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Review: La Boheme (Soho Theatre, London)

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A short sprint across Leicester Square, Jonathan Miller’s new and lavish production of ‘La Boheme’ is at the Coliseum, with a cast of 40 and a magnificent two-tier revolving set. When Dr Miller himself went to see OperaUpClose’s production above a ramshackle Irish pub in Kilburn, he pronounced it a ‘revolution in opera’. Now it’s migrated […]

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Sailing Through the Andes

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And we’re off. A not-too-early breakfast, bags left inside the bedroom which somehow mysteriously reappear again inside the hotel room at our next destination – this seamlessness is one of the reasons the tour costs what it does, and boy do we appreciate it as boarding passes are brought to us in our seats on […]

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Her Name Was Lola…

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The temperature is now officially half-past fucking hot and the only way to enjoy the beach is for Rhea and I to take a very early morning walk – all the way to the headland between us and Ipanema, and a paddle in the extremely chilly Atlantic before the sun beats us indoors for breakfast. […]

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Review: Peter Pan (New Wimbledon Theatre)

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If you’re the kind of sentimental old purist who remembers Mary Martin in the title role, and the words “second star to the right and straight on till morning” still bring a lump to your throat – this is not the Pan for you. This is a modern, popular-culture-on-steroids, musically throbbing show and light years’ […]

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Review: On The Twentieth Century (Union Theatre)

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Desperately trying to resuscitate his career and escape Chicago creditors, theatrical impresario Oscar Jaffee hops the Twentieth Century streamliner train for New York. In the next door sleeper resides his former muse turned Hollywood superstar Lily Garland. In the 1978 Broadway and 1980 London productions there was orchestral sweep and solid grandeur in the fittings […]

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Review: End of the Rainbow (Trafalgar Studios, London)

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Can you imagine what it would be like if Judy Garland were still alive? In her late eighties would she be shuffling from one tacky daytime chat show to the next still living off ancient glories like The Wizard of Oz and Easter Parade, trotting out the same old stories of booze and drugs to […]

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Review: Iolanthe (Union Theatre, London)

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Whilst The Mikado and Pirates of Penzance have had a number of recent and successful modern treatments, wresting the rest of the Gilbert and Sullivan canon from the dead hand of D’Oyly Carte and its historically reverential staging has proved more difficult, so Sasha Regan and her all-male company at the Union Theatre are to […]

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Review: Jeremy Hardy (Richmond Theatre)

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I think Jeremy Hardy’s show was very good…Every time I woke up, people seemed to be laughing. That’s a slight exaggeration of course but despite the fact I’m a big Jeremy Hardy fan and try never to miss his appearances on radio, two and a half hours is a long set for any stand-up comedian, […]

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Review: Bells are Ringing (Union Theatre, London)

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When you examine the 1956 credentials of Bells Are Ringing: book by Comden and Green, score by Jule Styne near the top of his game three years before his impeccable ‘Gypsy’, originally directed by Jerome Robbins and choreographed by Fosse, and whose kooky comedienne star Judy Holliday beat Ethel Merman and Julie Andrews to the […]

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Review: Caroline O’Connor – The Showgirl Within (Garrick Theatre)

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Going to a one-woman show with a big West End diva. Caroline O’Connor. Who? You know, she’s British but very big in Australia, was in the Sondheim Prom and played the taxi driver in ‘On The Town’ at the Coliseum … judging by Tuesday’s audience it was the most gay, geeky or Australian show-tune fanciers […]

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Review: Theatre Souk (2-4 Picton Place, London)

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If you’re the kind of theatregoer who likes to arrive ten minutes before curtain, settle into a red plush seat with a box of Black Magic and a programme, this is not the show for you. Although perhaps it should be. There’s been a tidal spate of ‘site specific’ theatre experience in London recently, from […]

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Review: Into The Woods (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre)

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Baby boom children were regaled with the story that Princess Elizabeth had been informed of her father King George VI’s death at the exclusive ‘Treetops’ game lodge in the Aberdares national park of Kenya. Forty years later it turned out to be an arthritically creaking wooden assembly on stilts facing a rain-sodden pit of mulched […]

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Review: Pension Plan (Edinburgh Fringe 2010)

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There’s a plethora and a half of one-woman shows at the Edinburgh Fringe where the material spills from the uncoordinated ramblings of an early-disappointed or pre-menopausal harpy at the microphone. ‘Look at my awful life’ they rant ‘and feel better about your own’. In ‘Pension Plan’ at the Gilded Balloon Teviot, the oddly spelled but […]

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Review: Girl, Constantly F*****g Interrupted (Edinburgh Fringe 2010)

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Great title, rubbish play. I was about to launch into a diatribe against this piece – a sketchy, tentative overlong rummage around the physical and mental attic of the solo character Faith’s brain as she retreats from her murdered mother’s funeral to debate her mental state with the voices in her head. It sounds far-fetched, […]

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Review: Out Of The Blue (Edinburgh Fringe 2010)

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My Edinburgh posse recommended Out of the Blue, the Oxford undergraduate a cappella singing group. Oh right. Spoilt chinless posh boys frittering away a musical month in jolly old Edinburgh before joining mummy and daddy on the grouse moor? I had to be dragged there. And on they bounce: hearty chaps in flannel suits, blue […]

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Review: A to Z of Oompah (Edinburgh Fringe 2010)

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Not having had previous exposure to this group, I spotted one of the lederhosen-clad soloists in the bar before the performance. ‘What part of Bavaria are you from?’ I asked in all innocence. ‘Fulham’, he replied. Part of the wise and worthy ‘Five Pound Fringe’, Oompah Brass’s “A to Z of Oompah” can be found […]

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Review: The Improvised Musical (Edinburgh Fringe 2010)

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A million years B.C., when I was a first-year drama student, we were encouraged to tit about with improvisation and gradually take, from the frankly ludicrous scenarios and inane characterisations we invented every wet Friday afternoon of the Autumn term, some semblance of a skill set which could be useful in actual acting performance, if […]

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