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They Drink It In The Congo, Almeida Theatre

How long does it take to cover the complex problems in the Congo, AKA the most dangerous place in the world? Adam Brace’s play has a semi-joking educational sequence that attempts it in four and a half minutes – putting … Continue reading

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Women triumph in Branagh’s starry rep

Continuing the Olivier comparisons, Kenneth Branagh has established an eponymous rep company and year-long Garrick season. It opens with a problematic Shakespeare problem play and incongruous Rattigan double bill – material made financially viable by a starry cast of veterans … Continue reading

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The war at sea, LEGO magic, boxing dancers and ripping yarns

In my Compass magazine Arts pages this month: Portsmouth kicks off its First World War centenary programme with new galleries and a relaunched submarine Catch the stage adaptation of Birdsong on tour See a lost world reborn thanks to LEGO Watch dancers box, and comics … Continue reading

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WW1 dance, small-screen stars and the Pink Jukebox Trophy

New in the Dance Today section: The write stuff Readers share their favourite examples of dance in literature, just in time for World Book Day Puppet problems A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Barbican, created by War Horse‘s Handspring Puppet Company, is sadly disenchanting Sugar and … Continue reading

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Salsa secrets, puppets and World Book Day

New in the Dance Today section: Coming out of the shadows From the Oscars and the Olympics to Sadler’s Wells, a look at the renaissance of shadow theatre Going solo The best ballroom classes and activities that don’t require a partner, and how to … Continue reading

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Marking time

The iconic image of Burt Lancaster and Deborah Kerr embracing in the surf was dazzlingly risqué for a 1953 cinema audience, but the love affair between the rugged sergeant and the boss’s wife was actually one of the tamer aspects … Continue reading

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Panto, Blackpool, nutrition and Strictly vital stats

New articles in the Dance Today section include: A flair for hair Top tips for dancers on styling, bedazzling, products and avoiding hair horror Make ’em laugh From hip hop and burlesque to Strictly and Gene Kelly, what are the challenges and rewards of introducing humour to … Continue reading

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In defence of the critic

Nearly 50 years after Barthes proclaimed the death of the author, it is with great sadness and accompanying X Factor contestant departure music that I announce the death of the critic. Or if not the death, at least the inexorable decline. The critic … Continue reading

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