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Why The Phantom of the Opera still has our hearts: History, mishaps & memories of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s classic

In Features, London theatre, Musicals, Native, Opinion by Violet Mackintosh

“Close your eyes and let the music set you free” – The Phantom of the Opera Last week I was reminded of my first theatre memory. I was eight and my parents took me to see The Phantom of the Opera for a Saturday matinee. I don’t remember the performance itself, but what I do recall is sitting in the dress …

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New post-show Q&A: Join Terri for Kander & Ebb musical Curtains in the West End

In Interviews, London theatre, Musicals, Native, Special Events, Ticket recommendations by Terri PaddockLeave a Comment

Kander & Ebb’s 2007 Broadway musical whodunnit CURTAINS at last gets its West End premiere with a strictly limited month-long festive season from 13 December to 11 January 2020 at Wyndham’s Theatre, starring Jason Manford. On Sunday 15 December, Mate Terri Paddock chairs an unmissable post-show Q&A with the cast.

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Why it’s an amazing time for diversity of style in ‘musicals’ on both sides of the pond

In Audio, Classical music, Features, London theatre, Musicals, Opera, Opinion, Reviews by Edward SeckersonLeave a Comment

It’s an amazing time for diversity of style in “musicals” on both sides of the pond. Hamilton’s hip-hop, street poetry, storytelling, David Yazbek’s middle-eastern infused charmer The Band’s Visit, Jeanine Tesori’s Fun Home (newly arrived at London’s Young Vic while her dazzlingly original Caroline Or Change plays at the Playhouse Theatre).