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The Ultimate Guide to London’s National Theatre

The Royal National Theatre (most commonly known as the National Theatre, or even just the National) is one of the UK’s leading theatres, and an important London landmark. Here’s everything you need to know about this amazing riverside venue. Read … Continue reading

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What Girls Are Made Of, Soho Theatre

It’s now Edinburgh Fringe transfer season in London, but here’s one they made earlier: Cora Bissett’s Fringe First-winning autobiographical play from the 2018 Festival about her time in 1990s indie band Darlingheart. Though the broad shape of this tale is familiar, Bissett’s gig-theatre … Continue reading

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Preludes, Southwark Playhouse

Where does music come from? That’s the vital question posed to Sergei Rachmaninoff in Dave Malloy’s extraordinary 2015 chamber work, as the great late-Romantic Russian composer – stuck in his third year of harrowing writer’s block – tries to relocate his gift. It comes … Continue reading

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Strictly Speaking: The launch

Hello and welcome back to the safe, lovely, happy, sparkly world of Strictly Come Dancing! Here there are no rogues proroguing (just the odd lord – or maybe viscountess – a-leaping), and the only Article 50 we are concerned with … Continue reading

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A Very Expensive Poison, Old Vic

How theatre should, or should not, be addressing Brexit is a constant topic of conversation. But while Lucy Prebble’s phenomenal new work – a combination of horror, espionage thriller, love story and satire, with dazzlingly theatrical framing – doesn’t centre … Continue reading

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Falsettos, The Other Palace

William Finn and James Lapine’s musical – which combines two linked one-acts, March of the Falsettos and Falsettoland, set in late 1970s/early 1980s New York – picked up Tony Awards in 1992 for its book and score, and was nominated again in 2016 for an acclaimed revival. Yet the UK … Continue reading

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Same-sex partnerships on Strictly

I am quoted in Shaun Kitchener’s piece about introducing same-sex pairings to Strictly Come Dancing. Read the full Metro article here

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Hansard, National Theatre

Can any fictional political tale top the latest dramatic entry in the Brexit Chronicles? Actor Simon Woods has a good crack at it with his debut play, featuring the powerhouse pairing of Alex Jennings and Lindsay Duncan and sure directorial … Continue reading

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Mica Paris Talks Fame

The actress and singer discusses her role in the iconic musical – plus her varied career, including her collaboration with Prince. Read my full Islington Gazette interview here

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Fleabag, Wyndham’s Theatre

Phoebe Waller-Bridge is big business. She’s a TV superstar, both comedy (Fleabag) and drama (Killing Eve); a Star Wars standout; and, in theory, the feminist saviour of James Bond. But never mind all that. Theatre needs her back. Read my full … Continue reading

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