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Jonathan Baz: My top picks of 2015

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As 2015 draws to a close, here is my personal look back on the performance highlights of the last 12 months. This list is entirely subjective – and marks out the shows I have seen, that, as Sondheim’s Mary Flynn put it so eloquently in Merrily We Roll Along, ” will stay with me for a long time….”My list includes musicals, drama, cabaret and concert performances – together with an eclectic Best Of The Rest. Here’s are my favourites.

Destroyer of Worlds: A closing speech to end all closing speeches?

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Several weeks after the West End press night, I’m still thinking about Oppenheimer, which, after its premiere in Stratford-upon-Avon, the Royal Shakespeare Company has transferred to the Vaudeville Theatre for a limited West End season (thank you, RSC). I blogged separately about Tom Morton-Smith’s incredibly ambitious play in yesterday’s #TheatreDiary, but I wanted to come […]

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My theatre diary: Three must-see new plays Clarion, Level Playing Field, Oppenheimer

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In amongst the stellar West End revivals of late – not least “mother of all musicals” Gypsy with Imelda Staunton and David Mamet’s American Buffalo starring Damian Lewis and John Goodman – are some spectacular brand-new plays on and off West End. Here are three in particular that I highly, highly recommend. The first two […]

A diary of addiction: five star nights at The Sound of Music and Sweeney Todd, and Talking About Critics

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I’m obviously slackening off: in the three weeks I’ve kept this online diary now, I’ve seen 10 shows, 7 shows and 6 shows respectively. And — shock horror — looking at my diary for the week ahead, I’ve actually got two nights that are (so far) unplanned!

But it’s really rather good to keep some flexibility in my diary; although parts of it inevitably fill up several months in advance, it’s always good to have a spare night or two in there to accommodate a surprise, a recommendation, something I want to see again, or simply to have a night off! (Last night we stayed in and caught up on some long-ago recorded telly, including the sorrowful end of the brilliant Russell T Davies series Cucumber, and the joyous Bette Midler ITV Christmas special — at 69 years old, she’s still as dauntless and outrageous and stunning as ever!)

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