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What to do in London at Christmas

From shows and restaurants to markets, ice skating and more. Read my full London Theatre article here

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A complete guide to London pantomimes

The history of pantomime and some of the best pantos to catch this Christmas. Read my full London Theatre article here

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Aladdin, Lyric Hammersmith

The traditional curtain-raiser for theatre’s festive season sacrifices pantomime silliness for painful political gags. Read my full Telegraph review here

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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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The theatre where Christmas is saved – thanks to ‘the Morecambe and Wise of Weston-super-Mare’

Christmas has been cancelled for most of Britain’s theatres, thanks to the Government’s tightening of tier restrictions, with venues all having to close if placed into tiers 3 and 4. But amidst the slew of bad news for the West … 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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Beverley Knight: ‘I’m a black Fairy Godmother, for all the little girls who look like me’

Beverley Knight is already the Queen of British Soul. This year, she’s set to add the title of Queen of Christmas. Read my full The i Paper interview 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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Operation Sleeping Beauty meets reality: what hope is there for theatre this Christmas?

Theatre is due to return – again – in December, after a stop-start year of openings and closures. Now, numerous shows depend on the government ending the second lockdown on December 2, as announced, in order to bring us some Christmas cheer. … Continue reading

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