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Post-show video and photos: Jason Manford on why Kander & Ebb’s Curtains is made for the West End

By |2021-01-05T07:07:00+00:0016 December 2019|

Curtains, the murder mystery musical comedy by Chicago and Cabaret creators Kander & Ebb, had its Broadway premiere in 2007 in a production starring Frasier's David Hyde Pierce. Why has it taken so long for it to at last receive its West End premiere? And why is it so very perfect for the West End?

The Signalman post-show video and photos: How did a train crash change Charles Dickens’ writing?

By |2020-01-25T11:51:26+00:0012 December 2019|

After Tania Amsel's new play Blood Orange the night before, I returned to the Old Red Lion Theatre for Paragon Theatre's adaptation of Charles Dickens' ghost story The Signalman. Dickens in December and it isn't A Christmas Carol? It's a must-see for aficionados and newcomers alike.

Potted Panto post-show video and photos: Which is your favourite Christmas pantomime?

By |2020-01-25T12:07:20+00:008 December 2019|

It's official! Christmas is coming up fast. And that, of course, means it's pantomime season. How do you choose which of the biggies to see this year? Why choose? See the seven (or maybe twelve) top pantomimes in one hilarious show care of Potted Panto.

Escape From Planet Trash post-show video and photos: Sink the Pink continues its queer trilogy in outer space

By |2020-01-08T10:19:54+00:004 December 2019|

A year on, during which they've released a single with Melanie C, Sink the Pink are back at the Pleasance Theatre with the second in their queer trilogy of alternative Christmas shows. Ginger Johnson and co are on top form.

An Act of God post-show video and photos: Blasphemy & belly laughs with David Javerbaum, Zoe Lyons & co

By |2020-01-08T10:17:58+00:0029 November 2019|

How do you get SIX MILLION followers on Twitter? As someone who spends all day most days on social media, I'm staggered by the very notion. It must require divine intervention... of sorts.

The Play That Goes Wrong post-show video and photos: How do costumes add to Mischief Theatre’s global brand?

By |2020-01-25T11:29:23+00:0020 November 2019|

What part do costumes play in branding for The Play That Goes Wrong around the world? How are they made durable enough to survive eight performances a week of one of Theatreland's most physical productions?

The House of the Spirits post-show video and photos: How does a country – and a family – recover from dictatorship?

By |2020-01-25T15:01:56+00:004 November 2019|

Are you fans of Isabel Allende's The House of the Spirits? Allende's debut novel charts four generations of one family from the 1920s and the 1970s, and how tightly intertwined their personal fortunes are with political winds of change.

The Good Scout post-show video and photos: How worried should we be about parallels between the 1930s and today?

By |2020-01-25T15:07:42+00:0030 October 2019|

While MPs were voting for an election that is likely to accelerate the UK's lurch to the right, I was back at Above The Stag Theatre last night talking about the increasingly worrying parallels - and historic dominoes - between the 1930s and today. Is it any wonder that The Good Scout left me in tears, even on second viewing?

David Walliams on getting the RSC’s ‘stamp of approval’ with The Boy in the Dress musical

By |2020-01-08T10:14:50+00:0024 October 2019|

During rehearsals for The Boy in the Dress, I spoke to David Walliams about his inspiration for the original story, his burgeoning career as a children’s writer and how he feels having his work adapted by the RSC.
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