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

In Features, Festivals, London theatre, Musicals, Opinion, Plays, Quotes, Regional theatre, Reviews, Scotland, Touring by Terri PaddockLeave a Comment

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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#ThrowbackThursday: 2012 interview with Imelda Staunton about Sweeney Todd & Gypsy

In Features, Inspiring people, Interviews, London theatre, Musicals, Opinion, Plays, Quotes by Mark ShentonLeave a Comment

This weekend (27 December 2015), Imelda Staunton reprises her recent Chichester and West End performance in GYPSY in a filmed version of the production. In this 2012 interview I did with Staunton, first published in the Sunday Express, as she prepared to reprise her Chichester performance as Mrs Lovett in another Sondheim musical SWEENEY TODD in the West End, she mentions that she was already thinking of doing GYPSY next.

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This is England: Barbarians tap into anti-austerity rage

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I’m not the only theatre person who was focused on the Conservative Party Conference last week. Though she may not have anticipated quite the extent of the spitting, pig mask wearing protests outside the gates of the “Tory scum” meetings, Tooting Arts Club producer did intentionally time the opening of her Tooting Arts Club revival […]

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NEWS: Tooting Arts follows Sweeney with Barbarians at former Central Saint Martin’s

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Tooting Arts Club will revive their own production of Barbarians by Barrie Keeffe at the former Central Saint Martins School of Art building in Soho. The temporary venue is being launched in collaboration with Emily Dobbs of Jagged Fence Theatre. Previews start on Tuesday 29 September 2015, with press performances on Saturday 3, Monday 5 and Tuesday 6 October. A …

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LOVETT + TODD – King’s Head

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This Another Soup Theatre production focuses on the story of Cornelia Lovett, the pie-maker and the relationship between her and the “demon barber”, Sweeney Todd. The concept is intriguing, one where Mrs Lovett is portrayed as a coldblooded murderess who manipulates Todd into doing her will and her unwilling accomplice.

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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