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

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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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TICKETS: Today’s top #MatesChoice deal is … Slava’s Snowshow

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Today’s #MatesChoice ticket recommendation: Slava’s Snowshow… Still going strong after touring the world for over 20 years, the Tony and Olivier award-winning hit created by Russian clown Slava Polunin returns to Royal Festival Hall for another limited Christmas season until 3 January 2016.

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

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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.

My theatre diary: Dramas Taken at Midnight, The Changeling, Out of the Cage and The Separation

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The infinite variety of theatre in London means you can be laughing at the theatre one night, crying the next night. Or, when it’s really powerful, alternating between both on the same night. In my companion Theatre Diary piece, I shared some of the comedies I’ve enjoyed recently. Now I turn to the top-notch drama […]

My theatre diary: Comedies The Ruling Class, Di and Viv and Rose, Diary of a Nobody and Bad Jews

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I’ve had a heavy schedule of plays over the past few weeks, including quite a few comedies, many of them with deep, dark cores. (For dramas I’ve seen recently, see my companion Theatre Diary piece.) As usual, I’ve listed productions in closing date order. Note, the first – not the least bit dark – finishes […]

My theatre diary: Comedies The Ruling Class, Di and Viv and Rose, Diary of a Nobody and Bad Jews

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I’ve had a heavy schedule of plays over the past few weeks, including quite a few comedies, many of them with deep, dark cores. (For dramas I’ve seen recently, see my companion Theatre Diary piece.) As usual, I’ve listed productions in closing date order. Note, the first – not the least bit dark – finishes […]

My theatre diary: Musicals Women on the Verge, Bat Boy and Grand Tour

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I caught you up on my new year playgoing earlier this week, now let me turn to some tuners on offer. Though vastly different in scale and subject matter, these three musicals do have two key things in common: they are all Broadway-born and must-sees for musical buffs. As usual, I’ve listed productions in closing/booking […]

Press pass: Everything you need to know about Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown

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Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, the first major opening of 2015, and one of the year’s biggest musicals, had its West End premiere last night (Monday 12 January 2015, previews from 16 December 2014) at London’s Playhouse Theatre. Based on renowned Spanish director Pedro Almodovar‘s breakthrough 1988 film of the same name, […]

The best of the best of #theatre2015 preview highlights

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We’ve looked back ad nauseum over the past fortnight at the best of #theatre2014; now it’s time to look forward. And there’s SO much to look forward to theatrically. To help you keep track of all the new year picks and predictions, here’s a handy 2015 recommendations round-up. Having perused them all, let me summarise […]

Is Into the Woods one of the best stage-to-screen musicals of all time?

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I’m jealous of guests attending the UK gala screening of Into the Woods tonight at London’s Curzon Mayfair cinema. Not for the celeb-spotting, paparazzi-dodging, canape-scarfing or any other red carpet reason. But simply because they get to watch this fantastic, fantastical film. Indeed, I’ll extend my envy to anyone booking to see Into the Woods this weekend or […]

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More Top 10 #theatre2014 lists: Mine and yours

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Rounding up the best of the best of theatre 2014 highlights got me reflecting on my own year in theatre. Having unexpectedly left WhatsOnStage just before Christmas 2013, the shape and pace of my 2014 theatregoing was going to be inevitably different from the previous 16 years. For a time, I wasn’t even sure that […]

The best of the best of #theatre2014 round-ups

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Can you keep up with all the 2014 theatrical year round-ups? I’ve rounded up the round-ups to give you a quick overview. The Guardian went ALL out looking back with a profusion of top 10 lists from its various critics, including eminence grise Michael Billington, fringe and festival queen Lyn Gardner, columnist Mark Lawson and […]

My theatre diary: Plays to make you think – Widowers’ Houses, Visitors, Hope and Sirens

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If your brain has started to turn to mush after too much turkey and mash, get yourself along to one of these four plays quick. I can personally recommend each for provoking serious thought, discussion and reflection on urgent issues including local government, austerity, dementia, discrimination, feminism, urban housing and corruption, to name a few. […]