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Blog review: the National Theatre's sharply vicious revival of The Threepenny Opera.
There are people who’d probably have me shot for saying this: as much as I love the score, actually attending a production of The Threepenny Opera is not always particularly high on an…
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Blog review: the glorious 'Flowers for Mrs. Harris' at the Crucible in Sheffield. As good a new musical as I've seen in a long, long time:
This is something very special. ‘Flowers for Mrs. Harris’ is a new musical by Richard Taylor and Rachel Wagstaff, based on a novel by Paul Gallico. Gallico’s Mrs. Ha…
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Blog post: Glenn Close's return to the role of Norma Desmond in 'Sunset Boulevard' in London.

She's great. The show, on the other hand...
According to the posters outside the Coliseum, it’s THE THEATRICAL EVENT OF 2016. That might be a little premature given that it’s still only April, but this is certainly …
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Blog post: Sheridan Smith's dazzling performance in 'Funny Girl' at the Menier Chocolate Factory.
The entire run sold out in a single morning. A transfer into the West End was booked and announced before it even began previews. The (very) few available tickets appear to be ...
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Blog post: Daniel Evans's brilliant revival of 'Show Boat' at the Sheffield Crucible:
Once upon a time, when the Livent revival of Show Boat was running in various cities in the US and Canada and the Livent brand was still untainted by The Unpleasantness surrounding Da...
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Blog post: 'Follies' on DVD, via France. It's really... something.
Or, a game of The Good, The Bad and The Ugly. The good: There is now a production of Follies available on DVD (and that's all I'm going to say about the show itself, because if you're reading this ...
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Blog review - an astonishing, thrilling 'Into the Woods' from Opera North and the West Yorkshire Playhouse:
If only the film had been as good as this. I’ve always loved the score of Into the Woods, but outside of the glorious original London production at the Phoenix, the show as a whole has…
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Blog post: I survived Eurovision 2016. Did you?
Are you excited? I can tell you’re excited. I’m excited… or maybe that’s just the two cups of stronger-than-death coffee I had this afternoon. YES, it’s Eurovis…
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Blog post: 'In the Heights' in London.

A spoiler - I quite liked it.
Or, a quick review of the Southwark Playhouse’s wonderful production of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s first musical, In the Heights, which is currently playing at the King’s Cross T…
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Blog post: two reviews in one. 'Grey Gardens' at the Southwark Playhouse, and 'The Girls' - a new musical adaptation of 'Calendar Girls' - at the Lowry.
Or, a tale of two musicals. They're both based on films, they're both (more or less) true stories, and - guess what? - I saw them both last week. In another respect, though, they exist at op...
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Blog post: the stage adaptation of 'Bend it like Beckham'. Surprisingly wonderful, even if - like me - you couldn't be less interested in football.
Answer: surprisingly well, as it turns out - even if, like me, you couldn't be less interested in football. The film is extremely charming; this adaptation - like the film, driven by Gurinde...
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Blog post: a love letter to 'Guys and Dolls' - the Chichester Festival Theatre production, on tour in Manchester.

NOT a love letter, though, to the Palace Theatre or the Ambassador Theatre Group.
Or, some collected thoughts on Wednesday's matinee performance of the pre-West End tour of Chichester Festival Theatre's (mostly terrific) revival of Guys and Dolls: First, heaven. Guys and Dolls i...
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Reader, writer, scholar, shower singer, musical theatre addict, news junkie, eyeball-roller extraordinaire. Love language, hate sushi.