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The Nutcracker – Chichester Festival Theatre

Music: Pyotr IlyichTchaikovsky Director: Lyudmila Nerubaschenko Conductor: Igor Shavruk Choreography: Victor Smirnov-Golovanov Reviewer: Bill Avenell There is something magical about the phrase ‘going to the ballet’ and, by and large, the Moscow City  Ballet (MCB) does its bit to maintain that reputation in the 2017 tour that commences at Chichester Festival Theatre. Firmly in the classical Russian School, the MCB ...

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NEWS: Audra McDonald back in the West End

By PAUL COUCH Six-time Tony Award winner Audra McDonald is to return to London’s West End in April for four concerts at Leicester Square Theatre, where she sold out shows last year, it's been announced today [3 January 2017]. The Broadway legend will be joined on stage, this time by host and pianist Seth Rudetsky, who last month starred in ...

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NEWS: Stars of the West End sing out for Childline

By PAUL COUCH Some of the biggest stars of London's West End have re-recorded Jacques Brel’s If We Only Have Love in aid of Childline as the service celebrates its 30th anniversary. Among the array of West End stars singing on the release are Daniel Boys (The Boys in the Band, Spamalot) r (Phantom of The Opera); Cassidy Janson (Beautiful, The Carole King ...

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STAGE SHOT: Peter Pan – National Theatre

Today the National Theatre released the production images for their annual family Christmas show. This year's treat is an adaptation of J.M Barrie's Peter Pan in a co-production between with Bristol Old Vic. When Peter Pan, the leader of the Lost Boys, loses his shadow during a visit to London, headstrong Wendy helps him re-attach it. In return she is invited to Neverland ...

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NEWS: UK’s ‘Most Welcoming Theatres’ announced

UK Theatre has announced the 12 regional and national winners of the UK's Most Welcoming Theatre 2016. This year, over 200 theatres competed for the coveted title. This award, which is voted for by the public, is an opportunity for audiences to celebrate their local theatre. In 2015, the winner was the Theatre Royal, Newcastle. All the regional and national ...

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NEWS: Jersey Boys to leave the West End after nine years

By PAUL COUCH One of London’s best-loved musicals, Jersey Boys, will close at the Piccadilly Theatre on Sunday 26 March 2017 following nine amazing years in London. Jersey Boys is currently the sixth longest musical running in the West End. The producers say they are very proud that London has taken the show to its heart and have announced that ...

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NEWS: Nominations announced for UK Theatre Awards 2016

By PAUL COUCH UK Theatre has today [15 September 2016] announced the nominations for the UK Theatre Awards 2016, published below and available online at uktheatre.org These nominations demonstrate the breadth and depth of outstanding talent and achievement in theatre and the performing arts throughout the United Kingdom, on and off stage. This year’s recipient of the Outstanding Contribution to ...

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LIVERPOOL LAUGHS: Pearl Kelly-Ince – Cue Comedy

Our Liverpool Laughs series offers short, witty and slightly tongue-in- cheek insights into the offerings at the Liverpool Comedy Festival. Pearl Kelly-Ince tells us about her showCue Comedy, which she will be performing at Espresso Tlus.   How would you describe your show in one sentence? Teenage angst, of the cup-half- full variety. Is this your first visit to the ...

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