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The Welkin, National Theatre

How can we know more about a comet in outer space than we do a woman’s body? So queries Lucy Kirkwood’s superb new history play – a feminist courtroom drama that’s equal parts Twelve Angry Men, The Crucible and The Vagina Monologues, plus a dash … Continue reading

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Rags: The Musical, Park Theatre

“Take our country back!” is the rallying cry of the self-identified “real” Americans gathered to protest the arrival of immigrants. It could be a contemporary Trump rally – or, indeed, the nastier side of current British political discourse – but in fact this scene … Continue reading

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Les Miserables, Sondheim Theatre

Much of the conversation around the incoming of the revamped Les Misérables production to the West End has revolved around the revolve – or lack thereof. But this slicker touring version (first seen in 2009, for the 25th anniversary) is a beautiful … Continue reading

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Strictly Speaking: The Final

We came to the end! The week’s second nationwide ballot (and, let’s face it, by far the more important) yielded – in my humble opinion – exactly the right result, with the consistently brilliant Kelvin and Oti lifting the glitterball … Continue reading

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Strictly Come Dancing, Grand Final: Brilliant Fletcher and Mabuse show power in simplicity

Kelvin Fletcher and partner Oti Mabuse were the incredibly worthy winners of Strictly 2019. The super sub, drafted at the last minute to replace an injured Jamie Laing, turned out to the secret weapon of this series – the modest, … Continue reading

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Strictly Speaking: Week 12

The semi-final offered up the two-dance challenge, which usually gives a strong indication of who’s ready for the final itself. But, in case you were in any doubt, the judges made their views very clear – i.e. no Chris under … Continue reading

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Strictly Come Dancing 2019 semi-final: who danced it best? Kelvin Fletcher is the technical master across two dances

By this stage, our celebrities can handle one dance – but two? That separates the contenders from the pretenders, as Len Goodman used to say. Leading contender, and surely hot favourite for the trophy, is Kelvin Fletcher, who impressed in … Continue reading

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End of the 2010s: BroadwayWorld’s Best Shows of the Decade

As the 2010s draw to a close, we thought we’d look back at all the incredible theatre of the past decade. What’s been your highlight? Here, BroadwayWorld reviewers share some of theirs! Read the full BroadwayWorld article here

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Ravens: Spassky vs. Fischer, Hampstead Theatre

We’ve had Chess the musical; now, here’s Chess the play. Tom Morton-Smith, who has experience wrestling recent history into dramatic form with the acclaimed Oppenheimer, turns his attention to the 1972 World Chess Championship in Reykjavík, in which American challenger Bobby Fischer battled the Soviet Union’s Boris Spassky. … Continue reading

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The Boy Friend, Menier Chocolate Factory

How ripping! A saucy French maid doing the Charleston with a handsome chap in tennis whites sets the scene for the most delightful escapism in town: Matthew White’s gossamer-light revival of Sandy Wilson’s 1953 love letter to the Roaring Twenties. It was … Continue reading

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