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EasyJet To Serve London Southend Airport

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In the vicious media war that is the school playground of airline CEOs, EasyJet persistently teased Ryanair for using remote airports and redundant Cold War fighter bases. In its (losing) defence to the Advertising Standards Agency in March 2010, the airline said it was “trying to make the point that EasyJet flies to primary airports […]

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Review: Cowardy Custard (Richmond Theatre)

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Kit and the Widow are a sophisticated and enduring cabaret act of much skill and polish, at least when not reading the words from a music stand.  Dillie Keane, founder and stalwart ofFascinating Aida has become the sort of national comedy institution round whom people should be taken in boats to marvel at her brilliance, […]

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Autres Temps, Autres Moeurs

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I’m not sure if I can pull all or any of this into a connected thread but three things happened recently to make me think about (my and others’) gay life. Ken Clarke the Justice Secretary who I’m convinced moonlights as the Churchill Insurance nodding dog barked some stuff this week about thinking there ought to be […]

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Review: Fings Ain’t What They Used T’Be (Union Theatre, London)

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I confess it, I have previous with this show: in the mid-eighties I was in a fringe production which was selling so badly that one wet Wednesday we’d just decided to give the seven people in the audience their money back when we got a phone call to say that Lionel Bart was on his […]

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The Tempest

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It’s not often you can say ‘I woke screaming in the night’ but I do admit it. I’m not sure if it was the storm itself or the sound of my own terror that actually roused me, but at quarter to five this morning I was fairly sure the end of the world had come. […]

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The Curious Incident of the Drink in the Night-Time

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Sunday was Full Moon day and at 5 in the afternoon they bussed us to the local temple, site of the biggest Buddha in Sri Lanka, a 60 metre modern man-mountain where we milled about with the locals making their offerings at the temple. However anti-religion you are it’s hard to dislike Buddhism because it […]

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Vatha, Vatha Everywhere

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Last night was the wettest and stormiest night so far, and according to one of the doctors this morning officially a cyclone. It certainly began with one of those ground-shaking thunderstorms that drenches everything in the first five minutes, but fortunately always after dark. So far. This morning has white skies with a strong breeze […]

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Auspicious Start

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My driver was quite insistent ‘you have come on the best day of the year’. Best in his view because there’s almost no traffic on the notoriously congested, not to say dangerous, stretch from Colombo airport to the coast resorts and what can take three and a half hours on a normal day is accomplished […]

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Sports Day

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Friday After a night of glorious thunderstorms I wake too late and have to combine my 6am and 8am medications with breakfast in order to make an 8.30 start on the treatments. It’s the same rituals as yesterday but fortunately the acupuncture’s at the end instead of the beginning and I’m fairly relaxed when it […]

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Review: King Lear (Richmond Theatre)

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Michael Grandage’s production of Lear has had so many accolades from its run at the Donmar it’s unnecessary to chronicle them here. What is important is to say that if you want to see it you need to scoot to the Richmond Theatre before it disappears off to Cornwall and Brooklyn. It’s not Shakespeare’s most […]

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Review: Under Milk Wood (Pentameters Theatre, London)

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In the week they buried Elizabeth Taylor it seems appropriate to revisit Under Milk Wood, in which she appeared briefly as Rosie Probert at the height of her partnership with Richard Burton in the 1971 Technicolor version. Even though playing a bit-part, Taylor was famously difficult, refusing to travel to Fishguard where the movie was […]

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Review: Umbrellas Of Cherbourg (Gielgud Theatre)

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Sacre Bleu, Zut Alors, Quelle Horreur, and as for the choreography: Fosse septique … pick your own Francophone diatribes, this is vachement awful. It’s a shame, because the hand on the Kneehigh Theatre tiller is Emma Rice who helmed their extraordinarily inventive Brief Encounter, but to continue the boating metaphors it’s no coincidence that Cherbourg […]

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Review: Life Of Riley (Richmond Theatre)

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A brand new Alan Ayckbourn comedy, his 74th, celebrating he’s now twice a prolific as Shakespeare, comes as close to London as its six month tour permits (Richmondthis week, Windsor next) and seems to ask ‘am I ready for the West End?’ It has some familiar ingredients: three differently disappointed wives, three feckless or inert […]

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Review: The Reluctant Debutante (Richmond Theatre)

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A social-climbing middle-class Home Counties couple launch their pretty but awkward daughter on the London marriage market and eventually steer her towards the ‘right’ public schoolboy with a title to inherit … … but enough about the Middletons. In The Reluctant Debutante, it’s 1957 and the pushy mother is Jane Asher in a series of […]

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Review: Buried Child (Unedited Version)

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Although set in the remote boondocks of Northern Illinois, on a near-derelict farm, we are not in any new territory with Sam Shephard’s ‘Buried Child’. The possibility that an outwardly-naturalistic family shelters a dark secret which through the arrival of a stranger is revealed to devastating effect over three drawn-out acts is a theatrical motif […]

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Review: Buried Child (Upstairs at the Gatehouse, London)

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Although set in the remote boondocks of Northern Illinois, on a near-derelict farm, we are not in any new territory with Sam Shephard’s ‘Buried Child’. The possibility that an outwardly-naturalistic family shelters a dark secret which through the arrival of a stranger is revealed to devastating effect over three drawn-out acts is a theatrical motif […]

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Preview: Aida (Royal Opera House)

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Tuesday morning 11am and Londonist is royally chuffed to be invited to put its feet up in the Director’s box at Covent Garden for dress rehearsal of the David McVicar Aida which opens on Friday.  Apart from the close-up view of the singers’ facial expressions and a position right over the pit where we can […]

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Review: Corrie! (Churchill Theatre, Bromley)

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We’re like that, in Lancashire. We build you up and then we knock you down … just so’s you don’t forget where you come from and get a bit above yerself down in that there Lundun. The script of Corrie! Is by much-garlanded author Jonathan Harvey, not only a long-time stalwart of the show’s writing […]

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Review: Blithe Spirit (Richmond Theatre)

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There’s a whiff of mothballs at Richmond, and it’s not all coming from the audience in this starry but stolid revival of Noel Coward’s Blithe Spirit … A glossy 2009 Broadway production showcased Angela Lansbury in cracking and crackpot form as clairvoyant Madam Arcati and Rupert Everett in a role he was born to play, […]

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Review: Blithe Spirit (Richmond Theatre)

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There’s a whiff of mothballs at Richmond, and it’s not all coming from the audience in this starry but stolid revival of Noel Coward’s Blithe Spirit … A glossy 2009 Broadway production showcased Angela Lansbury in cracking and crackpot form as clairvoyant Madam Arcati and Rupert Everett in a role he was born to play, […]

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