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Thursday, March 15, 2018

Top Stage Shows in New York This Week: Denzel Washington, Justin Timberlake, Margaritaville by Mark Beech

For those who like their theater serious, stage and screen actor Denzel Washington stars in “The Iceman Cometh.” “Angels in America” is also opening. For those who like lighter music…

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Top Shows on London’s Stage This Week: “The Inheritance” to Feeder by Mark Beech

The Royal Shakespeare Company is bringing its “Macbeth” to London later this year, with tickets on sale this month, we learned in the last few days. “Hamilton” and “The Ferryman”…

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Thursday, March 8, 2018

Top Stage Shows in New York This Week: From Harry Potter to Disney’s “Frozen” via Albee by Mark Beech

Broadway is getting ready for the main 2018 season, with big changes at some major venues. Jimmy Buffett’s “Escape to Margaritaville” is about to open, while previews are starting for …

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Top Shows on London’s Stage This Week: Rag’n’Bone Man to “Iolanthe” and “Jubilee” by Mark Beech

“Hamilton” and “The Ferryman” led the nominations for the Olivier Awards this week. The prizes, which are sometimes dubbed the London-stage Oscars, highlight the best of performing a…

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Monday, March 5, 2018

“Shape of Water” Tops Oscars: Five Things We Learned From the Awards by Mark Beech

“The Shape of Water” was best movie at the 90th Oscars, having gone into the evening with the most nominations, 13. It emerged on top with four wins, including Best Director. The Oscars …

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Thursday, March 1, 2018

Top Stage Shows in New York: Oscar Stars, Margaritaville, Angels in America by Mark Beech

It’s all happening on the New York stage. “Three Tall Women” already has an Oscar winner in the cast, Glenda Jackson, and may be about to gain another, in Laurie Metcalf. The play’s …

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Top Shows on London’s Stage This Week: Elbow, Oscar Wilde, Bob Dylan’s Songs by Mark Beech

As the British capital battles through its worst snowfall in years – and certainly its worst at the start of March in 50 years– the show must go on.Most events are going ahead and there …

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Thursday, February 22, 2018

Top Stage Shows in New York: Glenda Jackson, Renée Fleming by Mark Beech

Renée Fleming is starring in a revival of “Carousel.” Glenda Jackson is back on Broadway after 30 years, playing alongside Oscar-nominated Laurie Metcalf. These are two headlines of thi…

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Top Shows on London’s Stage This Week: Jeremy Irons, Bon Iver, Toyah Willcox by Mark Beech

All of life is here, and most of it is on stage. This week’s London performing arts include all types of music: Cara Dillon’s folky meditations, John Otway’s punky rock, Bon Iver’s g…

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Thursday, February 15, 2018

Top New York Stage Shows This Week: Disney’s “Frozen” to Philip Glass by Mark Beech

New York is about to get a new blockbuster musical in “Frozen.” Concerts this week range from Noel Gallagher to Philip Glass. There are last chances to see “The Homecoming Queen” and…

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Top Shows on London’s Stage This Week: Kendrick Lamar, Edinburgh Transfers by Mark Beech

London has a lot of bold plays opening that are transfers from Edinburgh. After “The Divide” with a short run at the Old Vic, we have “The B*easts” at the Bush Theatre and “Dust”…

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Friday, February 9, 2018

Top Stage Shows in New York: Robert Plant, “Fire and Air” by Mark Beech

New York concerts this week range from Robert Plant to the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Elsewhere Eve Ensler is back on stage, following up her worldwide hit “The Vagina Monologues,” whil…

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Thursday, February 8, 2018

Top Shows on London’s Stage This Week: From Alan Ayckbourn to Lady Gaga and Toyah by Mark Beech

Catch them while you can. Alan Ayckbourn’s latest epic drama “The Divide” is at the Old Vic; Lady Gaga is at The O2; Cirque du Soleil’s “OVO” is near the end of its spectacular r…

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Saturday, February 3, 2018

Harvey Weinstein: Uma Thurman Breaks Silence, Two More Accuse Movie Mogul by Mark Beech

The allegations against Harvey Weinstein have got ever more complex – with actress Uma Thurman claiming that he attacked her, and separately, police announcing that they are looking into c…

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Friday, February 2, 2018

Top Stage Shows in New York: Enter Shikari, Opera, Uma Thurman and More by Mark Beech

A very wide ranging choice is on offer for the performing arts in New York this week. If you like your music hardcore and punky, Enter Shikari leads a lively Williamsburg concert. If you are…

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Thursday, February 1, 2018

Top Shows on London’s Stage This Week: From Rat Pack to Police Dog Hogan by Mark Beech

