Strictly Speaking: Week 11

professional-dancers-bbc-guy-levyPerhaps this is an unfashionable stance in the “tired of experts” era, but for me Strictly’s Musicals Week highlighted a more general issue with this series: we’ve had too much of our ballroom dancers attempting other styles, rather than their own. The pro numbers are overwhelmingly contemporary or theatrical, and the quarter-final’s theming meant every competitive routine was ballroom dancers having a crack at West End.

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More Strictly chat on Georgey Spanswick

p02mdj81I joined Georgey Spanswick again on her BBC radio show to talk Strictly.

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Buried Child, Trafalgar Studios

ed-harris-in-buried-child-109751-1This revival of Sam Shepard’s apocalyptic 1978 play has gained resonance since 2016’s most apocalyptic political development – namely, Donald Trump cynically harnessing Midwestern anger and disillusionment. The latter is on display in heightened, American Gothic form in this Pulitzer Prize-winning piece, teeming with tragic mysteries, family skeletons and a (literally) buried past.

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BWW Interview: Anna-Jane Casey

annie-get-your-gun-sheffield-theatres-anna-jane-casey-annie-oakley-photo-credit-johan-perssonThe actress talks playing gun-totin’ Annie Oakley in Annie Get Your Gun.

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DREAMGIRLS Leads December’s Top 10 new London shows

2eb5f0243-ead0-a239-2a2dcde61b95b905From a big musical revival to starry panto, Ibsen and Matthew Bourne’s latest.

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BWW Interview: Alexia Khadime

alexia-khadime-in-hackney-empire-sleeping-beauty-2016-jpgThe actress discusses her role in Hackney Empire’s Sleeping Beauty.

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BWW Interview: Lisa Dillon

edward-bennett-and-lisa-dillon-in-rsc-chichester-festival-theatres-production-of-loves-labours-lost-photo-by-manuel-harlanThe actress discusses her roles in the RSC’s Love’s Labour’s Lost and Much Ado About Nothing, coming to the West End next month.

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Strictly Speaking: Week 10

12458749-lowThis year’s couples largely managed to avoid the crippling malaise that is Blackpool Hangover Week, although I could have done without the continuation of bizarre scoring, plus dubious Cha Cha Challenge choices. It’s no secret that the judges have firm views on potential finalists versus also-rans, but attempting to erect a Berlin Wall on the leaderboard looks clumsy, and likely won’t help endear their favourites to the audience.

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Nice Fish, Harold Pinter Theatre

nice-fish-jim-lichtscheidl-and-mark-rylance-4-photo-credit-teddy-woolf-jpgMark Rylance was once renowned for skipping thank yous to agents, friends and everyone he’s ever met in award speeches and instead giving us a blast of Minnesotan prose poet Louis Jenkins. Now the two men have co-created an oddball meditation, first seen in New York earlier this year, in which comedy meets soul-searching on an untethered frozen lake.

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BWW Interview: Mark Umbers

mark_umbers_35_colourThe actor discusses his role in musical She Loves Me at Menier Chocolate Factory.

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