The Stag Theatre of course, ‘Bitches Ahoy!’, another premier from writer Martin Blackburn.

Dec 28th: Beauty on The Piste - Theatre Review

With Christmas just around the corner, it’s Panto season once again – and Above The Stag theatre is once more in full swing with its annual contribution – ‘Beauty on The Piste’, playing until 6th January.

Jan 24th: Alright Bitches! - Theatre Review

Above The Stag Theatre’s 2016 season has begun, and what else is better to bring a bit of winter sun to the wet streets of London than a hugely entertaining and very funny comedy by Martin Blackburn?

May 25th: Fanny & Stella: The Shocking True Story - Theatre Review

After their hugely successful show ‘Rise Like A Phoenix’, a comedy about HIV, Above The Stag return to tackle the subject of transvestitism in Victorian England with ‘Fanny & Stella: The Shocking True Story’.

Mar 6th: Bathhouse: The Musical - Theatre Review

After a sold-out run last year, Above The Stag theatre have brought back the hugely successful “Bathhouse: The Musical”. For all those who missed it, and even for those who didn’t, Bathhouse is a welcome return, and it’s even better.

Jan 26th: The Boys Upstairs - Theatre Review

Above The Stag’s 2015 Season is off to a flying start with the UK premiere of the terrific comedy ‘The Boys Upstairs’, a real rib-tickler that will have you crying with laughter.

Jun 25th: Bathhouse: The Musical - Theatre Review

Above The Stag theatre brings back the camp after their last two more serious shows with ‘Bathhouse: The Musical’.

May 27th: Sandel - Theatre Review

Above The Stag theatre show they are comfortable with tackling controversial subject matter with their latest production, ‘Sandel’, open until 14th June on Miles Street in Vauxhall.

May 21st: Ushers - Theatre Review

Opening in the gorgeous Charing Cross Theatre is ‘Ushers’, the Front of House musical, where the stars of the show are not in the show, but those who man the tills and sell ice-creams and programmes.

Apr 11th: 'Orton' - A New Musical - Theatre Review

Joe Orton gets the musical treatment this month as ‘Orton’ opens at Above The Stag theatre in Vauxhall.

Dec 12th: Buttons: Another Cinderella Story - Panto

This intrepid reviewer took himself off to the Rosemary Branch Theatre in N1 for yet another panto. Presented by the Charles Court Opera, returning for their 7th Boutique Panto, this is a twist on the classic Cinderella – ‘Buttons: Another Cinderella Story’.

Dec 9th: Jack Off The Beanstalk - Adult Panto

Above The Stag theatre returns – bigger, bolder and brassier. After losing its home above The Stag pub in Victoria in 2012 and with a few appearances at other small venues around London, it is with absolute pleasure to bring the news that it has finally put its roots down under one of the railway arches in Vauxhall.

Dec 2nd: Dick! Comes Again! - Adult Panto

Christmas may be treading on our coat-tails, so it’s this time that theatreland comes alive with its Festive offerings. But whilst we could be persuaded to go for the more traditional Pantos, it’s the Adult ones we are much more interested in.

Nov 26th: Adult Panto Is Returning

WATCH THIS SPACE!!! Adult Panto is set to return with a vengeance!!!

Aug 5th: Titanic - Review - MUST SEE!!

"You Hold Our Souls In The Palm of Your Hands..." Something exquisite has docked at Southwark Playhouse. Titanic, the Musical, currently in production at this intimate theatre is a tour de force, re-telling the story of the maiden and final voyage of the most well-known and documented “Ship of Dreams”.

Jul 10th: Luke Jermay, Sixth Sense - Theatre Review

Currently performing at the Leicester Square Theatre is psychological illusionist Luke Jermay who has been touring with his one-man show, recently at the Edinburgh International Magic Festival.

Jul 7th: Nunsense A-men! - Theatre Review

The Landor Theatre in Clapham North has been transformed into Mount St Helen’s Town Hall for a production of the Off-Broadway hit ‘Nunsense A-men!’, a madcap musical featuring all singing-all dancing nuns.

May 12th: Liza (on a E) comes to town

Following several sell-out seasons and an acclaimed tour of Australia, Trevor Ashley, one of the foremost musical theatre stars from Down Under, will make his West End debut as the irrepressible, incomparable and infamously iconic Liza Minnelli in LIZA (on an E).

Apr 14th: One Night With Joan - Theatre Review

Joan Collins is back and currently wowing critics and audience alike with her one woman show “One Night With Joan”, on for a very limited run at the Leicester Square Theatre.

Feb 7th: Sir Ian Mckellan and Sir Derek Jacobi in a new ITV sit-com VICIOUS.

