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Are women funny? Why are we still being asked this question?!

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ShyGirl, a 30-something delving into the uncharted world of vlogging for the first time (and a.k.a. writer and performer Siobhan McMillan), brings her new show MIRRORS to London’s Leicester Square Theatre later this month. In her first-ever blog, exclusive to My Theatre Mates, she dissects the oft-asked question: “Are women funny?” Having recently observed different women discussing whether women can be funny …

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Around the world in SE1: 80 days director recalls her multi-cultural influences growing up

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New Vic artistic director Theresa Heskins has attracted critical acclaim for the globe-trotting zeal of her hit production of Jules Verne’s Around the World in 80 Days, currently at London’s Cadogan Hall as part of an extensive new UK tour. She recalls how, growing up in south London, a lack of foreign travel didn’t prevent her from being influenced by all manner of far-flung cultures.

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Bringing Barnum-style spectacle to #EdFringe via China Goes Pop!

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As the first major London revival of Barnum is announced today, American director and choreographer Shanda Sawyer talks about her own experience helming numerous circus productions for Ringling Bros. & Barnum and Bailey, which closed this past May after 146 years.

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King Cowboy Rufus: Can you decipher the full meaning of the show? Doubt it.

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American theatremaker Richard Foreman’s King Cowboy Rufus Rules the Universe, in which a ruddy-faced Trump-like figure takes the title role, is currently receiving its UK premiere at the London Theatre Workshop. Director Patrick Kennedy explains why he relishes the “nauseating” challenge of staging Foreman’s work.

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Brian Cooke: Horne A’Plenty is my tribute to radio & TV great Kenneth Horne

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Radio classic Round the Horne returns to the London stage with a brand-new show Horne A’Plenty have a limited try-out season at the White Bear Theatre this month. Writer Brian Cooke explains his connection to Kenneth Horne, which began exactly fifty years ago, and how the new show has come about.