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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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Monday, August 6, 2018

Edinburgh fringe: six of the best shows for children by Chris Wiegand

Toilet-paper weaponry, cake-baking, nautical adventure and a drag pop concert … here are some of the festival’s most imaginative performances for young peopleSummerhall, 10am, until 26 A…

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Sunday, August 5, 2018

Stoel (Chair) review – seats take the floor in spellbinding dance show by Chris Wiegand

Zoo Southside, EdinburghOrdinary chairs become monsters, vehicles and a perilous walkway in Compagnie Nyash’s gently mischievous performance for over-threesFifteen junkshop chairs enter th…

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Friday, August 3, 2018

'She's got no filter': the standup who let a six-year-old write his comedy show by Chris Wiegand

Giving his partner’s daughter free rein during the creative process has resulted in Owen Roberts’ most surreal show to date – and the sort of laughs other comics at Edinburgh dream ofI…

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Friday, July 13, 2018

Ivo van Hove to 'bring West Side Story into the 21st century' by Chris Wiegand

Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker will collaborate with the director on first Broadway version not to follow original choreographyThe Jets and the Sharks are returning to Broadway with some new mov…

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Thursday, July 12, 2018

Battersea Arts Centre reopens grand hall with a message to Trump by Chris Wiegand

Following a fire that damaged the building in 2015, BAC opens up renovated hall – and celebrates community spirit in a photo-letter to the US presidentBattersea Arts Centre is to reopen it…

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Tuesday, July 10, 2018

'There wasn't time to feel anything!': understudy Ryan Pidgen's big break by Chris Wiegand

When Matt Lucas withdrew from the opening night of Me and My Girl, his stand-in had just two hours to prepareEvery understudy awaits their big break. Yet few replace a household name on the …

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Monday, July 2, 2018

Cats choreographer Gillian Lynne dies aged 92 by Chris Wiegand

Tributes paid to the former dancer and choreographer whose West End hits included The Phantom of the OperaGillian Lynne, the leading British choreographer who created the slinky moves of Mac…

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Friday, June 29, 2018

50 shows to see at the Edinburgh fringe 2018 by Brian Logan and Chris Wiegand

Superstar standups, daring dance, Brexit cabaret and a Bon Jovi musical … Dive into our guide to some of the shows at the world’s biggest arts festivalGilded Balloon Continue reading...

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Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Lindsay Lohan in Speed-the-Plow: what the critics said by Chris Wiegand

According to the reviews, the ‘arrestingly husky’ Lohan has ‘genuine if unstable star presence’ and ‘breathless naivety’ in her West End debut• Speed-the-Plow: in pictures• W…

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Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Tunes with no show: the songs cut out of musicals, from Follies to Hamilton by Chris Wiegand

Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamildrops project gives his leftover lyrics a new life. What happens to other songs dropped from musicals – and how do their creators feel about them?When Hamilton …

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Thursday, June 7, 2018

Donmar Warehouse names Michael Longhurst as new artistic director by Chris Wiegand and Michael Billington

Josie Rourke describes her successor at London theatre as ‘one of the most gifted, original and impressive directors in the country’Michael Longhurst has been appointed as the new artist…

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Wednesday, May 16, 2018

'Fearless' Irish playwright Tom Murphy dies aged 83 by Chris Wiegand

Playwright Martin McDonagh and Ireland’s president Michael D Higgins pay tribute to revered dramatist whose works include A Whistle in the DarkTributes have been paid to the influential pl…

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Tuesday, May 1, 2018

British theatre stars storm the nominations for 2018 Tony awards by Chris Wiegand

Angels in America and Harry Potter and the Cursed Child are in the running for prizes at New York’s theatre ceremonyThey won acclaim in London for their stage performances as a grownup Har…

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Monday, April 30, 2018

Quiz: Noël Coward or Murder, She Wrote? by Chris Wiegand

Angela Lansbury's return to the West End stage in Noël Coward's Blithe Spirit is one of London's hottest tickets but the star is still best known as TV sleuth Jessica Fletcher. Can you gues…

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Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Kwame Kwei-Armah announces £5 seats for his first Young Vic season by Chris Wiegand

New artistic director will stage a musical version of Twelfth Night and introduces £5 tickets for every first preview at the theatreThe Young Vic’s new artistic director, Kwame Kwei-Armah…

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Thursday, April 12, 2018

Kazuo Ishiguro's The Remains of the Day to be adapted for the stage by Chris Wiegand

Playwright Barney Norris will collaborate with the Booker prize-winning author on a production opening in Northampton in 2019Twenty-five years after it was made into an Oscar-nominated film,…

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Alex Beckett, theatre and W1A actor, dies suddenly by Chris Wiegand

Tributes paid to acclaimed actor who had been appearing in the Donmar’s production of The Way of the WorldThe Donmar Warehouse in London has announced the sudden death of the actor Alex Be…

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Tuesday, April 10, 2018

RSC auctions McKellen's coat, Dench's doublet and Tennant's trousers by Chris Wiegand

Outfits worn by Susannah York, Patrick Stewart and Sinéad Cusack will also be listed on eBay to raise money for the Royal Shakespeare Company’s costume workshopA red floor-length coat spo…

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Monday, April 9, 2018

Concrete Dreams: new show celebrates Southbank's history of performance by Chris Wiegand

Exclusive: exhibition looks back on London cultural centre’s legacy through 50 years of archive material An innovative new exhibition at London’s Southbank Centre gives visitors a perfor…

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Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Tributes paid to Scott Ambler, the prince in Matthew Bourne's Swan Lake by Chris Wiegand

Death is announced of a ‘passionate collaborator’ who choreographed innovative shows such as Enron and danced in Bourne productionsScott Ambler, the dancer who played the original Prince…

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Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Spiral's Audrey Fleurot and Peaky Blinders' Paul Anderson to star in West End by Chris Wiegand

Actors to share the stage in Christopher Hampton’s adaptation of Tartuffe at London’s Theatre Royal HaymarketOne is known for playing an unpredictable Birmingham gangster; the other for …

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Monday, March 5, 2018

The Singing Mermaid review – Julia Donaldson's fishy caper makes a splash by Chris Wiegand

Little Angel theatre, LondonBad puns, circus tricks and goggle-eyed jellyfish abound in a smart adaptation of the popular picture bookThe picture books by Julia Donaldson with illustrations …

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