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Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Carol Channing, star of Hello, Dolly! on Broadway, dies aged 97 by Chris Wiegand

Celebrated for her performances in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes and Hello, Dolly! Channing also earned an Oscar nomination for Thoroughly Modern Millie Carol Channing, the American actor who ori…

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Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Quasimodo's comeback: Victor Hugo musical returns for second stab at UK by Chris Wiegand

It is a stage sensation in France – not to mention Kazakhstan and Korea – but Notre Dame de Paris was panned by critics when it first hit London. Now it’s back, in the original FrenchE…

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Monday, December 31, 2018

The Worst Witch review – crafty show brims with magic by Chris Wiegand

Royal & Derngate, NorthamptonMildred Hubble’s misadventures are told with wit and ingenuity in a touring production based on Jill Murphy’s booksJill Murphy was 15 when she invented M…

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Friday, December 21, 2018

New artistic director of Battersea Arts Centre is Tarek Iskander by Chris Wiegand

Iskander, a theatre-maker and former NHS executive, succeeds David Jubb, who called it a ‘fantastic appointment’Battersea Arts Centre in south London has appointed Tarek Iskander as its …

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Thursday, December 20, 2018

The Scarlet Pimpernel review – madcap fun with a guillotine by Chris Wiegand

The Egg, Bath French poodles face a dastardly end unless our swashbuckling heroes come to the rescue in this high-energy kids’ version of the classic adventure story‘Are you here for ze …

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Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Mars attacks! War of the Worlds restaged for 'fake news' era by Chris Wiegand

New show links HG Wells’s sci-fi novel and Orson Welles’s 1938 radio adaptation and explores climate of fear preceding the US presidential electionIt is one of the most famous radio broa…

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Aladdin review – all hail Clive Rowe's terrific Twankey by Chris Wiegand

Hackney Empire, LondonThis show has a dastardly villain in Jacob Peas Bogg and some spirited performances but there is nothing like its dameWriter-director Susie McKenna and composer Steve E…

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Monday, December 10, 2018

Andrea Dunbar's life story to be staged in Bradford pub by Chris Wiegand

New drama Black Teeth and a Brilliant Smile looks back at the life of the playwright who wrote Rita, Sue and Bob TooA new drama is to revisit the life and early death of Andrea Dunbar, the p…

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Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Lindsay Kemp tribute unveiled as dancer adopts his roles by Chris Wiegand

Exclusive: New work created in honour of the late dancer and performed by Vidya Patel and Daniela Maccari, who has taken on his signature stage rolesA tribute performance has been created fo…

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Tuesday, December 4, 2018

The show must go on... and on: lessons on handling pressure from stars of the stage by Chris Wiegand

Know your strengths and eat boiled eggs … how do a musical-theatre star, a ballerina and an opera singer cope with the demands of their roles – and what we can we learn from them?The lig…

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Thursday, November 29, 2018

Love and hisses: Cleopatra star Sophie Okonedo on acting with live snakes by Chris Wiegand

The actor, who is performing in Shakespeare’s tragedy on the Olivier stage, is to make her National Theatre Live debut with one of her real reptile co-stars When the National Theatre’s A…

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Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Merce Cunningham at 100: 75 dancers perform 300 solos in three cities by Chris Wiegand

Three shows in London, New York and Los Angeles will be live-streamed in April, on what would have been the choreographer’s 100th birthdaySeventy-five dancers are to perform a total of 300…

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Tuesday, November 27, 2018

The Ex-Boyfriend Yard Sale: can you put a price on sentimental value? by Chris Wiegand

In her new solo show, Haley McGee values the gifts her exes gave her, while rating how much fun they were – and how good the sex wasImagine an episode of The Antiques Roadshow where the ob…

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Monday, November 26, 2018

Huddle review – this pair of penguins are something to squawk about by Chris Wiegand

Unicorn, LondonFilskit Theatre’s winter warmer for under-sixes is a cracking tale of parenting penguin-styleMy five-year-old daughter Hilda loves penguins, principally Pingu and Peso, the …

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Friday, November 23, 2018

It's behind you! York's panto dame bows out after 40 years by Chris Wiegand

Berwick Kaler, who says this year’s show at York Theatre Royal is his last, promises loyal local audience a night of ‘absolute rubbish’After hundreds of frock changes, decades of in-jo…

