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NEWS: Hamilton & The Ferryman dominate 2018 Olivier Awards shortlists, Imelda Staunton double nominated

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Nominations for the Olivier Awards 2018 are announced today. The shortlists are dominated by Lin-Manuel Miranda’s musical Hamilton and Jez Butterworth’s latest play The Ferryman. Headlines include: New American musical Hamilton becomes the most nominated production in Oliviers history with 13 nominations The Ferryman, currently running in the West End before transferring to Broadway, is the most nominated new play with 8 …

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What were our Top 25 reviews & other blogs in November 2017?

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As it’s the first of the month, we’re taking a moment to remind ourselves of the most popular contributions from our 20+ syndicate Mates bloggers from the month just closed. What were the reviews and other blogs that got readers clicking most? Any surprises? Our Top 25 Mates Blogs from November 2017 are listed below with summaries and links to read more.

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7 shows to look out for in November: Network, Big Fish, Everybody’s Talking About Jamie & more

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What are the big shows opening in November 2017? Here’s Love London Love Culture’s monthly guide to shows opening in London’s West End and Off-West End, including those led by big-name American stars Bryan Cranston, Kelsey Grammar and Christian Slater… Click on links to BUY tickets in the Mates Ticket Shop.

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Weekly Theatre Podcast: As You Like It, The Red Lion, The Importance of Being Earnest

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On this week’s podcast, leading London theatre bloggers discuss views on three plays: As You Like It at Shakespeare’s Globe, The Importance of Being Earnest, starring David Suchet as Lady Bracknell, and Patrick Marber’s new play The Red Lion, starring Daniel Mays at the National, as well as the most recent London revival of Broadway musical I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change.

THE RED LION – National Theatre

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“This isn’t a church, it’s a ‘business!” What a sentiment for a theatre crowd to hear – or indeed anyone with an art, talent or craft within fifty paces of a cash register.

Back after nearly a decade in the dark, the writer Patrick Marber has mustered a slick three-hander. I am someone who actively takes against football. It’s a bloated beast which long trained its eye on the dosh, and has legions of devotees to do the explaining and the covering up for it. This play movingly demonstrates the dedication, and the devastation. All-consuming fandom and those riding it for every penny.