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Review: Megan Mullally (Vaudeville Theatre)

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You could be forgiven for thinking that a sitcom actress who pockets thirteen million dollars a season for Will and Grace might indulge herself with any kind of vanity project including hiring a band and the Vaudeville Theatre for a debut week in the West End. But this isn’t a vanity, Mullally has worked with […]

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Review: Legally Blonde The Musical (Savoy Theatre)

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The producers of Legally Blonde The Musical played a long game with five weeks of previews to build a popular word-of-mouth and social media following – and a £2 million review-proof advance – before press night. Broadsheet critics today retaliated by reviewing the audience (really squealy girly escapees from Hairspray) as much as the show. […]

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Review: Public Property (Trafalgar Studios)

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It’s an old story – a celebrity, er, pulls off in a lay-by – maybe loosening some garments to accommodate a painful stomach condition … or, in the case of high-profile newsreader Geoffrey Hammond (Robert Daws) graphically told in newish writer Sam Peter Jackson‘s Private Property at the Trafalgar Studios, triple-fingering a bare-assed rent-boy in […]

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Age Of Steam Returns To Kings Cross

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The atmosphere of ‘Platform Nine and Three Quarters’ may be recreated at King’s Cross tomorrow (Saturday 28 November) with the rare arrival of a vintage steam train. The Sir Nigel Gresley was a ‘streamliner’ class locomotive built in Yorkshire in 1937 for the London-Newcastle-Edinburgh service, heralding a departure from the British Railways’ standard boiler-on-wheels look […]

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Review: Calendar Girls (Noel Coward Theatre)

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There are nights in the theatre for which you gladly queue round the block months in advance, secure in the knowledge that the magnitude of the screen star you hope to see outweighs any reservations about the play, the director or the ticket price. It was such considerations paved our way to Ingrid Bergman in […]

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Review: Annie Get Your Gun (Young Vic)

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‘The best thing for YOU …’ sings Annie Oakley in the rootin’ shootin’ tuner Annie Get Your Gun ‘… would be ME.’ The best thing for YOU, dear Londonist reader, would be to stay away from this terrible production. Written in 1946 by the great Irving Berlin and specifically for its star Ethel Merman, it […]

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Review: Inherit The Wind (The Old Vic)

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Kevin Spacey’s timing is exemplary. Not just in his personal performance but in bringing to the Old Vic such a dynamic production of the 1955 American war horse ‘Inherit The Wind’ – a courtroom drama based on the true-life story of a young Tennessee school teacher arraigned for promoting the evolutionary theories of Charles Darwin […]

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Review: Breakfast At Tiffany’s (Theatre Royal Haymarket)

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What can you remember of ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s’ – Mickey Rooney with an unconvincing set of false teeth and a cringingly awful Chinese accent? Audrey Hepburn cool as a January cucumber in her swept-up chignon, tiara, pearls and yard-long cigarette holder? The gamine, twittery but ultimately loveable party girl around whom New York whirls like […]

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First Transatlantic Nonstop Arrives London City

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Shortly before 7 this morning, the first ever transatlantic flight from New York JFK to tidgyLondon City Airport is due to touch down. In fact, estimated for 6.48am it’s trespassing pretty close to the airport’s noise abatement limit of no flights before 0630. Will it be popular? Mainstream press have suggested that when the flights […]

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Theatre Rumour: New Casting for Calendar Girls

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Spotted – and we use the word advisedly – at the Noel Coward Theatre this week was ex-Coronation Street barmaid Bet Lynch, sorry Miss Julie Goodyear OBE being feted by the management who are currently pondering a fresh cast for Calendar Girls when the EastEnders heavy mob moves out on 31 October. Since West End […]

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Review: Into The Woods (Landor Theatre)

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It’s 21 years since Stephen Sondheim took English Pantomime by the scruff of the neck and throttled it into a self-styled morality play called ‘Into the Woods’. If nothing else, the current production at the Landor theatre highlights the age of the material, and the somewhat lengthy exposition necessary to tell the stories of Cinderella, […]

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Preview: Talent (Menier Chocolate Factory)

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Back in the days when boys became bands without the unwelcome attentions of Louis Walsh, or girls sang aloud without a televised vote – young Victoria Wood penned a simple, funny and sweet piece for the Sheffield Crucible based on her own experiences backstage in a provincial talent show. Revisiting it thirty years later, she […]

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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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