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‘Above all it’s the puppetry which really gives the show its heart’: 101 DALMATIANS – Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre

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It’s third time lucky for Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre and 101 Dalmatians which is billed as a new musical. Given that it should have premiered two years ago – and then one year ago (thanks, Covid) – that claim is slightly dubious but as it hasn’t actually graced the stage before I guess the assertion still holds.

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NEWS: Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre’s 2020 season opens with original 101 Dalmatians musical

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Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre has announced its 2020 season which opens with its first newly commissioned musical, 101 Dalmatians (16 May to 21 June 2020, press night is 27 May), based on Dodie Smith’s iconic story set in the heart of Regent’s Park with book by Zinnie Harris and music and lyrics by Douglas Hodge.

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NEWS: Mel Giedroyc & Caroline Quentin join all-star New Songs 4 New Shows concert

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NEW SONGS 4 NEW SHOWS will give the West End a unique experience of seeing star performances of songs from four new musicals in a one-off Gala Concert at the Lyric Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue on Monday 28 November 2016. Stars participating include The Great British Bake-Off’s Mel Giedroyc, Douglas Hodge (performing from a musical he has also written), Haydn Gwynne and Caroline Quentin (playing Joan Littlewood).

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ROARING TRADE – Park Theatre

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It would be easy to dismiss Roaring Trade as ‘Boring Trade’, a 2009 quadrille for four unpleasant people in a dealing room which was stale long before the recession cut the rug from under bond trading.

Analysis of its theatrical failures is more complex: the set has the feel of ‘Enron’ but random scrolling data on a projected Bloomberg screen is neither realistic nor kinetic – post-Curious Incident we expect far more from back projection.

Diary of a theatre addict: Re-visiting shows and theatre trolls

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I’ve had a ‘slow’ week — or at least a slower one! By tonight, I’ll have seen just seven shows — but also three readings, too, so perhaps that makes ten. I’ve also done two big interviews — with singer Jane McDonald, ahead of her season in Cats in Blackpool, and with actor David Suchet, as he returns to the West End in The Importance of Being Earnest this coming week, both of which will run in The Stage on July 9.