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Now & forever? What is the legacy of Cats 40 years on?

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There’s hardly a more insistent ear worm of a song in all of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s ear-wormy repertoire than ‘Memory’, the breakout hit of his 1981 musical Cats, which last night celebrated the 40th anniversary of its premiere at the then New London Theatre (now itself renamed for Gillian Lynne, the choreographer whose work on the show ignited a revolution in global musical theatre, and accidentally created the West End’s first authentic dance-based musical).

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Mark Shenton bemoans the lack of British songwriters in Radio 2’s forthcoming musicals celebration

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Radio 2’s Greatest Show could — and should — have been a platform to celebrate more British musicals, especially here, especially now, with the industry floundering so badly. A show of support for our own creators of new musicals would not have gone amiss.

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Catching up with the compelling landscape of political theatre both at home & in the US

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Though I’ve spent most of the last nine months really missing the real theatre that has fuelled my life for the last 40 or so years since I started going compulsively from the age of around 16, I’ve spent more time than I’d have liked in a different kind of theatre — an operating one, when I had three spinal surgeries in the space of 15 days in September. And I’ve become particularly obsessed by another kind of theatre, too: political theatre.

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‘I do hope people will come & enjoy’: Gillian Anderson & a stellar line-up raise funds for Park Theatre with unrehearsed Whodunnit

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The Park Theatre has revealed initial star casting for world premiere murder mystery Whodunnit [Unrehearsed], presented in association with Avalon, which runs in London in July before transferring to the Edinburgh Fringe.

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TWILIGHT SONG – Park Theatre

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Sadly, despite a few crisp one-liners and a catchy title I’m surprised was never used elsewhere, Twilight Song emerges as a frail Rattiganesque slice of sixties’ repressed sexuality contrasted with an awkward contemporary tryst between Adam Garcia’s cash-strapped estate-agent-turned-hustler and Paul Higgins’ desperate mothers’ boy.

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NEWS: Judi Dench backs Masterclass theatre project to tackle cyber bullying

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The Theatre Royal Haymarket Masterclass Trust (Masterclass) are partnering with anti-bullying charity Kidscape to create Cyberscene – an innovative project which will use theatre to support the health and well-being of young people affected by cyber bullying.