Tag Archives: covid

Clara Amfo was the clear standout during a dramatic week for Strictly Come Dancing

There was drama both on and off the Strictly floor this week, with the sad departure of Nicola Adams and Katya Jones, due to a positive Covid test, and Anton du Beke stepping in for quarantining judge Motsi Mabuse. Read my … Continue reading

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Nicola Adams’ ruthless Covid axing is the beginning of the end for Strictly 2020

After landing in the dreaded dance-off last week, Nicola Adams confronted the terrible possibility of leaving Strictly Come Dancing. Now, the worst has happened, but for a completely different reason: her professional partner, Katya Jones, has tested positive for Covid-19, taking them … Continue reading

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‘Theatres need timelines based on evidence – you can’t turn it on and off like a tap’

Becoming the new president of the Society of London Theatre (SOLT) during a global pandemic might feel a bit like taking the wheel of the Titanic. But producer Eleanor Lloyd, who was elected by her fellow SOLT members a couple of … Continue reading

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Lazuli Sky, Birmingham Royal Ballet, Sadler’s Wells

“Finally, we’re back where we belong!” exclaims Carlos Acosta, introducing his belated premiere commission as director of Birmingham Royal Ballet (BRB), and the first socially distanced production at Sadler’s Wells. What a way to mark World Ballet Day. Read my full The … Continue reading

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Six’s ruined reopening: ‘The cast moved and got tested – then I had to break the news on Zoom’

It’s been three times unlucky for Six in 2020. The British musical had to close its US production on what would have been opening night, as Broadway shuttered; local outbreaks scuppered its summer drive-in tour; and, now, the second lockdown has put back … Continue reading

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Socially Distanced Strictly

This year’s show looks very different with Covid regulations, but the spirit remains the same. Read the full Dancing Times article here

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Bubble, Nottingham Playhouse Online

James Graham, our go-to chronicler of modern history, follows up his dramatisations of Brexit, coalition government and the Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? cheating scandal with this swift appraisal of Covid-19 lockdown. Set in his home county, it’s performed for … Continue reading

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Strictly Speaking: The Launch Show

I must begin on an earnest note: what a minor miracle it is to have this sliver of sequinned normality back on our screens. Thank you, thank you to everyone on Team Strictly whose tireless work allowed us to forget … Continue reading

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Draw From Within, Rambert Online

As we’re still awaiting the go-ahead for full audiences back in theatres, this Rambert world premiere is streamed, but performed – and watched – live. And though we’ve had many gems from the archive lately, it is particularly thrilling to … Continue reading

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BWW Interview: Opera Holland Park’s James Clutton

The Director of Opera at OHP talks mounting concerts with Covid safety measures, why opera is for all, and plans for 2021. Read my full BroadwayWorld interview here

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