Favourite shows 2021 (digital)

Despite the fact that theatres were once again up and running for about half the year (varying from place to place), there was still a massive appetite for digital productions going into 2021. The digital revolution has been a great step forward for accessibility (I’m pleased to see that a few venues are committing to […]

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Out of 2020 – Into 2021

I’ve ummed and ahhed over doing this sort of post, but (now the end of January is in sight) I’ve finally decided that I might as well follow up my ‘favourite things‘ post with a bit of a round-up – and some kind of look forward. One thing that I did manage was to get […]

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Olivier Awards 2017 – nominees

The nominees for this year’s Olivier Awards were announced via Facebook Live on Monday. Whilst many of the choices have been widely applauded, it seems to many theatregoers that there are some glaring omissions from the nominations. It’s no easy task to narrow down a year’s worth of theatre into the top four (I really […]

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We can be heroes

I’m not going to sit here & tell you David Bowie has always been my hero, because it simply wouldn’t be true. It would be an insult to your intelligence & his name to start proclaiming historic love – my cynical nature comes to the fore quite often when I see public mourning, unless I […]

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Thinking outside the box

At the launch of the BBC’s latest TV talent show, Let It Shine, Gary Barlow claimed that “jukebox musicals have got predictable”. Barlow, most well known as being a part of Take That, is currently working on The Band – a musical using the group’s songs, but apparently not a piece of bio-theatre. No doubt […]

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End of 2016 report

If the Queen thought 1992 was an “annus horribilis”, then 2016 has taken it to a whole new level. Not only has politics gone horribly backwards, with Brexit & Trump, but there have been what feels like an unprecedented number of deaths of significant cultural icons & recognised personalities. Some of the most hard-hitting include […]

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From Ibiza To The Norfolk Broads

It barely seems possible that it’s been over nine months since David Bowie unexpectedly released a brand new album (Blackstar) to critical acclaim, followed by the indescribably sad news of his death two days later. With Lazarus about to open in London, it’s rather timely that Adrian Berry’s play, From Ibiza To The Norfolk Broads, […]

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