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TICKETS: Today’s #MatesChoice recommendation is… Mr Foote’s Other Leg

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Featured on a number of #Theatre2015 top picks, our top recommendation in the #MatesChoice ticket series is Mr Foote’s Other Leg. Now in its final weeks at the Theatre Royal Haymarket, this is your chance to see Richard Eyre’s production which sold out at the Hampstead Theatre. Mates co-founder Mark Shenton in the latest #TheatreAddict diary said: It was also great seeing Mr Foote’s Other …

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Year in Review: The best of the best of #theatre2015 round-ups

In Features, Festivals, London theatre, Musicals, Opinion, Plays, Regional theatre, Reviews, Scotland, Touring by Terri PaddockLeave a Comment

After my two-week Christmas roadtrip in the US, I’m finally back at my desk and able to catch up on all the 2015 UK theatrical year round. Have you been keeping up in my absence? Fear not either way, because once again, I’ve rounded up the round-ups to give you an essential overview.

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Quote Unquote #1: 15 of my favourite lines from 6 recent plays

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

I’m not making notes for reviews: it’s the quotes I want. I can’t help it, I’m a quote fiend. As it happens, I also find the plays that have me scribbling fastest are the ones that I feel compelled to recommend most enthusiastically. Quotes in this instalment are from: Rotterdam, Lovesong of the Electric Bear, The Hairy Ape, Dinner With Friends, Harlequinade and Mr Foote’s Other Leg.

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Weekly Theatre Podcast: Mr Foote’s Other Leg, Pure Imagination

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This week the London theatre bloggers discuss Mr Foote’s Other Leg, starring Simon Russell Beale and now transferring to the West End following a sell-out at Hampstead Theatre, Leslie Bricusse musical tribute Pure Imagination and Tamsin Oglesby’s Future Conditional at the Old Vic.

MR FOOTE’S OTHER LEG – Hampstead Theatre

In London theatre, Plays, Reviews by Libby PurvesLeave a Comment

“Sex and the 18th century” said Brigid Brophy, quoted by the playwright Sam Kelly, “are the two most interesting things in the world”. The fiery, subversive free spirits of the time certainly kicked at religious, scientific and social barriers with glee: Georgians are never boring. And Kelly dramatizes and telescopes the career of one of the ripest: Samuel Foote. Actor, dramatist and theatre manager, whose “mimicry and audacious pleasantries” got him thrown out of Oxford , he found celebrity, clashed with censors and rivals, sparred with friends – Garrick, Peg Woffington, Prince George himself – had a leg amputated after being thrown by a royal horse, rallied, got a royal warrant as compensation, and used his wooden leg as a comedy prop, often while wearing a frock and bonnet. Oh, and he was tried for homosexual assault of a footman.