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‘They don’t know the rules’: actors hit back at theatregoers phoning, drinking and fighting
What’s it like to star in a play when audience members watch football, ring friends, open lagers or pass round entire chickens? Actors vent their anger at the ‘Netflix mindset’ of the new post-Covid generation

Tom Ambrose

29, May, 2023 @2:51 PM

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Encore! Surefire shows returning for the Edinburgh festival in 2023
In the run-up to the festival, our writers will choose new productions that have caught their eye – but here’s a selection of those we’ve already reviewed

Chris Wiegand, Anya Ryan, Brian Logan, Mark Fisher, Kate Wyver, Arifa Akbar and David Jays

29, May, 2023 @1:51 PM

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Aspects of Love review – a preposterous blast from the past
Michael Ball returns to sing Love Changes Everything, this time as the uncle, in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical of romantic entanglements

Arifa Akbar

26, May, 2023 @12:26 PM

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‘Inspirational’: fans pay tribute to Tina Turner outside London musical
After news of death of ‘queen of rock’n’roll’ broke, people gathered to pay respects at West End theatre

Mabel Banfield-Nwachi

26, May, 2023 @12:24 PM

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The week in theatre: Operation Mincemeat; 4000 Miles; The Circle – review
SplitLip honour as well as spoof with their all-conquering espionage musical. Plus, Eileen Atkins at her most subtle, and a new twist on Somerset Maugham

Susannah Clapp

21, May, 2023 @9:30 AM

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Tina: the Tina Turner musical review – Ruva Ngwenya is a revelation in a muddled show
Racism, family violence, addiction and attempted suicide is a lot for a sparkly jukebox musical – and this is a little clunky. But its star is transcendent

Cassie Tongue

19, May, 2023 @4:24 AM

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Once on This Island review – stirring Little Mermaid musical in colonial Haiti
A young woman offers her life to save an unworthy aristocrat in a passionately sung fable of Caribbean history

David Jays

18, May, 2023 @12:57 PM

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‘Comfortable is not good’: Kym Marsh on the horror of Hear’Say – and landing the Take That musical
As she joins Greatest Days, the star from Wigan talks about the implosion of Hear’Say, 13 years in Corrie, tabloids raking through her bins – and not being able to afford nappies as a single mother

Emine Saner

17, May, 2023 @2:59 PM

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Ruva Ngwenya on becoming Tina Turner: ‘It is truly a triple threat’s role’
The actor and singer spoke to the Guardian about embodying an icon – and the teenage ‘party trick’ that became a career

Elissa Blake

12, May, 2023 @3:00 PM

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Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Bad Cinderella to close on Broadway
The musical will close on 4 June, after receiving mixed reviews from US critics and failing to receive a nomination at the Tony awards

Chris Wiegand

11, May, 2023 @9:54 AM

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Operation Mincemeat review – irrepressible wartime musical is a West End triumph
With gag-packed songs and gender-swapped roles, this fringe show about a secret service plot is a joyful success on the big stage

Emma John

10, May, 2023 @1:28 PM

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The cuddling cowboys ride again! Saddle up as Brokeback Mountain is staged with songs
As the two hard-loving herders from the 2005 Oscar-winner get back on their horses, the team behind a new musical version talk about fear, regret – and the tragic power of forbidden desire

Ryan Gilbey

09, May, 2023 @1:52 PM

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