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#Phantom30th: Marking 30 years with The Phantom of the Opera

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At the gala, we were treated – after being given a glass of free fizz to cover the waiting time – to special guest performances from Michael Ball, flirting and duetting with all and sundry in a hilarious ‘All I Ask Of You’ and Sierra Boggess delivering a sensational bilingual ‘Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again’.






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NEWS: West End Bake Off announces final shows for this weekend’s contest

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West End Bake Off, in aid of Acting for Others, has announced the full line-up of participating teams for the second annual West End Bake Off. Michael Ball OBE, Dame Barbara Windsor and Christopher Biggins will judge the competition, which takes place this Saturday 16 July from 11am – 1pm at St Anne’s Church Courtyard in Soho.






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40th anniversary #OlivierAwards: What They Did For Love

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The glory of the night for me came in the form of 15 past Best Actress in a Musical winners filing onto the stage at the Royal Opera House to sing “What I Did for Love” from A Chorus Line. A wonderful mix of stars who each brought something to the emotional number. Among them were super-talented ladies and favourites: Joanna Riding, Katie Brayben, Maria Friedman, Ruthie Henshall, Janie Dee, Sharon D Clarke and Samantha Spiro. I was particularly overjoyed to see Sara Crowe and Nichola McAuliffe in the line-up, because you don’t necessarily link them with musical theatre, yet both are real triple threats.






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NEWS: Gypsy, Kinky Boots, Branagh & Rylance lead #OlivierAwards nominations, Full shortlists

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The productions of Gypsy and Kinky Boots lead the nominations with eight and seven nominations respectively Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company’s Plays At The Garrick Season secures seven nominations, including six for The Winter’s Tale Farinelli And The King receives six nominations Dame Judi Dench celebrates her 15th nomination having previously received six awards and one special award Imelda Staunton receives …

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WATCH LIVE: #OlivierAwards nominations announced at noon, live-tweeting

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Previous Olivier winners and co-hosts Michael Ball and Imelda Staunton reunite today to announce the full list of nominations in for the Olivier Awards 2016, sponsored by MasterCard. The Nominations event, held at the London’s Rosewood hotel in High Holborn, commences at 11.15am today (Monday 29 February 2016), with the Announcement starting promptly at mid-day. You can watch the Announcement …