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Year in Review: Ian Foster’s 12 Leading Men of the Year 2016

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It’s that time of year again when I am publicly shallow in my appreciation of the men that grace our stages – and given the hit counts I get on these annual posts, you’re all just as thirsty as me! (Note from Mates: Visit Ian’s site for many more, and more revealing, pics of each – plus archive lists since 2009!)


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At the age of 32, at the very height of a superstardom today reserved for the Hollywood A-list, the great 18th Century castrato Farinelli turned his back on the stage, never to return, to sing for only one man – Philippe V, the King of Spain. The King, suffering from a madness brought on by depression, could only find solace and sanity in Farinelli’s heavenly tones.

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Review: Farinelli and the King (Sam Wanamaker Playhouse)

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Have I told you lately how much I love the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, the beeswax-candle-lit trinket-box theatre that Shakespeare’s Globe carved out of its own foyer a year ago? It’s like you’re Queen Elizabeth – no, the Blackadder one – and have summoned top actors to come and perform in your living room. Which is surreal, because that’s what Farinelli […]

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