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‘Biggest, boldest, glitziest panto in London’: DICK WHITTINGTON – West End ★★★★

In Children's theatre, London theatre, Musicals, Opinion, Pantomimes, Plays, Reviews, Ticket recommendations by Jonathan BazLeave a Comment

Following critical and commercial success with last year’s Cinderella, QDOS Entertainment has again invested millions to make Dick Whittington the biggest, boldest and glitziest pantomime on the London circuit with what looks like a degree of overkill, taking a sledgehammer to crush a rat perhaps.

KRISTIN CHENOWETH – West End

In Broadway, Concerts, London theatre, Musicals, Opinion, Reviews by Olivia MitchellLeave a Comment

Like many UK Kristin fans, I saw Wicked when it opened back in 2006, subsequently listened to the Broadway recording and fell in love with the cast. I then entered an obsessive phase where I watched all Kristin videos, listened to every song she’d ever sung, read every interview she’d done and was generally that annoying fan that could talk about nothing else.

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KRISTIN CHENOWETH – West End

In Broadway, Concerts, London theatre, Musicals, Opinion, Reviews by Olivia MitchellLeave a Comment

Like many UK Kristin fans, I saw Wicked when it opened back in 2006, subsequently listened to the Broadway recording and fell in love with the cast. I then entered an obsessive phase where I watched all Kristin videos, listened to every song she’d ever sung, read every interview she’d done and was generally that annoying fan that could talk about nothing else.

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NEWS: Charlie Stemp, Elaine Paige & Gary Wilmot join Dick Whittington at Palladium, TICKETS ONSALE

In Children's theatre, London theatre, Native, News, Pantomimes, Press Releases, Sticky, Ticket recommendations by Press ReleasesLeave a Comment

Fresh from Half a Sixpence, Charlie Stemp will join Elaine Paige and Gary Wilmot, along with the previously announced Julian Clary, Paul Zerdin and Nigel Havers in Dick Whittington, this year’s Christmas pantomime at the London Palladium.

Will Doctor Who Sell You on Shakespeare?

In London theatre, News, Opinion, Plays, Video by Johnny FoxLeave a Comment

The Beeb wheeled out Peter Capaldi for its launch of A Midsummer Night’s Dream due to air on BBC1 at the end of May. Not because he’s in it but because the entire play, adapted to an ‘accessible’ 90 minutes by Who’s reinventor Russell T Davies and filmed with the special effects team at Roath Lock in Cardiff where Dr Who is made, it’s fashioned specifically for Whovian fans.

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Will Doctor Who Sell You on Shakespeare?

In London theatre, News, Opinion, Plays, Video by Johnny FoxLeave a Comment

The Beeb wheeled out Peter Capaldi for its launch of A Midsummer Night’s Dream due to air on BBC1 at the end of May. Not because he’s in it but because the entire play, adapted to an ‘accessible’ 90 minutes by Who’s reinventor Russell T Davies and filmed with the special effects team at Roath Lock in Cardiff where Dr Who is made, it’s fashioned specifically for Whovian fans.

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MISS ATOMIC BOMB – St James’ Theatre

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

It’s not often theatre reviews are bad enough to make BBC lunchtime headlines, but the writers of Miss Atomic Bomb should be donning their tin hats. When London’s most enthusiastic musical theatre critic, The Stage’s (and My Theatre Mates co-founder) Mark Shenton, who just chaired the BEAM event to encourage new musical writing is out of his seat like a rocket to get a one-star review online before midnight, something must be wrong.

Judging Sondheim Society Student standouts and new songs … from my seat in the stalls

In Awards, Features, Inspiring people, London theatre, Musicals, Opinion by Terri PaddockLeave a Comment

On Sunday, I attended my first Stephen Sondheim Society Student Performer of the Year Awards (or, the SSSSPOTYs, ‘for short’!). The competition is now in its ninth year – and I, for one, certainly intend to be back for its tenth anniversary in 2016. The SSSSPOTYs …. wait, wait, do I really have to call them […]

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Review: The Drowsy Chaperone

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I couldn’t go with my gang of friends to The Drowsy Chaperone on the Whatsonstage.com outing last week, so had to catch up yesterday. Everyone I know who saw it on Broadway raved about it, and the London crew were no less enthusiastic. Well, on Thursday either it had an off night, or I did. […]

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