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Saturday, August 19, 2017

BLUE STOCKINGS – Yard Theatre by Ian Foster

Blue Stockings is set at the turn of the last century in the hallowed grounds of the University of Cambridge, Girton College to be precise, the first to admit women.

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Friday, August 18, 2017

Album Review: On The Town (2014 New Broadway Cast Recording) by Ian Foster

On The Town is an undoubtedly frivolous show, a plot as light as gossamer, but seeing it recently at the Open Air Theatre reminded me just how tuneful a musical it is.

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Losing my mind over Losing My Mind: 10 top takes on Sondheim’s classic by Ian Foster

With the National's highly anticipated production of Follies about to start previews, I thought I'd listen to about a hundred different versions of perhaps its most famous song - Losing My M…

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Thursday, August 17, 2017

Sherman album series: Bumblescratch (2016 London Concert Cast Recording) by Ian Foster

As A Spoonful of Sherman, a tribute to three generations of Sherman family music, including childhood classics by the Sherman Brothers, continues Live at Zedel until 20 August 2017, Ian Fost…

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Sherman album series: Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (2002 Original London Cast Recording) by Ian Foster

As A Spoonful of Sherman, a tribute to three generations of Sherman family music, including childhood classics by the Sherman Brothers, continues Live at Zedel until 20 August 2017, Ian Fost…

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Sherman album series: Mary Poppins (2005 Original London Cast Recording) by Ian Foster

As A Spoonful of Sherman, a tribute to three generations of Sherman family music, including childhood classics by the Sherman Brothers, continues Live at Zedel until 20 August 2017, Ian Fost…

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Album Review: Finding Neverland (2015 Original Broadway Cast Recording) by Ian Foster

I saw, and rather liked, the musical of Finding Neverland when it premiered in Leicester back in 2012 but given the extreme redevelopment it underwent thanks to Harvey Weinstein's involveme…

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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Album Review: The Woman In White (2004 Original London Cast Recording) by Ian Foster

Hitting the West End just before I moved to London and well before I started blogging, Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Woman In White has the ignominy of being one of his less successful shows.

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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

GLORIOUS! – Frinton by Ian Foster

The chance to see see the Peter Quilter play Glorious! with the marvellous Stella Gonet in the lead was one I gladly took. It also meant my first trip to the Frinton Summer Theatre out by th…

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DANGLING – Southwark Playhouse by Ian Foster

Telling the contrasting but complementary stories of two young women who have gone missing - one from t'north, one from the capital - Abigail Hood's Dangling is a brutal, at times harrowing …

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A SPOONFUL OF SHERMAN – Live at Zedel by Ian Foster

The show has slimmed down its personnel from four to two, Helena Blackman and Daniel Boys taking up the singing duties, with third generation songwriter Robert J Sherman stepping in once aga…

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Monday, August 14, 2017

Round-up of news & interesting titbits: Ian wins an award, Harry Potter stars hit Broadway by Ian Foster

I'm not one to blow my trumpet too much, honestly, but it was nice to discover that my blog has been named one of Feedspot's Top 50 Drama Blogs and Websites.

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Saturday, August 12, 2017

ROAD – Royal Court Theatre by Ian Foster

As somebody who grew up on the outskirts of a depressed Lancashire town in the 1980s, I wasn't quite sure what to expect from the Royal Court's revival of Jim Cartwright's seminal debut play…

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Thursday, August 10, 2017

FUNERAL MEATS – King’s Head Theatre (Queer Season) by Ian Foster

Cradeaux Alexander's Funeral Meats is a more oblique piece than Coming Clean, set in the aftermath of a funeral where the remnants of the wake come together and clash.

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Album Review: Groundhog Day (2017 Original Broadway Cast Recording) by Ian Foster

It is rare that I feel so completely out of kilter with the general reception for a show to the extent that I did with Groundhog Day.

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COMING CLEAN – King’s Head Theatre (Queer Season) by Ian Foster

In terms of recent gay history, Coming Clean is instantly dated as a pre-AIDS play but its emotional world is one that still resonates strongly.

