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Review: Nigel Kennedy (Tower Festival)

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Purism is not the issue here. The evening started stately enough with Nigel Kennedy, still sporting his Gary-Rhodes-on-steroids butchered pineapple haircut, leading the Philharmonia orchestra through two melodious movements of Bach. So far, so dignified, so what. What the audience had come for – and got in spades – was a hefty dose of Nige’s […]

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Review: One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (Bridewell Theatre)

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At a time when bankers and brokers are pilloried in the media for turning the economy into a gibbering basket-case, the idea that a bunch of amateur thespians from the Stock Exchange should get together to perform the inmates-take-over-the-asylum piece ‘One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest’ is so delicious that it’s a must-see. The multiple […]

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Review: Alan Cumming – I Bought A Blue Car Today (Vaudeville Theatre)

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Alan Cumming told ‘Hello’ magazine his new show was ‘me with a band singing some songs I like, and telling stories about what’s happened to me in the ten years since I moved to America’. That this is truthfully the middle and both ends of it disguises the fact that it’s a beguiling evening in […]

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Review: State Fair (Finborough Theatre)

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The persistent fondness of Rodgers and Hammerstein for corn-fed country settings is at odds with their gritty New York City upbringing. Nostalgic affection for the farmer and the cowgirl is confirmed by Oklahoma!, Carousel and even Ensign Nellie Forbush marooned on her South Pacific island, sings of being “as corny as Kansas in August” For […]

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Canary Yellow

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Finally gave in and joined Flickr. Here’s my first photo … a ‘nuclear’ sunset over Canary Wharf taken at the local DLR station, Pontoon Dock.

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Review: Imagine This

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Tricky one, this. Imagine you’re a producer with a new show to launch on the brink of the worst recession for thirty years, amid plummeting audience figures, in an unpopular theatre, with a cast of mostly unknowns. About the Holocaust. And it’s a backstage musical. This in itself could be a comedy to put The […]

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Review: Sunset Boulevard (Playhouse Theatre)

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There’s something about Craig Revel Horwood I just don’t like. It may be the introduction of confectionery into a surname that insults my diabetic sensibilities. Perhaps other theatre directors could consider the benefits of an injection of chocolate? Would Nicholas Malteser Hytner, or Trevor Minstrel Nunn be any more successful? It may be the botoxed […]

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Review: A Little Night Music (Menier Chocolate Factory)

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With the Whingers to a Sunday matinee of ‘A Little Night Music’ in its Trevor Nunn reincarnation at the Menier Chocolate Factory theatre, auditorium neatly reoriented from the womblike velvet tunnel structure for Cage aux Folles to something resembling a miniaturised hexagon, pre-theatre lunch nicely presented, seats now numbered and reserved, toilets clean, doors to […]

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Caption Competition

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Michelle: I wear red because my husband is full of fire. Laura: I’ll get my coat …

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The Full Cupboard of the School of Life

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In a somewhat lager-fuelled discussion about writing, after last week’s session of The School of Life, some of my classmates challenged me to produce a ‘No 1 Ladies Detective Agency‘ story, in which Mma Ramotswe travels to England and visits a relation who owns (and it’s a genuine place) the ‘It’ll Grow Back’ hair salon […]

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On Such a Night As This

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There’s something in the air that you can sense Elusive yet unbearably intense The stars are standing there in bright suspense As they prepare to light immense events So starts “On Such A Night as This” by the remarkable American lyricist Marshall Barer – and it accurately encapsulates the tingling feeling I’m getting at the […]

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Review: The Norman Conquests (Old Vic)

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As newspaper reviewers have said, comparisons are odious but I’m going for it anyway. In 1974, The Norman Conquests trilogy was a landmark in theatre comedy, Ayckbourn’s coming of age and coming to town in the first of the interlinked/alternate ending series of plays. It was also cast with actors who WOULD BECOME household names […]

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Torch Song

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I’m having a Ken Barlow moment. In the longest running soap opera, he has dusted down from the attic his youthful novel, compared it briefly to the writers he currently admires, and torched it. I have nothing to torch but my memories, as Oscar almost certainly wouldn’t have said, but as I sit on the […]

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Review: The Female of the Species

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Roll up! Roll up! Hear a Dame of the British Empire say “fuck” repeatedly (and it’s not Judi Dench for once)! Appreciate how Colin Farrell could find 74-year old Eileen Atkins shaggable!! Laugh at the spoof of Germaine Greer !!! Despite having portrayed the dourest and sourest spinsters in a stream of poke bonnet-dramas from Gosford […]

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The Hotel Inspector

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On a whim, I’ve been for a weekend on the Suffolk coast at a property owned by Ruth Watson, the somewhat painted-and-decorated star of Channel 5’s “The Hotel Inspector”. For the uninitiated, this is a programme in which she dispenses caustic advice and a general browbeating to the faltering proprietors of lesser establishments with decor, […]

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Restaurant Review: Verre (The Hilton, Dubai)

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I’ve been to Dubai on business and ate one night at “Verre”, the Gordon Ramsay branded a la carte joint in the Hilton and I have to say it was one of the most irritating and boring evenings I’ve ever had in a restaurant. Firstly, it’s uncomfortable – the tables are too close together and […]

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Review: La Cage Aux Folles (Menier Chocolate Factory)

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Curtain almost up!!! Light some of the lights!!! Technical difficulties caused some hilarity at La Cage aux Folles, relocated temporarily to the suitably French-sounding Menier Chocolate Factory, on the Rive Gauche beside the Pont de Londres … but somehow the joie de vivre and ooh-la-la were left at the bottom of the costume skip which […]

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Review: Into The Woods (Linbury Studio)

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It’s 21 years since I saw Into The Woods break new ground by bringing English pantomime to Broadway and twisting its neck, and this is the first production since that comes close. Director Will Tuckett has lost none of the values in paring the show down to its bones for Covent Garden’s elegant but compact […]

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Road to Damascus

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Coming soon … story of my trip to Syria It’s certainly not the Axis of Evil as defined by the Bush/Blair propaganda machine. Mind you, it’s not the Axis of Clean Toilets either ;-))

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Review: The Drowsy Chaperone

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I couldn’t go with my gang of friends to The Drowsy Chaperone on the Whatsonstage.com outing last week, so had to catch up yesterday. Everyone I know who saw it on Broadway raved about it, and the London crew were no less enthusiastic. Well, on Thursday either it had an off night, or I did. […]

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