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Thursday, May 23, 2019

King Hedley II starring Lenny Henry at Theatre Royal Stratford East, London – ‘an electric surge of rage’ by Tim Bano

The scope of August Wilson’s play is staggering. It spans the entire scope of the universe from the smallest speck – in

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Monday, May 20, 2019

Partenope review at Jacksons Lane, London – ‘Blowaway performances lift confusing production’ by Tim Bano

The small but potent opera company Hampstead Garden Opera works with singers towards the beginning of their careers, staging operas twice a

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Charcoalblue’s Ian Stickland: Digital needn’t be flashy – the tech’s already in our pockets’ by Tim Bano

Theatre consultant Ian Stickland brings technology into every area of the industry. He tells Tim Bano how digital is revolutionising the way

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Operation Mincemeat review at New Diorama, London – ‘a masterclass of macabre musical comedy’ by Tim Bano

In the middle of this madcap musical about a particularly bizarre espionage plot during the Second World War, the flooringly funny piss-take

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The Curious Case of Benjamin Button review at Southwark Playhouse – ‘New cornish-set folk musical sounds timeless’ by Tim Bano

Although it’s no great feat to make a version of Benjamin Button better than the disturbingly CGI-dependent 2008 film, it is pretty

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Monday, May 13, 2019

Die! Die! Die! Old People Die! review at Battersea Arts Centre, London – ‘funny, sad – and slow’ by Tim Bano

If you’ve ever felt boredom – real bone-numbing, brain-dead boredom – chances are it’ll still be insignificant in comparison to the first

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Thursday, May 9, 2019

Amour review Charing Cross Theatre, London – ‘irresistibly charming chamber musical’ by Tim Bano

The late and very great Michel Legrand wrote a colossal amount of music, mostly for films, but 2002’s Amour was one of

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Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Man of La Mancha review at London Coliseum – ‘Kelsey Grammer saves a patchy production’ by Tim Bano

We’re now in year five of the annual GradeLinnit semi-staged musical spectacular at the London Coliseum. It has been a fascinating opportunity

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Director Adele Thomas: ‘As soon as I stepped in to opera, I felt like I was home’ by Tim Bano

Director Adele Thomas tells Tim Bano about setting stagehands on fire at Shakespeare’s Globe, reviving Handel’s Berenice after its 300-year absence from

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Monday, April 29, 2019

This Is My Family review at Minerva Theatre, Chichester – ‘finds magic in the mundane’ by Tim Bano

Tim Firth’s better-known musicals The Girls and The Band have been doing the rounds the last couple of years, but this 2014

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Wednesday, April 24, 2019

All My Sons review at Old Vic, London – ‘stunning performances from Sally Field and Bill Pullman’ by Tim Bano

Arthur Miller’s first Broadway success has remained popular since it premiered in 1947. In a way that’s surprising. It’s a play that

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Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Les Dennis at the RSC: ‘Coming to Stratford feels like I’ve got a blue tick on Twitter’ by Tim Bano

Comedian, gameshow host, actor – Les Dennis has done it all. As he prepares to make his RSC debut in two Restoration

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Wednesday, April 17, 2019

A Man of Good Hope review at Linbury Theatre, London – ‘spectacular musical odyssey’ by Tim Bano

Isango Ensemble’s story of a refugee journeying across Africa is nothing short of spectacular. Every scene ends in a carnival of colour,

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Saturday, April 13, 2019

A German Life review at Bridge Theatre, London – ‘Maggie Smith is spellbinding’ by Tim Bano

Despite our endless obsession with Second World War history, it feels extremely rare to come across a story like this one. The

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Monday, April 8, 2019

Tim Bano: Community, collaboration and Nigel Farage’s worst nightmare made an Oliviers to remember by Tim Bano

There were no upsets at Sunday’s Olivier Awards ceremony. No scandals or catastrophes. No really questionable wins. In fact, it was all

