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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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Wednesday, September 25, 2019

The Entertainer review at New Victoria Theatre, Woking – ‘riveting Shane Richie was destined to play Archie Rice’ by Paul Vale

Originally played against the backdrop of the Suez Crisis in 1956, John Osborne’s The Entertainer used the bickering family of fading showman

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Mamma Mia! The Party review at O2, London – ‘sets new standards for immersive dining shows’ by Paul Vale

The fictional plot: ex-pat Kate (Steph Parry) worked in the costume department of the Mamma Mia! movie when it was filming on

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Friday, September 20, 2019

Midlife Cowboy review at Pleasance Theatre, London – ‘patchy and surprisingly underpowered’ by Paul Vale

Tony Hawks is probably best known as a successful radio comedian and author of quirky novels such as Round Ireland With a

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Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Eigengrau review at Waterloo East Theatre, London – ‘nuanced performances’ by Paul Vale

The really sad thing about Penelope Skinner’s tragicomic Eigengrau is that, in the nine years since it opened at London’s Bush Theatre,

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Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Now and Then review at Above the Stag, London – ‘engaging play about love across the decades’ by Paul Vale

Ronnie Larsen’s previous plays include Making Porn and Sleeping With Straight Men. Possessing a less provocative title, Now and Then is an

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Friday, September 13, 2019

Fame the Musical review at Peacock Theatre, London – ‘show-stopping performances’ by Paul Vale

Alan Parker’s seminal 1980s movie Fame introduced us to the highs and lows of triple-threat training at New York’s High School for

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Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Razzamataz Theatre Schools and The Stage Scholarship winners 2019 by Paul Vale

Next year, Razzamataz Theatre Schools will be celebrating its 20th anniversary providing classes in dance, drama and singing to thousands of keen

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Monday, September 9, 2019

Torch Song review at Turbine Theatre, London – ‘confident production of a pioneering play’ by Paul Vale

When Harvey Fierstein conceived his original Torch Song Trilogy in the late 1970s the gay liberation movement was still very much in

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Thursday, August 22, 2019

West End Producer – Free Willy review at Assembly Checkpoint, Edinburgh – ‘insightful and entertaining’ by Paul Vale

The audition process can be one of the most raw and uncompromising components of an actor’s life, laced with stiff competition and

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