After a false start trying to review this show on Tuesday which involved a particularly embarrassing incident in which I had to run out after 5 minutes (I was not feeling fabulous), I managed to return to the Arcola on Saturday to see The House of Mirrors and Hearts. Though it wasn’t really my cup of tea, I have actually seen a lot of really positive reviews for it – so based on this I think you should still go and see it to make your own mind up. The Arcola is one of the loveliest theatres I have ever visited; the staff were so friendly and it is a great space that I hope to return to soon. Even the toilets are nice! Smaller theatres like this really need support and the talent of acting on display was on-par with anything you’d expect to see on a bigger West End stage.
‘New British musicals are sadly all too infrequent these days, especially those not based on any pre-existing source material like a film or novel. This is precisely why I wanted to absolutely love The House of Mirrors and Hearts: it’s an entirely new book, score and plot written by Eamonn O’Dwyer and Rob Gilbert, which follows a family torn apart by death, alcohol and lies.’
Read the full review here.