We thought that you might be interested to know that SRO have tickets now available for a brand new series starring Ian McKellan & Derek Jacobi recorded at the ITV studios in SE1 As with all of SRO Audience shows, the tickets are FREE!

Feb 7th: Son Ofa Tutu and Mzz Kimberley in SISTER ACTS

THURSDAY 28TH FEBRUARY @ &PM With special guest stars "Toppin and Butch" ONE NOT TO BE MISSED

Dec 7th: Green Day's 'American Idiot' - Review

‘American Idiot!’ is the groundbreaking concept musical which takes the songs of Green Day and converts them into a head-turning, head-banging, jaw-dropping tour de force, making other musicals pale in comparison.

Dec 4th: 'Dick!' - Adult Panto is here! Review

It’s December, it will allegedly be the coldest winter for 100 years, and Adult Panto season has returned. And whilst it might be cold outside, things are getting steamy at the Leicester Square Theatre. Oh yes it is!

Nov 7th: Victor/Victoria - Theatre Review

Victor/Victoria is the wonderful gender bending musical currently in production at London Bridge’s Southwark Playhouse.

Oct 24th: The Supreme Fabulettes - Theatre Review

According to their website, The Supreme Fabulettes are the next big thing in sophisticated entertainment.

Sep 8th: Rent - Theatre Review

Rent, about a group of young artists and musicians living in New York and struggling to follow their dreams under the shadow of HIV and AIDS, has been produced tirelessly up and down the country.

Aug 19th: 50 Shades of Gay - Review

Paul L Martin has been performing for over 20 years but his latest musical cabaret, ’50 Shades of Gay’, sees him performing his own songs.

Aug 14th: Drag Divas - Review

Take five talented Drag Queens, mix in a plethora of past and present Divas and you have ‘Drag Divas’, on at The Arts Theatre in the West End.

May 23rd: What The Butler Saw - Review

There is something quite charming about this production of Joe Orton’s ‘What The Butler Saw’ at the Vaudeville Theatre. Mistaken identity, cross-dressing and people becoming increasingly inebriated are always great ingredients for a good farce and, on the whole, it works very nicely.

Apr 18th: The Custard Boys - Review

Set in World War II, The Custard Boys is about love, growing up and betrayal. Based on the novel by John Rae, it tells the story of seven boys who have been evacuated to Norfolk and who end up in the same gang at school. Most are quintessentially British, but the arrival of Mark, an Austrian refugee, sends ripples of derision through the class. However, when the Headmaster commands one of the boys, John, to look after the newcomer, a sweet admiration develops between them, much to the horror of those around them.

Mar 13th: A Bowl of Cherries - Review

A Bowl of Cherries, at the Charing Cross Theatre, is exactly that – a bowl of cherries. Mixed up, messed up and full of pits. Starring Gary Wilmot and Clare Buckfield, it veers from one vignette to another, bringing themes of love, loss, death and desire throughout people’s lives, all watched by a woman in the wings.

Feb 14th: Ezra Axelrod - American Motel

Little is known in the UK about Ezra Axelrod, but this is all set to change as his show “Songs from the American Motel” will prove. Ezra is a rather cute 25 year-old, openly-gay singer/songwriter from the US, who moved to London in 2008 to pursue his musical career. Honing his skills as a very talented pianist and lyricist, he has settled into a month’s stint at the Leicester Square Theatre in London’s West End.

Jan 16th: Sleeping With Straight Men - Review

Above The Stag theatre in Victoria starts the year off with “Sleeping With Straight Men”, a “dark comedy by Ronnie Larsen”, inspired by true events. It tells the story of Stanley, a guy from a small American town with big dreams. He befriends the local drag queen, Sally, which leads to meeting waiter Lee, of whom Stanley becomes infatuated. Unfortunately, Stanley always falls for unavailable men, and Lee is already in a relationship. And straight.

Dec 1st: Sleeping Beauty - One Little Prick - Panto!

As Christmas excitement descends, and we wait with bated breath for that elusive snow, Panto season has arrived – oh yet it has! Whether looking for a celebrity filled Cinderella or something more low brow, there is something for everyone in the coming weeks.

Jun 27th: Being Shakespeare - Theatre Review

I’ve never enjoyed Shakespeare. Not completely. All those sentences and couplets I don’t understand, with the exception of “Anthony & Cleopatra” which I studied for GCSE

Jun 20th: Lend Me A Tenor - Theatre Review

Lend Me A Tenor is a perfectly harmless and acceptable musical set in the world of opera and tells the tale of love, hearts’ desires and mistaken identity.

Jun 11th: Blink and you'll miss it - Theatre Review

Above The Stag Theatre in Victoria has come up trumps yet again with their third instalment of the “Blink” series, which showcases songs from shows that have either worked on Broadway but not in the West End, or vice versa, or have just completely flopped on opening night.

