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BWW Interview: Lucie Jones

The actress and singer on X Factor and starring in the 20th-anniversary revival of Rent. Read my full BroadwayWorld interview here Advertisements

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Strictly Speaking: Week 8

We need to talk about music. Strictly precariously straddles the worlds of ballroom and entertainment, so it can’t – and shouldn’t – be wall-to-wall Victor Silvester, but we’ve reached a crisis point. Song and theme choices (as I understand it, … Continue reading

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Strictly Strictly Week 7

Phew! A return to form following last week’s Halloween hellscape, with some great performances, the series’ first 10s, and Jeremy Vine riding a horse. All that, AND copious amounts of genuinely informative training footage? You’re spoiling us, Mr Ambassador. Read … Continue reading

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Strictly Speaking: Week 5

Let me start this Strictly recap by stating that whatever pain meds Len “8s for everyone!” Goodman is on, I want some. Perhaps they would have enlivened a rather dreary mid-series outing, in which everyone seemed to be pacing themselves … Continue reading

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Obvious, unfunny satire finds nothing new on Brand furore

Back in 2008, Russell Brand and Jonathan Ross prank-called Andrews Sachs, claiming Brand had slept with his granddaughter. Daniel Dingsdale’s debut Dark Tourism opens with a similar incident: two radio shock jocks, one a pale imitation of Brand, and a joke … Continue reading

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Dark Tourism, Park Theatre

Stop press: our rampant celebrity culture might not be wholly positive! If you’ve already been apprised of that fact some time in the past century, go ahead and skip actor Daniel Dingsdale’s debut play, which – along with Steve Thompson’s … Continue reading

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Pick of the Week

Juliette Binoche’s Antigone, Rebecca Ferguson’s Billie Holiday and horse play on the Fourth Plinth. Marianka Swain looks forward to next week on theartsdesk Read my full preview here

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Strictly Speaking: Week 7

We’ve reached the Strictly halfway mark, and the judges are getting tough. Well, sort of. Sometimes. Consistency is like, so hard, you guys. Particularly FOR THE MEN. I’m beginning to wonder what, exactly, happened in Len Goodman’s youth to make … Continue reading

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Strictly Speaking: Week 6

Oh Strictly Halloween Week, how do I hate thee? Let me count the ways… Idiotic VTs If I comment on every single one of these, I will cry. Instead, each am-dram fright with the production values of a 1970s training video … Continue reading

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Strictly Speaking Week 1

Strictly is back, and it has a bold new strategy for fending off the competition: absorb it all, like some kind of light-entertainment power-ingesting cannibal. Hence the patronising Gogglebox people-watching-people-watching-telly opening and X Factor belief that logic and coherence only impede your … Continue reading

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