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Hairspray, London Coliseum

On a night of jubilation for English football fans, there was ample cause for celebration in the West End, too. Theatre came roaring back with a bright and big-hearted musical, ecstatically received by the London Coliseum audience. Read my full London Theatre … Continue reading

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Andrew Lloyd Webber: ‘Theatres had to close, but the vaccine will make things dramatically better’

Andrew Lloyd Webber, who famously took part in a trial for the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine, was delighted to hear that it’s been approved for use in the UK. “It’s great news. I’m thrilled. Everybody was pretty optimistic about it earlier in the … Continue reading

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The West End panto forced to move to Easter – if it can survive

Is Easter the new Christmas? Producer James Seabright certainly hopes so. His Potted Panto, a best-bits of compendium of seven different pantomimes, opened and then closed prematurely in the West End when London was put into Tier 3. So, he’s … Continue reading

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Will the show go on – or not? How Tier 3 will affect London theatres into 2021

The Government’s decision to move London into Tier 3 is devastating for the capital’s theatres. Around 30 venues had reopened, with producers taking a major financial risk – only to be forced to close again, with ticket-holders losing out on their … Continue reading

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Why is Oliver Dowden ‘coming to the theatre one week and watching us close the next’?

London’s abrupt move into Tier 3, meaning that theatres have had to close their shows with very little notice, has decimated a slowly recovering sector. Producer Kenny Wax had just reopened his musical, SIX, at the Lyric Theatre in the … Continue reading

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Strictly Speaking: Week 7

Well, that was a jolly Musicals Week. Although very strange to think it’s already the quarter-finals, when it feels like we’ve only just begun the series. Product of both a shorter Strictly, and time losing all meaning in 2020. I’m both … Continue reading

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JJ Chalmers’ Chitty Chitty Charleston was a quick-step too far for the Strictly charmer

Musicals Week requires the celebrities to convince in both dance technique and, crucially, performance. That proved too big an ask for JJ Chalmers, who has been coasting by on his Scottish charm, heroism and judicious use of Prince Harry, while racking … Continue reading

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Jazz roots

Zak Nemorin discusses his enlightening new documentary, which explores the true origins of jazz dance. Read my full Dancing Times article here

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‘They’re making up the rules as they go along’: the theatre producer trapped between tiers

The reveal of which areas are in which tier is “bittersweet” news for theatre producer Kenny Wax. He’s had two companies – one touring, one West End – rehearsing the musical SIX in adjacent rooms. Yesterday, the former group learnt their production won’t be opening as … Continue reading

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What the tier system means for your Christmas trip to the theatre

Theatre is back – or is it? Fuelling existential uncertainty akin to a Beckett play, Boris Johnson has announced a more draconian tier system post-lockdown – but without specific details of how it will apply to entertainment venues, or which tiers they will … Continue reading

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