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The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui, Donmar Warehouse

It’s a bigly Trump-fest over at the Donmar, with adaptor Bruce Norris determined to make Brecht great again – or at least pointedly contemporary. Despite a legal disclaimer in the knowing prologue, the current tangerine regime looms large, replacing (or … Continue reading

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BWW Interview: Hayley Tamaddon

The actress discusses taking on the iconic role of Roxie Hart in the UK tour of Chicago. Read my full BroadwayWorld interview here

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Strictly Speaking: the final

Never question the commitment of boyband voters. A final that zigzagged between possible winners (well, apart from Katie) ended up feeling somewhat redundant as Jay’s fans carried him over the finishing line regardless of his distinctly underwhelming performance. Aliona’s dubious … Continue reading

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Strictly Speaking: Week 11

What’s worse than a limp theme show? A limp theme show at a crucial stage of the competition. We might arguably have had the same quarter-final elimination without it – paso was always going to expose Princess Helen’s lack of … Continue reading

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Strictly Speaking: Week 8

We need to talk about music. Strictly precariously straddles the worlds of ballroom and entertainment, so it can’t – and shouldn’t – be wall-to-wall Victor Silvester, but we’ve reached a crisis point. Song and theme choices (as I understand it, … Continue reading

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You Won’t Succeed On Broadway If You Don’t Have Any Jews, St James Theatre

Well, here’s an oddity. You Won’t Succeed… is too fragmented for musical theatre, too bombastic for cabaret, and about as profound as a first-draft Wikipedia page. Channelling the self-referential levity of the Monty Python show from which it takes its … Continue reading

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Orson’s Shadow, Southwark Playhouse

The latest transatlantic transfer is curiously esoteric, concerning as it does an obscure period in the lives of two great men: Laurence Olivier and Orson Welles. The centenary of the latter’s birth makes this an apt moment for the European … Continue reading

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theartsdesk Q&A: Choreographer Stephen Mear

From Singin’ in the Rain and Anything Goes to Hello, Dolly! and Mary Poppins, Olivier Award winner Stephen Mear has done more than any other British choreographer to usher classic musicals into the modern era. But adept as he is … Continue reading

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