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Strictly Speaking: Week 9

Well, this wasn’t exactly a vintage Blackpool Week. Alexandra was pretty much the only celebrity to rise to the heights of breathless “Mecca of Ballroom” hyperbole, and even then she had the ever-irritating Human Props to contend with. Read my … Continue reading

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BWW Interview: Vicky McClure

The actress talks This Is England, Line of Duty and making her professional stage debut in Touched at Nottingham Playhouse. Read my full BroadwayWorld interview here

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Starry alumni, sharp satire and hope for the future in National Youth Theatre’s 60th celebrations

Sixty years young, last night the National Youth Theatre celebrated its storied past, buoyant present and – with a heartfelt plea for more financial support – essential future in a star-studded diamond gala at Shaftesbury Theatre. Those NYT participants who … Continue reading

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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 3

Ah, Strictly theme weeks. Regular readers will know I look forward to these about as much as emergency root canal surgery with a rusty saw. We reached a nadir last year with the addition of Donnie (Baby!) Osmond during Movie Week. On … Continue reading

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The art of living

Highlights of my June MoveTo Town and Country Arts page: Pick of the month: Child’s play Indulge your inner child (or take one with you) at RIBA’s reconstructed Brutalist playgrounds Don’t miss: Summer in the city Big names and fresh talent at the Royal Academy’s famed … Continue reading

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The art of living

Highlights of my April MoveTo Town and Country Arts page: Pick of the month: Public property New London Architecture’s Peter Murray discusses the transformation of the capital’s public spaces – past and future Don’t miss: Pickup artist Find innovative, affordable work and create it at … Continue reading

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Wonderfully lucid Lear with a licence to thrill

Fresh from Skyfall triumph, Sam Mendes swaps Bond for the Bard and Daniel Craig for long-time collaborator Simon Russell Beale in a wonderfully lucid King Lear, certain to please aficionados and win over newcomers. Mendes’s Lear is the tyrant of … Continue reading

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Strictly Speaking Week 7

Week 7, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways: 1. Claudia! 2. No theme! 3. Actual dancing! 4. Bye bye, Dave! 5. After 10 million references to Blackpool, Darcey still confused it with Brighton! (I can’t judge … Continue reading

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‘Strictly Come Dancing’ celebrities revealed

After weeks of speculation and tortuous One Show padding, the full line-up of Strictly Come Dancing 2013 has finally been unveiled. This year’s crop of contestants includes glamour pusses Sophie “Murder on the Dancefloor” Ellis-Bextor, WAG/model Abbey Clancy, Countdown’s Rachel Riley and BBC Breakfast’s Susanne … Continue reading

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