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Tuesday, April 24, 2018

How drag is sashaying from cabaret clubs to West End stages by Paul Vale

While onstage gender reversal has long been a common sight in pantomime, drag has tended to be regarded as a niche style

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Monday, April 23, 2018

Kathleen Turner – Finding My Voice review at the Other Palace, London – ‘brilliant storytelling’ by Paul Vale

Kathleen Turner is an instinctive performer who rarely shrinks from a challenge. She made her film debut in Body Heat, had leading

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The Golden F**king Years review at Jack Studio Theatre, London – ‘honest and often surprising’ by Paul Vale

Retirement drama is not a particularly new trend but, naturally, as our nation ages, there’s going to be a greater market for

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Thursday, April 19, 2018

Much Ado About Nothing review at Rose Theatre, London – ‘inventive Mafia-style staging’ by Paul Vale

There’s a modern Mafioso twist to Simon Dormandy’s busy production of Much Ado About Nothing, with Don Pedro and his men arriving

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Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Mother’s Ruin – A Cabaret About Gin review at the Other Palace, London – ‘thoughtfully constructed cabaret’ by Paul Vale

If you are going to create a cabaret show to tour cocktail bars around the world, the history of gin is probably

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Monday, April 16, 2018

Twang!! review at Union Theatre, London – ‘meta-musical with bags of heart’ by Paul Vale

When the original production of Twang!! closed in January 1966, it was the most expensive flop in the West End to date.

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John Barrowman in concert review at Leicester Square Theatre, London – ‘wildly entertaining’ by Paul Vale

Seth Rudetsky began his Broadway @ Leicester Square Theatre concert series with Patti Lupone in 2013, then returned last year with Audra

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Friday, April 13, 2018

Sex/Crime review at the Glory, London – ‘articulate, with a lethal sense of comic timing’ by Paul Vale

In a dingy basement, strategically coated in plastic sheeting, character A offers a specialist fetish service. For the right money, a punter

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Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Happy Warriors review at Upstairs at the Gatehouse – ‘a witty and intelligent debut’ by Paul Vale

Towards the end of the Second World War, the communist resistance in Yugoslavia were beginning to liberate pockets of the country. Any

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Friday, April 6, 2018

Mirrors review at Leicester Square Theatre, London – ‘engagingly surreal’ by Paul Vale

This solo play written by Siobhan McMillan has undergone several transformations since it opened at the Camden People’s Theatre in 2015. There

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Wednesday, April 4, 2018

The Case of the Frightened Lady review at New Victoria Theatre, Woking – ‘distressingly turgid’ by Paul Vale

Producer Bill Kenwright has enjoyed a long and successful run with the Agatha Christie Theatre Company, touring adaptations of her most popular

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The Stage Scholarships 2018: Rose Bruford College by Paul Vale

Set in Kent parkland yet only 25 minutes from central London, the Sidcup-based school is offering one student the chance to study

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Thursday, March 29, 2018

A Spoonful Of Sherman review Greenwich Theatre, London – ‘old-fashioned charm’ by Paul Vale

It would be easy to sideline the Sherman brothers as sentimentalist songwriters from a bygone era. It’s true that their best loved

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Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Songs for Nobodies review at Wilton’s Music Hall, London – ‘a singular vocal talent’ by Paul Vale

Director Simon Phillips saw Bernadette Robinson’s singing at a corporate bash in Melbourne. Mesmerised by Robinson’s extraordinary talent as a vocalist, he

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How costume makers are coming together to discuss their craft by Paul Vale

Inspired by a Norwegian event for those working in film and television, the Costume Symposium is a focal point for a disparate

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Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Faces in the Crowd review at White Bear Theatre, London – ‘a smart revival’ by Paul Vale

When Leo Butler’s Faces In The Crowd premiered at the Royal Court in 2008, it was one of the first plays to

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The Stage Scholarships 2018: Spirit Young Performers Company by Paul Vale

Spirit Young Performers Company’s students regularly work in West End shows and all its elite students get their first choice drama schools,

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Monday, March 19, 2018

The Cherry Orchard review at Union Theatre, London – ‘a bold adaptation’ by Paul Vale

Revolution and upheaval have played a major part in Phil Willmott’s season of plays at the Union Theatre this year. Detachment from

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Friday, March 16, 2018

Tori Scott: Thirsty! review at the Vaults, London – ‘polished and versatile vocals’ by Paul Vale

The Texan singer Tori Scott feels she has a good reason to drink. Not only is she single but her country is

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Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Read College offers two 50% scholarships by Paul Vale

Based in Reading and in its 10th year, Read College has a 100% success rate for its foundation course pupils gaining places

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Tuesday, March 6, 2018

The Game of Love and Chai review at Tara Theatre, London – ‘vibrant and witty’ by Paul Vale

With The Game of Love and Chai, Nigel Planer successfully dovetails a classical Marivaux farce with Bollywood song and dance to create

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Thursday, March 1, 2018

Curtains review at Rose Theatre, London – ‘sharply observed dark comedy’ by Paul Vale

Stephen Bill’s dark comedy about how a family copes with reality of assisted suicide premiered in 1987 in Hampstead. Since then, the subjects

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Wednesday, February 28, 2018

The Stage Scholarships 2018: Razzamataz Theatre Schools by Paul Vale

At schools across the UK, Razzamataz offers theatre training in a friendly atmosphere and also supports students beyond graduation, Paul Vale writes

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Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Frankenstein review at the Space, London – ‘a resourceful staging’ by Paul Vale

In Isobel Dixon’s intriguing adaptation of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein for Burn Bright Theatre, the sex of both the creature and her maker

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A Princess Undone review at Park Theatre, London – ‘salacious and superficial’ by Paul Vale

There has been talk about brining Richard Stirling’s play A Princess Undone to London for two years now. When it premiered in

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Thursday, February 22, 2018

Great Expectations review at Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford – ‘faithful and inventive’ by Paul Vale

Following on from successful touring productions of Our Man In Havana and Travels With My Aunt, Tilted Wig Productions turns its hand

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Wednesday, February 21, 2018

The Stage Scholarships 2018: Liverpool Theatre School by Paul Vale

Liverpool Theatre School hit the news recently when its principal Maxine Ellis announced it was eliminating all audition fees to encourage more

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The Stage Scholarships 2018: Arts Educational Schools by Paul Vale

Arts Ed has a genuinely international reputation as an outstanding centre for training in performing arts. In 2016, its BA degree school

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Monday, February 19, 2018

Rope review at Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch – ‘strongly performed’ by Paul Vale

Patrick Hamilton’s first play Rope may be less familiar to many than Gaslight but it’s more tautly constructed, shifting gears from comedy

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Friday, February 16, 2018

Carmen 1808 review at Union Theatre, London – ‘ambitious, but flawed’ by Paul Vale

For his adaptation of Bizet’s opera Carmen, Phil Willmott has been, in part, inspired by Goya’s painting Los Fusilamientos del Tres de

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Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde review at Rose Theatre – ‘an unimaginative staging’ by Paul Vale

Robert Louis Stevenson’s 1886 novella The Strange Case of Dr Jeykyll and Mr Hyde caused a minor sensation in its day. Plenty of

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