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Strictly Speaking: Week 4

Madness. What were the judges thinking with those insane scores? What were the producers thinking with those insane music choices? And why, off the back of Movie Week, inflict this level of dance-obliterating am-dram intensity upon an unsuspecting public? MADNESS. … Continue reading

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Strictly Come Dancing, week 4: which celebrities scored too highly for technically mediocre routines?

The judges can mark on either performance or improvement, however it makes a mockery of the leaderboard when they vastly overinflate the latter. So it was that we lost the talented Dev Griffin, penalised for dropping his level slightly in cha cha … Continue reading

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The Man in the White Suit, Wyndham’s Theatre

A hit comedy about a textile scientist? It might sound unlikely, but Ealing Studios’ 1951 sci-fi satire, starring Alec Guinness, was one of the most popular films of the year in Britain. Now, Sean Foley hopes to repeat its success with his … Continue reading

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Strictly Speaking: Week 3

Sigh. A theme week. The triumph of the dressing-up box and the selling of Strictly’s soul to Disney. This Movie Week had its particularly trying moments (Pokémon, I ask you), although a few couples transcended, or even utilised, their themes … Continue reading

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Strictly Come Dancing, week three: who had the best technical chops?

My Oscar winners for Movie Week were Kelvin Fletcher, Michelle Visage and Catherine Tyldesley. Though Fletcher didn’t land the clean routine suggested by nabbing this year’s first 10s, with some lift hiccups, he excelled in both the Charleston basics (strong “swivel” foot action) and … Continue reading

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Noises Off, Garrick Theatre

“Doors and sardines. Getting on, getting off. Getting the sardines on, getting the sardines off. That’s farce. That’s the theatre. That’s life.” Michael Frayn’s laugh-til-you-weep backstage comedy transfers from the Lyric Hammersmith (where it first appeared in 1982), and Jeremy Herrin’s superb revival has … Continue reading

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The Watsons, Menier Chocolate Factory

Laura Wade isn’t the first to tackle Jane Austen’s unfinished novel, abandoned in 1805, but she is the only one so far to write herself, the struggling adaptor, into the text. This witty, ingenious and surprisingly philosophical play, which premiered … Continue reading

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Strictly Speaking: Week 2

Ah, the Strictly Week 2 comedown – very much the morning after to Week 1’s revelry. It didn’t help that the show was frontloaded with… let’s say imperfect performances, meaning viewers really had to hang on in there before finally getting to ballroom boys … Continue reading

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Strictly Come Dancing, week two: whose technique set the dance floor alight this week?

Anton du Beke may be the (self-styled) King of Ballroom, but it was Karim Zeroual who took the crown in this week’s Foxtrot battle royale. Good footwork on the basics – leading with the heel, then toe, toe on the slow, quick, quick … Continue reading

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Glass. Kill. Bluebeard. Imp., Royal Court

Caryl Churchill returns with a new quartet of shorts – and, at 81, she’s still one of the most daring, formally inventive and linguistically dexterous playwrights working today. There’s never any sense that her work could slide into another medium; … Continue reading

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