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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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Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Diary: Once more with feline – apaws for Nicole Scherzinger’s clawsome catitude by Tabard

Tabard is well aware of the lengths some actors will go to prepare for a role. Take Daniel Day-Lewis, for example. Tabard

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Diary: Audience members on show at Motown musical by Tabard

You have to wonder why some people bother going to the theatre, don’t you? Some just nod off when the lights go

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Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Diary: Ciaran Hinds – the Olivier Awards’ unsung hero by Tabard

Hands up who’s seen Girl from the North Country? Okay, good. Now, hands up who remembers Ciaran Hinds’ big number in that

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Diary: TV’s James Corden to star in Amnesia the Musical? by Tabard

How quickly the mighty forget. Take James Corden for example, who was quoted just this week saying how much he’d love to

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Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Diary: Giant Plymouth Hoe? by Tabard

Plymouth has had its share of military action, but now a civil war is brewing in the city. Tabard hears that a

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Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Diary: Barbra Streisand gives the dog a clone by Tabard

Let’s face it, Barbra Streisand could do anything and be forgiven. And yes, that even extends to her version of Somewhere from

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Diary: Will Albert Hall Klingon to any publicity stunt? by Tabard

In June, the Royal Albert Hall will host two Star Trek concerts as part of their Festival of Science series and has

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Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Diary: Royal Shakespeare Company Sope-ing up a pool of blood by Tabard

Special effects on stage have come a long way, but there’s still nothing that quite makes your blood curdle like some good

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Diary: Jubilee is critical Marmite straight from the Jarman by Tabard

It’s pretty rare that a production summons such polar opposite responses than those greeting Chris Goode’s stage adaptation of the cult Derek

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Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Diary: Iolanthe’s flying fairies almost fail to McCrystalise by Tabard

Cal McCrystal seems to have overstretched himself somewhat as the director of the new production of Iolanthe at English National Opera. It

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Diary: Hairy hopefuls attend canine casting call by Tabard

It’s a dog’s life, isn’t it? Tabard often thinks it would be nice to only have to worry about where your next

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Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Diary: Lust for loos benefits creative community by Tabard

Tabard tends to avoid public toilets. For obvious reasons. They’re dirty, mucky places and often are nothing more than a hang-out for

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Diary: Peta’s beef with Peppa pork products by Tabard

This little piggy went to market, and this little piggy stayed at home… while this little piggy, who goes by the name

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Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Diary: What a Hull-abaloo, Mrs Slocombe by Tabard

It seems that Hull’s status of City of Culture has gone to its head. According to reports, a local theatre company was

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Diary: Matt Hancock shows how to get an MP in your pocket by Tabard

What do you think the new culture secretary has been doing with his time since taking up the role? Addressing funding issues?

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Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Diary: Judi Dench just rolls with it after screen scribes fail to use their loafs by Tabard

Judi, Judi, Judi. That’s Dame Judi to the likes of you and me and clearly she should be given all the respect

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Diary: Aspiring new queens of Theatre Royal Haymarket get Bossy to raise lolly by Tabard

This week, news broke that the Theatre Royal Haymarket, that beautiful playhouse at the heart of London, is up for sale. Of

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Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Diary: Skegness searches for 5ft-tall Jimmy Osmond by Tabard

Tabard knows the Osmonds have a big fan base, but someone in Skegness seems to have taken their love of Jimmy too

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