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Swan Dive by Georgina Pazcoguin review: this is ballet’s MeToo moment

In every company class, New York City Ballet dancer Georgina Pazcoguin would be greeted by principal Amar Ramasar making a suggestive comment and tweaking her nipples. Read my full Telegraph book review here

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Hamlet, Young Vic

Like many shows, this Hamlet was long delayed by the pandemic. But Cush Jumbo, now a US TV star thanks to The Good Wife and The Good Fight, gives such a commanding lead performance – crystal clear in intention and riveting delivery – that it … Continue reading

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Strictly Speaking: Week 2

Welcome to the Thunderdome! Week 1 was all pats on the back for even finding your way into the studio; now, the real Strictly judging begins. Read my full Dancing Times blog here

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What If If Only, Royal Court

In between two mammoth outings (The Normal Heart at two hours 45, Hamlet at three hours 15), I caught Caryl Churchill’s new play What If If Only, which is roughly the length of the interval of those epics. Read my full London Theatre review … Continue reading

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Strictly Come Dancing 2021, Week 2

Tilly Ramsay cooks up a leaderboard-topping Charleston, and Nina Wadia is the first to leave the ballroom. Read my Telegraph talking points for the main show here and results show here

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The Normal Heart, National Theatre

It is astonishing to think that Larry Kramer’s largely autobiographical play debuted in 1985, right in the midst of the AIDS crisis. No wonder it feels like a missive from the battlefield, blood and shrapnel clinging to every word.  Read … Continue reading

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Diana: The Musical

“A fairy tale born in Hell.” That’s the nuanced take on Princess Diana’s marriage in this redundant soap opera-meets-rock opera, which would be in bad taste were it not so dull. Read my full Telegraph review here

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Back to the Future: The Musical, Adelphi Theatre

Great Scott! Roger Bart, whose positive Covid test kept him from opening night earlier this month, is once again bringing his 1.21 gigawatts of zany energy to Doc Brown. Read my full London Theatre review here

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Strictly Speaking: Week 1

We’re off! This opener had everything we love about Strictly: dance, drama and dance-drama; a bewildering costume lottery; Tess patronising people to within an inch of their lives; scoring that began sane and then descended into utter chaos; and, most important, … Continue reading

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Strictly Come Dancing 2021, week 1: AJ Odudu, Adam Peaty and the first all-male couple top the leaderboard

My talking points for the first show – from a surprise jive to a history-making tango. Read my full Telegraph article here

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