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Review: Into The Woods (Edinburgh Fringe 2011)

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If ever a musical were designed to set traps for amateurs, it’s ‘Into The Woods’. The deceptively accessible ‘pantomime’ themes of Cinderella and Little Red Riding Hood disguise Sondheim’s disjunctive and difficult score full of pitfalls for the musically unwary. Opera di Nepotist stands out for its bravery: formed in 2009 to produce Sweeney Todd, […]

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Review: Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain (Richmond Theatre, London)

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On the night an angry mob set fire to police cars and an Aldi supermarket in Tottenham it seemed wholly appropriate that the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain should not just lead in to its set with the Sex Pistols’ ‘Anarchy in the UK’ but actively encourage the entire Richmond audience to sing along with […]

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Review: Slay It With Music (The Space, London)

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Would Bette Davis be seen dead on the Isle of Dogs? Could the East India Dock Road ever be confused with Sunset Boulevard? Only in the curious conjunction of Michael Colby’s comedy thriller musical with the slightly creepy, faintly gothic converted chapel which is ‘The Space’ theatre in London’s Docklands. The two combine in an […]

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Review: Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered (The Jermyn Street Theatre, London)

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Lorenz Hart’s death aged 48 deprived Richard Rodgers of what many musical theatre aficionados think was his finest collaborating lyricist. In their twenty year partnership, they created 26 musicals based on a solid belief in the integration of libretto, lyrics and music . This makes it harder to excise songs from their contexts but ‘Bewitched, […]

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Review: Ghost The Musical (Piccadilly Theatre)

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First thing to say about Ghost is it’s a great night out. From its filmic start, it looks and feels crafted for a new breed of theatregoer – cleverly pitched to attract the X-Factor crowd.  The set by Jon Driscoll is three full walls of LED and the New York screetscapes zip by with energy and […]

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Review: Beggar’s Opera (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre)

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Sometimes in London the venue affects your mood.  Kicking your way through the rotting veg or chicken carcases of a street market towards a dingy hall in Hoxton or Kilburn demands a wellspring of optimism to meet the play with an open mind. Not so at Regent’s Park, whose well-established and well-run Open Air venture […]

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Review: Beggar’s Opera (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre)

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Sometimes in London the venue affects your mood.  Kicking your way through the rotting veg or chicken carcases of a street market towards a dingy hall in Hoxton or Kilburn demands a wellspring of optimism to meet the play with an open mind. Not so at Regent’s Park, whose well-established and well-run Open Air venture […]

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Review: Beggar’s Opera (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre)

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Sometimes in London the venue affects your mood.  Kicking your way through the rotting veg or chicken carcases of a street market towards a dingy hall in Hoxton or Kilburn demands a wellspring of optimism to meet the play with an open mind. Not so at Regent’s Park, whose well-established and well-run Open Air venture […]

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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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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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