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Ghost Stories review at Lyric Hammersmith – ‘harrowing, nightmarish thrill’ by Tim Bano

As Sean Holmes’ programming at the Lyric comes to an end, after he stepped down in October, it’s nice to see one

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Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Emilia producer Eleanor Lloyd: ‘When it’s not going well, you have to know why you chose the show’ by Tim Bano

From making props at university and working the photocopier at the Royal Court to becoming one of the hottest commercial producers around,

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Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Little Miss Sunshine review at Arcola Theatre, London – ‘a middling musical adaptation’ by Tim Bano

The original 2006 film of Little Miss Sunshine is a work of genius. It’s a sad, sweet, strange movie that’s worth revisiting

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Monday, March 25, 2019

Whitney – Queen of the Night review at Savoy Theatre, London – ‘a rousing tribute’ by Tim Bano

This Whitney Houston tribute show has been touring Europe for a couple of years now. Queen of the Night recreates her best

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Thursday, March 21, 2019

Downstate review at National Theatre, London – ‘Bruce’s Norris’ harrowing but cynical new play’ by Tim Bano

The new play by Pulitzer-winner and liberal-bubble-busting Bruce Norris asks: what should we do with paedophiles? Incarcerate, rehabilitate, or pity them? Care

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Wednesday, March 20, 2019

The Bay at Nice review at Menier Chocolate Factory – ‘Penelope Wilton is superb’ by Tim Bano

It’s the Soviet Union in the 1950s and a museum thinks it may have come across a genuine Matisse. So it calls

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Tuesday, March 12, 2019

The Twilight Zone review at the Ambassadors Theatre, London – ‘eerie and funny’ by Tim Bano

There’s something pleasantly jarring about seeing Anne Washburn’s weird and fondly mocking adaptation of The Twilight Zone in the West End: the

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Thursday, March 7, 2019

Waitress review at Adelphi Theatre, London – ‘sweet as the best homemade pie’ by Tim Bano

An astonishing statistic about this Broadway transfer is that it’s the first Broadway show with an all-female creative team, and the same

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Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Tim Bano: Women lead the charge for this year’s Oliviers – on and off stage by Tim Bano

Without a nomination-sucking behemoth like Harry Potter and the Cursed Child or Hamilton to dominate, it’s the first time that the Oliviers

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Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Royal Opera House legal case: the shocking story that could change orchestra pits forever by Tim Bano

Next month, the Royal Opera House is appealing against a landmark ruling in which a viola player was compensated for irreparable hearing

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Monday, February 18, 2019

Come From Away review at Phoenix Theatre, London – ‘moving, uplifting and life-affirming’ by Tim Bano

Before jet engines, aircraft travelling across the Atlantic from Europe had to stop for fuel on Newfoundland, an island on Canada’s most

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Sunday, February 17, 2019

9 to 5 the Musical review at Savoy Theatre, London – ‘Dolly Parton’s gaudy, but fun musical’ by Tim Bano

The beloved 1980 film, starring Dolly Parton, Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda, was a pioneering moment in feminist cinema. When she came

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Wednesday, February 13, 2019

The American Clock review at Old Vic, London – ‘moments of excellence’ by Tim Bano

There’s a great deal this lesser-known Arthur Miller play has in common with the other lesser-known Arthur Miller play that opened up

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Monday, February 11, 2019

Everybody’s Talking About Jamie review at Apollo Theatre, London – ‘Layton Williams slays it’ by Tim Bano

It’s great to see this fabulous, uplifting, be-yourself show still smashing it in the West End. Eighteen months after it opened at

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The Price review at Wyndham’s Theatre, London – ‘David Suchet is magnificent’ by Tim Bano

This is the first of this year’s many Arthur Miller revivals. The next few months will see stagings of his work at

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Director Trevor Nunn: ‘Being derogatory about other people’s work is very ill-advised’ by Tim Bano

As the veteran director returns with the London premiere of lost Harley Granville Barker play Agnes Colander, he tells Tim Bano why

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