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Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Diary: Hellooo, Charlie! Worth Stemping up a sixpence for musical star by Tabard

Tabard isn’t married and quite often thinks he’d make someone very happy. Which is why he was very disappointed not to see

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Diary: Audiences go bananas over fruity musicals by Tabard

For some people, getting drunk may be the only way to sit through a musical (Guardian columnist Stuart Heritage springs to mind

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Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Diary: Shameless end to a white Christmas by Tabard

You may think all the melodrama takes place on stage during panto season. Not so in Barrow-in-Furness, where Sleeping Beauty was being

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Diary: Petition says no go to new Equity logo by Tabard

Theatre people – they’re a temperamental bunch, aren’t they? And some might say they have too much time on their hands. Some

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Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Diary: John Barrowman offers too much Dick for one family by Tabard

It’s panto season! Oh yes it is! Oh no it isn’t! Oh…that’s enough of that. But Tabard does love to read of

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Diary: All in a Daniel Day’s work for West End Producer by Tabard

It’s that time of year again, when authors are publishing books across all genres in the hope they’ll make it to the

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Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Diary: Kaiser chief avoids a riot by Tabard

To the London Evening Standard Theatre Awards now, where all the great and good of Theatreland were in attendance. The great and

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Diary: Cats spat almost becomes a performance with bite by Tabard

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical Cats will close its doors on Broadway at the end of the month. But the end nearly came

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Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Diary: Memorable Kemble the duelling gentleman by Tabard

It’s a scabbard for Tabard this week, as an unusual piece of theatre memorabilia is due to go up for auction next

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Diary: Graffiti artist takes a walk on the Wilde side at Reading Gaol by Tabard

Reading Gaol is probably best known these days for its theatrical heritage, having been the residence of playwright Oscar Wilde after his

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Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Diary: Wrong kind of power surge at the Bridge Theatre by Tabard

Spare a thought this week for Nicholas Hytner. Not content with presiding over the temperamental revolve in the problematic Olivier auditorium at

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Diary: Take the Slow Boat with Arnie to Diss Saigon by Tabard

Tabard was hugely entertained this week by a hashtag on Twitter that asked users to ruin musicals by changing one letter of

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Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Diary: Study gives another reason to say I heart theatre by Tabard

Scientists recently claimed that watching a West End theatre show can stimulate a person’s heart as much as half an hour of

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Diary: The last straw at the Royal Court by Tabard

With more than eight million tonnes of plastic being dumped into our oceans each year, and David Attenborough sagely reminding us on

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Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Diary: Bit nippy for nude hippies by Tabard

Anyone who has to perform in front of large numbers of people on a regular basis will know that it is very

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Diary: Royal Court is goat-to theatre for a night on the hoof by Tabard

Tabard has often thought that being a director must be a bit like being a shepherd – keeping the flock (or actors)

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Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Diary: Moore on Trump’s unlimited engagement with Twitter by Tabard

What happens when an annoying force meets a useless object? Users of Twitter (the former) were lucky enough to find out last

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Diary: Orwellian torture raises a titter on Broadway by Tabard

Ah, the world of bad audience behaviour. There were the mobile phones, the e-cigarettes, even the McDonalds’ chicken McNuggets. Now, venues hosting

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Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Diary: Kenneth Branagh puts his foot in it by Tabard

Tabard hears that Irish actor and director Kenneth Branagh has been granted the honour of immortalising himself in concrete at Grauman’s Chinese

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Diary: No pause from Pinter on Stoppard rejection by Tabard

One of the never-ending laments of modern life is the lost art of letter writing. Real letters, sent through the post, not

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Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Diary: Upholding factual Standards by Tabard

London versus New York, Lloyd Webber versus Sondheim – the musical theatre rivalry between the UK and the US is well-trodden ground,

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Diary: Greek myth goes Dutch by Tabard

We all know the ancient Greeks to be the pioneers of theatre as we know it today – not least because of

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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Diary: Hitting the Westeros End by Tabard

Winter has come to the Theatreland. But it’s not quite the epic stage adaptation of George RR Martin’s Game of Thrones we’ve

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Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Diary: Any willing guinea pigs for Fleabag in the audience? by Tabard

Phoebe Waller-Bridge isn’t known for her shy and retiring nature, even less so in her work, which has been characterised by the

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Diary: Phantom on a budget at Perth Theatre by Tabard

For those who can’t afford a ticket to see The Phantom of the Opera, Tabard may have found a cheaper alternative. The

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Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Diary: More wicked wit from West End Producer by Tabard

He’s usually busy tweeting advice to his 60,000 cult followers, writing his weekly column for The Stage, or even occasionally producing some

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Diary: Let’s be Frank(enstein) – The One Show is nuts by Tabard

Comedian, musical theatre writer, producer – Mel Brooks is surely one of the most ‘been there, done that’ figures in global entertainment.

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Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Diary: Aria able to shatter this myth, BBC? by Tabard

Have you ever wondered whether an opera singer can really shatter a wine glass with their piercing voice alone? Tabard certainly has!

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Diary: Call the Coren-er while Giles keeps digging by Tabard

Giles Coren, eh? He really set the cat among the pigeons last week when he said he doesn’t really go to the

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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Diary: Judi Dench’s limitless talents are something to treasure by Tabard

Theatrical dame, movie royalty – Judi Dench is a bona fide national treasure. No one can argue with that. Other than Dench

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Diary: The Stage and debut tales by Tabard

Tabard enjoyed attending The Stage’s very first Debut Awards last weekend, and listening to industry giants recall fond memories of their favourite

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