Fame the Musical

Fame began life as a film in 1980, and has since spawned a spin-off TV series, sequels of various kinds, a modern big screen remake, and a stage musical. The most recent production of the show has been touring the UK and has now extended its stay in London, moving from the Peacock Theatre to […]

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Day 1: Musical choices for 2020

It looks like it’s going to be a bit of a bumper year for musicals, both in London and across the country. The usual big hitters are still around, including the new production of Les Misérables which has recently begun performances at the Sondheim Theatre (formerly Queen’s Theatre), and a few imports will be making their […]

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Coming up in 2020…

What I’d usually do here is say I’m aiming to be sensible again, but that clearly doesn’t work – at the most it lasts about one or two months and then anything goes… So I’ll just say that I’ll think carefully about my reviewing commitments, and then everything else can sort itself out organically. What […]

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Mind the Blog ‘on tour’ 2019

Even though I’ve become quite tired this year, and have tried to keep some sort of balance in there, I couldn’t resist nipping out of London every five minutes to see what was going on in theatres across the country. I even managed to start my 2019 theatregoing with a trip to Paris, courtesy of […]

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We Will Rock You

Imagine a world where all music is processed and sounds like it’s been spat out by an X Factor reject – instrument-playing bands are non-existent, and ‘real’ music is dead. That’s the premise of Ben Elton’s jukebox musical using the songs from Queen’s back catalogue, which has recently just kicked off a lengthy UK & […]

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What’s In A Name?

If you put Paris and Peckham together, what do you get? Your immediate thoughts would probably head straight to the side of Del Boy’s three-wheeled “yellow peril” (New York-Paris-Peckham) – until now, that is… Jeremy Sams’ English translation of Le Prénom (a French staple by Matthieu Delaporte and Alexandre de la Patellière) has swapped Paris for […]

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Murder in the Cathedral

“Will no one rid me of this turbulent priest?” These words, attributed to Henry II, may not be heard in the T. S. Eliot play, but they are ultimately what lead to the Murder in the Cathedral. On 29 December 1170, Archbishop of Canterbury Thomas Becket was killed by four knights who believed they were acting […]

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