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Can honest critics have theatre professionals as friends?

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I’m unashamedly a friend and champion of the theatre; but I can never been a simple cheerleader for it, regardless of the circumstances or my connections with people in a show I’m seeing. As honest critics find out all too often, we’re loved when we love something we see; but that can quickly pivot to becoming the enemy when we don’t.

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‘Part dream, part hallucination, part creativity’: Unquiet Slumbers: The Haunting of Emily Brontë – Different Theatre (Online review)

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Currently available to rent on Sweetstream, Different Theatre’s Unquiet Slumbers: The Haunting of Emily Brontë returns to the topic of women of literature in this meeting of minds between the author and her creation from Wuthering Heights, Catherine Earnshaw Linton.

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Now & forever? What is the legacy of Cats 40 years on?

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There’s hardly a more insistent ear worm of a song in all of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s ear-wormy repertoire than ‘Memory’, the breakout hit of his 1981 musical Cats, which last night celebrated the 40th anniversary of its premiere at the then New London Theatre (now itself renamed for Gillian Lynne, the choreographer whose work on the show ignited a revolution in global musical theatre, and accidentally created the West End’s first authentic dance-based musical).