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Wednesday, June 19, 2019

The Stage/Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts Scholarships winner 2019 by Paul Vale

This year The Stage Scholarship at Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts has been awarded to 13-year-old Maddie Monti. The talented performer

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Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Afterglow review at Southwark Playhouse, London – ‘predictable plotting and paper-thin-characters’ by Paul Vale

The pleasure and perils of polyamory are expounded in S Asher Gelman’s Afterglow, arriving to London following a hugely successful run Off-Broadway

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Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Beneath the Blue Rinse review at Park Theatre, London – ‘big, brash comedy about growing old’ by Paul Vale

Few crimes are more despicable than those that exploit the elderly. Shockingly, more than 450,000 people over the age of 66 suffer

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Thursday, May 23, 2019

#BeMoreMartyn: The Boy With the Deirdre Tattoo review at Pleasance Theatre, London – ‘moving verbatim performance’ by Paul Vale

Martyn Hett was 29 years old when he was killed, along with 22 others, in the Manchester Arena bombing in 2017. Hett

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Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Elegies for Angels, Punks and Raging Queens review at Union Theatre, London – ‘slick, smart production’ by Paul Vale

Inspired by the Names Project Aids Memorial Quilt, Elegies For Angels, Punks and Raging Queens is a song cycle that gives testimony

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Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Coral Browne – This F***ing Lady! review at King’s Head, London – ‘enthusiastic but under-rehearsed performance’ by Paul Vale

The actor Coral Browne moved to London from Australia in 1936 with a string of classical leading-lady credits to her name and

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Monday, May 20, 2019

This Island’s Mine review at King’s Head, London – ‘worthy revival’ by Paul Vale

Philip Osment’s play This Island’s Mine was originally performed by theatre company Gay Sweatshop in 1988. The government had just introduced the

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Friday, May 17, 2019

Summer Street review at Waterloo East, London – ‘a clumsy musical parody of Australian soap operas’ by Paul Vale

Andrew Norris’ musical began life in 2004 as a nostalgic pastiche of the Australian soap operas Neighbours and Home and Away, set

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Friday, May 10, 2019

A Belly Full review at the Mill at Sonning – ‘underpowered script, but good performances’ by Paul Vale

The play A Belly Full started life as a screenplay by Canada-based authors Marcia Kash and Mary Colin Chisholm. It failed to

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Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Boom Bang-a-Bang review at Above the Stag, London – ‘spirited revival of Jonathan Harvey’s play’ by Paul Vale

Jonathan Harvey’s plays have frequently graced the stage at Above the Stag. The new venue opened with a production of his play

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Supper Freak review at Bloomsbury Ballroom, London – ‘inventive, immersive dining experience’ by Paul Vale

Immersive dining experiences are on the increase. Companies such as Gingerline and Funicular are carving out a space for themselves, offering elaborate

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Tuesday, May 7, 2019

The Jewel of the Empire review at Pedley Street Station, London – ‘enjoyable immersive dining experience’ by Paul Vale

The Pedley Street Station venue has been operating for a year now, delivering theatrical dining experiences on board a fake Pullman carriage

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Friday, May 3, 2019

Uncle Vanya review at Hope Theatre, London – ‘a traditional, abridged staging’ by Paul Vale

As its name suggests, Tales Retold is a company that attempts to find alternative ways to explore classic texts. It scored a

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Friday, April 26, 2019

The Picture of Dorian Gray review at Richmond Theatre, London – ‘stylish and intelligent adaptation’ by Paul Vale

When Oscar Wilde published his novel The Picture of Dorian Gray in 1891, it caused a scandal. The anti-hero of the title

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Thursday, April 25, 2019

Gals Aloud producer Christopher Clegg: ‘We’re much more than just a drag show’ by Paul Vale

Producer Christopher Clegg knew he had a hit on his hands with a drag tribute to Girls Aloud, but trying to secure

