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Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Bum note? Full Monty poster leaves Liverpool local howling at the moon by Tabard

Things are kicking off in Liverpool – in fact, you could say they’ve reached rock bottom. Tabard hears things got a bit

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Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Diary: Ice cream, EU scream, we all scream for Jacob Rees-Mogg by Tabard

Theresa May made the news this week when she jovially responded to a Twitter question asking whether she had ever seen the

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Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Diary: Peppa spray needed as tots tear it up to 'toon tune by Tabard

Tabard knew audience behaviour was on a downward spiral, but news this week showed how terrible things have got. Shockingly so. Tabard

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Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Diary: Patti LuPone gig saves face and keeps Company by Tabard

It started off like every company manager’s nightmare. A show’s star is taken ill (brief panic) but it’s okay, the understudy can

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Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Diary: Alert as West End Producer rocks up latex to the party by Tabard

This year, the great and good of Theatreland descended on London’s Bridge Theatre for The Stage Awards, in association with Integro Insurance

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Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Diary: Scoring points on Josie – a question of all things Rourke by Tabard

How you know you’ve finally made it in theatre is a question directors must grapple with constantly. Is it when you’re earning

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Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Diary: West End wine list lacks spice for one posh visitor by Tabard

Attentive readers of The Stage will remember that last year, English National Opera got into hot water when it issued a ban

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Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Diary: Oooh Arrr’s festive flop and not so happy returns by Tabard

It’s one thing for audience members to say a show is terrible, it’s quite another for the theatre hosting it to agree

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Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Diary: Panto begets plaque for Matt Slack, palava for Tamara by Tabard

January. Tabard bets you thought all talk of panto was behind you. Oh no, it isn’t, because there are a couple of

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Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Diary: Fairytale tweet rewards elf-determination by Tabard

Tabard enjoys a happy ending. Get your mind out of the gutter – a story with a happy ending. Especially at Christmas

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Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Kanye put a stop to this bad behaviour, Mark? by Tabard

Might 2019 be the year that mobile phone use is completely eradicated? Will Mark Shenton finally start his one-man policing scheme against

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Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Diary: Andrew Lloyd Webber and Frank Sinatra compare piano sizes by Tabard

There was a buzz in the air at the Other Palace last week. What’s the buzz?, Tabard hears you ask. Well, here

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Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Diary: By George! What a great escape for Osborne by Tabard

Tabard has been thoroughly dismayed with the political snafu of late – with the cabinet exodus and general debacle over Theresa May’s

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Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Diary: Ringing praise for town crier as bell ends yobs’ pursuit by Tabard

Long term visitors to The Stage’s annual new year’s shindig at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane may remember being greeted at the

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Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Diary: Matt Hancock’s ‘Luvvie’ line loss limits likelihood of lynching by Tabard

Tabard has lost count of the number of times one has spoken with performers who have been angered at the casual use

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Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Diary: Halloween lift lock-in makes Nativity go up late in Liverpool by Tabard

There was a ghost in the machine at a performance of Nativity the Musical last week. Or rather, a ghost in the

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Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Diary: What the Hecht? Swingball Shakespeare, anyone? by Tabard

As times change, and people get more into their smartphones, Netflix series and social media, you can’t blame someone for trying to

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Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Diary: More than candles blown at Pinter party by Tabard

The Pinter at the Pinter season included a one-off gala night earlier this month to mark what would have been the playwright’s

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Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Diary: Harry Potter and the Cursed Chrysanthemums by Tabard

Where would we be without Sonia Friedman? Well there would be fewer two-part shows in the West End, that’s for sure. No

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Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Diary: So you want to be a Rude Mechanical? It ain’t cheap by Tabard

A press release caught Tabard’s eye immediately this week. “Learn how to insult like Shakespeare”, the subject screamed, and Tabard opened the

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Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Diary: Don’t worry Tiffany, you’re not alone now by Tabard

And the award for most humiliating news story this week goes to Kent Online, for shaming one of the 1980s’ most iconic

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Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Mamma Mia! Greeks send SOS as hopes for good behaviour from Abba fans are pebble-dashed by Tabard

Bloody musicals. They have a lot to answer for. Not least Jason Gardiner in drag in Ruthless! The Musical. The less said about

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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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