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Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Diary: Eat, drink and be merry – just not in the theatre by Tabard

It doesn’t take a genius to work out what irritates theatregoers the most, but, fortunately for us, website Super Break has carried

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Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Diary: Shenton’s Sir-liness shows Mark of a true Pinter pedant by Tabard

Our associate editor Mark Shenton is a prolific campaigner. If he’s not doing his bit to stamp out unruly behaviour at the

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Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Diary: Is Theatreland’s tiny new venue a runaway success? by Tabard

London’s Drury Lane may be home to one of the West End’s biggest theatres, but now also one of its smallest. With

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Diary: Brexit stage right… by Tabard

Brexit has been the source of inspiration for many an artist since the fateful referendum on June 23, 2016. Countless theatremakers have

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Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Diary: Relentlessly racking up the reviews at the fringe by Tabard

As the Edinburgh Fringe continues to bulldoze us through August, spare a thought though for the weary critics, who are truly an

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Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Diary: Pound shop for foodies at Bocca di Lupo by Tabard

“The pound of flesh, which I demand of him, is deeply bought. ’Tis mine, and I will have it,” says Shylock in

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Diary: Mayflower Theatre follows through on lavatories by Tabard

Tabard enjoys a good selfie. Who doesn’t? But who have thought that a mum’s ‘toilet selfies’ would end up inspiring the Mayflower

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Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Diary: How to refrigerate a pound of Fleeshman by Tabard

Spare a thought for those unfortunates who can’t escape the heat this summer. Tabard knows there are some poor creatures who just

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Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Diary: Lacklustre Spamilton review proves rhyme does not pay by Tabard

Andrew Lloyd Webber has tried it – twice. Madonna has tried it, and no one was particularly impressed. What is Tabard talking

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Diary: Malcolm Sinclair’s cold front for Theresa May by Tabard

Theresa May is normally busy running the country and trying to negotiate a Brexit deal. Good luck with that one, by the

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Wednesday, July 25, 2018

In Mamma Mia! – Here We Go Again, Cher turns back time… by Tabard

Abba-mania hit the UK this week, with the follow-up film to the hugely successful Mamma Mia!, based on the stage show of

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Do-you-think-he-saurus? Jeff Goldblum statue stomps all over Sam Neill musical by Tabard

There was much excitement down at Tower Bridge in London this week, when a 25ft-tall, bare-chested statue of a Hollywood legend appeared

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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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