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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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Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Rupert Street Lonely Hearts Club review at Above the Stag, London  – ‘a well-balanced revival’ by Paul Vale

Jonathan Harvey’s break out play Beautiful Thing, first performed 25 years ago, showcased his keen ear for naturalistic dialogue. Originally commissioned for

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Monday, October 22, 2018

Scott Alan’s The Distance You Have Come review at Cockpit Theatre, London – ‘an uneven song cycle’ by Paul Vale

Though American composer Scott Alan has yet to write a musical, his compositions are loved by musical theatre performers on both sides

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Friday, October 12, 2018

Liberty Rides Forth review at Waterloo East Theatre, London – ‘whimsical new musical’ by Paul Vale

David Kent’s musical has had a convoluted development since starting as a two-hander at the London School of Musical Theatre in 2013

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Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Parents’ Evening review at Jermyn Street Theatre, London – ‘knotty yet hollow’ by Paul Vale

Bathsheba Doran explores the thorny subject of parenting in her 2010 short play Parents’ Evening, receiving its European premiere at Jermyn Street

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The Stage/Emil Dale Academy Scholarships winners 2018 by Paul Vale

Emil Dale Academy has announced the five winners of The Stage Scholarship 2018. Places on the two-year intensive musical theatre course have

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Monday, October 8, 2018

Only Fools – The (Cushty) Dining Experience review at Radisson Blu Edwardian Grafton, London – ‘immersive and entertaining’ by Paul Vale

As the party season hurtles towards us, events organisers throughout the capital will be seeking a way to top last year’s Christmas

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Friday, October 5, 2018

Side Show review at CLF Art Cafe, London – ‘enthusiastic but uneven’ by Paul Vale

This is fledgling company Pint of Wine’s first production. Its stated aim is to challenge theatrical convention and push boundaries. Bill Russell

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To Have to Shoot Irishmen review at Omnibus, London – ‘evocative storytelling’ by Paul Vale

Kicking off a short season of Irish plays at the Clapham venue, To Have to Shoot Irishmen is the latest work from

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Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Much Ado About Salsa review at Drayton Arms Theatre, London – ‘a flimsy update of Shakespeare’s comedy’ by Paul Vale

Updating Shakespeare’s plays can be a tricky business, especially when it comes to placing archaic sexual politics into a modern setting. Joanna

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The Stage/Pauline Quirke Academy Studios Scholarship winners 2018 by Paul Vale

The Stage Scholarship, in association with Pauline Quirke Academy Studios, has been awarded to three students: Hannah Howland, Victoria Beavis and Josh

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Friday, September 28, 2018

Journey to the Underworld review Pedley Street Station, London – ‘immersive dining for the Halloween market’ by Paul Vale

Immersive, interactive dining experiences are becoming a part of London’s theatre scene – there’s a multi-course Dionysian dinner show in the Vaults

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Tuesday, September 25, 2018

The Stage Scholarships past winners: where are they now? by Paul Vale

For nearly 30 years, The Stage and the UK’s top stage schools, drama schools and academies have offered free or subsidised places

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Thursday, September 20, 2018

Arabian Nights review at Hoxton Hall, London – ‘exceptional theatre craft’ by Paul Vale

The first thing that strikes you about the Iris Theatre’s production of Arabian Nights is the set design. The already noble yet

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Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Dishoom! review at Watford Palace, London – ‘Light-hearted and colourful’ by Paul Vale

There are billowing waves of nostalgia in Gurpreet Kaur Bhatti’s new play Dishoom!. Not just for the 1970s, playfully recreated in Neil

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Monday, September 17, 2018

Maurice review at Above The Stag, London – ‘fine performances and direction’ by Paul Vale

In the 1960s, EM Forster saw little reason to publish his 1914 novel Maurice, as its themes and writing seemed dated. Published

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Thursday, September 13, 2018

Eris review at the Bunker, London – ‘an orchestrated riot of sound and movement’ by Paul Vale

Eris was the goddess of strife and her most important role in mythical history was to act as a catalyst to the

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Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Salad Days review at Richmond Theatre, London – ‘lively revival of an old-fashioned musical’ by Paul Vale

The world has changed a great deal since Julian Slade and Dorothy Reynolds wrote Salad Days just as the era it was

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The Stage/Razzamataz Scholarship winners 2018 by Paul Vale

As part of The Stage Scholarships scheme, Razzamataz Theatre Schools has offered a total of 24 awards for 2018. Winners from all

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Tuesday, September 11, 2018

High Ridin’ review at King’s Head Theatre, London – ‘unassuming but underwritten one-act drama’ by Paul Vale

Past mistakes and a fresh start form the backbone of James Hogan’s new one-act drama High Ridin’. In several aspects it’s quite

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Monday, September 10, 2018

Distance review at Park Theatre, London – ’emotionally compelling’ by Paul Vale

Alex McSweeney’s Distance ties in with a new initiative at the Park in conjunction with MIND to introduce rehearsal practices to protect

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Friday, September 7, 2018

Hamilton (Lewis) review at King’s Head Theatre, London – ‘a one-joke musical parody’ by Paul Vale

Lin Manuel Miranda’s musical sensation Hamilton is a game-changer. It has altered the shape of musical theatre. But when its West End

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Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Guy: A New Musical review at King’s Head Theatre, London – ‘accomplished score, problematic book’ by Paul Vale

This new musical by Stephen Hyde and Leoe Mercer created quite a flurry on the fringe this year. It won awards at

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The Stage/Fourth Monkey Actor Training Company Scholarships winners 2018 by Paul Vale

The Stage Scholarships in conjunction with London-based Fourth Monkey Actor Training Company have been won by Lisa Gilroy and Meghan Smith. Both

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The Stage/Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts Scholarships winners 2018 by Paul Vale

The Stage Scholarship at Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts has been awarded to 11-year-old Tori Ryan. A half-scholarship has also been

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