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Ben Hur, Tricycle Theatre

Hollywood took 365 speaking parts, 50,000 extras and 78 horses to tell this epic tale in 1959; here at the Tricycle, it’s a cast of four and some enterprising puppet work. Playwright Patrick Barlow, following up global hit The 39 Steps, … Continue reading

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Clumsy look at Jewish Broadway history is toe-tapping nostalgia

Lacking the shrewd lampooning instincts of Spamalot, from which it takes its name, revue You Won’t Succeed On Broadway If You Don’t Have Any Jews is a muddle: too solemn for satire, too grandiloquent for cabaret, and too fractured for musical … Continue reading

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A Bright Room Called Day, Southwark Playhouse

The pivotal early 1930s period in which Herr Hitler overcame strong if fractured left-wing opposition should make for meaty drama, but the sluggish polemic currently occupying Southwark Playhouse will leave carnivorous viewers unsatiated. American playwright Tony Kusher is rightly celebrated … Continue reading

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Playing politics

It seems almost unnecessary to criticise Tony Kushner’s insufferable polemic when he does so regularly within the text of A Bright Room Called Day. Characters rebuke one another for their “bad romantic posturing”, “elegant despair” and “carefully constructed but immobile” … Continue reading

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And now for something completely brilliant

Terry Gilliam directs operas. Terry Jones writes children’s books. And Michael Palin is that nice man who does the travel programmes on the BBC. Enfant terribles? Not exactly. Yet somehow, 40 years on, this virtuoso comedy collective has retained its … Continue reading

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Hat Fair, Eddie Izzard, Python and wild planet

In my Compass magazine Arts pages this month: Forty years of Winchester’s Hat Fair, the UK’s longest-running street festival Eddie Izzard at Southsea Comedy Festival Monty Python cinema relay West End hits The Lion King and Avenue Q Wild Planet at SeaCity Museum Plus my pick of July’s top … Continue reading

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The People Show 121

People Show is Britain’s longest surviving alternative theatre company, debuting in 1966, and the joy of their 121st outing is its unabashed, old-fashioned entertainment. This zany lampooning of the whodunit takes pot shots at everything from Agatha Christie and Taggart to Prime Suspect and … Continue reading

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In the shadow of Python

Goodman and Charles Productions’ The Sword and the Dope enters a crowded marketplace. Improbable as it may seem, the (loosely) historical, satirical, musical extravaganza has become theatrical dynamite, largely thanks to that West End juggernaut forever associated with wartime luncheon meat. To … Continue reading

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