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Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Aladdin review at New Victoria Theatre, Woking – ‘tired, uninspiring and lacking in magic’ by Paul Vale

This particular incarnation of Aladdin has been knocking around for ages. Despite a few flashes of glitter and big-name performances, it’s starting

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Monday, December 16, 2019

Cinderella review at Trafalgar Studios, London – ‘enjoyable but chaotic drag panto starring Baga Chipz’ by Paul Vale

Though, on the surface, they may appear similar, the disciplines of a drag performer and musical comedy performer are very different. But

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Friday, December 13, 2019

Cinderella review at Fairfield Halls, Croydon – ‘Tim Vine on top form’ by Paul Vale

Before its extensive renovation, Fairfield Halls presented its pantomime in the proscenium-arched Ashcroft Theatre. It was an ambitious move upon reopening to

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Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Goldilocks and the Three Bears review at London Palladium – ‘a spectacular reminder of the golden age of variety’ by Paul Vale

Following a run of three critically and commercially successful years at the London Palladium, Qdos Entertainment has taken a step away from

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Friday, December 6, 2019

Jack and the Beanstalk review at Theatre Peckham, London – ‘packed with community spirit’ by Paul Vale

Originally produced at Theatre Royal Stratford East in 2012, with a book by Paul Sirett and songs by Wayne Nunes and Perry

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Monday, December 2, 2019

A Christmas Carol review at Immersive LDN – ‘entertaining night out’ by Paul Vale

This immersive version of A Christmas Carol has been staged nine years running since emerging from a small pub performance in York.

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Thursday, November 28, 2019

The Boy in the Dress review at Royal Shakespeare Company, Stratford-upon-Avon – ‘Bright performances, but a disappointing score’ by Paul Vale

Actor and comedian David Walliams has made more than £100 million as a children’s author, putting him up there in the popularity

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Monday, November 25, 2019

Pinocchio: No Strings Attached! review at Above the Stag, London – ‘smart and slick adult panto’ by Paul Vale

For this year’s adult pantomime at Above the Stag, authors Jon Bradfield and Martin Hooper turn to the story of Pinocchio for

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Escape from Planet Trash review at Pleasance Theatre, London – ‘big-hearted queer cabaret’ by Paul Vale

Following on from the success of last year’s How to Catch a Krampus, queer collective Sink the Pink once again takes up

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Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Royal Variety Performance 2019 review at London Palladium – ‘comedy and circus thrills’ by Paul Vale

Celebrating its 107th year, the Royal Variety Performance takes place once again at the London Palladium, this time in the presence of

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Thursday, November 14, 2019

Baga Chipz: ‘There are many jealous drag queens. I get a lot of stick’ by Paul Vale

The Midlands-born drag artist has shot to nationwide fame on RuPaul’s Drag Race UK and is now headlining her first pantomime, Cinderella,

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Top pantomime picks for 2019 by Paul Vale

From family-friendly festive frolics to innuendo-laden adult shows stuffed with saucy contemporary references, this year’s panto season has something for everyone. Paul

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Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Thursford Christmas Spectacular review – ‘extravagant and opulent festive show’ by Paul Vale

For more than 40 years, the Thursford Christmas Spectacular has been a highlight of the festive season. Its showy extravagance fuses traditional

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Thursday, November 7, 2019

Reputation review at the Other Palace, London – ‘poorly constructed and musically uninspiring’ by Paul Vale

Following a successful career in marketing, Alick Glass created this new, original musical. Written in collaboration with his daughter, Reputation is an

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Wednesday, November 6, 2019

I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change review at Chiswick Playhouse, London – ‘updated version of the popular song cycle’ by Paul Vale

In its original form, Joe DiPietro and Jimmy Roberts’ song cycle was one of the longest-running shows Off-Broadway. Since its premiere in

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The Stage/ArtsEd scholarships winners 2019 by Paul Vale

The 15 winners of The Stage Scholarship in conjunction with Arts Educational Schools London have been announced. It is the second year

