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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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Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Diary: Theatre hosts pet show, and Bingo is its name-o by Tabard

Theatres are trying all kinds of weird and wonderful tactics to bring in new audiences these days. One venue has decided to

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Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Diary: Poodunit? Phantom scourge lays waste to Broadway by Tabard

Forget The Phantom of the Opera, these days everyone’s talking about ‘The Phantom of the Poopera’ (sorry). Because while the West End’s dirtiest problem is

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Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Diary: Princess Diana musical? Woah, woah, we’re halfway there by Tabard

There have been some unlikely topics of inspirations for musicals over the years. These include Mormonism, media personality Katie Hopkins, talk-show host

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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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