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Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Diary: Judi Dench and Gyles Brandreth tell furballs of old in new soap opera by Tabard

It seems Judi Dench just can’t leave the Cats film behind her. A new video posted on Twitter shows her once again

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Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Diary: Hey you, stop filming the show, or… Jesus Christ! Superstar! by Tabard

Tabard hears endless stories about bad audience behaviour – and can only express admiration for the brave ushers who keep everything in

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Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Diary: West End diners grab a pizza the action with Waitress cast members… by Tabard

There’s nothing Tabard enjoys more than a supper accompanied by show tunes. Normally diners know when to expect table-side entertainment – perhaps

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Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Diary: Has left-footed Paul Merton got pre-show blues for you? by Tabard

With the musical Hairspray preparing to open at the London Coliseum, cast members assembled last week to offer industry folk a sneak

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Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Diary: Oops, upside your… audience member ejected for trying to headbutt critic by Tabard

Audience behaviour or, more accurately, audience misbehaviour, is like catnip to us theatre folk. We just love talking about it – the

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Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Diary: Her Madgesty decides the show must go on by Tabard

Just a hunch, but one suspects Andrew Lloyd Webber may be regretting handing over his beloved London Palladium to Madonna, who is

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Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Diary: Up, up in the air – fake news sends show viral by Tabard

In a world that has seen Donald Trump elected president of the US and the UK vote to leave the European Union,

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Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Diary: Do not ask for whom the bell tolls – as, erm, in Uncle Vanya’s case it doesn’t by Tabard

What with the barney over Boris’ bungled brainstorm to get Big Ben’s bells to bong on Brexit day, you’d be forgiven for

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Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Diary: Nottingham Playhouse goes nuts on health and safety by Tabard

There are certain risks associated with going to the theatre. These might include sore knees from the lack of leg space or

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Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Diary: Megxit drama foreseen by Mystic Mike (Bartlett) by Tabard

Readers, you may not have noticed – it hasn’t been covered widely – but the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Harry and

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Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Diary: Panto season is finally over… Oh no it’s not! by Tabard

Christmas may have come and gone quicker than an audience sitting down to watch the Cats film, but pantomime hasn’t yet finished

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Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Diary: Playwright on Shakey ground with British public by Tabard

Poor old Will Shakespeare must be turning in his grave. Tabard has seen the results of a new survey, which don’t paint

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Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Diary: Jay Rayner’s offbeat but touching tribute to his late parents’ theatregoing spirit by Tabard

When loved ones pass away, there are many unique ways in which relatives choose to honour their memories. Food writer Jay Rayner

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Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Diary: Critics and audiences alike feared Miller’s crossings by Tabard

Last week, the world said goodbye to the inimitable Jonathan Miller, a true polymath, whose talents stretched into art history, sculpture and

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Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Diary: How an Exeter panto star plans to kick politicians where it hurts – in the ballots by Tabard

A pantomime dame is vying to be become Exeter’s MP in next month’s general election. Oh no, she isn’t! Oh yes, she

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Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Diary: How Billy Connolly once gave Traverse Theatre the willies with his DIY cocktail by Tabard

Over the years, Tabard has heard all kinds of stories about poor audience behaviour. A particular favourite is the lady who attempted

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Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Diary: Police make a potty discovery below theatre in Deptford by Tabard

From bomb shelters to bingo halls, theatres have had their fair share of alternative uses over the years, but none more outlandish

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Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Diary: Fools rush in where City of Angels fears to tread by Tabard

And the Olivier for longest time to transfer a show goes to… City of Angels! Yes, Tabard was amazed this week to read

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Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Tabard’s Diary: Bolton pantomime turns into Mad Hatter’s tea party by Tabard

The local panto is usually a nice bit of organised fun for the family, where busy parents can take their kids for

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Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Diary: Case clothed – all’s well that ends well for Gypsy after costume robbery by Tabard

A bit of yin and yang for you this week, readers. The Royal Exchange in Manchester was the victim of a depressing

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Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Diary: Too much sex and booze in shows? Blame the audience by Tabard

It’s not been a good week for theatre. Not in terms of what’s on stage, you understand, but rather what’s been happening

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Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Diary: For firefighter Jason Donovan, next door is only a footstep away by Tabard

Jason Donovan rose to fame for his role in Australian soap Neighbours. It appears the singer and actor has carried the message

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Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Diary: Don’t tell the bride, but the groom’s done himself a mischief (theatre) by Tabard

The events of recent weeks would suggest that Boris Johnson’s government has been taking hot tips from The Play That Goes Wrong,

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Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Abba Super Trouper Bjorn Ulvaeus takes a chance on 1977 jumpsuit by Tabard

How many of us can say they can still fit into clothes they first wore 42 years ago? Abba’s Bjorn Ulvaeus is

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Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Diary: Pastor really driven insa-a-a-a-a-ane by Rocky Horror Show’s Time Warp by Tabard

Some people are just so easily offended these days. Tabard recently wrote about the fury of one reader of the Sun, who

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Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Fleabag: the gift that keeps on giving… out free G&Ts by Tabard

It has only been a few weeks since Fleabag last graced the pages of this diary, but, judging by the show’s current

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Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Audience members invited to spin a yarn for panto by Tabard

Look, Tabard knows the summer is not yet over, but let’s be honest – it’s time we all started thinking about Christmas.

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Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Diary: Fleabag is not the only F word on everyone’s lips by Tabard

Fleabag has clearly been a hit with thousands who have seen it on stage and huge swathes of the country who tuned

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Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Can’t make money at the fringe? Chin up! No, really by Tabard

It’s an unwritten rule at the Edinburgh Fringe, that, whatever you do, don’t mention ‘the M word’. No, not that – don’t

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Wednesday, August 14, 2019

85-year-old comedian Lynn Ruth Miller is living proof that the old ones are the best ones by Tabard

Tabard is a firm believer that it’s never too late to follow your dreams. Cabaret star Lynn Ruth Miller is a prime

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Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Diary: Young musical theatre fan’s haters won’t rain on his parade by Tabard

You’d have to have been living under a rock not to have heard about nine-year-old Charlie Kristensen, who found himself being bullied

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