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Mind the Advent: 24 days celebrating a year’s theatregoing > #theatre2017 #YearInReview

In Features, London theatre, Musicals, Native, Opinion, Photos, Plays, Reviews by Debbie GilpinLeave a Comment

You know what time of year it is – so I’ve just been through my annual Mind the Advent countdown! As I’ve seen a personal best number of different shows this year, the sheer volume of actors (and performances) have really been stacking up and making my life difficult – in terms of summing up my favourites of the year, that is. So here is a bit of a sneak preview of what’s to come in my highlight posts…

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42ND STREET – West End

In London theatre, Musicals, Opinion, Reviews by Johnny FoxLeave a Comment

The ultimate ‘backstage musical’ 42nd Street lifted America from the depression, and its timely arrival at Drury Lane in such majestic style is still an evening of total escapism, total delight as you share the hopes and dreams of fresh-off-the-bus Peggy Sawyer (Clare Halse, bloody marvellous) breaking into the Broadway big-time via Sheena Easton’s broken ankle.

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Press Pass: All the 42nd Street overnight reviews (& Kate Middleton pics)

In Features, Interviews, London theatre, Musicals, Opinion, Reviews, Sticky by Terri PaddockLeave a Comment

The second massive New York import in less than a month, 42nd Street brought its lullaby of Broadway to the Theatre Royal Drury Lane last night. In addition to their transatlantic journeys, An American in Paris and 42nd Street are both dance-based shows – with big budgets (£8 million is the word on the latter), huge casts and stunning designs – that have won over critics in dramatic fashion.