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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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Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Diary: Socks appeal for South Shields musical by Tabard

A theatre company in the North East has made an unusual request for its latest production, asking patrons to donate their odd

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Diary: Cabbies follow theatrical routes of knowledge by Tabard

A new West End show has gained an unlikely following – of London taxi drivers. The Knowledge, directed by Maureen Lipman, was

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Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Diary: Phone brings Andrew Scott Hamlet horror by Tabard

If there’s anything that serious theatregoing folk will say separates them from the uncouth hoi polloi, it’s theatre etiquette. A favoured –

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Diary: Fuschia feline fuels foreign fur fears by Tabard

Oh those Russians, as Boney M once said. What have they been up to this time, Tabard hears you ask? They have

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Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Diary: The Kardashians are pulling Billie Piper back to reality by Tabard

An actor’s pre or post-show ritual can offer you a window into their soul. Whether you want to look or not is

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Diary: Has rocking chair rocker had his day at the fringe? by Tabard

Every year in Edinburgh, for one performance only that attracts thousands of people, a young man dressed as a gorilla dressed as

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Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Diary: Legless at the Lyric by Tabard

Tabard learned this week of an appalling crime that Carmarthen’s Lyric Theatre was victim to back in April. Late one Friday night,

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Diary: Need to sneak into a show? Just pop a badge on by Tabard

It’s not often that theatre features so highly on the cultural hot property list, but with Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Diary: Groundhog Day strikes again with Murray double bill by Tabard

It’s deja vu all over again, as Yogi Berra once said. While there is no shortage of extraordinary anecdotes about Bill Murray

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Diary: Producer’s top tip – Holt the purse strings by Tabard

Theatrical doyenne Thelma Holt kept an audience at Shakespeare’s Globe rapt this week, regaling stories of her many years as an actor

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Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Diary: Dirty Dancing disaster couple get triumphant lift by Tabard

An overzealous couple recently made the news when they landed themselves in A&E after attempting the iconic lift from Dirty Dancing. Now

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Diary: Beat the fringe for £2k by Tabard

You would be forgiven for thinking that the world stops turning in August, such is the pull of the all-consuming Edinburgh Fringe.

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Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Diary: Last orders please on theatre wine ‘glasses’ by Tabard

Now, Tabard is used to bringing you the cutting edge of theatrical insight but this time it’s something really special, something so

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Diary: Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk – a Shakespearean tragedy? by Tabard

The audiences flocking to the cinema to see Dunkirk may not immediately spot the influence of Shakespeare, but it is there. It

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