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Ian McKellen
22 Mar
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Phil Willmott

Sir Ian McKellen to star in a fringe theatre fundraiser

Ian McKellen When enterprising young theatre maker Jez Bond had the opportunity to build a smart new theatre behind Finsbury Park tube station he knew he'd need a lot of influential friends.

It's been extraordinary how successful he's been in involving all sorts of people from the industry, right from the beginning when may of us were invited to presentations of the plans and even site visits during the building process.

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Three Star shows
21 Mar
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Phil Willmott

THE MISER & STEPPING OUT: Is it worth seeing three star shows?

Three Star shows If you ask most people who work in the theatre they’ll tell you they hate the system whereby shows are allocated a quality rating of 1 – 5 stars. It means audiences make a snap judgement based on the scoring and don’t take time to consider the content of the review and decide for themselves whether they’ll enjoy a production or not.

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Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf
25 Feb
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Phil Willmott

The West Ends new Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf is a revelation

Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf Tonight it was my privilege to watch the great actors Imelda Staunton and Conleth Hill take their first stab at performing Edward Albee's masterpiece of marital disfunction , WHO'S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF in front of a London audience.

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SHOWSTOPPER
20 Feb
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Phil Willmott

Happy 800th performance to Showstoppers

SHOWSTOPPER On this site, a year or so ago I got very effusive about SHOWSTOPPERS, the group who improvised a different full length new musical at every single performance based on suggestions of subject, style and content from the audience.

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Sand In The Sandwiches - Edward Fox
19 Feb
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Phil Willmott

Edward Fox brings poetry to the West End

Sand In The Sandwiches - Edward Fox This one sounds like a classy if old fashioned evening.

Whilst Damian Lewis takes a week off from performing at the Haymarket Theatre due to prior commitments the 80 year old film, TV and stage star Edward Fox will return to the West End in a one man play about the former Poet Laureate John Betjeman.

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