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Monday, December 10, 2018

Snow White review at Towngate Theatre, Basildon – ‘pitch-perfect pantomime’ by Paul Vale

Consistently punching above its weight, the Towngate pantomime in Basildon may not boast the star names and lavish budgets of Qdos’ offering

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Sleeping Beauty review at Theatre Royal Stratford East – ‘beautifully designed’ by Paul Vale

The Theatre Royal Stratford East pantomime has always featured a degree of experimentation. That’s part of its appeal. It might not always

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Rubbed review at Royal Vauxhall Tavern, London – ‘rather tame’ by Paul Vale

The Royal Vauxhall Tavern boasts a rich and diverse cabaret history that continues to this day, with its small stage regularly playing

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Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Plaid Tidings review at Bridge House Theatre, London – ‘homely and nostalgic’ by Paul Vale

Stuart Ross’ musical Forever Plaid is a quirky homage to the clean-cut boy bands of the 1960s such as The Four Aces.

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Monday, December 3, 2018

Buttons: A Cinderella Story review at King’s Head Theatre, London – ‘a quirky adaptation’ by Paul Vale

The Charles Court Opera annual pantomime has become an Islington tradition. Artistic director and author John Savournin enjoys subverting classic stories and

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Mother Goose Cracks One Out review at Above the Stag, London – ‘blissfully irreverent’ by Paul Vale

This is both Jon Bradfield and Martin Hooper’s 10th pantomime for Above the Stag and their first in its new building in

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Thursday, November 29, 2018

Guys and Dolls review at Mill at Sonning – ‘bursting with energy and invention’ by Paul Vale

There is always a danger of Damon Runyon’s characters being given too soft a focus when played out against Frank Loesser’s glorious score

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Tuesday, November 27, 2018

The Musical Of Musicals (The Musical!) review at Above the Stag, London – ‘witty musical revue’ by Paul Vale

There’s something quite old-fashioned about Eric Rockwell and Joanne Bogart’s 2003 musical parody The Musical of Musicals (The Musical!). As you might

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Friday, November 23, 2018

The Greatest Snowman review at Pedley Street Station, London – ‘entertaining festive dining experience’ by Paul Vale

Despite the title The Greatest Snowman bears little resemblance to the hit 2017 movie musical in which Hugh Jackman plays PT Barnum.

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Thursday, November 22, 2018

How to Catch a Krampus review at Pleasance Theatre, London – ‘gothic high camp’ by Paul Vale

The queer collective Sink the Pink mounts a show at Christmas, but remarkably this is the first time that it has ever

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Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Royal Variety Performance 2018 review at the London Palladium – ‘nostalgia and diversity’ by Paul Vale

As this year’s Royal Variety Performance was held in the presence of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex members of the Invictus

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Thursday, November 15, 2018

Pick of the pantos for 2018 by Paul Vale

Peter Pan – Hippodrome, Birmingham ‪December 19 – January 27‬ Matt Slack, ‪Jimmy Osmond‬, Meera Syal Before the season at the London

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Monday, November 12, 2018

Drag performer Lavinia Co-op: ‘I’ve abandoned the idea of retirement, but I won’t hit the clubs again’ by Paul Vale

Legendary drag performance artist Lavinia Co-op is very busy at the moment. Scheduling an interview, we had to work around no less

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Friday, November 9, 2018

Thursford Christmas Spectacular review – ‘a festive song-and-dance extravaganza’ by Paul Vale

The Thursford Christmas Spectacular is now in its 42nd year and is considered the largest spectacle of its kind in Europe. Housed

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Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Sexy Laundry review at Tabard Theatre, London – ‘uninspired marital comedy’ by Paul Vale

Playwright Michele Riml is popular in Canada, where her plays have achieved critical acclaim and commercial success. Her 2003 short play Sexy

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Thursday, November 1, 2018

Soldier On review at the Other Palace, London – ‘thoughtfully curated’ by Paul Vale

Following a successful tour around the UK, Soldier On lands in the West End to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the

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Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Honour review at Park Theatre, London – ‘a passionless play’ by Paul Vale

Joanna Murray-Smith’s play Honour, which received its British premiere in 2003 at the National Theatre, is about the nature of relationships. Journalist

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Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Bromance: The Dudesical review at the Other Palace – ‘entertaining rock musical about male friendship’ by Paul Vale

Bromance is a new musical comedy that pokes gentle fun at the rules guys lay down when attempting to engage in a

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Vulcan 7 starring Adrian Edmondson and Nigel Planer review at Richmond Theatre by Paul Vale

Former Young Ones Adrian Edmondson and Nigel Planer were at the cutting edge of the new wave of comedy in the 1980s.

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Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Rupert Street Lonely Hearts Club review at Above the Stag, London  – ‘a well-balanced revival’ by Paul Vale

Jonathan Harvey’s break out play Beautiful Thing, first performed 25 years ago, showcased his keen ear for naturalistic dialogue. Originally commissioned for

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Monday, October 22, 2018

Scott Alan’s The Distance You Have Come review at Cockpit Theatre, London – ‘an uneven song cycle’ by Paul Vale

Though American composer Scott Alan has yet to write a musical, his compositions are loved by musical theatre performers on both sides

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Friday, October 12, 2018

Liberty Rides Forth review at Waterloo East Theatre, London – ‘whimsical new musical’ by Paul Vale

David Kent’s musical has had a convoluted development since starting as a two-hander at the London School of Musical Theatre in 2013

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Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Parents’ Evening review at Jermyn Street Theatre, London – ‘knotty yet hollow’ by Paul Vale

Bathsheba Doran explores the thorny subject of parenting in her 2010 short play Parents’ Evening, receiving its European premiere at Jermyn Street

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The Stage/Emil Dale Academy Scholarships winners 2018 by Paul Vale

Emil Dale Academy has announced the five winners of The Stage Scholarship 2018. Places on the two-year intensive musical theatre course have

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Monday, October 8, 2018

Only Fools – The (Cushty) Dining Experience review at Radisson Blu Edwardian Grafton, London – ‘immersive and entertaining’ by Paul Vale

As the party season hurtles towards us, events organisers throughout the capital will be seeking a way to top last year’s Christmas

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Friday, October 5, 2018

Side Show review at CLF Art Cafe, London – ‘enthusiastic but uneven’ by Paul Vale

This is fledgling company Pint of Wine’s first production. Its stated aim is to challenge theatrical convention and push boundaries. Bill Russell

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To Have to Shoot Irishmen review at Omnibus, London – ‘evocative storytelling’ by Paul Vale

Kicking off a short season of Irish plays at the Clapham venue, To Have to Shoot Irishmen is the latest work from

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Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Much Ado About Salsa review at Drayton Arms Theatre, London – ‘a flimsy update of Shakespeare’s comedy’ by Paul Vale

Updating Shakespeare’s plays can be a tricky business, especially when it comes to placing archaic sexual politics into a modern setting. Joanna

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The Stage/Pauline Quirke Academy Studios Scholarship winners 2018 by Paul Vale

The Stage Scholarship, in association with Pauline Quirke Academy Studios, has been awarded to three students: Hannah Howland, Victoria Beavis and Josh

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Friday, September 28, 2018

Journey to the Underworld review Pedley Street Station, London – ‘immersive dining for the Halloween market’ by Paul Vale

Immersive, interactive dining experiences are becoming a part of London’s theatre scene – there’s a multi-course Dionysian dinner show in the Vaults

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Tuesday, September 25, 2018

The Stage Scholarships past winners: where are they now? by Paul Vale

For nearly 30 years, The Stage and the UK’s top stage schools, drama schools and academies have offered free or subsidised places

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