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Encore: Andrew Keates and Robert McWhir, The Landor Theatre

Those familiar with The Phantom of the Opera will know that Paris’ fictional Opera Populaire in which the show is set, is run by two charming if somewhat pompous gentlemen, M. Firmin and M. Andre, forever attending to and fussing over the requirements and the budgets of their productions, the quality of which, courtesy of the Opera Ghost, was often ...

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Encore: Laura Tisdall, composer and writer

Who is Laura Tisdall? You may not know her yet, but if you’re a part of the growing online theatre geek world, chances are you’ve come across the musical she composed and wrote the book and lyrics for,The In-Between. A full two-act musical, it has now been recorded as a concept album, its songs brought to life by the voices ...

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WHAT’S HOT – August 6th 2012

While the eyes of the sporting world focus on London, theatrical attention is focused on Edinburgh. With the fringe festival offering a bewildering choice of shows, it’s easy to get lost in the choice. Here Glen Pearce picks just five of the hundreds of shows on offer worth a visit for those dashing around the Scottish capital. 1) As Ye ...

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WHAT’S HOT – 23rd July 2012

As the eyes of the world turn towards London for the Olympics and venues begin their traditional summer maintenanceshut-down, you could be forgiven for thinking there’s little to tempt people towards theatre. Look hard though and there’s some gems around the country to tempt you. Glen Pearce hunts down five shows to give you a break from the sporting spectacle. ...

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INTERVIEW: 10 Minutes with Emma Williams

The Olivier-award nominee andLove StoryandChitty Chitty Bang Bangactress is set to appear in a one-off concert of great musical theatre songs on 19 July,Momentous Musicals. Lucy Thackray caught up with her to talk exciting workshops, dream rôles and an unconventional start in theatre... You’re in a show calledMomentous Musicalsat the New Wimbledon Theatre next week – are you excited? Yes, ...

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WHAT’S HOT – 16th July 2012

traditionally the next few weeks in theatre land become a bit barren, with many theatre spaces dark while technical maintenance takes place, however if you look carefully there are still many great shows playing across our many stages this week and our Executive Editor John Roberts picks five shows that you shouldn’t really miss. Mack &Mabel – Southwark Playhouse, London ...

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WHAT’S HOT – 9th July 2012

Before Theatreland packs its bags and heads off to Edinburgh, it digs the tent out of the loft and heads to Suffolk for Latitude Festival. ‘More than just a music festival,’ the advertising boasts and, yes, alongside the musicalheadliners, there’s an action-packed theatre programme. As he gets ready to pitch his tent and don his wellies, Glen Pearce looks at ...

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PREVIEW: Edinburgh Fringe comedy previews, Manchester

It’s that time of year again, where both fledgling and established comedians hone their acts for thatdaunting hour at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. The North West does quite well for attracting comicsto perform, with great Manchester venues such as The Comedy Store, XS Malarkey, The Frog andBucket to name but a few. But what value do comics get out of ...

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