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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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Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Diary: A Tale of Two Cities at Regent’s Park: It was the worst of times, it was the age of foolishness by Tabard

It never rains but it pours, so they say. Well, the lack of rain was about the only thing that went right

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Diary: Simon Stephens talks Common sense on Twitter by Tabard

Several London shows have received a critical battering, including A Tale of Two Cities at Regent’s Park, and a couple of stinkers at

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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Diary: Salmond joins shoals of politicos’ Edinburgh shows by Tabard

As August approaches, the air comes alive with the sound of playwrights desperately re-drafting ‘urgent’ and ‘timely’ Edinburgh Fringe shows about Brexit

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Diary: World Fringe Day generates abundance of hair-raising antics by Tabard

Tabard is sure it will not have escaped your notice, eagle-eyed reader, that last week we enjoyed World Fringe Day, where on

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Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Tabard: Michael Billington’s alter ego makes a helluva comeback by Tabard

Some things are best left forgotten. Others, it would be a shame to resign to the history books. And when that thing

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Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Diary: Distressed audiences at 1984 on Broadway? Sounds like torture by Tabard

Fainting, vomiting, arrests: no, it’s not a Friday night out in Brixton, but a Broadway performance of George Orwell’s 1984. According to

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Diary: Did Einstein’s cat come up with the theory of relativity? by Tabard

For centuries, theatre has been tackling some of man’s biggest questions and now, in an age of political and social uncertainty, surely

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Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Diary: Airline’s plan to perform play to passengers is blue-sky thinking by Tabard

Tabard isn’t much of a traveller. On the rare occasion that getting on a long-haul flight has been necessary, it’s always the

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Diary: Stage designer’s confession puts Grace under pressure by Tabard

Stage and costume designer Grace Smart recently confessed in an interview with The Stage that she once broke into a theatre at

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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Tabard: Court in the act staging painful cliches by Tabard

This week, Tabard finds theatre guilty of a lack of imagination. The evidence, your honours, stretches back for months. Exhibit A: Secret

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Tabard: Trump and Shakespeare are the perfect match. Why the outcry? by Tabard

Reader, you may recall Tabard poking fun at the abundance of Trump-based shows at the Edinburgh Fringe this year. Well, those comedians

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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Diary: Election chaos echoed on stage by Tabard

In a baffling political climate, those struggling to separate the facts from the fake news are looking to a new source for

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Diary: Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaargh! How do you shine in Edinburgh? by Tabard

Reader, we are fast approaching one of Tabard’s favourite times of the year – the Edinburgh Fringe – a smorgasbord of artistic

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Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Diary: Mamma Mia! – Gimme, gimme, gimme more at immersive spin-off by Tabard

Mamma Mia! Tabard is tremendously excited to hear about a new temporary venue set to pop up in London. Does your mother

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Diary: Regent’s Park and the cursed conductor by Tabard

It’s summer, Tabard has noticed, and with the change in the seasons comes the annually enticing prospect of spending an evening at

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