Strictly Speaking: Week 5

Well that’s more like it. After a rather exhausted, grouchy hangover show last week, Strictly was back on form with several really impressive routines, a scattering of 10s, a new bread-based-ography, and the judges wandering idly down memory lane. 

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Strictly Come Dancing 2021, week 5

Three celebrities score 10s in a high-standard show, and it’s a shock visit to the dance-off for Rhys Stephenson.

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The Shark is Broken, Ambassadors Theatre

“We’re going to need a bigger theatre.” Back in summer 2019, this fascinating behind-the-scenes tale took a bite out of the Edinburgh Festival.

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The BBC’s A-List attempt to fix Britain’s Eurovision problem is doomed

There are few constancies in our turbulent world, but one certainty, cemented over the past decade, is that the UK will always bomb at Eurovision.

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Get Up, Stand Up! The Bob Marley Musical, Lyric Theatre

How to demystify the icon that is Bob Marley, to separate the man from the mantles placed upon him: reggae superstar, Black hero, poetic advocate of peace and love, ganja-smoking Rasta inspiration, or cool dude splashed across T-shirts and posters in student halls? 

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Strictly Speaking: Week 4

Ah, the theme week hangover. Saturday’s show was very much the bleary, old contact lenses stuck to eyelids, two Alka-Seltzers dissolved in ginger ale, nibbling at cold leftover pizza while moaning softly morning-after to Movie Week’s night of ecstatic clubbing.

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Strictly Come Dancing 2021, week 4

Greg Wise bows out after a Macarena samba, while Sara Davies tangos to the top.

Read my full Telegraph talking points from the main show and results show

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West End musicals that celebrate great musicians and pop music

From the new Bob Marley musical to the return of Jersey Boys.

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Strictly is more gruelling than anyone imagines – as Robert Webb just found out

The actor has withdrawn from the competition on health grounds. But he’s far from the first – or last.

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The Cherry Orchard, Theatre Royal Windsor

This summer, the 82-year-old Ian McKellen became the oldest Hamlet on record in Sean Mathias’s age-, gender- and colour-blind production at Theatre Royal Windsor. Now that same company shifts from Shakespeare to Chekhov.

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