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Monday, February 11, 2019

Everybody’s Talking About Jamie review at Apollo Theatre, London – ‘Layton Williams slays it’ by Tim Bano

It’s great to see this fabulous, uplifting, be-yourself show still smashing it in the West End. Eighteen months after it opened at

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The Price review at Wyndham’s Theatre, London – ‘David Suchet is magnificent’ by Tim Bano

This is the first of this year’s many Arthur Miller revivals. The next few months will see stagings of his work at

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Director Trevor Nunn: ‘Being derogatory about other people’s work is very ill-advised’ by Tim Bano

As the veteran director returns with the London premiere of lost Harley Granville Barker play Agnes Colander, he tells Tim Bano why

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Monday, February 4, 2019

Murder for Two review at Watermill Theatre, Newbury – ‘a killer show’ by Tim Bano

The Watermill staged this piece of pulpy pleasure in 2017 for its 50th anniversary season, and it’s great that they’ve brought it

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Thursday, January 24, 2019

Leave to Remain review at Lyric Hammersmith, London – ‘unimaginative new musical’ by Tim Bano

It’s hard not to get excited about the idea of this new musical, a gay love story created by Bloc Party’s Kele

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Notre Dame de Paris review at London Coliseum – ‘epically unhinged French mega-musical’ by Tim Bano

That Victor Hugo has done alright for himself, inspiring two of the biggest musicals of all time. But the French global musical

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Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Girl from the North Country star Sheila Atim: ‘You don’t want to be a freedom fighter every time you enter a job’ by Tim Bano

After appearing in acclaimed productions from Les Blancs to the Shakespeare trilogy at the Donmar, Sheila Atim broke out last year in

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Thursday, January 10, 2019

Aspects of Love review at Southwark Playhouse, London – ‘a strong, stripped-back production’ by Tim Bano

Aspects of Love is responsible for the success of Michael Ball. Its big tune, Love Changes Everything, made him a star. But,

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Monday, January 7, 2019

Guns, tanks and explosions – meet the man with the keys to the National Theatre’s armoury by Tim Bano

As the NT’s senior armourer, Paul Wanklin is in charge of the firearms and blades used on its stages, but he is

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Friday, January 4, 2019

Time Is Love review at Finborough Theatre, London – ‘Sheila Atim is captivating’ by Tim Bano

With every role that Sheila Atim aces – and she aces every role she takes – she reaffirms that she should, and

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Wednesday, December 19, 2018

The Tragedy of King Richard the Second review at Almeida Theatre, London – ‘swift, strange, brilliant’ by Tim Bano

The obvious way to stage a play like Richard II, about power grabs, backstabbing and loss of authority in the highest political

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Tuesday, December 18, 2018

2018: Best musicals of the year by Tim Bano

In the absence of attention-stealing shows such as Hamilton, there was a stunning mix of old-fashioned classics, innovation and some new British

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Thursday, December 13, 2018

The Cane review at Royal Court, London – ‘Mark Ravenhill’s tense and slippery new play’ by Tim Bano

Alun Armstrong’s Edward is retiring after 45 years at the same comprehensive school – a career which included doling out strokes to

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Tuesday, December 11, 2018

The Messiah review at the Other Palace, London – ‘some divine moments’ by Tim Bano

Patrick Barlow’s work has always managed to undercut the artifice of theatre while remaining immensely theatrical. That’s certainly true for this reworking

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Thursday, December 6, 2018

Fiddler on the Roof review at Menier Chocolate Factory, London – ‘Trevor Nunn’s tight, trad revival by Tim Bano

There’s a paradox at the heart of Fiddler on the Roof. While the show keeps coming back to this idea that progress

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Wednesday, December 5, 2018

A Christmas Carol starring Stephen Tompkinson review at Old Vic, London – ‘joyful and generous’ by Tim Bano

There’s still no better, or more bitter, attack on austerity and inequality than A Christmas Carol. Returning after its success last year

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Thursday, November 29, 2018

Billionaire Boy review at NST City, Southampton – ‘irreverent, funny new hit British musical’ by Tim Bano

At first this looks like it might be a musical about feeling sorry for a very rich guy because he doesn’t have

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Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Seussical review at Southwark Playhouse, London – ‘a colourful production’ by Tim Bano

It’s based on a good idea – to take the books and worlds of Dr Seuss and mash them into a musical

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Tuesday, November 27, 2018

La Boheme review at London Coliseum – ‘Jonathan Miller’s production is still a winner’ by Tim Bano

Almost 10 years and four revivals after its inception, Jonathan Miller’s light-touch take on the Puccini classic is still doing good business.

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Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Panto designer Terry Parsons: ‘I’ve always been in the right place at the right time’ by Tim Bano

Designer Terry Parsons is back where it all began, at Belgrade Theatre, five decades after getting his first job there. He tells

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Thursday, November 15, 2018

Fanatical review at Playground Theatre, London – ‘loveable and inventive’ by Tim Bano

Following Bananaman and Eugenius, here’s another in what’s becoming a trend: the comic book-based musical. But while those two shows focused on

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Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Hadestown review at National Theatre, London – ‘stunning new folk opera’ by Tim Bano

It’s no surprise that the Orpheus and Eurydice myth has so often tempted songwriters. It’s a brilliantly tragic story about the power

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Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Dynamo: ‘After my illness, returning to magic in small rooms was the perfect way back’ by Tim Bano

The magician wowed TV audiences with spectacular feats then took to arena tours, before Crohn’s disease laid him low. Now he’s back,

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Thursday, November 8, 2018

The Nightingales review at Theatre Royal Bath – ‘a great performance from Ruth Jones’ by Tim Bano

It’s 12 years since Gavin and Stacey’s Ruth Jones was last on stage. This play by William Gaminara, touring ahead of a

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Tuesday, November 6, 2018

White Teeth review at Kiln Theatre, London – ‘enjoyable adaptation of Zadie Smith’s novel’ by Tim Bano

There must have been a reason why this didn’t open the newly done up Kiln Theatre in September. Parts of Zadie Smith’s

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Wednesday, October 24, 2018

A Very Very Very Dark Matter review at Bridge Theatre, London – ‘a very big disappointment’ by Tim Bano

Like The Pillowman, Martin McDonagh’s supreme 2003 play, his latest work is also about a storyteller – in this case Hans Christian

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Monday, October 22, 2018

Guys and Dolls review at Royal Albert Hall – ‘concert staging of a classic musical’ by Tim Bano

The Royal Albert Hall has done musical spectaculars before. The 10th anniversary production of Les Mis, the 25th anniversary of Phantom, the

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Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Company starring Rosalie Craig and Patti LuPone review at the Gielgud Theatre – ‘astonishing’ by Tim Bano

Musicals before Company tended to have more of a plot. Maybe someone fell in love with a member of a rival gang,

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Friday, October 12, 2018

Porgy and Bess review at London Coliseum – ‘a superb cast’ by Tim Bano

This is the first time English National Opera has done Porgy and Bess, It’s a tricky show to pull off: written by

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Tuesday, October 9, 2018

I’m Not Running review at National Theatre, London – ‘David Hare’s weak satire has nothing to say’ by Tim Bano

‘Running’ has a double meaning in this new play by David Hare: both the political sense of running for office and the

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Monday, October 8, 2018

Mythic review at Charing Cross Theatre, London – ‘heavenly pop musical’ by Tim Bano

Gods know where the idea came from, but Marcus Stevens and Oran Eldor’s pop musical uses the Greek pantheon and its myths

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