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Why Nicely Nicely Johnson is no longer ruined for me (though Clive Rowe remains a giant)

In Features, London theatre, Musicals, Opinion, Quotes, Regional theatre, Touring, Video by Terri PaddockLeave a Comment

For years Guys and Dolls has been all but ruined for me: that’s what happens when you are lucky enough to see a definitive production and performance. I speak, of course, of Richard Eyre‘s legendary National Theatre revival of this 1950 roadway classic. And, what’s more, I didn’t even see the original.

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Weekly Theatre Podcast: No Villain, Peter Pan Goes Wrong & London pantos

In Audio, Children's theatre, Features, London theatre, Native, Opinion, Pantomimes, Plays, Reviews, Ticket recommendations by As Yet Unnamed London Theatre PodcastLeave a Comment

In this second holiday podcast, the London theatre bloggers discuss pantomimes at Hackney Empire, Theatre Royal Stratford East and New Wimbledon Theatre, as well as West End comedy Peter Pan Goes Wrong and No Villain at the Old Red Lion.

How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying – Royal Festival Hall

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Royal Festival Hall, London – 19 May 2015

There must be something in the Thames as it flows around the bend of Waterloo Bridge that enchants the work of Frank Loesser. Back in the 1980s the National Theatre gave the capital a groundbreaking Guys and Dolls and this week, for one night only, Jonathan Butterell directed a sensational production of Loesser’s How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (almost) next door at the Royal Festival Hall.