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‘Justin Bieber has been so supportive of the NHS’: the Covid nurse aiming for a Christmas number one

Five years ago, pop star Justin Bieber faced surprising competition in the race for the Christmas number one: a choir formed of doctors, nurses and staff from the Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust. Bieber eventually threw his weight behind their … Continue reading

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How are Britain’s cathedral choirs preparing for a Covid Christmas?

For many, the official sound of Christmas is a cathedral choir in full voice, leading us in traditional music and favourite carols. But it’s been a tough year for choristers, with lockdowns and tier restrictions hampering their work. Three leading … Continue reading

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Why is Oliver Dowden ‘coming to the theatre one week and watching us close the next’?

London’s abrupt move into Tier 3, meaning that theatres have had to close their shows with very little notice, has decimated a slowly recovering sector. Producer Kenny Wax had just reopened his musical, SIX, at the Lyric Theatre in the … Continue reading

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‘There is no evidence at all of theatres spreading Covid’: fury in London at Tier 3

The lights will have to dim in the West End yet again, thanks to the Government’s decision to plunge the capital into Tier 3 – just as London’s theatres were beginning to reopen. Arts leaders are understandably apoplectic. Read my full Telegraph article here

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The usually indomitable HRVY met his match in the Strictly semi-final

Two dances usually equals double trouble on Strictly – and so it transpired on this early semi-final. Ranvir Singh was good, but not great, in her ballroom number, and she simply couldn’t survive the jive. It knocked her down to the bottom … Continue reading

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Breakin’ Convention: Social DisDancing, Sadler’s Wells, review: meet our future Olympic champions

Following the recent announcement that breakdancing is joining the Olympics in 2024, all eyes are on productions like Social DisDancing. Is this a world-class discipline? And will it, as hoped, attract a youthful demographic? Read my full Telegraph review here

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Drag is part of British culture – of course it belongs on Strictly

Talk about les misérables. A curmudgeonly 100 or so people have complained to the BBC about the Strictly professional dancers doing a performance in drag for Musicals Week. Read my full Telegraph article here

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Oliver Dowden should be saving the arts, not nit-picking The Crown

Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden recently asked Netflix to add a disclaimer informing viewers that The Crown is not wholly factual – a request that the streaming giant firmly denied. Now Josh O’Connor, who plays Prince Charles in the hit series, has labelled Dowden’s … Continue reading

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‘This is how loss feels’: how a Netflix animation about grief became a global phenomenon

One of the year’s most unlikely phenomena on the video-sharing app TikTok saw 50 million people – and counting – recording themselves crying while watching a 12-minute animation. Not since the heart-wrenching opening sequence of Up have viewers been so undone … Continue reading

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The Strictly ‘trained dancer’ controversy is absurd – without them, the show would die

It’s been a very different series of Strictly Come Dancing, thanks to Covid, but some things remain the same: Tess Daly’s startling wardrobe choices, at least one rumour of a “showmance”, and the age-old debate over whether trained dancers should … Continue reading

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