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Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Diary: Ballet takes dark turn after ravenous rodent invasion by Tabard

Spare a thought for the dancers of the Australian Ballet company, who this week found themselves plunged into darkness mid-performance. How so,

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Diary: A ticket to see… Me! by Tabard

Tabard likes a happy news story. They’re few and far between in this day and age, let’s be honest. So when something

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Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Diary: Hancock’s half parkour by Tabard

Matt Hancock. He’s a daredevil isn’t he? As the former culture secretary – now health secretary – he was not afraid of

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Diary: Sinking to new lows – icy reception for football fans at Titanic musical by Tabard

Theatre and football don’t sit together that well. When they do, things don’t always hit the back of the net. Take The

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Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Diary: Curveball kills Charlie Brooks’ hope of a dream getaway by Tabard

And so to Leicester Curve, where last weekend a fundraising event was held to raise money for the venue as it marks

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Diary: Contactless cards cull cash when it comes to coughing up by Tabard

Who doesn’t love a retirement do? Or, in this case, a non-retirement do. Tabard hears that a bash was held last month

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Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Diary: Hamilton premiere on track by Tabard

Tabard is excited to hear that Hamilton will be making its Off-West End premiere. Well, not quite: Hamilton (Lewis), a parody musical

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Diary: Gillian Lynne opening is the Cats whiskers by Tabard

The great and the good of Theatreland gathered at the former New London this week to usher in its new life as

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Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Diary: S&M with Isabelle Huppert at the Southbank Centre by Tabard

This month brought the fearless and – as some interviewers have found – fearsome French actor Isabelle Huppert back to the UK

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Diary: Race-y Cherry Orchard gets the Chekhov flag by Tabard

Tabard likes a site-specific piece as much as the next man, but a performance of The Cherry Orchard did catch his attention

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Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Diary: Veteran producer Paul Elliott’s hokey-cokey retirement by Tabard

Sixty years is a long time. It’s the sort of time frame that could do funny things to your mind. Take producer

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Diary: All hail the understudy by Tabard

Tabard hopes next year’s Olivier Awards will introduce a new category: best understudy in a show they weren’t meant to be understudying.

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Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Diary: Holden your breath for a good porpoise by Tabard

TV presenter, Britain’s Got Talent judge and actor Amanda Holden has dipped her toes into a variety of performance roles. Take Princess

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Diary: Harry Potter and the giblets in fryer by Tabard

For those who have seen Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, it will have escaped precisely no one’s notice that it is

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Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Diary: No-eye-dears at Equity ARC by Tabard

It’s been a politically turbulent few months for Equity, as members have been divided on what some liken to the union’s own

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Diary: Gloria’s on form, whether or not you’re an Estefan by Tabard

It was all glitz and glamour this week at Leicester Curve (when isn’t it?) as the theatre launched its new season with

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Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Diary: Hannibal hostel fit for a Hop-king by Tabard

Some of us can’t look at Anthony Hopkins without seeing Hannibal Lecter, so convincing was he in the role of the flesh-eating

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Diary: Fond final farewell to feisty feline friend by Tabard

Spare a thought for the good people of Strode Theatre in Somerset, who this week had to say goodbye to Harvey, the

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Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Diary: En Pointey Blinders? by Tabard

Tabard likes a good ballet. But up until now the only ones that he’s seen are your Nutcrackers and your Sleeping Beauties.

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Diary: No dame comment from Maggie Smith by Tabard

There is nothing like a dame. Or so they say. And last week two of them were in attendance at the Acting

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Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Diary: Sainsbury’s boss’ jackpot serenade hits bum note by Tabard

Let’s face it, few people who have been to see 42nd Street in the West End don’t come out singing one of

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Diary: All kicking off as Othello versus Liverpool FC by Tabard

In last year’s entertaining show reports feature – detailing behind the scenes quirks at theatres across the land – the stage manager

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Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Diary: Katie Hopkins – from free-speech warrior to free-speech worrier over Katie Hopkins musical by Tabard

Katie Hopkins isn’t a happy bunny. In case you missed it, a new production opened this week called The Assassination of Katie

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Diary: Glenda Jackson proves sharper than a serpent’s tooth by Tabard

Poor Charles McNulty. The Los Angeles Times journalist appears to have had something of a torrid time interviewing our very own Glenda

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Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Diary: Swastika-wearing Hitler show causes Fuhrer-e by Tabard

And the prize for most misjudged publicity stunt of the week goes to Theater Konstanz in Germany. The venue is staging a

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Diary: Ballet dancers come out of their shells by Tabard

If, like Tabard, ballet doesn’t float your boat, you’re probably not going to want to sit and watch a ballet that is

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Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Diary: Mayflower versus Titanic by Tabard

Performers were forced to abandon ship on the opening night of Titanic the Musical – after debris began falling from the ceiling.

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Diary: Father dons tutu in show of plum parenting by Tabard

A good-news story for you this week readers. One of true devotion. No, Andrew Lloyd Webber isn’t naming more West End theatres

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Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Diary: Christ on a motorbike – Jesus died for less by Tabard

Tabard knows some audience members find it hard to separate actors from the roles they play. There have been countless times soap

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Diary: Twist in pain at Ed Sheeran by Tabard

It feels like an increasing truism, in London at least, that you’re now never more than six feet away from an immersive

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Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Diary: Manchester United’s theatre of nightmares by Tabard

Tabard was delighted to see so many people embracing World Theatre Day this week. Twitter was awash with messages of support for

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