Pinocchio, National Theatre

The puppet who wants to be a real boy is all grown up in this new musical version – very much the darker side of Disney. Book writer Dennis Kelly went back to the original 19th-century Italian tale, by Collodi, and tonally, John Tiffany’s production leans more towards that incarnation: a Pinocchio recognisably in the tradition of grim Grimms’ Fairy Tales.

Read my full BroadwayWorld review here

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More Strictly chat on Georgey Spanswick

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

Click here to listen to the interview (I’m on at about 2hr 36min)

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Strictly Speaking: Week 12

Two dances is theoretically a good test of range, growth and performance at this crucial stage, but can often make for a night of half-finished numbers – the pros’ steely ambition exceeding the knackered celebs’ execution. So it proved in some cases, but not all, and we actually wound up with a pretty clear view of our final five.

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Cell Mates, Hampstead Theatre

Offstage drama infamously hijacked the 1995 premiere of Simon Gray’s play, with star Stephen Fry walking out mid-run – hastening the production’s early closing. Here, then, is a chance to put the focus back on the work itself in Edward Hall’s revival.

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Barnum, Menier Chocolate Factory

The Menier has a superb track record with breathing new life into classic musicals, but falls short with their latest revival: Cy Coleman’s 1980 portrait of P.T. Barnum, creator of “The Greatest Show on Earth”.

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Hamilton: The Ultimate Guide

Hamilton finally makes its UK debut at the Victoria Palace Theatre tomorrow night. Need a quick primer on the musical phenomenon? Here’s the lowdown…

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Strictly Speaking: Week 11

Musicals Week – where ballroom comes to die. Well, not entirely, but it did feel for much of the evening as though we were watching the backdoor pilot episode of spin-off Strictly Come Auditioning For The West End (Who Are We Kidding – Touring Will Do). From Mollie getting 9s (9s!) for open-mouthed contempowaft with an illegal lift, rather than actual rumba, to Joe and Katya battling the extraordinary cognitive dissonance of Brazilian party dance samba and Cabaret, this was a show entirely overtaken by themes.

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BWW Interview: Lucie Shorthouse

The actress discusses new hit musical Everybody’s Talking About Jamie.

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Sadiq Khan

In a special edition of our ‘Maybe It’s Because I’m A Londoner’ series, the Mayor of London shares his capital experiences.

Read my full Discover Britain magazine interview here

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Hamilton leads December’s Top 10 new London shows

From a feverishly anticipated musical to sci-fi and Shakespeare.

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