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Review: The Pajama Game (Shaftesbury Theatre)

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Girls at drama school should be issued on graduation with voodoo dolls of Joanna Riding and a set of gilded pins for she is formidably the one to beat. Twenty years after her Olivier-award-winning Julie Jordan in the legendary Carousel at the National, here she is at 47 still playing romantic leads and proving herself […]

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Review: The Pajama Game (Shaftesbury Theatre)

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Girls at drama school should be issued on graduation with voodoo dolls of Joanna Riding and a set of gilded pins for she is formidably the one to beat. Twenty years after her Olivier-award-winning Julie Jordan in the legendary Carousel at the National, here she is at 47 still playing romantic leads and proving herself […]

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Review: The Beautiful Game (Union Theatre)

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This show is ideal — for anyone who loves Andrew Lloyd Webber’s music, is football crazy and has an enduring curiosity about Irish republican politics — so it’s faintly surprising the tiny Union Theatre can fill even 80 seats a night with what has to be the rarest combination of niche musical niches. Timely revival […]

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Review: The Beautiful Game (Union Theatre)

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This show is ideal — for anyone who loves Andrew Lloyd Webber’s music, is football crazy and has an enduring curiosity about Irish republican politics — so it’s faintly surprising the tiny Union Theatre can fill even 80 seats a night with what has to be the rarest combination of niche musical niches. Timely revival […]

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What did I miss? Part Two: Musical chairs

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Before we were so rudely interrupted by the weekend and my boyfriend Peter’s demands (schlockily entertaining by the way, even while having to wear 3D glasses), I was recapping “The Month That Theatre Terri Lost”. The point being: a lot has happened, and generally always does happen in Theatreland, amen, let us count our blessings. So […]

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Review: USHERS The Musical (Charing Cross Theatre)

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USHERS, the front of house backstage musical set in a West End theatre, has finally made the quantum leap from Islington’s cosy Hope; if not to Shaftesbury Avenue then at least to the busy-busy tunnel that is Charing Cross Theatre. Squeezed in to the two-hour gap betweenLost Boy and Last Tubes and soon to share […]

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Review: Do I Hear a Waltz (Park Theatre)

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I cannot in all conscience recommend DO I HEAR A WALTZ to any but the most forensic Sondheim fans.  It does contain a version of ‘We’re Gonna Be Alright’ but it’s the heavily cut and anodyne one where the couple actually may get along together rather than the acid picture of a disintegrating relationship when […]

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Review: Oh What A Lovely War (Theatre Royal Stratford East)

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The Theatre Royal Stratford East’s resolutely multi-cultural auditorium is strung to the rafters with British Empire bunting for the centenary of the First World War and by extension the 50-ish anniversary of Joan Littlewood’s landmark production of Oh What A Lovely War, on this same stage, which gave political satire a popular face. It’s an […]

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Review: Oh What A Lovely War (Theatre Royal Stratford East)

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The Theatre Royal Stratford East’s resolutely multi-cultural auditorium is strung to the rafters with British Empire bunting for the centenary of the First World War and by extension the 50-ish anniversary of Joan Littlewood’s landmark production of Oh What A Lovely War, on this same stage, which gave political satire a popular face. It’s an […]

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Catching the theatre bug young: more are, according to Ticketmaster

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I’m a sucker for a good infographic so, in writing about old vs young audiences in my blog about Home Sweet Home, I couldn’t resist dusting off this Ticketmaster infographic from the State of Play report the world’s leading ticket agency published in September 2013. Amongst other factoids, according to the Ticketmaster data and research, […]

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Review: Candide (Menier Chocolate Factory)

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Before I switched from French to Theatre Studies at uni, I had to study the 18th century novel Candide. Although I can’t now completely recall the complex plot and only vaguely recall that its satire is based on sending up the coming-of-age Bildungsroman and picaresque or melodramatic novels of the period, I do remember that […]

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Review: Candide (Menier Chocolate Factory)

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Before I switched from French to Theatre Studies at uni, I had to study the 18th century novel Candide. Although I can’t now completely recall the complex plot and only vaguely recall that its satire is based on sending up the coming-of-age Bildungsroman and picaresque or melodramatic novels of the period, I do remember that […]

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Review: Little Me (Ye Olde Rose and Crown Theatre)

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Someone seems to have missed the point, or points. The name of the heroine of Little Me, ‘Belle Poitrine’ is more or less French for ‘nice tits’ and the basic premise of Patrick Dennis’s 1961 novel was to satirise the rags-to-riches story of a topheavy girl from the wrong side of the tracks who found […]

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Review: The Sound of Music (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre)

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At the press night of Thom Southerland’s brilliantly-staged, been-so-long-in-the-water-it’s-shrunk-to-the-size-of-Southwark-Playhouse Titanic, there was considerable debate about whether it “mattered” if you knew the outcome of the story before seeing the musical. But sometimes knowing the story is what helps you go to the musical in the first place – at The Color Purple, it was patently women who’d […]

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Review: The Sound of Music (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre)

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At the press night of Thom Southerland’s brilliantly-staged, been-so-long-in-the-water-it’s-shrunk-to-the-size-of-Southwark-Playhouse Titanic, there was considerable debate about whether it “mattered” if you knew the outcome of the story before seeing the musical. But sometimes knowing the story is what helps you go to the musical in the first place – at The Color Purple, it was patently women who’d […]

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Review: The Color Purple (Menier Chocolate Factory)

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The first thing that blasts you in the Menier Chocolate Factory is the newly-installed air conditioning, long overdue and a good way to spend the profits from their chain of West End transfers: now even the itchy seats aren’t so scratchy. The second is John Doyle’s breathtaking diagonal set and thrust stage, which must take […]

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Review: The Color Purple (Menier Chocolate Factory)

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The first thing that blasts you in the Menier Chocolate Factory is the newly-installed air conditioning, long overdue and a good way to spend the profits from their chain of West End transfers: now even the itchy seats aren’t so scratchy. The second is John Doyle’s breathtaking diagonal set and thrust stage, which must take […]

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