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Telegraph articles

I spent a fantastic six months as a cultural commissioning editor and regular writer at the Telegraph. I hope to migrate all those articles across at some point, but for now you can find them at my author page here

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All the performers returning to iconic roles in the West End and beyond

This is a great time to see the definitive portrayals of some of the best roles in theatre. Not only are there numerous fantastic revivals and returning productions in town, but the lead actors who previously starred in those shows … Continue reading

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Showbiz is back – and in full swing: a jubilant Broadway bonanza at the Proms

Musical theatre hasn’t had much cause for celebration this past year, nor the Proms, which were moved online in 2020. Thankfully, both are now reunited with live audiences, as jubilantly demonstrated at Saturday night’s Broadway bonanza. Read my full Telegraph … Continue reading

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Finally, tourists can return to the West End – and Theatreland can flex its economic muscle

After a less-than-liberating Freedom Day was pulverised by the pingdemic, the theatre industry sorely needed some good news. So, three cheers for the government’s announcement that England will drop restrictions for the fully vaccinated in August and also reopen its borders, without quarantine, … Continue reading

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Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, London Palladium

Go go go Joseph! Andrew Lloyd Webber’s latest work, Cinderella, is still yet to open thanks to the pingdemic, but his very first is up and running again. Laurence Connor’s buoyant revival of Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s Biblical musical charmed … Continue reading

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Constellations, Vaudeville Theatre

In 2012, playwright Nick Payne dazzled audiences with his fiendishly clever play that merges relationship drama with theories about quantum mechanics, superstrings, and the multiverse. Now it’s back in the West End. Read my full London Theatre review here

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Hairspray, London Coliseum

On a night of jubilation for English football fans, there was ample cause for celebration in the West End, too. Theatre came roaring back with a bright and big-hearted musical, ecstatically received by the London Coliseum audience. Read my full London Theatre … Continue reading

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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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The West End panto forced to move to Easter – if it can survive

Is Easter the new Christmas? Producer James Seabright certainly hopes so. His Potted Panto, a best-bits of compendium of seven different pantomimes, opened and then closed prematurely in the West End when London was put into Tier 3. So, he’s … Continue reading

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‘What does ‘Spring’ mean exactly?’: London’s theatre chief on Tier 4 purgatory

The recent swathe of theatre openings – and almost immediate closures – has knocked the confidence of many in the industry. How can you invest in a show when so many factors are out of your control? Read my full Telegraph interview … Continue reading

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