Mar 27th: Miss Hope Springs

Miss Hope Springs, played by female impersonator and award-wining Ty Jeffries, returns to the Drill Hall after her hugely successful sell-out show “Recovering Showgirl” last year with the next chapter of her life: “Miss Hope Springs: Je M’Appelle Hope”. In the very intimate studio she sings and talks about how she left a glamorous Vegas for Paris and started performing in a seedy little nightclub in Pigalle, about falling in love and the trials and tribulations during that part of her life.

Feb 10th: Be true to yourself. Be Legally Blonde

Legally Blonde is no stranger to the West End, having opened in January last year but, after a year of the rather fabulous Sheridan Smith performing the lead in this effervescent musical, the tiara has been passed to Susan McFadden, who won the part of Sandy in ITV’s “Grease Is The Word”, the nationwide search for the lead roles in Grease.

Jan 25th: Be Seduced

Above the Stag pub in Victoria there is a small theatre called, rather obviously, Above The Stag Theatre. This is a 56 seat venue and is perfect for their latest production from ATS Productions, Seduction, an all male erotic comedy.

Dec 5th: Barbra & Frank - LIVE!!!

Fresh from Las Vegas, this tribute act to Barbra Streisand and Frank Sinatra asks the question – what would it be like if these two legends shared the same stage? They never performed together, even their duet was recorded in separate studios and so this question gets ably answered in a 2 hour show, Barbra & Frank – The Show That Never Was.

Oct 13th: Or You Could Kiss Me - Review

Or You Could Kiss Me, in the Cottesloe Theatre at the National Theatre, is an evocative and emotional semi-autobiographical story of a gay elderly couple – one suffering from emphysema, the other his (now) carer – and depicts their life from true events when they first met in South Africa in 1971 to their fictional, but no less moving, twilight days in 2036.

Sep 30th: The Showgirl Has Arrived

For anyone hiding (or not) their inner showgirl and needs an excuse to let it out for a couple of hours, you couldn’t go wrong with a trip to the Garrick Theatre, where the glorious Caroline O’Connor is performing her one woman show “The Showgirl Within”. This is one show any show lover cannot afford to miss!

Sep 24th: Become Ensnared in the Deathtrap

An ageing playwright suffering from writer’s block. A scheming wife who will do anything to support her husband. A young, aspiring and talented playwright. And a killer script. Put these ingredients together and you have “Deathtrap”, the rather brilliant play at the Noel Coward Theatre.

Sep 16th: Wonder Woman - At Last!

Time to dust off that outfit sitting at the back of your wardrobe for years. Yes, Wonder Woman is returning!!! It is mostly public knowledge that studio producers are set to bring one of comic books’ best-loved heroines to the big screen and I’m sure there’s a vast majority of lovers-of-the-80s out there who will wipe away a tear or two of nostalgic fondness when the name Lynda Carter is mentioned.

May 18th: Holding The Man - Truly outstanding

Holding The Man is a truly wonderful show, a totally absorbing love story based on the same titled memoirs by Tim Conigrave. It tells the true story of his life, the man he loved and everything in between. It is a passionate, revealing and blisteringly honest tale for which is completely unapologetic

May 11th: Beads, Flowers, Freedom, Happiness - HAIR the musical comes to London.

HAIR has exploded into theatreland with incredible energy and fervour, infectious from beginning to end. From the moment the band bursts into life with “Aquarius” you are swept along in the Feel Good Factor which rarely lets up

May 8th: An Ideal Husband - Theatre Review

An Ideal Husband, Oscar Wilde’s comedy about blackmail and political corruption, comes to the Greenwich Playhouse for a month long run. The show, touching on personal and public honour and the lengths people would go to to protect it, has really hit its stride having opened on 27th April and is thoroughly recommended.

Mar 28th: Wam Bam Club Review

“Please come to Wam Bam Club, an evening of Burlesque entertainment” read the invitation which dropped into my inbox a couple of weeks ago.

Feb 18th: Queen Trumps Jack - Megan Mullally & Supreme Music Program

Megan Mullally & Supreme Music Program has descended onto the Vaudeville Theatre, the first time the lady from Will & Grace and her posse have performed outside of the United States. With a mixture of alternative jazz, rhythm n blues and swing, this songstress proves that she has more talents than meets the eye.

Feb 8th: Review: The Little Dog Laughed:- Words: Robert Ingham

The Little Dog Laughed is an excellent, well written play flitting between New York and LA, and tells the story of Mitchell (Rupert Friend), Diane (Tamsin Greig), Alex (Harry Lloyd) and Ellen (Gemma Aterton), satirising Hollywood and its attitudes towards its stars, their lovers and those that fall between