Archive for the 'reviews' Category

Blowings Off: What on earth is Greta Scacchi going on about?

Wednesday 18 June 2008

Welcome to “Blowings Off”, the West End Whingers’ exciting new round-up of who’s saying what on the Interweb. We will be publishing it every week when we can be bothered.

This week: What is Greta Scacchi on and where can we get some? Read the rest of this entry »

Review – Never So Good with Jeremy Irons at the National Theatre

Wednesday 19 March 2008

An understandably overlooked historical fact: Phil’s place of birth was determined by the Suez crisis. Or so he claims. While Andrew accepts that current affairs may have played a part in Phil’s genesis he privately feels that the Boer War is the more probable context.

Anyway, talking of history, Howard Brenton’s Never So Good at the National Theatre tells the life of Harold MacMillan, Britain’s Prime Minister from 1957-63.

Now history does not record this either, but Phil actually had two encounters with Supermac (the PM, not the fast food meal): once from the comfort of his perambulator at a Conservative fete (oh, the shame) and once in the 1980s shuffling down Fleet Street. Just to clarify: it was Phil that was shuffling, HM looked quite sprightly for his age. Read the rest of this entry »

Re-review – Young Frankenstein revisited

Sunday 18 November 2007

The Whingers don’t normally give shows a second chance.

But chance played a huge part in the Whingers’ last night on Broadway.

Scratching around for something to see amid the detritus caused by Local One, and mulling over several options which weren’t really capturing the Whingers’ (admittedly limited) imaginations, they decided to let fate make the decision for them. Read the rest of this entry »

Oh Lord!

Sunday 26 August 2007

Oh dear. The theatrical blogosphere is becoming rather overcrowded of late and now the Whingers are competing for attention from yet another. This matters because attention, you will have noted, is really all we crave.

Thank you to blogging guru One Man and his Blog for alerting us to this would-be pretender to the throne – one Jeffrey Howard Archer, Baron Archer of Weston-super-Mare. Read the rest of this entry »

The lawyers in our heads have asked us to point out…

Monday 25 June 2007

Oh dear. Things are jittery at the offices of the West End Whingers where lawyers are running around like headless chickens and bar stools are flying every which way. Read the rest of this entry »

London theatre critics take a panning

Sunday 24 June 2007

Many thanks to Would-Be Whinger M/N for drawing our attention to AA Gill’s article in today’s Sunday Times which lays into theatre critics accusing them of being dull, witless and irrelevant to real theatre-goers.

The biggest surprise of the entire experience was finding out that M/N buys a newspaper but it turns out he is forced to kill time at the weekends as he only has access to Facebook at work. Anyway… Read the rest of this entry »