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Simply the best

Actress Adrienne Warren discusses playing Tina Turner in new West End musical Tina. Read my full Dancing Times article here Advertisements

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Bat Out of Hell, Dominion Theatre

Back by feverishly popular demand, Jim Steinman’s mega-musical is no longer in danger of alarming unsuspecting operagoers. A year on from its Coliseum debut, this indisputably bonkers show moves to the West End venue it was surely always destined for – … Continue reading

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Thank you for the music

A new exhibition celebrates ABBA – the band that gets everyone dancing. Read my full Dancing Times article here

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We Made It: Stufish Entertainment Architects

Set designer and architect Ric Lipson on creating work for U2, Madonna, Chinese theatre and a new West End version of The War of the Worlds. Read my full theartsdesk interview here

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Stepping Out

Marianka Swain looks back on a busy year and previews 2016 Same-sex dance made headlines again in 2015 with the Strictly debate, but the real news was on the dancefloor, with improvements in outreach and visibility leading to exciting competitions … Continue reading

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Xanadu, Southwark Playhouse

It trashed Olivia Newton-John’s film career, halted the movie-musical revival, and was so critically reviled it led to the creation of the Razzies. How, then, could the stage version of hubristic 1980 flop Xanadu become a 2007 Broadway hit? The answer, … Continue reading

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A schmaltzy sizzling hit

King’s Cross, our latest “new city quarter”, is an apt setting for this 2008 Tony Award winner, which focuses on New York’s Dominican-dominated Washington Heights. The local immigrant population values their close-knit community, but gentrification threatens: as rents go up … Continue reading

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In the Heights, King’s Cross Theatre

Rents are going up, local businesses priced out, and the rich folk and hipsters are invading. That’s in Washington Heights, New York’s largely Dominican-American quarter, but it could as easily describe King’s Cross, one of multiple London areas undergoing gentrification. … Continue reading

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Pick of the Week

It’s the best of the festivals this week on theartsdesk, with reports from Glastonbury, Hyde Park and Vortex Jazz Club, plus Rob Delaney, the Welsh in Patagonia and David Suchet’s Lady Bracknell. Read my full newsletter here

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The Armour, The Langham Hotel

The Langham has marked its 150th anniversary in theatrical fashion by commissioning an original drama spanning several decades – and floors – from emerging company Defibrillator, whose Tennessee Williams trio at this venue impressed last year. Now Ben Ellis checks … Continue reading

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