Strictly Come Dancing, week two: whose technique set the dance floor alight this week?

Anton du Beke may be the (self-styled) King of Ballroom, but it was Karim Zeroual who took the crown in this week’s Foxtrot battle royale. Good footwork on the basics – leading with the heel, then toe, toe on the slow, quick, quick – meant a nice rise and fall, and absorbing the body weight in his knees as he lowered back down kept transitions smooth. Out of hold, he sometimes throws away his “lines” – snatching the arm back in, rather than taking that extra beat to extend the fingers and create a lovely shape.

Read my full Telegraph article here

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Two’s Company

As It Takes Two returns with a new co-host, we examine the history of Strictly‘s companion show.

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Glass. Kill. Bluebeard. Imp., Royal Court

Caryl Churchill returns with a new quartet of shorts – and, at 81, she’s still one of the most daring, formally inventive and linguistically dexterous playwrights working today. There’s never any sense that her work could slide into another medium; it requires theatre’s abstract arena, its live-wire liveness, the crucial space for an audience to bring their own readings, and the very act of storytelling unfolding.

Read my full BroadwayWorld review here

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Book Review: Come From Away: Welcome to the Rock

This new illustrated companion volume to Irene Sankoff and David Hein’s Tony and Olivier Award-winning musical Come From Away, which tells the remarkable true story of a small Newfoundland town that welcomed stranded air passengers on 9/11, is just as beautifully and thoughtfully crafted as the show itself.

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BWW Interview: Yaman Okur

The b-boy discusses creating a longer work for Breakin’ Convention Presents at Sadler’s Wells.

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Mamma Mia! The Party, The O2

ABBA mania shows no signs of abating. Following the Mamma Mia! stage musical and two movies, here we go again with Mamma Mia! The Party – a hybrid musical theatre/dinner/nightclub experience. London is the first place outside of Sweden to host it, with plans to expand to other territories soon (Las Vegas and New York are possibilities).

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The Antipodes leads October’s Top 10 new London shows

From Annie Baker to Ealing comedy and a royal reunion.

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The Best Theatre Drinks, Snacks and Souvenirs

BroadwayWorld reviewers share some of their favourites.

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Strictly Speaking: Week 1

And we’re off! Strictly Come Dancing Series 17 began its competition proper with a surprisingly buoyant show, overcoming both a marked lack of enthusiasm about this year’s casting and (for the most part) the usual first dance jitters. Instead, numerous exciting pairings whet the appetite for a strong year – not to mention, you know, KELVIN.

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Strictly Come Dancing, episode one: The technicalities of the dances

Strictly Series 17 opened with a show surprisingly light on first dance nerves – if anything, some celebrities were too exuberant – and plenty of exciting potential.

Read the first in my new series for the Telegraph here!

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