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Friday, March 22, 2019

The Life I Lead review at Park Theatre, London – ‘Miles Jupp is perfectly cast’ by Paul Vale

Best known for a handful of Disney films in the 1960s, the life of British actor David Tomlinson might not seem like

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Wednesday, March 20, 2019

The Stage Scholarships 2019: Spirit Young Performers Company by Paul Vale

Spirit Young Performers Company is offering three year-long scholarships across its dance and musical theatre courses. Paul Vale speaks to the company’s

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Monday, March 18, 2019

Undetectable review at King’s Head Theatre, London – ‘intimate and engaging gay drama’ by Paul Vale

Tom Wright’s debut play My Dad’s Gap Year, which opened last month at London’s Park Theatre, concerned the exploits of a dysfunctional,

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Friday, March 15, 2019

The Crown Dual review at King’s Head Theatre, London – ‘an entertaining parody’ by Paul Vale

Out-of-work actor Beth Buckingham believes she was born to play the role of Elizabeth II in the Netflix series The Crown. When

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Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Win a free place on part-time courses at Arts Ed by Paul Vale

With a wide range of part-time courses on offer for all ages, Arts Educational Schools London is once again teaming up with

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Monday, March 11, 2019

Gaslight review at Mill at Sonning – ‘an effective, entertaining production’ by Paul Vale

The term ‘gaslighting’ – the psychological manipulation of a person carried out with the intention of making them doubt their sanity –

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Friday, March 8, 2019

Circa review at the Old Red Lion Theatre, London – ‘Ambitious gay chronicle that runs out of ideas’ by Paul Vale

In his ambitious and articulate first play, which had its London premiere at the Vaults in 2016, Tom Ratcliffe explores the evolution

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Monday, March 4, 2019

My Brother’s Keeper review at Playground Theatre, London – ‘impeccable staging’ by Paul Vale

Award-winning playwright and novelist Nigel Williams wrote My Brother’s Keeper in the mid-1980s, not long after his own father had died of

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Friday, March 1, 2019

The Importance of Being Earnest review at Tara Theatre, London – ‘joyously inventive’ by Paul Vale

It takes confidence to tinker with Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest. Earlier this year, LKT Productions relocated it to a council

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Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Gently Down the Stream review at Park Theatre, London – ‘a touching intergenerational romance’ by Paul Vale

Forty years on from Bent, renowned playwright Martin Sherman, now celebrating his 80th year, wanted to examine the changing face of the

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Monday, February 18, 2019

[Title of Show] review at Above the Stag, London – ‘warm, witty meta-musical’ by Paul Vale

Hunter Bell and Jeff Bowen’s autobiographical musical gains perspective with age. Originally written in 2004, it’s a quirky, navel-gazing piece that touched

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Friday, February 15, 2019

Can-Can! review at Union Theatre, London – ‘cliché-ridden and heinously cheesy’ by Paul Vale

Director and producer Phil Willmott has proved himself a past master of the musical reinvention. But though his Essential Classics season at

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Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Rip It Up – The 60s review at Garrick Theatre, London – ‘stylish and energetic’ by Paul Vale

Following a UK tour and a brief stint at the Palladium last year Rip It Up – The 60s gets a limited

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Monday, February 11, 2019

Th’ Importance of Bein’ Earnest review at Drayton Arms, London – ‘a clever concept’ by Paul Vale

Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest is both an impeccably crafted comedy of manners and a satirical commentary on the mores

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Friday, February 8, 2019

Avenue Q review at New Wimbledon Theatre, London – ‘monster talent’ by Paul Vale

It’s been 13 years since Avenue Q opened in the West End, introducing British audiences to characters such as Trekkie Monster, Lucy

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Thursday, February 7, 2019

Tilda Swinton Answers an Ad on Craigslist review at Vaults, London – ‘ a witty, feel-good comedy’ by Paul Vale

When Bob finally walks out on Walt, he places an ad on Craigslist to advertise the spare room. Walt has always suffered

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Monday, February 4, 2019

My Dad’s Gap Year review at Park Theatre, London – ‘thinly drawn characters’ by Paul Vale

Dave is not having a good year. He’s unemployed, his drinking is out of control and his wife Cath has abandoned him.

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Friday, February 1, 2019

The Ruffian on the Stair review at Hope Theatre, London – ‘fresh, funny and ruthless’ by Paul Vale

Joe Orton’s The Ruffian on the Stair was initially conceived as a radio play, and later rewritten for the stage in 1966,

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Wednesday, January 30, 2019

The Stage Scholarships 2019: Fourth Monkey Actor Training Company by Paul Vale

Partnering with The Stage, the company is offering two half-scholarships worth a total of £21,500. Paul Vale finds out what’s in store

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Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Showstopper! The Improvised Musical review at the Other Palace, London – ‘hugely entertaining’ by Paul Vale

Showstopper! The Improvised Musical surfaced in 2008 as the result of a workshop exercise. The resulting one-hour extemporised musical sparked an improvisation

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The Stage Scholarships 2019: Sylvia Young Theatre School by Paul Vale

With its students frequently performing in the West End and on screen, the central London theatre school is offering to cover all

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Friday, January 18, 2019

Extra Virgin review at Above the Stag, London – ‘absorbing, but slight’ by Paul Vale

This short play by Howard Walters was first performed at the original Above the Stag venue in 2011 as part of a

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Friday, January 11, 2019

In Conversation with Graham Norton review at Hope Theatre, London – ‘a poignant monologue’ by Paul Vale

Teenage Mark thinks that he might be gay. He is sexually aroused by the guys he sees on the train and vaginas

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Wednesday, January 9, 2019

The Stage Scholarships 2019: Emil Dale Academy by Paul Vale

This year, Emil Dale Academy adds a BA (hons) course to its scholarships offering, but its portfolio includes something for everyone, as

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Monday, January 7, 2019

The Dame review at Park Theatre, London – ‘evocative tale of backstage life’ by Paul Vale

Katie Duncan’s play The Dame first saw the light of day at last year’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe last year but this current

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Friday, December 21, 2018

Peter Pan review at Birmingham Hippodrome – ‘moments of surreal delight’ by Paul Vale

JM Barrie’s Peter Pan has undergone several changes on its way to becoming a regular part of the pantomime canon. A dame

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Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Aladdin starring Ashley Banjo and Diversity review at Cliffs Pavilion, Southend – ‘exceptional dance’ by Paul Vale

The dance troupe Diversity took part in its first ever pantomime last year at the Palladium, where it added some exceptional dance

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Monday, December 17, 2018

Tinderella review at Canal Cafe, London – ‘irredeemably feeble’ by Paul Vale

Good adult pantomimes can be great fun, as has been proved by Above the Stag, Leicester Square and the Royal Vauxhall Tavern

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Robin Hood review at Milton Keynes Theatre – ‘an infectious sense of fun’ by Paul Vale

This is not the first time that Shane Richie has played Robin Hood for Qdos Entertainment and I doubt whether it will

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Peter Pan review at Richmond Theatre – ‘a winningly villainous performance from Robert Lindsay’ by Paul Vale

There are several big names making their debut in Qdos Entertainment pantomimes this year, but none has quite the acting chops of

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Thursday, December 13, 2018

Snow White starring Julian Clary and Dawn French review at London Palladium – ‘sumptuous and showy’ by Paul Vale

For three years now, Qdos Entertainment has taken over the Palladium at Christmas to produce a spectacular family pantomime. It has been a

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