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Sunday, December 17, 2017

Aladdin, Richmond Theatre review - great Dame, weak script by Veronica.lee

Christopher Biggins is back in gorgeous frocksIt's always good news when Christopher Biggins announces he's going to don false bosoms again to play a panto Dame, and Aladdin offers lots of f…

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Thursday, December 14, 2017

Jack and the Beanstalk, New Wimbledon Theatre review - Al Murray's panto debut by Veronica.lee

Less than the sum of its partsIt raised some eyebrows when Al Murray announced he was to make his pantomime debut – top comics rarely make that crossover these days – but, considering hi…

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Sunday, December 10, 2017

Jack and the Beanstalk, Lyric Hammersmith review - great fun for all ages by Veronica.lee

A fresh and inventive reworkingPantomime may be a very old art form, but the Lyric Hammersmith has been injecting some freshness into it each year since 2009, and this year's production, wri…

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Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Barnum, Menier Chocolate Factory review - a big, blousy spectacle by Veronica.lee

Energetic retelling of the showman's storyYou have to hand it to Menier Chocolate Factory, a venue that doesn't let size matter as it stages an all-singing, all-dancing new production o…

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Monday, October 16, 2017

A Woman of No Importance, Vaudeville - Eve Best is superb as a woman scorned by Veronica.lee

Dominic Dromgoole's Oscar Wilde seasons opens with a winnerIn a rather clever wheeze, Dominic Dromgoole, former artistic director of Shakespeare's Globe – who therefore knows a thing …

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Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Richard III review - Temple Church venue is the star of the show by Veronica.lee

Magnificent setting for history playTemple Church gained worldwide fame when Dan Brown included a major plot point there in his mega-selling novel The Da Vinci Code in 2003, but it has been …

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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Tristan & Yseult, Brighton Festival review - playful and inventive storytelling by Veronica.lee

Emma Rice's revival is a wonderful synthesis of artformsTristan & Yseult has become something of a calling card for Kneehigh, which was founded in 1980 and is now the unofficial Nat…

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Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Manwatching, Royal Court review - the vagina manologues by Veronica.lee

Female sexuality – as voiced by a male comicThis monologue first saw the light of day at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2015. It's a frank – very frank – piece about female sexuality by an an…

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Friday, April 21, 2017

The Philanthropist, Trafalgar Studios review - 'Simon Callow's direction is underpowered' by Veronica.lee

Revival of Christopher Hampton's academic satire Christopher Hampton's witty comedy, first performed in 1970, ingeniously inverts Molière's The Misanthrope, centring as it does on a ma…

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Wednesday, March 29, 2017

The Wipers Times, Arts Theatre review - 'dark comedy from the trenches' by Veronica.lee

Ian Hislop's engaging First World War play reaches the West EndYou may be having a moment of déjà vu, as Ian Hislop and Nick Newman’s new play (which lands in the West End after a U…

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Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Stepping Out, Vaudeville Theatre by Veronica.lee

Maria Friedman's revival of frothy comedyRichard Harris's award-winning comedy about a group of seven women and one man who attend a weekly tap-dancing class in a dingy north London chu…

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Thursday, December 15, 2016

Cinderella, London Palladium by Veronica.lee

Welcome return of pantomime to this iconic venueWhat a joy it is to have pantomime back at the Palladium, the first at this glorious theatre in 29 years. And the producers of Cinderella have…

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Friday, November 4, 2016

Dead Funny, Vaudeville Theatre by Veronica.lee

Terrific revival of Terry Johnson's modern classicTerry Johnson's Dead Funny debuted at the same theatre in the West End in 1994 (after opening at Hampstead), and its starting point is …

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