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Wednesday, March 25, 2020

The Stage Scholarships 2020: Train for free at Rose Bruford College by Paul Vale

This flexible six-month course offers the foundation for a wide range of options, whether it be further training – joining alumni such

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Wednesday, March 18, 2020

The Stage Scholarships 2020: Win free training at Ar ts Education Schools London by Paul Vale

This year there are 20 places on courses up for grabs at Arts Educational Schools London. Paul Vale finds out how the

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Monday, March 16, 2020

Delivery review at Chiswick Playhouse, London – ‘heartbreaking play about PTSD and the military’ by Paul Vale

Playwright Andy Walker first encountered Stuart Cardy when he was researching a film about the Falklands War. Cardy was a veteran of

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Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Relatively Speaking review at the Mill at Sonning – ‘robust, thoughtful revival of Alan Ayckbourn’s play’ by Paul Vale

Premiering in 1965 and opening in London in 1967, Relatively Speaking was Alan Ayckbourn’s first major success in the capital. It kick-started

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Thursday, March 5, 2020

Bang Bang! review at Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guilfdord – ‘a play of sophisticated mayhem’ by Paul Vale

For his second production as artistic director of the Exeter Northcott, Daniel Buckroyd has decided to revive one of his favourite plays

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Wednesday, March 4, 2020

The Stage Scholarships 2020: Razzamataz Theatre Schools by Paul Vale

At its network of schools across the UK, Razzamataz offers school-age children opportunities to perform on big stages and participate in workshops

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Monday, March 2, 2020

Spy Plays review at Above the Stag, London – ‘stylish espionage double bill’ by Paul Vale

For this stylish double bill of plays in the newly fitted Above the Stag studio, writer David Thame examines the patterns and

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Friday, February 28, 2020

Christopher Green: No Show review at the Yard, London – ‘fascinating exploration of performance’ by Paul Vale

Christopher Green’s work frequently explores the nature of theatre. A champion of immersive projects, the Olivier award-winning writer and theatremaker has staged

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Thursday, February 20, 2020

La Cage aux Folles (The Play) review at Park Theatre, London – ‘Simon Callow’s adaptation of the French farce’ by Paul Vale

Originally produced in 1973, Jean Poiret’s play La Cage aux Folles has long been overshadowed by Jerry Herman’s 1983 musical version. However

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Wednesday, February 19, 2020

The Stage Scholarships 2020: Sharjah Performing Arts Academy by Paul Vale

Situated in the ‘Cultural Capital of the Arab World’, Sharjah Performing Arts Academy offers students world-class training in an international environment. Paul

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Friday, February 14, 2020

No Sweat review at Pleasance Theatre, London – ‘moving but unfocused drama about homelessness’ by Paul Vale

Vicky Moran’s new play aims to highlight the growing issue of homelessness among young LGBT+ in the UK. Following interviews with a

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The Six Wives of Henry VIII review at King’s Head, London – ‘dad jokes and catchy songs’ by Paul Vale

Howard and Stu’s last production of Richard II was critically mauled in the local press and the duo don’t know how to

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Thursday, February 13, 2020

Tryst review at Chiswick Playhouse – ‘tightly knit, compellingly performed thriller’ by Paul Vale

As the rebranded Chiswick Playhouse ends its first year, it returns to an earlier success from 2017, when it was still the

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Wednesday, February 12, 2020

The Stage Scholarships: Get a degree with Fourth Monkey by Paul Vale

This year Fourth Monkey Actor Training Company has had its two-year training programme validated to degree level. Founder and artistic director Steven

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Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Blitz! review at Union Theatre, London – ‘affectionate revival of Lionel Bart’s nostalgic musical’ by Paul Vale

When Lionel Bart’s Blitz! originally opened in 1962, it was touted as the most expensive musical ever. Producers expected it to be as

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Monday, January 27, 2020

The Morning After review at Above the Stag, London – ‘irredeemably thin’ by Paul Vale

Peter Quilter’s The Morning After is a very different affair from his better-known works, Glorious! about the life of Florence Foster Jenkins

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Wednesday, January 22, 2020

The Stage Scholarships 2020: Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts by Paul Vale

As the application end date for The Stage Scholarships to Italia Conti draws near, Paul Vale speaks to the academy’s principal about

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Monday, January 20, 2020

Four Play review at Above the Stag, London – ‘honest and insightful’ by Paul Vale

Gay men have never had to conform to a heteronormative relationship standards in the past. But now we live in a world

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Friday, January 17, 2020

Dial M for Murder review at Richmond Theatre, London – ‘exposition-heavy thriller’ by Paul Vale

Frederick Knott’s 1952 play Dial M for Murder set the tone for the stage thrillers to come. Audiences relished the suspenseful atmosphere

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Wednesday, January 15, 2020

The Stage Scholarships 2020: Sylvia Young Theatre School by Paul Vale

Coaching future stars of stage and screen for almost 40 years, Sylvia Young Theatre School also prides itself on academic excellence. Paul

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Friday, January 10, 2020

Once review at Fairfield Halls, London – ‘confident touring production’ by Paul Vale

Based on John Carney’s 2007 indie film, the musical version of Once first appeared in the West End in 2013, following a

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Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Tom Brown’s School Days review at Union Theatre, London – ‘lively and exciting production’ by Paul Vale

The Phil Willmott Company has always sought to find resonance in the plays that form its annual Essential Classics season. This year

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Wednesday, January 1, 2020

The Stage Scholarships 2020: Win theatre training opportunities by Paul Vale

This year The Stage has partnered with seven performing arts schools, from across the UK and beyond, to offer more than £250,000

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Tuesday, December 24, 2019

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs review at Hippodrome, Birmingham – ‘full-on pantomime extravaganza’ by Paul Vale

The Birmingham Hippodrome pantomime may no longer be Qdos Entertainments’ most lavish production of the season but it remains a vibrant, energetic

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Friday, December 20, 2019

Whistle Down the Wind review at Union Theatre, London – ‘much to love’ by Paul Vale

The first thing you need to know about this version of Whistle Down the Wind is that it’s not the anthemic, US-based

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Thursday, December 19, 2019

Robin Hood and the Merry Men review at Cliffs Pavilion, Southend – ‘bursting with talent’ by Paul Vale

The most striking thing about author Alan McHugh’s Robin Hood and the Merry Men is that there is no dame. Not that

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Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Meet The Stage Scholarship winners 2019 by Paul Vale

More than 50 young actors, singers and dancers between the ages of 8 and 21 have been able to access performing arts

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Aladdin review at Milton Keynes Theatre – ‘Joe Pasquale and Lee Mead make a loveable double act’ by Paul Vale

Aladdin should be the most opulent of pantomimes, with plenty of opportunity for lavish costumes and jewel-encrusted caves playing against a background

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Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Cinderella review at New Wimbledon Theatre, London – ‘Wimbledon gets its groove back’ by Paul Vale

The New Wimbledon Theatre has had a tricky run with pantomimes in the last few years. But this year’s Cinderella sees a

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Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs review at Richmond Theatre, London – ‘awkwardly paced pantomime’ by Paul Vale

Casually sidestepping the need to seek seven short actors to play the seven dwarfs, Qdos borrows from the Shrek musical and casts

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Aladdin review at New Victoria Theatre, Woking – ‘tired, uninspiring and lacking in magic’ by Paul Vale

This particular incarnation of Aladdin has been knocking around for ages. Despite a few flashes of glitter and big-name performances, it’s starting

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