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Andrew Lloyd Webber: ‘Theatres had to close, but the vaccine will make things dramatically better’

Andrew Lloyd Webber, who famously took part in a trial for the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine, was delighted to hear that it’s been approved for use in the UK. “It’s great news. I’m thrilled. Everybody was pretty optimistic about it earlier in the … Continue reading

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Andrew Lloyd Webber’s vaccine joy: ‘Phantom will return in June’

Today’s news about the UK approving the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine is a hugely positive step for the theatre industry, believes Andrew Lloyd Webber. “Of course, I’m slightly biased towards the Oxford vaccine, since I’ve been on that myself – and had no side effects whatsoever. … Continue reading

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BWW Interview: Doon Mackichan

The actress discusses David Mamet’s new play Bitter Wheat. Read my full BroadwayWorld interview here

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Ten great plays set in summer

To coincide with the opening of Three Days in The Country, Patrick Marber’s new adaption of Turgenev, I’ve rounded up 10 other great plays set in the summer, from bucolic romance and adolescent yearning to fiery conflict and family combustion. Read my … Continue reading

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The Trial, Young Vic

Judgement is inescapable in Richard Jones’s punishing version of Kafka’s novel. Miriam Buether’s striking design makes the audience a voyeuristic jury, ranged on benches in the queasily lit courtroom, with the accused toiling before us on a rolling travelator. It’s … Continue reading

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Savile victims honoured in chilling story

How did he get away with it? That’s the question Jonathan Maitland’s controversial new play addresses, juxtaposing national treasure Sir Jimmy Savile, feted by monarchs, prime ministers and cardinals, with the thuggish serial abuser. Savile’s cheeky asides – the knighthood … Continue reading

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An Audience With Jimmy Savile, Park Theatre

Seldom has there been such impassioned debate about whether a play has a right to exist. Writer Jonathan Maitland faced a barrage of criticism, with many accusing him of exploitation; others felt it was too soon for freshly unveiled horror … Continue reading

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Warde Street, Park Theatre

The advantage of basing drama on real events, particularly emotive ones like the 2005 London bombings, is that they have inbuilt resonance; the disadvantage, all too apparent in 2013 play Warde Street, is that it can be challenging to articulate a … Continue reading

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And now for something completely brilliant

Terry Gilliam directs operas. Terry Jones writes children’s books. And Michael Palin is that nice man who does the travel programmes on the BBC. Enfant terribles? Not exactly. Yet somehow, 40 years on, this virtuoso comedy collective has retained its … Continue reading

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The art of war

‘How do you police symbolic acts?’ In 2011, millions of people across the globe watched and waited for news of renowned conceptual artist Ai Weiwei, incarcerated by Chinese state officials for 81 days on spurious grounds. Last Friday, an astonishing … Continue reading

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