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Cautionary Tales For Daughters - Jermyn Street Theatre (Review)

Review by Shanna Schreuder

HONESTY, humour and heart make Cautionary Tales For Daughters at the Jermyn Street Theatre an innovative musical piece by writer and performer Tanya Holt that’s a pleasure for young and old.

Originally designed as a personal project to share useful advice with her daughter, Dotty, Holt’s current show also comprises of tales from friends and previous audiences.

Accompanied by Birgitta Kenyon on the piano, the show begins with a friendly warning that tattoos may lose their appeal later in life and that waiting for the ‘perfect’ knight to arrive on a horse may mean you end up old and alone.

Although Holt never shies away from difficult subjects, such as domestic abuse and eating disorders, she has curated the order of songs in such a way that the heavy bits come later on (when most punters are on their second glass of vino).

Not only that, her cheeky smile, soft speaking voice and engaging repartee with the audience means there’s never an uncomfortable moment.

Hence, whether you’re a woman or a man, you won’t be able to resist the treasure trove of charming tunes and witty anecdotes of Cautionary Tales for Daughters, as they’ll leave you feeling uplifted and energised.

Tickets: £22, £18 concessions, £12 under-18, Mondays all tickets £15. To book, call the box office on 0207 287 2875 or visit the website.

Times: Monday to Saturday at 7.30pm, Saturday matinees at 3.30pm. From 30 Jan – 11 Feb, 2017.

NB: Cautionary Tales for Daughters contains adult themes and is therefore suitable for ages 14+.