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Tuesday, April 23, 2019

How can I pursue a career in hair and make-up? by Paul Vale

Artists working on some of the UK’s biggest shows tell Paul Vale how they got into the business and offer advice for people

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Awkward Conversations With Animals I’ve Fucked review at King’s Head Theatre, London – ‘a nuanced performance’ by Paul Vale

Though the title of Rob Hayes’ 2014 play is unashamedly provocative and unquestionably memorable, the piece itself is a fraught, often funny

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Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Kick-start your acting career with a Scholarship to Rose Bruford College by Paul Vale

Join the likes of Gary Oldman and Rosalie Craig by studying at Rose Bruford College, which is offering a full scholarship worth

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Monday, April 15, 2019

Queereteria TV review at Above the Stag, London – ‘a truly bizarre concoction’ by Paul Vale

The ageless, enigmatic Torsten first appeared at Above the Stag in 2016 as part of the dramatic song-cycle Torsten: The Beautiful Libertine,

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Friday, April 5, 2019

Thrill Me: The Leopold and Loeb Story review at the Hope Theatre, London – ‘intense and stylish’ by Paul Vale

Nathan Leopold and Richard Loeb should probably be consigned to anonymous ignominy. Two young men from wealthy families in the 1920s, they

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Bed Peace: The Battle of Yohn and Joko review at Cockpit, London – ‘big-hearted and sprightly’ by Paul Vale

In 1969, as the conflict escalated in Vietnam, John Lennon and his new wife Yoko Ono staged their bed-in for peace. This

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Wednesday, April 3, 2019

The Stage Scholarships 2019: Razzamataz Theatre Schools by Paul Vale

Razzamataz is celebrating its ninth year offering scholarships with The Stage. This year it has a record number of 43 places for

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Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Ali and Dahlia review at Pleasance Theatre, London – ‘a promising debut play’ by Paul Vale

Actor-turned-playwright Tariq Jordan delivers a fresh take on a familiar story with his debut play. Set in the West Bank, Ali and

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Friday, March 29, 2019

Hair the Musical review at New Wimbledon Theatre, London – ‘diluted touring version of an energetic production’ by Paul Vale

Jonathan O’Boyle’s production of the 1960s countercultural musical Hair opened at the Hope Mill Theatre in Manchester in 2016. A semi-immersive run

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Friday, March 22, 2019

The Life I Lead review at Park Theatre, London – ‘Miles Jupp is perfectly cast’ by Paul Vale

Best known for a handful of Disney films in the 1960s, the life of British actor David Tomlinson might not seem like

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Wednesday, March 20, 2019

The Stage Scholarships 2019: Spirit Young Performers Company by Paul Vale

Spirit Young Performers Company is offering three year-long scholarships across its dance and musical theatre courses. Paul Vale speaks to the company’s

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Monday, March 18, 2019

Undetectable review at King’s Head Theatre, London – ‘intimate and engaging gay drama’ by Paul Vale

Tom Wright’s debut play My Dad’s Gap Year, which opened last month at London’s Park Theatre, concerned the exploits of a dysfunctional,

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Friday, March 15, 2019

The Crown Dual review at King’s Head Theatre, London – ‘an entertaining parody’ by Paul Vale

Out-of-work actor Beth Buckingham believes she was born to play the role of Elizabeth II in the Netflix series The Crown. When

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Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Win a free place on part-time courses at Arts Ed by Paul Vale

With a wide range of part-time courses on offer for all ages, Arts Educational Schools London is once again teaming up with

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Monday, March 11, 2019

Gaslight review at Mill at Sonning – ‘an effective, entertaining production’ by Paul Vale

The term ‘gaslighting’ – the psychological manipulation of a person carried out with the intention of making them doubt their sanity –

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Friday, March 8, 2019

Circa review at the Old Red Lion Theatre, London – ‘Ambitious gay chronicle that runs out of ideas’ by Paul Vale

In his ambitious and articulate first play, which had its London premiere at the Vaults in 2016, Tom Ratcliffe explores the evolution

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