& Juliet, Shaftesbury Theatre

Have you ever dreamed of seeing Juliet wrest control of her destiny from William Shakespeare, aided by a liberated Anne Hathaway, all while belting out stone-cold Nineties and Noughties pop bangers? Well, you’re in luck! This jukebox musical take on the Bard is pure sugar rush – and with enough groan-worthy puns and panto pleasure to make it a raucously fun Christmas outing.

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BWW Interview: Martin Fenton

The dancer discusses playing the title role in The Snowman, back at the Peacock Theatre this Christmas.

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Dear Evan Hansen, Noël Coward Theatre

Steven Levenson, Benj Pasek and Justin Paul’s Tony and Grammy Award-winning musical Dear Evan Hansen is an institution in the States, running on Broadway since 2016 and currently on its second year of a national tour. It also made a star of original leading man Ben Platt, now appearing in Netflix’s The Politician – and this long-awaited West End production could well do the same for the exceedingly talented 21-year-old Sam Tutty.

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Strictly Speaking: Week 9

For once, Blackpool Week just about lived up to the hype, with some fun, exciting and truly outstanding performances. But, as so often in this changeable series, erratic scoring led to another shock elimination. Michelle and Giovanni, one of this year’s most consistent and creative couples, and likely finalists, lost out in the dance-off, as Couple’s Choice, instead of acting as a free pass, proved fatal.

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Strictly Come Dancing Week 9: Whose technique helped them conquer Blackpool?

The giant, sprung floor at Blackpool’s Tower Ballroom can offer a boost to our celebrity dancers – or it can prove exposing. Continuing this series of shock exits, frontrunner Michelle Visage fell victim to Blackpool’s vastness with a vogueing Couple’s Choice, which might have been more kindly received in the smaller studio. But the stylised tableaux and subtle gestures felt at odds with the capacious venue and big crowd eager to be entertained.

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Touching the Void, Duke of York’s Theatre

How can you possibly put Joe Simpson’s account of his hellish mountaineering accident on stage? Curiosity alone might well draw in viewers for this new adaptation, which premiered last year at Bristol Old Vic – swiftly followed by awe at the inventiveness of writer David Greig and director Tom Morris.

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Mary Poppins, Prince Edward Theatre

It’s been 15 years since Cameron Mackintosh’s stage musical version of P. L. Travers’ Mary Poppins made its West End debut. Now, the magical nanny returns to the Prince Edward Theatre, with Zizi Strallen (who also headlined the UK tour) succeeding her sister Scarlett in the title role – all set to capitalise on the recent Emily Blunt-starring film sequel renewing our interest in the adventures of the Banks family.

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Strictly Speaking: Week 8

Rejoice, for our long national nightmare is over! Finally, Mike Bushell has left the Strictly dancefloor, taking his “comedy” with him. And about time – lord knows what tricks Katya was going to introduce next in sheer desperation (Katya hangs over shark-infested waters while Mike does an uncertain chasse nearby! Katya leaps over a pit of fire while blindfolded! And Mike is also there!).

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Strictly Week 8: Whose technique failed them in a dramatic dance?

Celebrities can get away with a certain amount on Strictly by adding comedy elements or a cheeky grin, but those “triers” are often exposed by the more serious dances – unless, like John Sergeant’s infamous paso doble, their playing it straight is itself hilarious. This week’s eliminated contestant, Mike Bushell, couldn’t repeat the feat in his paso: though partner Katya Jones choreographed a dramatic piece, it still showed up technical failures like his lack of fluidity in transitions between steps, and shaping that aimed for flamenco and came out more like scarecrow.

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Strictly Speaking: Week 7

Right, hands up if you know how to perform an exorcism? For clearly the evil spirit is still in possession of this series of Strictly, keeping Ginger Neil on the bench, taking poor Will Bayley out of the competition altogether, even cursing Manly Bloke Kelvin with sickness – and yet somehow still keeping Mike Bushell dancing on, possibly forever, the Brexit of contestants. Also: Gyles Brandreth pitched up in a crossword jumper. These are weird times, people.

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