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Audra McDonald – Leicester Square Theatre, London

Performers: Audra McDonald, Seth Rudetsky, Will Swenson Reviewer: Scott Matthewman If your knowledge of Audra McDonald is limited to her role as the opera singer-cum-wardrobe, Madame de Garderobe, in Disney’s recent live-action remake of Beauty and the Beast, you have so much more to learn. McDonald has won six Tony Awards – more than any other actor – and is ...

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42nd Street – Theatre Royal Drury Lane

Book: Michael Stewart, Mark Bramble Director: Mark Bramble Lyrics: Al Dubin Music: Harry Warren Reviewer: Karl O'Doherty If you close your eyes and think of what a 1930s Broadway musical looks, feels and sounds like, then congratulations - you’re looking at 42nd Street. Created in 1980 as a call-back to the era, the show combines mind-bending tap dance routines, rolling ...

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The Wipers Times – Arts Theatre, London

Writers: Ian Hislop and Nick Newman Director: Caroline Leslie Reviewer: Maryam Philpott When we think of the First World War, the casualties, the shelling and the mud, it is the pity of it that almost always springs to mind. Rarely do we think about the humour, the humanity of the men trying to find a lighter way through to the end. ...

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My Country; a work in progress – National Theatre, London

Writer: Carol Ann Duffy Director: Rufus Norris Reviewer: Stephen Bates There was once a joke that began: "An Englishman, a Scotsman, a Welshman and an Irishman entered a bar and...". To continue would now be deemed politically incorrect, but, in this 80-minute show, partly a state of the nation(s) address, the National Theatre takes licence to exhume all the old ...

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The Girls – Phoenix Theatre, London

Writers: Tim Firth &Gary Barlow Director: Tim Firth Reviewer: Tom Finch It’s been a film, a play and now with Gary Barlow adding a little razzle-dazzle, the true story of a group of women in the Yorkshire hills stripping off to pose in a nude charity calendar, has arrived in the West End as a musical. While the film, written ...

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Getting Dressed – Sadler’s Wells Lilian Baylis Studio, London

Director and Choreographer: Rosie Heafford Reviewer: Scott Matthewman Anyone who had a dressing up box as a child will know the feeling of pleasure to be gained from putting on ridiculously oversized clothes and just mucking about. It’s that feeling of joyous playfulness that is at the heart of Second Hand Dance’s family show. Starting in their underwear, three dancers ...

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Cĩa Eva Yerbabuena: Aparencias – Sadler’s Wells, London

  Choreographer/ Director: Eva Yerbabuena Reviewer: Cavelle Leigh   Against a dimly lit and sparse setting, we are introduced to flamenco in its purest form.  The setting pays homage to Nosforatu; a dark and eerie space mirroring its auditorium. Stillness abounds and we are introduced to a female goddess, resplendent in her sparse surroundings, bald headed and raw. The introduction ...

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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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