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

In Features, London theatre, Musicals, Opinion, Plays by Mark ShentonLeave a Comment

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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Review: Sweeney Todd (London Coliseum)

In Musicals, Reviews by Johnny FoxLeave a Comment

Maybe the Mayor of London should ban Sweeney Todd? With elections looming do we really need negative propaganda which describes this city as ‘filled with shit’ and ‘not worth what a pig could spit’. Everyone has a black heart or a base motive, and after three hours of undiluted mayhem the stage is littered with corpses […]

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