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42nd Street, Theatre Royal Drury Lane

The curtain rises just high enough to reveal a long line of tapping feet: a thoroughly appropriate intro, as those feet are the real stars of the show. The plot might centre around a leading lady battle, but this loving … Continue reading

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An American in Paris, Dominion Theatre

It’s 1945, and Paris is shakily emerging from Nazi occupation – celebrating, yes, with soldiers returning and families reuniting, but also confronting collaborators in their midst and post-war deprivation. Amidst this turmoil, two future lovers meet: an encounter of seismic … Continue reading

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BWW Interview: Tom Lister

The actor discusses his part in the West End revival of 42nd Street. Read my full BroadwayWorld interview here

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Stepping Out, Vaudeville Theatre

Never mind Stepping Out – the real wonder of this production is Anna-Jane Casey stepping in for the injured Tamzin Outhwaite at such short notice. It’s a plot twist worthy of the backstage shenanigans in Richard Harris’s genial 1984 play … Continue reading

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Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead leads March’s Top 10 new London shows

From starry Stoppard and Marber revivals to toe-tapping musicals and Elena Ferrante on stage. Read my full BroadwayWorld article here

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The Wild Party, The Other Palace

The Other Palace’s housewarming party certainly lives up to its billing as a wild one – wet and wild, in fact, as the first three rows are sporadically doused with bathtub gin. The theatre formerly known as St James, revamped … Continue reading

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Talking tap on Mark Forrest’s show

I joined Mark Forrest on his BBC radio show to talk La La Land and the tap revival. Click here to listen to the interview (I’m on at about 2hr 42min)

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Strictly Speaking: The final

There was something of an elegiac feel to this year’s final, as Len Goodman, Strictly institution, finally hung up his “Seh-ven!” paddle, gave us one last scrambled metaphor and waltzed off to the great golf course in the sky. We … Continue reading

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Strictly Speaking: Semi-final

Two-dance week: often a recipe for disappointing half-dances. But this was actually a decent semi-final, if inconsistent – in performance and in judging. Ah yes. Overmarked, undermarked, wandering free. The judges of Strictly, erratic are we. At this point, Bruno’s … Continue reading

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Strictly Speaking: Week 11

Perhaps this is an unfashionable stance in the “tired of experts” era, but for me Strictly’s Musicals Week highlighted a more general issue with this series: we’ve had too much of our ballroom dancers attempting other styles, rather than their … Continue reading

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