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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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Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Aladdin review at New Wimbledon Theatre – ‘Paul Merton’s panto debut’ by Paul Vale

After a spectacularly ropey Jack and the Beanstalk last year, Qdos Entertainment has taken a giant step forward with this year’s New

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Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Cinderella review at New Victoria Theatre, Woking – ‘Craig Revel Horwood’s star turn’ by Paul Vale

Strictly Come Dancing’s Craig Revel Horwood is very much the star attraction at this Qdos Entertainment production of Cinderella, the most beloved

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Monday, December 10, 2018

Snow White review at Towngate Theatre, Basildon – ‘pitch-perfect pantomime’ by Paul Vale

Consistently punching above its weight, the Towngate pantomime in Basildon may not boast the star names and lavish budgets of Qdos’ offering

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Sleeping Beauty review at Theatre Royal Stratford East – ‘beautifully designed’ by Paul Vale

The Theatre Royal Stratford East pantomime has always featured a degree of experimentation. That’s part of its appeal. It might not always

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Rubbed review at Royal Vauxhall Tavern, London – ‘rather tame’ by Paul Vale

The Royal Vauxhall Tavern boasts a rich and diverse cabaret history that continues to this day, with its small stage regularly playing

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Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Plaid Tidings review at Bridge House Theatre, London – ‘homely and nostalgic’ by Paul Vale

Stuart Ross’ musical Forever Plaid is a quirky homage to the clean-cut boy bands of the 1960s such as The Four Aces.

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Monday, December 3, 2018

Buttons: A Cinderella Story review at King’s Head Theatre, London – ‘a quirky adaptation’ by Paul Vale

The Charles Court Opera annual pantomime has become an Islington tradition. Artistic director and author John Savournin enjoys subverting classic stories and

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Mother Goose Cracks One Out review at Above the Stag, London – ‘blissfully irreverent’ by Paul Vale

This is both Jon Bradfield and Martin Hooper’s 10th pantomime for Above the Stag and their first in its new building in

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Thursday, November 29, 2018

Guys and Dolls review at Mill at Sonning – ‘bursting with energy and invention’ by Paul Vale

There is always a danger of Damon Runyon’s characters being given too soft a focus when played out against Frank Loesser’s glorious score

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Tuesday, November 27, 2018

The Musical Of Musicals (The Musical!) review at Above the Stag, London – ‘witty musical revue’ by Paul Vale

There’s something quite old-fashioned about Eric Rockwell and Joanne Bogart’s 2003 musical parody The Musical of Musicals (The Musical!). As you might

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Friday, November 23, 2018

The Greatest Snowman review at Pedley Street Station, London – ‘entertaining festive dining experience’ by Paul Vale

Despite the title The Greatest Snowman bears little resemblance to the hit 2017 movie musical in which Hugh Jackman plays PT Barnum.

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Thursday, November 22, 2018

How to Catch a Krampus review at Pleasance Theatre, London – ‘gothic high camp’ by Paul Vale

The queer collective Sink the Pink mounts a show at Christmas, but remarkably this is the first time that it has ever

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Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Royal Variety Performance 2018 review at the London Palladium – ‘nostalgia and diversity’ by Paul Vale

As this year’s Royal Variety Performance was held in the presence of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex members of the Invictus

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Thursday, November 15, 2018

Pick of the pantos for 2018 by Paul Vale

Peter Pan – Hippodrome, Birmingham ‪December 19 – January 27‬ Matt Slack, ‪Jimmy Osmond‬, Meera Syal Before the season at the London

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Monday, November 12, 2018

Drag performer Lavinia Co-op: ‘I’ve abandoned the idea of retirement, but I won’t hit the clubs again’ by Paul Vale

Legendary drag performance artist Lavinia Co-op is very busy at the moment. Scheduling an interview, we had to work around no less

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Friday, November 9, 2018

Thursford Christmas Spectacular review – ‘a festive song-and-dance extravaganza’ by Paul Vale

The Thursford Christmas Spectacular is now in its 42nd year and is considered the largest spectacle of its kind in Europe. Housed

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Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Sexy Laundry review at Tabard Theatre, London – ‘uninspired marital comedy’ by Paul Vale

Playwright Michele Riml is popular in Canada, where her plays have achieved critical acclaim and commercial success. Her 2003 short play Sexy

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Thursday, November 1, 2018

Soldier On review at the Other Palace, London – ‘thoughtfully curated’ by Paul Vale

Following a successful tour around the UK, Soldier On lands in the West End to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the

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Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Honour review at Park Theatre, London – ‘a passionless play’ by Paul Vale

Joanna Murray-Smith’s play Honour, which received its British premiere in 2003 at the National Theatre, is about the nature of relationships. Journalist

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Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Bromance: The Dudesical review at the Other Palace – ‘entertaining rock musical about male friendship’ by Paul Vale

Bromance is a new musical comedy that pokes gentle fun at the rules guys lay down when attempting to engage in a

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Vulcan 7 starring Adrian Edmondson and Nigel Planer review at Richmond Theatre by Paul Vale

Former Young Ones Adrian Edmondson and Nigel Planer were at the cutting edge of the new wave of comedy in the 1980s.

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