• Sondheim's Follies is a monster hit at the National Theatre
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    Press Pass: Everything you need to know about Follies at the National

Press Pass: Everything you need to know about Follies at the National

What do you need to know about Dominic Cooke’s revival of Stephen Sondheim’s Follies at the National Theatre? It’s a great big, sumptuous, stellar hit.

I was lucky enough to see a preview myself this past weekend – standing ovation – and give a surprisingly alert-looking Dominic a hug afterwards. Any nerves he may have […]

The list of lists: The best theatre coming up in 2017

What are the hottest shows coming up this year? Based on the ones that are most likely to appear on top picks’ lists in my round-up of commentators’ round-ups, they are:

Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Trump-tweeted hit Hamilton;
Ivo van Hove’s production of Obsession, starring Jude Law at the Barbican;
the New York transfer of The Glass Menagerie, directed by Harry […]

  • Clive Rowe reprised his "Sit Down, You're Rocking the Boat" for the National Theatre's 50th anniversary celebrations in 2013
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    Why Nicely Nicely Johnson is no longer ruined for me (though Clive Rowe remains a giant)

Why Nicely Nicely Johnson is no longer ruined for me (though Clive Rowe remains a giant)

For years Guys and Dolls has been all but ruined for me: that’s what happens when you are lucky enough to see a definitive production and performance. I speak, of course, of Richard Eyre’s legendary National Theatre revival of this 1950 roadway classic. And, what’s more, I didn’t even see the original. (Much referenced by other […]

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    Press pass: All the reviews and pics of Sheridan Smith in Funny Girl

Press pass: All the reviews and pics of Sheridan Smith in Funny Girl

With the House of Commons Syria vote last night, it may be surprising that any other news gets a look-in in today’s newspapers. But in musical theatre happenings, the big news was London’s first major revival of Jule Styne’s Broadway classic Funny Girl. The big question: could Sheridan Smith lay to rest the ghost […]

  • Is Imelda Staunton the best Momma Rose ever?
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    Press pass: ‘Once in a lifetime’ Gypsy extends with ‘pocket diva’ Imelda Staunton

Press pass: ‘Once in a lifetime’ Gypsy extends with ‘pocket diva’ Imelda Staunton

This morning, producers confirmed that – on the back of a shedload of new five-star reviews from last week’s West End opening – Jonathan Kent’s Chichester Festival production of Gypsy, “starring Imelda Staunton as the indomitable Rose”, has extended its booking until 28 November 2015 at the Savoy Theatre.

Having consumed the first shedload of […]

  • 1973: Angela Lansbury, in her last London stage appearance prior to Blithe Spirit in 2014, starred as Rose at the West End's Piccadilly Theatre, in a cast that also included Bonnie Langford as Baby June
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    10 unmissable Mommas … that I nonetheless missed. How many have you seen?

10 unmissable Mommas … that I nonetheless missed. How many have you seen?

Is Imelda Staunton the best Momma Rose ever? She’s absolutely the best Momma Rose I’ve ever seen – but, then again, she’s also the only Momma Rose I’ve never seen.

Yes, my not-so-guilty confession is this: I’ve never seen Gypsy before…

I say that without much guilt because, incredibly, Jonathan Kent’s current critically acclaimed Chichester Festival […]

The best of the best of #theatre2015 preview highlights

We’ve looked back ad nauseum over the past fortnight at the best of #theatre2014; now it’s time to look forward. And there’s SO much to look forward to theatrically.

To help you keep track of all the new year picks and predictions, here’s a handy 2015 recommendations round-up. Having perused them all, let me summarise […]

The best of the best of #theatre2014 round-ups

Can you keep up with all the 2014 theatrical year round-ups? I’ve rounded up the round-ups to give you a quick overview.

The Guardian went ALL out looking back with a profusion of top 10 lists from its various critics, including eminence grise Michael Billington, fringe and festival queen Lyn Gardner, columnist Mark Lawson and […]

From famine to feast: My ever-growing theatre to-see list

Between my father’s illness, coursework and a month in Mallorca (sigh), I was out of show-going circulation for six weeks. Social media monitoring is fine for staying in the openings, closings and castings loop, but I was missing ACTUAL theatre.

So, when I arrived back in London, I had a very very long wish list.

I hit the […]