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Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Diary: Fools rush in where City of Angels fears to tread by Tabard

And the Olivier for longest time to transfer a show goes to… City of Angels! Yes, Tabard was amazed this week to read

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Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Tabard’s Diary: Bolton pantomime turns into Mad Hatter’s tea party by Tabard

The local panto is usually a nice bit of organised fun for the family, where busy parents can take their kids for

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Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Diary: Case clothed – all’s well that ends well for Gypsy after costume robbery by Tabard

A bit of yin and yang for you this week, readers. The Royal Exchange in Manchester was the victim of a depressing

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Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Diary: Too much sex and booze in shows? Blame the audience by Tabard

It’s not been a good week for theatre. Not in terms of what’s on stage, you understand, but rather what’s been happening

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Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Diary: For firefighter Jason Donovan, next door is only a footstep away by Tabard

Jason Donovan rose to fame for his role in Australian soap Neighbours. It appears the singer and actor has carried the message

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Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Diary: Don’t tell the bride, but the groom’s done himself a mischief (theatre) by Tabard

The events of recent weeks would suggest that Boris Johnson’s government has been taking hot tips from The Play That Goes Wrong,

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Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Abba Super Trouper Bjorn Ulvaeus takes a chance on 1977 jumpsuit by Tabard

How many of us can say they can still fit into clothes they first wore 42 years ago? Abba’s Bjorn Ulvaeus is

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Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Diary: Pastor really driven insa-a-a-a-a-ane by Rocky Horror Show’s Time Warp by Tabard

Some people are just so easily offended these days. Tabard recently wrote about the fury of one reader of the Sun, who

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Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Fleabag: the gift that keeps on giving… out free G&Ts by Tabard

It has only been a few weeks since Fleabag last graced the pages of this diary, but, judging by the show’s current

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Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Audience members invited to spin a yarn for panto by Tabard

Look, Tabard knows the summer is not yet over, but let’s be honest – it’s time we all started thinking about Christmas.

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Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Diary: Fleabag is not the only F word on everyone’s lips by Tabard

Fleabag has clearly been a hit with thousands who have seen it on stage and huge swathes of the country who tuned

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Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Can’t make money at the fringe? Chin up! No, really by Tabard

It’s an unwritten rule at the Edinburgh Fringe, that, whatever you do, don’t mention ‘the M word’. No, not that – don’t

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Wednesday, August 14, 2019

85-year-old comedian Lynn Ruth Miller is living proof that the old ones are the best ones by Tabard

Tabard is a firm believer that it’s never too late to follow your dreams. Cabaret star Lynn Ruth Miller is a prime

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Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Diary: Young musical theatre fan’s haters won’t rain on his parade by Tabard

You’d have to have been living under a rock not to have heard about nine-year-old Charlie Kristensen, who found himself being bullied

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Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Diary: Bonnie and Snide: ‘Erratic’ Faye Dunaway’s now gone away by Tabard

Those of us who take regular trips to the Rumour Mill (via the Grapevine, obviously) will often hear the tales of diva-ish

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Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Diary: Claws come out for the Cats movie trailer by Tabard

Tabard has already raised some concerns over the film adaption of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Cats. The entire premise of adult humans dressing

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Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Diary: Singing vet produces Glyndebourne for cows by Tabard

If you thought you had to pay top prices to hear opera, think again. Tabard has come across a way to hear

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Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Diary: No Brucie bonus – just a great balls-up of fire by Tabard

Tabard has spent the past few days wondering whether Theatreland has been struck by a mischievous, havoc-wreaking poltergeist. First, the Lyric Hammersmith’s

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Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Diary: Fan goes through the roof fur the sake of Wolfie hunt by Tabard

Most famous actors will have a good tale or two to tell about encounters with over-enthusiastic fans. However, Robert Lindsay can probably

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Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Diary: Boris Johnson domestic row – we have all the answers (apparently) by Tabard

The Stage has unwittingly found itself at the centre of a media storm over the Boris Johnson domestic disturbance. Tabard should explain.

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Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Diary: Morecambe Winter Gardens sitting pretty for the future by Tabard

The world feels depressing sometimes, doesn’t it? Brexit’s a mess, party politics is messier, and the blissful summer we needed – and

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Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Diary: Inventing an agent was no challenge for Anneka Rice by Tabard

Actors without an agent will go to all kinds of lengths to secure their standing in the industry, often taking the initiative

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Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Diary: Jason Manford’s wit’s on fire as phone goes up in flames by Tabard

Tabard hears complaints on almost a daily basis of pesky audience members interrupting performances with their mobile phones. Andrew Scott has previously

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Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Diary: Flamboyant clairvoyant Su Pollard foresees shotgun wedding by Tabard

Watching Eurovision on Saturday evening, one might have been under the impression Su Pollard was a last-minute entry. The Ukranian entry was

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Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Diary: West End Producer to take the plunge with killer (whale) show by Tabard

Just last week, we welcomed the news that two giants of cinema are being given the musical theatre treatment. The adaptation of

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Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Our Matt’s a seriously devoted Gloria EsteFAN by Tabard

Tabard is well aware of the lengths superfans will go to in order to mark their dedication to a star. These may

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Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Diary: How & Juliet gave its jocular star the last laugh by Tabard

And so to the launch of & Juliet, a new musical that is opening later this year in the West End. Attendees

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Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Diary: How parent-and-baby performance left two clueless audience members feeling their age by Tabard

Tabard is used to noisy audiences. And anyone who’s ever been to see Dirty Dancing – the Classic Story on Stage will

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Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Ruby to light up Madame JoJo’s one last time by Tabard

When they’re bringing your curtain down, demand to be buried like… drag queen Ruby Venezuela. Tabard hears the legendary drag queen, once

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Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Olivier Awards were a right royal knees-up, but Danny’s in Dyer need of etiquette lessons by Tabard

As the UK’s biggest annual celebration of theatre, the Olivier Awards are a very serious matter indeed. Especially this year with the

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Wednesday, April 10, 2019

CGI catsuits make purrfect costumes for Idris Elba and his fur-mous co-stars by Tabard

Ever wondered what rumoured James Bond and world’s sexiest man Idris Elba would look like in one of those ping-pong-ball-covered CGI bodysuits,

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