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Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Sounds and Sorcery – Celebrating Disney Fantasia review at the Vaults – ‘an ambient experience’ by Paul Vale

Fantasia, the third full-length feature to spring from the Walt Disney Studio, was a commercially daring piece for the company. Unlike the

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Wednesday, July 11, 2018

The Stage/Liverpool Theatre School Scholarship winner 2018 by Paul Vale

The Stage Scholarship 2018 at Liverpool Theatre School has been awarded to 20-year-old Samuel Craig from Manchester. The award, valued at £31,500,

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The Stage/Read College Scholarship winners 2018 by Paul Vale

The winners of The Stage Scholarships at Read College have been announced. Sally Rudd, who is 18 years old and from Swindon,

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Monday, July 9, 2018

Grindr: The Opera review at Above the Stag, London – ‘an amusing parody’ by Paul Vale

Launched in 2009, Grindr is the popular geo-social dating app geared specifically to the gay community that paved the way for things

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Thursday, June 28, 2018

A Midsummer Night’s Dream review at Wilton’s Music Hall, London – ‘energy and invention’ by Paul Vale

Since its founding in 2008 the Faction have developed a reputation for reimagining classic texts as physical theatre. Having tackled A Midsummer

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Wednesday, June 20, 2018

The Stage/Sylvia Young Theatre School scholarship winner 2018 by Paul Vale

The winner of The Stage Scholarship at Sylvia Young Theatre School 2018 is 11-year-old Taziva-Faye Katsande from Jersey in the Channel Islands.

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Friday, June 15, 2018

The Unexpected Guest review at Mill at Sonning – ‘past its prime’ by Paul Vale

The openings scene of The Unexpected Guest features a corpse, a beautiful woman with a smoking gun and a stranger who arrives

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Thursday, June 14, 2018

84 Charing Cross Road review at Richmond Theatre, London – ‘a satisfying revival’ by Paul Vale

Nobody was more surprised by the success of her Helene Hanff’s memoir 84 Charing Cross Road than the author herself. Probably best

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Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Return to the Forbidden Planet review at Upstairs at the Gatehouse, London – ‘an affectionate revival’ by Paul Vale

Bob Carlton’s Return to the Forbidden Planet first landed in the West End in 1989 where it surprised many by beating Miss

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Monogamy review at Park Theatre, London – ‘excellent performances’ by Paul Vale

It’s not surprising that a play by the man considered by many to be the spiritual successor to Alan Ayckbourn should focus

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Friday, June 8, 2018

San Domino review at Tristan Bates Theatre, London – ‘fascinating slice of queer history’ by Paul Vale

In Italy in 1938, fuelled by Mussolini’s obsession with maintaining a pure and healthy race, known and suspected homosexuals were rounded up

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Thursday, June 7, 2018

Beautiful Thing review at Above the Stag, London – ‘beautifully observed performances’ by Paul Vale

After much planning, Above the Stag has finally opened the doors to its new venue in Vauxhall. As the only full-time LGBT+

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Wednesday, June 6, 2018

The Stage/Youth Music Theatre UK scholarship winner 2018 by Paul Vale

The winner of The Stage Scholarship 2018 at Youth Music Theatre UK is Noah Cochrane, aged 12 from Portadown, Co Armagh in

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Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Into the Woods review at Cockpit Theatre, London – ‘ambitious and inventive’ by Paul Vale

Though set in a world of fairytale, there’s a grittiness to Stephen Sondheim’s Into the Woods. There are enough dysfunctional families, strained

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Friday, May 18, 2018

Eleanor of Aquitaine: Mother of Pride review at Tara Theatre, London – ‘a superlative performance’ by Paul Vale

The story of Eleanor of Aquitaine is a dramatist’s dream. Once the queen of France and then the queen of England she

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A Sockful of Custard review at Pleasance Theatre, London – ‘a moving tribute to Spike Milligan’ by Paul Vale

It’s difficult to imagine now the influence The Goon Show had on a post-war British audience. Austerity had extended the privations of

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Tuesday, May 15, 2018

HR Haitch review at Union Theatre, London – ‘coarse and corny new musical’ by Paul Vale

The social divide between the working classes and the aristocracy has long been a popular theme in musical theatre. Think My Fair

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Friday, May 4, 2018

Music Hall Monster: The Insatiable Mr Fred Barnes review at Wilton’s Music Hall, London – ‘richly charismatic’ by Paul Vale

The story of Fred Barnes is a theatrical tragedy just gagging to be brought to life on stage. In his heyday in

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Thursday, May 3, 2018

Move Over Mrs Markham review at the Mill at Sonning – ‘precision engineered farce’ by Paul Vale

In the age of the sexual revolution, British dramatists used farce as a device to satirise the disintegration of old-fashioned social mores

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Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Priscilla, Queen of the Desert review at Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch – ‘strong vocals, disappointing design’ by Paul Vale

The beauty of Stephan Elliot and Allan Scott’s musical Priscilla, Queen of the Desert is the way it retains every aspect of

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Friday, April 27, 2018

Burke and Hare review at Watermill, Newbury – ‘a lively black comedy’ by Paul Vale

In the 19th century, there was money to be made digging up fresh cadavers from the graveyard and selling them on to

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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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