About LouReviews

LouReviews is an arts, theatre and culture blog concentrating mainly on reviews. It was launched in 2011 and is owned and operated by Louise Penn.

I work with PR companies and theatre practitioners to showcase the best of what’s happening on stage in London and in digital format anywhere in the world. This includes material intended for cinema, online or television release, and books related to theatre, music and film.

From 2021 I will no longer be reviewing productions I have purchased tickets for, although I will still share my thoughts on these on my social media accounts. This is to allow me to concentrate on promoting shows and companies who have requested my time and opinion, and also to reduce operating costs on the blog.

LouReviews receives no income from its operation and operates on a voluntary basis. If you would like to support my technical costs to keep this blog running, please consider making a donation via my Kofi page.

I am a solo reviewer so I am limited as to the number of shows I can cover (impossible to be in two places at once). However my main aim is to support as many venues as possible where I have a PR relationship, and where it is practical to travel within a reasonable timeframe. At present I do not cover live shows taking place outside of London.

I am happy to cover digital shows from any country either on demand or in livestream where time zones permit.

I also specialise in fringe festivals including The Vault Festival, Brighton Fringe (digital only), and Edinburgh Festival Fringe (digital only).

Interview and feature approaches are also welcome, particularly for shows I am unable to come and review. My main theatre interests are fringe, female-led, queer, classics, new writing, and musicals.

LouReviews is syndicated as partof MyTheatreMates.

It’s also one of the blogs linked at London Theatre Blogs, and can be read via Bloglovin and Mix.

For more detail on the history and purpose of this blog, please visit the home page.

You can follow Louise on Twitter as @loureviewsblog, and any of my other social media accounts by clicking on the icons at the head of each blog page.

Contact by email at louise@loureviews.blog.

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5 thoughts on “About LouReviews

  1. Hi Louise…Loved reading this! We’ve been trying to track down the Maggie Smith/Robert Stephens/Derek Jacobi “Much Ado…” & wonder how this could be done. Any ideas? We’re in California. Thanks much for any suggestions.

    1. Hi Gita – this Much Ado production was thought to be lost until rediscovered in the archives of the Library of Congress in late 2010. I assume copies have been returned to the UK and that the LoC have also retained the material, so seeing if you can view it there by some means is probably your best bet. It is certainly well worth watching, I really enjoyed it.

  2. Thanks. CM is a great performer and keeper of tradition. You may enjoy my post on another irish star, Paul Brady, on the immortal jukebox. Regards Thom

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