West End

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Tim Rice: 'Evita was a bonkers idea'
As the great songwriter prepares to take Jesus Christ Superstar on a 50th birthday tour, he talks about penning hits, his idea for a new musical – and drinking from Lloyd Webber’s Georgian wine glasses

Rob Walker

14, Jan, 2021 @6:00 AM

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'He did love his dressing gowns': Noël Coward's private life goes on display
The playwright’s silk robes, preserved for 60 years, form part of a fascinating collection – including letters and photographs – open to the public in London next month

Vanessa Thorpe Arts and Media Correspondent

20, Dec, 2020 @9:00 AM

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A Christmas Carol review – more humdinger than humbug
This delightfully staged concert has West End ritz, Disney schmaltz and an East End music-hall heart

Arifa Akbar

15, Dec, 2020 @2:47 PM

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'Christmas fiasco' as London move to tier 3 shuts West End theatres
Industry figures warn of ‘catastrophic financial difficulties’ for capital’s venues and producers

Lanre Bakare Arts and culture correspondent

14, Dec, 2020 @7:41 PM

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Tier 3 or not tier 3? Hard-hit West End shows await the fate of London
As excited fans return to socially distanced queues, ministers could be ready to bring the curtain down again

Mark Townsend

13, Dec, 2020 @8:15 AM

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Death Drop review – murder most rollicking with Dragatha Christie
Panto innuendo, outrageous caricatures and death by crispy pancake haunt a riotous Christmas whodunnit

Brian Logan

11, Dec, 2020 @10:00 PM

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Dame Barbara Windsor obituary
Star who forged an immediate connection with audiences, from Joan Littlewood stage productions to the Carry On films and EastEnders

Stephen Dixon

11, Dec, 2020 @1:45 PM

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The Comeback: the farce with James Corden, Catherine Tate and Stephen Fry on board
Comedy duo The Pin have livened up lockdown with their Zoom send-ups. Now their end-of-the-pier stage debut is being hailed as ‘the cure for theatre’. Is that why so many stars are lining up to get involved?

Brian Logan

24, Nov, 2020 @3:43 PM

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Rishi Sunak's UK furlough extension 'major step forward' for theatres, says Nica Burns
Producer appeals to government to give venues advance notice about reopening following lockdown

Chris Wiegand

05, Nov, 2020 @4:07 PM

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Documentary to tell how Dorset bus drivers took Alien to West End
Amateur stage production of sci-fi classic flopped initially but ended up a comedy hit

Steven Morris

22, Oct, 2020 @9:43 AM

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Sonia Friedman: I've closed 18 shows and paused 10. Here's my cure for theatre
The stage maestro says the magic of live performance is vital for our mental health. And now she’s bringing that alchemy back with comedy duo The Pin and their debut play The Comeback

Sonia Friedman

15, Oct, 2020 @9:01 AM

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Herbert Kretzmer obituary
Journalist who found fame and fortune when he wrote the English lyrics for Les Misérables

Michael Coveney

14, Oct, 2020 @2:30 PM

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