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Crime and Punishment – A Rock Musical – The Scoop (Susan Elkin reviews)


Crime and Punishment – A Rock Musical at The Scoop, as part of London’s Free Open Air Season, continues until 25 September.

Star rating: one star ★ ✩ ✩ ✩ ✩

St Petersburg in Tzarist Russia is the setting for Dostoyevsky’s famous story of moral (maybe) murder followed by remorse and redemption. In this instance we get it peppered with samey music, mostly by Toyah Willcox (with Simon Darlow), every number illuminated by pop concert-style spinning coloured spotlights – for no apparent narrative reason.

And that’s just one of the show’s incongruities….

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Susan Elkin Susan Elkin is an education journalist, author and former secondary teacher of English. She was Education and Training Editor at The Stage from 2005 - 2016
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