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The Tempest review – Michael Pennington’s mighty magician lends spark
Pennington plays Prospero in Tom Littler’s production, with a bewitching, naughty Ariel in Whitney Kehinde

Arifa Akbar

30, Nov, 2021 @2:30 PM

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Sheffield’s Crucible: the revolutionary theatre that was almost snookered
Half a century ago, Colin George faced down the doom-mongers and campaigners to bring the city a radical alternative to proscenium theatre: the open, thrust stage

Michael Billington

30, Nov, 2021 @11:41 AM

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‘It’s time to bring out The Wiz!’ The wild return of the super soul musical
This spin on The Wizard of Oz was a Broadway hit in the 70s and became a film with Diana Ross. Now, the tale of Black joy takes Dorothy from a Manchester tower block and BLM protests to the Emerald City

Ryan Gilbey

30, Nov, 2021 @9:53 AM

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I found a friend in Stephen Sondheim’s musicals. No one has made a bigger impact on my life
Learning his catalogue by heart may not have made Clem Bastow schoolyard popular – but for a young autistic child, his work opened up a world

Clem Bastow

30, Nov, 2021 @3:00 AM

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Where to start with Stephen Sondheim: 10 of the best from the maestro
Discover the musical theatre titan through the life-changing cast album of Company, Imelda Staunton’s phenomenal turn in Gypsy, starry birthday concerts and his essential book on lyric writing

Michael Billington

29, Nov, 2021 @9:00 PM

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Letter: Henry Woolf obituary
Jill Kent writes: He was magnetic in this stunning performance

Jill Kent

29, Nov, 2021 @5:18 PM

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‘He was a god for us’: actors on being side by side with Stephen Sondheim
Musical theatre stars Jenna Russell, Daniel Evans and Janie Dee remember working with their hero, and the unique demands and rewards of his songs

Interviews by Chris Wiegand

29, Nov, 2021 @4:22 PM

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Royal Ballet dancer to auction world’s first ballet NFTs
Natalia Osipova hopes to ‘broaden appeal’ of ballet by selling unique digital copies of performances

Harriet Sherwood Arts and culture correspondent

29, Nov, 2021 @12:00 PM

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Punched: Sadie Frost appears in ‘no frills’ drama exploring domestic abuse
Tracy-Ann Oberman, Donna Air and Annie Lennox will perform in the one-off fundraising West End drama

Harriet Sherwood Arts and culture correspondent

28, Nov, 2021 @3:10 PM

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Stephen Sondheim obituary
Lyricist of West Side Story who went on to write music and lyrics for acclaimed works including Sweeney Todd and Into the Woods

Tom Sutcliffe

28, Nov, 2021 @1:05 PM

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Cinderella review – up the workers and boo to the ruling class!
Buttons unleashes some magical social chicanery in this enjoyable egalitarian twist on the rags-to-riches tale

Mark Fisher

28, Nov, 2021 @12:26 PM

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Aladdin review – emperor Boris on a magic carpet ride with a splash of TikTok
Satire has a disconcerting consequence in Vikki Stone’s punchy and superbly sung version of the traditional panto

Brian Logan

28, Nov, 2021 @11:41 AM

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