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Musical Theatre Academy – Animus (Susan Elkin reviews)


Animus, performed by the Musical Theatre Academy’s first-year students, continues at the Bridewell Theatre, London until 10 September.

Star rating: four stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ✩

We’re in 18th century London. In a quasi revenge tragedy, heiress Charlotte Donne (Jenna Innes) seeks vengeance, but her judgement is not sound and she makes several (literally) fatal mistakes. It’s a colourful, atmospheric show with hints of The Beggar’s Opera and, from a different century, Les Misérables and Oliver! There are brothel scenes as theatrically thrilling as anything in Measure For Measure and more murders and bodies than in Hamlet. The plot is pretty complicated, but it’s so full of unexpected twists that somehow you sail along with it.

And Michael Webborn and Daniel Finn’s score…

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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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