Some of the greats of history are being celebrated on the London stage this week. Philip Glass’s acclaimed opera about Mahatma Gandhi is one such new opening. Then there is William Shakeap…

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Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Trump-Like Julius Caesar Faces Ben Whishaw’s Brutus in Bridge Theatre Spectacular: Review by Mark Beech

After being a loveable Hamlet (aged just 23), Ben Whishaw has taken his time to find another Shakespearean character to really make his own. He is now playing Brutus in an eye-popping versio…

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Monday, January 29, 2018

Bruno Mars, Rap, White Roses, Not So Many Women: What We Learned From the Grammys by Mark Beech

Bruno Mars was the biggest winner, followed by Kendrick Lamar. Rap won big, rock less so. In this era of #METOO and #TIMESUP, many artists showed support by sporting white roses – followin…

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Friday, January 26, 2018

Top Stage Shows in New York: Fleetwood Mac to “The Homecoming Queen” by Mark Beech

Fleetwood Mac, John Legend, Lorde, Harry Styles and Keith Urban form a starry lineup for a charity show. It is just one of the big performing-arts events in New York this week.Elsewhere, rec…

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Thursday, January 25, 2018

Top Shows on London’s Stage This Week: Julius Caesar to Jeremy Irons and Jah Wobble by Mark Beech

Anyone tired of London is probably tired of life. Londoners keen on the performing arts certainly have plenty of strong new productions coming up to see.Nicholas Hytner gives William Shakesp…

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Thursday, January 18, 2018

Top Stage Shows in New York: “Meteor Shower” to “The Children” by Mark Beech

Sleigh Bells – yes, it might seem a little late, since Christmas is long past. But this is the name of a band that could still be the next big thing. Judge for yourself. Sleigh Bells are p…

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Top Shows on London's Stage This Week: Jeremy Irons to “The Birthday Party” by Mark Beech

Londoners wanting to see a classic play this week are spoiled for choice. Try Jeremy Irons and Lesley Manville in “Long Day’s Journey Into Night”; or Zoë Wanamaker, Toby Jones, Stephe…

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Thursday, January 11, 2018

Top Shows on London Stage This Week: Mary Stuart to Cirque du Soleil by Mark Beech

London stage shows this week include dance, from “Song of the Earth” ballet to Cirque du Soleil’s aerobatic-crazy “Ovo.” There are serious plays – like “The Birthday Party” o…

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Top Stage Shows in New York: The Killers; More “Hamilton” Tickets Released by Mark Beech

The latest batch of “Hamilton” tickets is about to be released for Broadway performances from August through to January next year. Given the show’s huge success, one can wonder why the…

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Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Weinstein Issue is Elephant in the Room, and Other Things We Learned at Golden Globes by Mark Beech

In case you missed it, here is a catch up. There were plenty of things that we learned from the latest Golden Globes. It was a little more serious than usual this time. A quick briefing:1. B…

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Thursday, January 4, 2018

Top Stage Shows to See in New York: Under the Radar, “Spamilton” by Mark Beech

It’s your last chance. “Junk” and “The Wolves” are coming to the end of their runs in the next few days. So is “Spamilton” – though of course its inspiration “Hamilton” l…

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Top Shows on London Stage This Week: Birthday Party, Bananaman, Ballet, Berkoff by Mark Beech

London is hitting the ground running in 2018 with new shows for the New Year. As Christmas events and pantomimes clear away, must-see plays range from the serious – Pinter’s “The Birth…

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Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Spielberg, Muse, Uma Thurman: Performing Arts Preview 2018 – Film, Music, Stage by Mark Beech

The year 2018 is already shaping up to be a great one for the performing arts. There is a lot of offer - from historical movies about U.S. politics, the Gettys and wartime Britain; to musica…

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Friday, December 29, 2017

Top Albums of 2017: Lorde, Lamar – and a Lot of New Stars You Need to Hear by Mark Beech

The usual suspects dominate many lists of the best albums of 2017, both those compiled by critics and listeners. Kendrick Lamar gets multiple mentions in these lists, as does Jay-Z, LCD Soun…

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Thursday, December 21, 2017

Top Stage Shows to See in New York: Radio City, Scrooge, Carols, Handel and Nutcrackers by Mark Beech

New York is getting all festive with a run of Christmas-themed shows. There are musicals and dance revues galore. Scrooge joins Radio City, Carols and much more on the seasonal calendar.Here…

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Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Top Shows on London Stage This Week: Carols, Pantos, Christmas and More by Mark Beech

At this time of year, there is plenty to do in London apart from sampling performing arts of course- there’s London’s Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park, shopping, skating rinks and more.Sti…

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