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Monday, November 4, 2019

Jerker review at King’s Head Theatre, London – ‘mesmerising in its intensity’ by Paul Vale

Robert Chesley’s play Jerker has always been controversial. When it premiered in 1986 in Los Angeles, scenes that were performed on the

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Thursday, October 31, 2019

Billionaire Boy review at Richmond Theatre, Surrey – ‘a confident, colourful adaptation’ by Paul Vale

To anyone who has read his books, it will come as no surprise that David Walliams idolises the author Roald Dahl. Walliams’ gently

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Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Aladdin and the Feast of Wonders review at the Vaults, London – ‘a fusion of immersive dining and pantomime’ by Paul Vale

Pantomime is constantly evolving. It’s steeped in tradition and yet it’s ripe for reinvention. While the major producers invest in big effects

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Soho Cinders review at Charing Cross Theatre, London – ‘uninspired revival of the Stiles and Drewe musical’ by Paul Vale

When musical theatre collaborators George Stiles, Anthony Drewe and Elliot Davis’ updated gay version of the Cinderella story premiered in 2012, its

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Friday, October 25, 2019

Ages of the Moon review at the Vaults, London – ‘polished and poignant’ by Paul Vale

Sam Shepard’s Ages of the Moon was written in 2009, the same year he penned his Pulitzer-winning Buried Child. There are themes

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Wednesday, October 23, 2019

The Stage/Spirit Young Performers Company scholarships winners 2019 by Paul Vale

The Spirit Young Performers Company has announced the winners of The Stage Scholarship 2019. Musical theatre company scholarships have been awarded to

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Friday, October 18, 2019

Last Orders: The Haunting of the Old Red Lion review – ‘as entertaining as it is scary’ by Paul Vale

Whether or not it’s a trick of the air-con or simply a fluke, there’s a definite chill in the tiny theatre housed

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Tuesday, October 15, 2019

The Good Scout review at Above the Stag, London – ’emotionally engaging and satisfyingly theatrical’ by Paul Vale

One of the more unlikely liaisons to develop following the First World War was the one between Lord Baden-Powell and Joachim von

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Thursday, October 10, 2019

Tick, Tick… Boom! review at Bridge House Theatre, London – ‘intimate and emotionally punchy’ by Paul Vale

Jonathan Larson died in 1996 just before the opening of his first major Broadway musical, Rent. Before this he was a struggling

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Wednesday, October 9, 2019

This Is Not Right review at Wilton’s Music Hall, London – ‘John Godber’s absorbing but frustrating new play’ by Paul Vale

John Godber is a consummate communicator. His fusion of observational comedy with physical theatre has proved immensely popular since Bouncers premiered in

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The Stage/Fourth Monkey Actor Training Company Scholarships winners 2019 by Paul Vale

The Stage Scholarship 2019 in conjunction with London-based Fourth Monkey Actor Training Company has been won by Hannah Roy-Davies and Morgan Summers.

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Friday, October 4, 2019

The Niceties review at Finborough Theatre, London – ‘stilted, overly talky play’ by Paul Vale

US writer Eleanor Burgess’ play The Niceties is a dense, talky two-hander that sets out to explore some meaty questions about race

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Monday, September 30, 2019

Zeus on the Loose review at Fire, London – ‘fails on practically every level’ by Paul Vale

The twins Aphrodite and Ilithyia are completely unaware of how powerful they are. So powerful in fact that the mighty Zeus himself

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Friday, September 27, 2019

Valued Friends review at Rose Theatre, Kingston – ‘unclear whether it’s a morality play or a comedy’ by Paul Vale

It seems ludicrous to imagine that a fledgling stand-up comic, an academic, a music journalist and an admin assistant might be able

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Thursday, September 26, 2019

Angela’s Ashes – The Musical review at Fairfield Halls, Croyden – ‘gorgeous vocals and superb staging’ by Paul Vale

Author Frank McCourt faced criticism about the accuracy of Angela’s Ashes, even from his own family. He later redefined the work as

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