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Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Les Dennis at the RSC: ‘Coming to Stratford feels like I’ve got a blue tick on Twitter’ by Tim Bano

Comedian, gameshow host, actor – Les Dennis has done it all. As he prepares to make his RSC debut in two Restoration

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Wednesday, April 17, 2019

A Man of Good Hope review at Linbury Theatre, London – ‘spectacular musical odyssey’ by Tim Bano

Isango Ensemble’s story of a refugee journeying across Africa is nothing short of spectacular. Every scene ends in a carnival of colour,

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Saturday, April 13, 2019

A German Life review at Bridge Theatre, London – ‘Maggie Smith is spellbinding’ by Tim Bano

Despite our endless obsession with Second World War history, it feels extremely rare to come across a story like this one. The

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Monday, April 8, 2019

Tim Bano: Community, collaboration and Nigel Farage’s worst nightmare made an Oliviers to remember by Tim Bano

There were no upsets at Sunday’s Olivier Awards ceremony. No scandals or catastrophes. No really questionable wins. In fact, it was all

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Ghost Stories review at Lyric Hammersmith – ‘harrowing, nightmarish thrill’ by Tim Bano

As Sean Holmes’ programming at the Lyric comes to an end, after he stepped down in October, it’s nice to see one

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Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Emilia producer Eleanor Lloyd: ‘When it’s not going well, you have to know why you chose the show’ by Tim Bano

From making props at university and working the photocopier at the Royal Court to becoming one of the hottest commercial producers around,

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Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Little Miss Sunshine review at Arcola Theatre, London – ‘a middling musical adaptation’ by Tim Bano

The original 2006 film of Little Miss Sunshine is a work of genius. It’s a sad, sweet, strange movie that’s worth revisiting

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Monday, March 25, 2019

Whitney – Queen of the Night review at Savoy Theatre, London – ‘a rousing tribute’ by Tim Bano

This Whitney Houston tribute show has been touring Europe for a couple of years now. Queen of the Night recreates her best

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Thursday, March 21, 2019

Downstate review at National Theatre, London – ‘Bruce’s Norris’ harrowing but cynical new play’ by Tim Bano

The new play by Pulitzer-winner and liberal-bubble-busting Bruce Norris asks: what should we do with paedophiles? Incarcerate, rehabilitate, or pity them? Care

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Wednesday, March 20, 2019

The Bay at Nice review at Menier Chocolate Factory – ‘Penelope Wilton is superb’ by Tim Bano

It’s the Soviet Union in the 1950s and a museum thinks it may have come across a genuine Matisse. So it calls

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Tuesday, March 12, 2019

The Twilight Zone review at the Ambassadors Theatre, London – ‘eerie and funny’ by Tim Bano

There’s something pleasantly jarring about seeing Anne Washburn’s weird and fondly mocking adaptation of The Twilight Zone in the West End: the

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Thursday, March 7, 2019

Waitress review at Adelphi Theatre, London – ‘sweet as the best homemade pie’ by Tim Bano

An astonishing statistic about this Broadway transfer is that it’s the first Broadway show with an all-female creative team, and the same

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Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Tim Bano: Women lead the charge for this year’s Oliviers – on and off stage by Tim Bano

Without a nomination-sucking behemoth like Harry Potter and the Cursed Child or Hamilton to dominate, it’s the first time that the Oliviers

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Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Royal Opera House legal case: the shocking story that could change orchestra pits forever by Tim Bano

Next month, the Royal Opera House is appealing against a landmark ruling in which a viola player was compensated for irreparable hearing

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Monday, February 18, 2019

Come From Away review at Phoenix Theatre, London – ‘moving, uplifting and life-affirming’ by Tim Bano

Before jet engines, aircraft travelling across the Atlantic from Europe had to stop for fuel on Newfoundland, an island on Canada’s most

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Sunday, February 17, 2019

9 to 5 the Musical review at Savoy Theatre, London – ‘Dolly Parton’s gaudy, but fun musical’ by Tim Bano

The beloved 1980 film, starring Dolly Parton, Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda, was a pioneering moment in feminist cinema. When she came

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Wednesday, February 13, 2019

The American Clock review at Old Vic, London – ‘moments of excellence’ by Tim Bano

There’s a great deal this lesser-known Arthur Miller play has in common with the other lesser-known Arthur Miller play that opened up

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Monday, February 11, 2019

Everybody’s Talking About Jamie review at Apollo Theatre, London – ‘Layton Williams slays it’ by Tim Bano

It’s great to see this fabulous, uplifting, be-yourself show still smashing it in the West End. Eighteen months after it opened at

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The Price review at Wyndham’s Theatre, London – ‘David Suchet is magnificent’ by Tim Bano

This is the first of this year’s many Arthur Miller revivals. The next few months will see stagings of his work at

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Director Trevor Nunn: ‘Being derogatory about other people’s work is very ill-advised’ by Tim Bano

As the veteran director returns with the London premiere of lost Harley Granville Barker play Agnes Colander, he tells Tim Bano why

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Monday, February 4, 2019

Murder for Two review at Watermill Theatre, Newbury – ‘a killer show’ by Tim Bano

The Watermill staged this piece of pulpy pleasure in 2017 for its 50th anniversary season, and it’s great that they’ve brought it

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Thursday, January 24, 2019

Leave to Remain review at Lyric Hammersmith, London – ‘unimaginative new musical’ by Tim Bano

It’s hard not to get excited about the idea of this new musical, a gay love story created by Bloc Party’s Kele

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Notre Dame de Paris review at London Coliseum – ‘epically unhinged French mega-musical’ by Tim Bano

That Victor Hugo has done alright for himself, inspiring two of the biggest musicals of all time. But the French global musical

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Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Girl from the North Country star Sheila Atim: ‘You don’t want to be a freedom fighter every time you enter a job’ by Tim Bano

After appearing in acclaimed productions from Les Blancs to the Shakespeare trilogy at the Donmar, Sheila Atim broke out last year in

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Thursday, January 10, 2019

Aspects of Love review at Southwark Playhouse, London – ‘a strong, stripped-back production’ by Tim Bano

Aspects of Love is responsible for the success of Michael Ball. Its big tune, Love Changes Everything, made him a star. But,

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Monday, January 7, 2019

Guns, tanks and explosions – meet the man with the keys to the National Theatre’s armoury by Tim Bano

As the NT’s senior armourer, Paul Wanklin is in charge of the firearms and blades used on its stages, but he is

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Friday, January 4, 2019

Time Is Love review at Finborough Theatre, London – ‘Sheila Atim is captivating’ by Tim Bano

With every role that Sheila Atim aces – and she aces every role she takes – she reaffirms that she should, and

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Wednesday, December 19, 2018

The Tragedy of King Richard the Second review at Almeida Theatre, London – ‘swift, strange, brilliant’ by Tim Bano

The obvious way to stage a play like Richard II, about power grabs, backstabbing and loss of authority in the highest political

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Tuesday, December 18, 2018

2018: Best musicals of the year by Tim Bano

In the absence of attention-stealing shows such as Hamilton, there was a stunning mix of old-fashioned classics, innovation and some new British

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Thursday, December 13, 2018

The Cane review at Royal Court, London – ‘Mark Ravenhill’s tense and slippery new play’ by Tim Bano

Alun Armstrong’s Edward is retiring after 45 years at the same comprehensive school – a career which included doling out strokes to

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Tuesday, December 11, 2018

The Messiah review at the Other Palace, London – ‘some divine moments’ by Tim Bano

Patrick Barlow’s work has always managed to undercut the artifice of theatre while remaining immensely theatrical. That’s certainly true for this reworking

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