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Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Drama at the deep end: leisure-centre play staged in pools and gyms by Chris Wiegand

Dante or Die’s 80s-set touring show Take On Me celebrates community fitness centres and gives roles to locals If there’s a drama at your local leisure centre it’s probably no more than…

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Monday, November 19, 2018

Roxana Silbert to join Hampstead theatre as new artistic director by Chris Wiegand

Silbert – whose first job was as a Hampstead script reader – will leave Birmingham Rep for her new post in spring 2019Roxana Silbert has been appointed artistic director of Hampstead the…

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Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Bush theatre appoints Lynette Linton as artistic director by Chris Wiegand

Playwright-director will take over from Madani Younis at the west London venue in JanuaryThe playwright and director Lynette Linton has been announced as the new artistic director at the Bus…

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Friday, November 9, 2018

Ten of the best theatre shows for Christmas 2018 by Chris Wiegand

Musical improv elves, cabaret and interactive hijinks abound in these festive shows for familiesRoyal & Derngate, Northampton, 27 November-30 December. Then touring. Continue reading...

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Jerry Seinfeld announces four London dates in summer 2019 by Chris Wiegand

Superstar comic will give first UK performances in seven years at the Hammersmith ApolloJerry Seinfeld is to give four rare performances in London when he brings his standup show to the Hamm…

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Ian McKellen to celebrate 80th birthday with 80-date tour by Chris Wiegand

The UK tour will visit theatres with a personal connection to the actor and performances will encourage audience members to share the stageIan McKellen is to celebrate his 80th birthday next…

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Sunday, November 4, 2018

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child album released by Chris Wiegand

Original music by Imogen Heap features in the ambitious two-part stage playMusic from the triumphant West End play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child has been released as a new album by the G…

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Monday, October 15, 2018

Andrew Lloyd Webber unveils 'wall of fame' at London Palladium by Chris Wiegand

Installation by the stage door honours stars including Bruce Forsyth, Cilla Black and Cliff RichardAndrew Lloyd Webber has unveiled a “wall of fame” installation on the exterior of the L…

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Friday, October 12, 2018

Battersea Arts Centre seeks new artistic director after David Jubb stands down by Chris Wiegand

Jubb, who has spent 15 years in the role, is to leave the arts centre that has fully reopened after its fire three years agoBattersea Arts Centre, the vibrant London venue that recently full…

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Monday, September 24, 2018

I Wish I Was a Mountain review – jazzy Hermann Hesse tale is stunning by Chris Wiegand

The Egg, BathWith two turntables, a street’s worth of houses and a German fairytale, performance poet Toby Thompson creates a beautiful show for over-sevensChildren live in the moment but …

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Thursday, September 20, 2018

'Nightmarish' Donald Trump comedy coming to London theatre by Chris Wiegand

Almeida director Rupert Goold says Anne Washburn’s new play Shipwreck will ‘wrestle with what Trump is both politically and existentially’A “nightmarish comedy” about Donald Trump,…

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Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Stephen Jeffreys, playwright behind The Libertine, dies aged 68 by Chris Wiegand

British dramatist, whose plays included Valued Friends and I Just Stopped By to See the Man, is celebrated for nurturing later generationsTributes have been paid to the influential British p…

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Tallulah Brown: 'Robert Redford was talking about dragons with our song in the background' by Chris Wiegand

The Trills musician is used to her lyrics being used in trailers but her play Songlines puts her in the spotlight with the actors Playwrights don’t usually share the stage with the perform…

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Thursday, September 6, 2018

'My testicle was so big, you could play it like a bongo' by Chris Wiegand

Michael Patrick’s youth was blighted by a bizarre testicular condition and the death of his father. They provided the perfect material for his moving and wincingly funny one-man showWhen M…

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Monday, August 20, 2018

Off-Kilter review – startling look at a life out of order by Chris Wiegand

Dance Base, EdinburghRamesh Meyyappan’s solo theatre show explores our daily struggle to hold it all togetherYou know the feeling. The alarm clock goes off and for a few seconds it’s all…

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Sunday, August 19, 2018

Bon 4 Bon review – sweet memories of childhood and mangos by Chris Wiegand

Dance Base, EdinburghThe four brothers that make up Taiwan’s Chang Dance Theatre share stories of family life in a tender and playful showOne childhood memory recurs in this vivid, bracing…

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