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Wicked 10th Anniversary Gala

Wicked held a special gala performance last night at the Apollo Victoria Theatre to mark 10 years in the West End – a milestone guaranteed to make many in the industry green with envy. Current stars Rachel Tucker, Suzie Mathers, … Continue reading

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RSC collaborates on Shakespeare In Art exhibition at Compton Verney

As part of the Bard’s 400th anniversary celebrations, the gallery at Compton Verney in Warwickshire – which is just nine miles away from Shakespeare’s birthplace, Stratford-upon-Avon – has joined forces with the RSC to create a new exhibition. SHAKESPEARE IN … Continue reading

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Barnes, Pepys and painted gardens

Highlights of my January MoveTo Town and Country Arts page: Pick of the month: Dear diary A new exhibition at the National Maritime Museum shows London through Samuel Pepys’s eyes. Don’t miss: Green fingers The Royal Academy of Arts brings together Monet, Matisse, Kandinsky and more in … Continue reading

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Palladio, Eames and Margaret Atwood

Highlights of my October MoveTo Town and Country Arts page: Pick of the month: In our DNA A new RIBA exhibition celebrates the enduring legacy of influential architect Palladio Don’t miss: Pull up a chair The Barbican hosts a survey of design pioneers Ray and … Continue reading

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An Oak Tree, National Theatre

The play I have just seen is not the play you will see. Of course, one of the draws of live performance is that no two nights are the same, but that idea is taken to a mesmerising extreme in … Continue reading

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Alice’s Adventures Underground, The Vaults

The 150th anniversary of Lewis Carroll’s seminal novel has inspired a raft of commemorative works, from Damon Albarn and Moira Buffini’s musical Wonder.land to Holland Park opera and Glastonbury’s surrealist haven; Disney’s film sequel arrives next year. Les Enfants Terribles’ … Continue reading

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Fighting words

When Joan Littlewood’s iconic musical premiered in 1963, its revisionist condemnation of the First World War sent shockwaves through British society. Now, criticising bungling generals is preaching to the choir, and the stoic Tommy has been reclaimed. Having inspired a … Continue reading

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War stories and Scottish shake-up

My articles in the March issue of Dance Today, out now: Fighting words A deferential revival of Joan Littlewood’s iconic Oh What A Lovely War at Richmond Theatre acts more as effective primer than call to arms Stepping Out The Gay Gordons blend tradition with revolution … Continue reading

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The Armour, The Langham Hotel

The Langham has marked its 150th anniversary in theatrical fashion by commissioning an original drama spanning several decades – and floors – from emerging company Defibrillator, whose Tennessee Williams trio at this venue impressed last year. Now Ben Ellis checks … Continue reading

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Not About Heroes, Trafalgar Studios

This time of remembrance has inspired a fascinating theatrical skirmish. In one corner, Nicholas Wright’s 2014 Regeneration, an adaptation of Pat Barker’s trilogy; in the other, Stephen MacDonald’s 1982 two-hander Not About Heroes. Both plays, currently touring, concern the pivotal … Continue reading

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