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Queen Anne, Theatre Royal Haymarket

Game of Thrones returns this weekend, but those hungry for political machinations and manipulations can also find a feast of them in Helen Edmundson’s 2015 stealth thriller about a little-known 18th-century English monarch and her courtly advisors’ jockeying for position. With plenty … Continue reading

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Over the sea to Skye

We follow the trail of Bonnie Prince Charlie and the Jacobites through the Highlands. Read my full Discover Britain magazine article here Buy a copy here

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Maybe It’s Because I’m A Londoner

Daredevil Chelsea Pensioner Charmaine “Bimbo” Coleman shares her capital experience. Read my full Discover Britain article here

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Farinelli and the King, Duke of York’s Theatre

Make opera, not war. So urges composer-turned-playwright Claire van Kampen’s featherweight historical star vehicle, elevated by husband Mark Rylance – in a tailored role showcasing his beguiling idiosyncrasies – and John Dove’s sumptuous production. Read my full Ham & High review … Continue reading

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Nell Gwynn, Shakespeare’s Globe

“Comedy, love and a bit with a dog,” counselled Henslowe in Stoppard’s Shakespeare in Love, and his populist advice is taken to heart in this broad, bawdy, big-hearted farce untroubled by nuanced characterisation or context. Jessica Swale’s modern-language Restoration romp ensures a … Continue reading

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The Audience, Apollo Theatre

As The Queen gains an audience with the latest royal addition, her theatrical alter ego returns to the West End, with Kristin Scott Thomas inheriting Tony-nominated Helen Mirren’s role in Peter Morgan’s updated revival. Callaghan is out; au courant gags … Continue reading

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Sommer 14 – A Dance of Death, Finborough Theatre

For those who have spent the past few months nodding along to World War I conversations while desperately trying to remember who killed that archduke and why, Rolf Hochhuth has kindly supplied a solution in the form of a dramatised … Continue reading

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5 worst royal baby tie-ins

What are some of the most dubious links you’ve seen today? From party planning and overpriced showers to avenging spirits and Mills & Boon, here are my top five offenders. Read my Huffington Post blog here

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Fitness, footwear and right royal moves

New articles in the Dance Today section include: Strictly uncovered Touring stage show Strictly Confidential tells the truth behind the sequins, reveal creator Craig Revel Horwood and star Lisa Riley Stepping Out How Dutch partnership Simone Taverne and Lisette van Bruggen found love on the dancefloor. You can read them … Continue reading

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A right royal farce

There are two main routes for ye olde historical drama: authentic but worthy, or winningly presented hogwash (see: The Tudors, The Borgias, The Simpsons). The White Queen, sadly, is neither. This Mills & Boon take on the Wars of the … Continue reading

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