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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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Tina, Aldwych Theatre

It is, perhaps, a tale that suffers from overfamiliarity. Tina Turner’s rags-to-riches story – from humble beginnings as little Anna Mae Bullock in Nutbush, Tennessee, to her discovery, reinvention and sickening abuse by husband and manager Ike Turner, and finally … Continue reading

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BWW Interview: Gary Trainor

The actor discusses leading West End musical School of Rock. Read my full BroadwayWorld interview here

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School of Rock, New London Theatre

Andrew Lloyd Webber may seem an unlikely rock god, but he’s managed to harness anarchic musical liberation for this big-hearted, irresistibly entertaining new show, adapted from the popular Jack Black film. Its success on Broadway looks likely to be replicated … Continue reading

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Murder Ballad, Arts Theatre

Ye olde love triangle returns, this time as the centrepiece of a rock chamber musical that premiered Off-Broadway in 2013 and now makes its UK premiere. There’s a good guy, a bad boy, and the promise of a violent end, … Continue reading

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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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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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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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Hidden treasures, war poets and Dracula

In my Compass magazine Arts pages this month: Discover hidden treasures with Heritage Open Days New play explores Wilfred Owen and Siegfried Sassoon’s lives and work Fist pump to ’80s-tastic Rock of Ages Scary Little Girls’ blood-curdling Dracula Revered printmaker Colin See-Paynton shares his nocturnal encounters … Continue reading

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