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Wednesday, August 9, 2017

BOOM – Theatre503 by Ian Foster

"It's not just about the soundIt's about the eventA radical change in the state of things"Though the quote above is taken from the play boom, it could also be about the epithet 'fag' which i…

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Tuesday, August 8, 2017

INK – Almeida Theatre & West End by Ian Foster

"I should warn you that nobody likes me"Truth be told, I resisted seeing Ink for the longest time, mainly because I had zero desire to see a play about Rupert Murdoch. I feel the same way ab…

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Monday, August 7, 2017

A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC – Newbury by Ian Foster

Not every performer is able to ascend these heady heights, but it gives me enormous pleasure to report that Josefina Gabrielle delivers one of those utterly transcendent moments with a nigh-…

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Thursday, August 3, 2017

EVITA – West End by Ian Foster

"What's new, Buenos Aires?"As the 'new' is ushered out of the Phoenix, set to tour the UK from next summer, there's a return to the tried and tested, the old if you will, as Evita returns to…

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THE SECRET DIARY OF ADRIAN MOLE AGED 13 ¾ – Menier Chocolate Factory by Ian Foster

After premiering at the Curve Theatre in 2015, Pippa Cleary and Jake Brunger's musical adaptation of Sue Townsend's tale of Leicester's most famous teenager has undergone its own version of …

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Wednesday, August 2, 2017

News & interesting titbits: Globe & Bush staffing changes, Long Day’s Journey transfer by Ian Foster

You go away for a week, hoping they'll put any exciting news on hold but no, there were headlines aplenty... Michelle Terry being revealed as Emma Rice's successor as Artistic Director of t…

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Tuesday, August 1, 2017

THE HIRED MAN – Union Theatre by Ian Foster

Set at the turn of the previous century in the unforgiving rural landscape of Cumbria, The Hired Man himself is the hard-working John Tallentire, a man who will turn to any aspect of working…

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Friday, July 28, 2017

GIRL FROM THE NORTH COUNTRY – Old Vic by Ian Foster

It's a busy play, packed full of sorrow and soul, rueful realism and tentative hope, and is blessed by a crack cast filled with the likes of Ciarán Hinds, Shirley Henderson, Ron Cook, Debbi…

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CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF – West End by Ian Foster

There's certainly the attempt to raise the temperature - Andrews has his leads Jack O'Connell and Sienna Miller in various states of undress for large swathes of the play - but for all the s…

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Tuesday, July 25, 2017

FIDDLER ON THE ROOF – Chichester by Ian Foster

Though my life has long been filled with musicals, Fiddler on the Roof has never been the one. I've only ever seen it the once (2013's touring version) and though I quite enjoyed it then, I …

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THE HOUSE THEY GREW UP IN – Chichester by Ian Foster

The House They Grew Up In is a difficult play to watch though, a drama focused on reclusive siblings Daniel and Peppy whose hermit-like existence in their South-East London home sees them su…

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TWILIGHT Song – Park Theatre by Ian Foster

Completed shortly before his death in 2014, Kevin Elyot’s Twilight Song now belatedly receives its premiere courtesy of the Park Theatre. The play doesn’t emerge as one of his strongest …

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Thursday, July 20, 2017

Autumn casting news: Oslo, Doubt & Chichester’s Norman Conquests by Ian Foster

I want to be able to resist anything to do with Alan Ayckbourn but the cast and creatives for Chichester's production of The Norman Conquests is making it very hard indeed. Wunderkind direct…

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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

DINNER – Southwark Playhouse by Ian Foster

I only booked for Dessert at the Southwark Playhouse because of the extraordinary Alexandra Gilbreath, one of our finest - and somewhat unheralded - actors.

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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Nowt so queer as folk: Recapping the National Theatre’s queer theatre season by Ian Foster

It feels important to recognise what the NT (and the Old Vic) were trying to achieve, though. Queer Theatre looked "at how theatre has charted the LGBT+ experience through a series of rehear…

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