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Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Gently Down the Stream review at Park Theatre, London – ‘a touching intergenerational romance’ by Paul Vale

Forty years on from Bent, renowned playwright Martin Sherman, now celebrating his 80th year, wanted to examine the changing face of the

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Monday, February 18, 2019

[Title of Show] review at Above the Stag, London – ‘warm, witty meta-musical’ by Paul Vale

Hunter Bell and Jeff Bowen’s autobiographical musical gains perspective with age. Originally written in 2004, it’s a quirky, navel-gazing piece that touched

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Friday, February 15, 2019

Can-Can! review at Union Theatre, London – ‘cliché-ridden and heinously cheesy’ by Paul Vale

Director and producer Phil Willmott has proved himself a past master of the musical reinvention. But though his Essential Classics season at

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Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Rip It Up – The 60s review at Garrick Theatre, London – ‘stylish and energetic’ by Paul Vale

Following a UK tour and a brief stint at the Palladium last year Rip It Up – The 60s gets a limited

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Monday, February 11, 2019

Th’ Importance of Bein’ Earnest review at Drayton Arms, London – ‘a clever concept’ by Paul Vale

Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest is both an impeccably crafted comedy of manners and a satirical commentary on the mores

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Friday, February 8, 2019

Avenue Q review at New Wimbledon Theatre, London – ‘monster talent’ by Paul Vale

It’s been 13 years since Avenue Q opened in the West End, introducing British audiences to characters such as Trekkie Monster, Lucy

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Thursday, February 7, 2019

Tilda Swinton Answers an Ad on Craigslist review at Vaults, London – ‘ a witty, feel-good comedy’ by Paul Vale

When Bob finally walks out on Walt, he places an ad on Craigslist to advertise the spare room. Walt has always suffered

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Monday, February 4, 2019

My Dad’s Gap Year review at Park Theatre, London – ‘thinly drawn characters’ by Paul Vale

Dave is not having a good year. He’s unemployed, his drinking is out of control and his wife Cath has abandoned him.

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Friday, February 1, 2019

The Ruffian on the Stair review at Hope Theatre, London – ‘fresh, funny and ruthless’ by Paul Vale

Joe Orton’s The Ruffian on the Stair was initially conceived as a radio play, and later rewritten for the stage in 1966,

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Wednesday, January 30, 2019

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

Partnering with The Stage, the company is offering two half-scholarships worth a total of £21,500. Paul Vale finds out what’s in store

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Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Showstopper! The Improvised Musical review at the Other Palace, London – ‘hugely entertaining’ by Paul Vale

Showstopper! The Improvised Musical surfaced in 2008 as the result of a workshop exercise. The resulting one-hour extemporised musical sparked an improvisation

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The Stage Scholarships 2019: Sylvia Young Theatre School by Paul Vale

With its students frequently performing in the West End and on screen, the central London theatre school is offering to cover all

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Friday, January 18, 2019

Extra Virgin review at Above the Stag, London – ‘absorbing, but slight’ by Paul Vale

This short play by Howard Walters was first performed at the original Above the Stag venue in 2011 as part of a

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Friday, January 11, 2019

In Conversation with Graham Norton review at Hope Theatre, London – ‘a poignant monologue’ by Paul Vale

Teenage Mark thinks that he might be gay. He is sexually aroused by the guys he sees on the train and vaginas

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Wednesday, January 9, 2019

The Stage Scholarships 2019: Emil Dale Academy by Paul Vale

This year, Emil Dale Academy adds a BA (hons) course to its scholarships offering, but its portfolio includes something for everyone, as

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Monday, January 7, 2019

The Dame review at Park Theatre, London – ‘evocative tale of backstage life’ by Paul Vale

Katie Duncan’s play The Dame first saw the light of day at last year’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe last year but this current

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Friday, December 21, 2018

Peter Pan review at Birmingham Hippodrome – ‘moments of surreal delight’ by Paul Vale

JM Barrie’s Peter Pan has undergone several changes on its way to becoming a regular part of the pantomime canon. A dame

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Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Aladdin starring Ashley Banjo and Diversity review at Cliffs Pavilion, Southend – ‘exceptional dance’ by Paul Vale

The dance troupe Diversity took part in its first ever pantomime last year at the Palladium, where it added some exceptional dance

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Monday, December 17, 2018

Tinderella review at Canal Cafe, London – ‘irredeemably feeble’ by Paul Vale

Good adult pantomimes can be great fun, as has been proved by Above the Stag, Leicester Square and the Royal Vauxhall Tavern

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Robin Hood review at Milton Keynes Theatre – ‘an infectious sense of fun’ by Paul Vale

This is not the first time that Shane Richie has played Robin Hood for Qdos Entertainment and I doubt whether it will

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Peter Pan review at Richmond Theatre – ‘a winningly villainous performance from Robert Lindsay’ by Paul Vale

There are several big names making their debut in Qdos Entertainment pantomimes this year, but none has quite the acting chops of

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Thursday, December 13, 2018

Snow White starring Julian Clary and Dawn French review at London Palladium – ‘sumptuous and showy’ by Paul Vale

For three years now, Qdos Entertainment has taken over the Palladium at Christmas to produce a spectacular family pantomime. It has been a

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Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Aladdin review at New Wimbledon Theatre – ‘Paul Merton’s panto debut’ by Paul Vale

After a spectacularly ropey Jack and the Beanstalk last year, Qdos Entertainment has taken a giant step forward with this year’s New

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Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Cinderella review at New Victoria Theatre, Woking – ‘Craig Revel Horwood’s star turn’ by Paul Vale

Strictly Come Dancing’s Craig Revel Horwood is very much the star attraction at this Qdos Entertainment production of Cinderella, the most beloved

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Monday, December 10, 2018

Snow White review at Towngate Theatre, Basildon – ‘pitch-perfect pantomime’ by Paul Vale

Consistently punching above its weight, the Towngate pantomime in Basildon may not boast the star names and lavish budgets of Qdos’ offering

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Sleeping Beauty review at Theatre Royal Stratford East – ‘beautifully designed’ by Paul Vale

The Theatre Royal Stratford East pantomime has always featured a degree of experimentation. That’s part of its appeal. It might not always

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Rubbed review at Royal Vauxhall Tavern, London – ‘rather tame’ by Paul Vale

The Royal Vauxhall Tavern boasts a rich and diverse cabaret history that continues to this day, with its small stage regularly playing

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Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Plaid Tidings review at Bridge House Theatre, London – ‘homely and nostalgic’ by Paul Vale

Stuart Ross’ musical Forever Plaid is a quirky homage to the clean-cut boy bands of the 1960s such as The Four Aces.

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Monday, December 3, 2018

Buttons: A Cinderella Story review at King’s Head Theatre, London – ‘a quirky adaptation’ by Paul Vale

The Charles Court Opera annual pantomime has become an Islington tradition. Artistic director and author John Savournin enjoys subverting classic stories and

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Mother Goose Cracks One Out review at Above the Stag, London – ‘blissfully irreverent’ by Paul Vale

This is both Jon Bradfield and Martin Hooper’s 10th pantomime for Above the Stag and their first in its new building in

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Thursday, November 29, 2018

Guys and Dolls review at Mill at Sonning – ‘bursting with energy and invention’ by Paul Vale

There is always a danger of Damon Runyon’s characters being given too soft a focus when played out against Frank Loesser’s glorious score

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