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Young Frankenstein Garrick Theatre
24 Apr
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Phil Willmott

Cast announced for Young Frankenstein

Young Frankenstein Garrick Theatre The cast has been announced for the London production of Mel Brooks' Broadway flop YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN. I enjoyed it so much when I saw the dress rehearsal of the original show in New York that I paid to see it a second time!

However there's no doubt that it was dwarfed by the vast New Amsterdam Theatre and buckled under the weight of expectations that it would be as funny as Brook's previous smash hit The Producers and worth the record breaking, high ticket prices cynical and exploitative producers were charging.

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Dick Whittington
21 Apr
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Phil Willmott

London Pantomime to feature Julian Clary... and Donald Trump!

Dick Whittington We’re barely into Spring but it’s already time to look forward to Pantomime, the UK’s traditional Christmas theatre treat. Two PR firms have announced festive productions in the last few days, one gigantic the other niche.

Let’s start with the giant. Last Christmas panto expert Michael Harrison brought large scale, big budget pantomime back to the London Palladium where it used to reign supreme in the 1950s and 60s. His Cinderella had an all star line up, was nominated for an Olivier Award and although rumours persisted that they were struggling to sell enough seats at the high ticket prices it’s widely regarded as having been a success.

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Bridge Theatre New Season
21 Apr
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Phil Willmott

First Season announced for the new Bridge Theatre

Bridge Theatre New Season A year or so ago the former Artistic Director of the National Theatre, Nicholas Hytner invited me for a coffee to talk about his new theatre THE BRIDGE. He was full of passion for what he could achieve there and the potential the flexible performance space offered. At that time the opening seemed way in the future so it’s exhilarating to hear about his first season, which has just been announced.

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Shitfaced Shakespeare
19 Apr
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Phil Willmott

Sh*t Faced Shakespeare: In praise of bad theatre

Shitfaced Shakespeare The capital's theatre scene boasts a plethora of top class Shakespeare productions starring some world class names. Sh*t-faced Shakespeare isn't one of them! It's a shambles and that's why people love it.

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18 Apr
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Phil Willmott

Last Chance to See... - Spring 2017

With so much great theatre on in London it's easy to miss fantastic productions. It can feel as if as soon as you get round to booking to see some critically acclaimed show it's already closing and you've lost your chance. So here's a run down of the top productions with their closing dates which you should book to see right now before they disappear in their current form.

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