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The Dame – Park Theatre, London

Writer: Katie Duncan Director: Ian Talbot Reviewer: David Guest Ghosts of the past haunt a fading entertainer whose annual highlight is playing the dame in panto. As he recalls the glory days of a theatrical life now firmly in the past, the hard truths beneath the make-up are revealed in the magnificent one-man play The Dame at the Park Theatre. Performed ...

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Sinatra: Raw – Live at Zedel, London

Created and directed by: Richard Shelton Reviewer: Maryam Philpott There are plenty of Frank Sinatra impersonators out there, but there is only one Richard Shelton. With the popularity of touring shows including Rat Pack and its spin-off sequels including Christmas with the Rat Pack and The Rat Pack: Live in Las Vegas, as well as any number of tribute acts this is ...

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Time is Love/Tiempo Es Amor – Finborough Theatre, London

Writer/Director: Che Walker  Reviewer: Scott Matthewman Before its air conditioning system was installed a few years ago, one of the drawbacks of attending the Finborough Theatre’s productions was having to endure a stifling heat even in the dead of winter. Those days may be long gone, thank goodness, but writer/director Che Walker’s latest production brings back such memories. Set in ...

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Aladdin – Plymouth Athenaeum

Writer: John Nicholson and Le Navet Bete Director: John Nicholson Set & Costume Designer: Fi Russell Composer: Peter Coyte Choreographer: Linzy Na Nakorn Lighting Designer: Marcus Bartlett Reviewer: Helen Tope Bright, bold and wittily inventive, Le Navet Bete’s pantomime takes on the challenge of telling the story of Aladdin. We know the nuts-and-bolts of the story: the lamp, the genie, ...

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Circus 1903  – The Royal Festival Hall, London

Director:  Neil Dorward Reviewer:  Richard Maguire 2018 has been a vintage year for circus in London. January was a little less cold with the sultry Becoming Shadesat the Vault Festival, while summer arrived early when Circus Abyssinia came to town in April. And favourites like the high adrenaline Cirque Berserk and the naughty Briefs still pull in the crowds. To finish the ...

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Guys & Dolls – The Mill at Sonning

Music/Lyrics: Frank Loesser Book: Jo Swerling & Abe Burrows Director: Joseph Pitcher Reviewer: Christie-Luke Jones Guys & Dolls is a cheeky, energetic romp through 1950s Manhattan – where gamblers, dime-store crooks, perky nightclub singers, and despairing missionaries criss-cross under the bright lights of Broadway. Amiable nogoodnik Nathan Detroit (Stephane Anelli) runs himself ragged in search of a location for his ...

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