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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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Monday, December 16, 2019

Cinderella review at Trafalgar Studios, London – ‘enjoyable but chaotic drag panto starring Baga Chipz’ by Paul Vale

Though, on the surface, they may appear similar, the disciplines of a drag performer and musical comedy performer are very different. But

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Friday, December 13, 2019

Cinderella review at Fairfield Halls, Croydon – ‘Tim Vine on top form’ by Paul Vale

Before its extensive renovation, Fairfield Halls presented its pantomime in the proscenium-arched Ashcroft Theatre. It was an ambitious move upon reopening to

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Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Goldilocks and the Three Bears review at London Palladium – ‘a spectacular reminder of the golden age of variety’ by Paul Vale

Following a run of three critically and commercially successful years at the London Palladium, Qdos Entertainment has taken a step away from

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Friday, December 6, 2019

Jack and the Beanstalk review at Theatre Peckham, London – ‘packed with community spirit’ by Paul Vale

Originally produced at Theatre Royal Stratford East in 2012, with a book by Paul Sirett and songs by Wayne Nunes and Perry

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Monday, December 2, 2019

A Christmas Carol review at Immersive LDN – ‘entertaining night out’ by Paul Vale

This immersive version of A Christmas Carol has been staged nine years running since emerging from a small pub performance in York.

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Thursday, November 28, 2019

The Boy in the Dress review at Royal Shakespeare Company, Stratford-upon-Avon – ‘Bright performances, but a disappointing score’ by Paul Vale

Actor and comedian David Walliams has made more than £100 million as a children’s author, putting him up there in the popularity

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Monday, November 25, 2019

Pinocchio: No Strings Attached! review at Above the Stag, London – ‘smart and slick adult panto’ by Paul Vale

For this year’s adult pantomime at Above the Stag, authors Jon Bradfield and Martin Hooper turn to the story of Pinocchio for

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Escape from Planet Trash review at Pleasance Theatre, London – ‘big-hearted queer cabaret’ by Paul Vale

Following on from the success of last year’s How to Catch a Krampus, queer collective Sink the Pink once again takes up

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