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Annie

I had heard of “little orphan Annie”, but I knew absolutely nothing about her, and nothing about this show, when I took my seat at the ever-reliable N...
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All’s Well That Ends Well

Shakespeare made use of some pretty unlikely plots for some of his non-historical plays. This one, borrowed from the Decameron, takes the biscuit. No ...
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The Magnificent Music Hall

And now for something completely different … After being closed since the late 1940s, the old “Ally Pally”, perched on a hill overlooking North London...
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Nathalie Inside Out

“Take Back Control!” might well have been the slogan for this astonishing performer. But she had no need to take it back, for she had never lost it. N...
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We Anchor In Hope

I’ve been to theatres in pubs before. Pub theatres are quite common, after all. But I’ve never seen a theatre converted into a pub before. This has ha...
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Calendar Girls

One might not expect a full house on a Tuesday evening, but the New Wimbledon Theatre was packed on the opening night of Calendar Girls’ short run at ...
2.0★ ★
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Zeus on the Loose

Zeus on the Loose is an anodyne, indeed innocent, card game for children. The same cannot be said for the show of the same name currently running in V...
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The Exorcist

On a Saturday night early in 1974, your reviewer joined the queue snaking round the corner of the famous State Gaumont cinema on Kilburn High Road. Hi...
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What Girls Are Made Of

So, what are girls made of? Not sugar and spice and all things nice, anyway. They are made of sterner stuff, if Cora Bissett is anything to go by. ...
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For Services Rendered

As Dr Johnson observes, “he whom nature has made weak, and idleness keeps ignorant, may yet support his vanity by the name of a Critic.” The justice o...