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BWW Feature: THE BIRTHDAY MONTH / SONDHEIM 1 - Five productions that we won't forget PhotoThe Birthday Month / Sondheim 1
Posted: Mar. 15, 2021


BWW Feature: THE BIRTHDAY MONTH / SONDHEIM 2 - Five performances we won't forget PhotoThe Birthday Month / Sondheim 2
Posted: Mar. 29, 2021


The State of the London Stage: April 2021 PhotoThe State of the London Stage: April 2021
Posted: Apr. 7, 2021


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BWW Feature: Five London Shows That Got Away PhotoFive London Shows That Got Away
Posted: Jan. 25, 2021


Five 2021 London Shows We Can't Wait To See PhotoFive 2021 London Shows We Can't Wait To See
Posted: Jan. 10, 2021


BWW Feature: We Saw Them First/The Actors - Five Plays Whose Male Players Later Becam PhotoWe Saw Them First/The Actors
Posted: Feb. 1, 2021


BWW Interview: Tinuke Craig Chats THE COLOR PURPLE - AT HOME From Leicester Curve Onl PhotoBWW Interview: Tinuke Craig Chats THE COLOR PURPLE - AT HOME
Posted: Feb. 9, 2021


BWW Feature: WE SAW THEM FIRST / THE MUSICAL ACTRESSES - 
Five Musicals Whose Female PhotoWe Saw Them First/Musical Actresses
Posted: Feb. 22, 2021


The State of the London Stage: April 2021
April 7, 2021

May 17 has long held near-sacrosanct status in and around London theatreland. That's the date earmarked for a return to live performance, albeit to limited audiences, with a further diary entry worth marking of June 21 (the summer solstice no less) when all restrictions on social contacts will be removed and playhouses may - one stresses the word may - be allowed to return to something resembling pre-pandemic capacity.

BWW Feature: THE BIRTHDAY MONTH / SONDHEIM 2 - Five performances we won't forget
March 29, 2021

Earlier this month, we marked the 91st birthday of the living legend that is Stephen Sondheim with a look back at five London productions of his work that are embedded in my memory. This week, we honour a quintet of performances that has achieved the same result, even if this has meant choosing from an astonishing array of riches that could populate a column like this ten times over. In any case, here are just a few of the Sondheim star turns that linger in the mind.

BWW Feature: THE BIRTHDAY MONTH / SONDHEIM 1 - Five productions that we won't forget
March 15, 2021

Last week, we acknowledged the forthcoming birthday of Andrew Lloyd Webber via a look back at five defining London stagings of his work. This time, we offer the same tribute to Stephen Sondheim, with whom Lloyd Webber, 18 years Sondheim's junior, shares a birthdate of March 22: on that day, the great man turns 91.

BWW Feature: THE BIRTHDAY MONTH / LLOYD WEBBER 1 - Five productions that we won't forget
March 8, 2021

March is the month in which both Andrew Lloyd Webber and Stephen Sondheim celebrate their birthdays and on the same date (March 22), albeit 18 years apart. To mark the occasion, we are givng over four weeks to honour some of their finest moments on the London stage, taking each composer in turn to fete five memorable productions and then five outstanding performances. And so, below are five Lloyd Webber stagings that I shall long remember, several of which (COVID permitting) may be back amongst us in due course.

BWW Feature: WE SAW THEM FIRST / THE MUSICAL ACTRESSES - Five Musicals Whose Female Performers Later Became Stars
February 22, 2021

Our monthlong series culling some of the early London theatrical triumphs of stars before they became known to the world at large draws to a close with our look back at a brilliant quintet of actresses who commanded attention in one musical (sometimes several) before broader renown came to call.

BWW Feature: WE SAW THEM FIRST/THE MUSICAL ACTORS - Five Musicals Whose Male Performers Later Became Stars
February 15, 2021

We've looked across successive weeks at a range of plays over time that offered crucial opportunities to an array of then little-known men and women who have since shot to varying degrees of renown. Now, it's time to cast a glance at those stage musicals in London that brought to the attention of keen-eyed playgoers various names whom the world would get to know later.

BWW Interview: Tinuke Craig Chats THE COLOR PURPLE - AT HOME From Leicester Curve Online
February 9, 2021

Since 2019, the fast-rising director Tinuke Craig has fielded various iterations of her first-ever musical, The Color Purple, which was acclaimed in performance at Leicester's Curve Theatre and the Birmingham Hippodrome. That same show is returning this month for a streamed concert version starring T'Shan Williams as Celie.

BWW Feature: We Saw Them First/The Actresses - Five Plays Whose Female Players Later Became Stars
February 8, 2021

Last week, we looked at the early stage work of a quintet of actors who have gone on to celebrated work, and a wider public, onscreen. But the same trajectory is every bit as true of Britain's dazzling array of actresses, five of whom are here remembered from their early stage work before one celluloid assignment or another cemented their fame.

BWW Feature: We Saw Them First/The Actors - Five Plays Whose Male Players Later Became Stars
February 1, 2021

Many British screen stars may seem to have burst on to the screen as comparative unknowns, except to theatre devotees who knew them already from the stage. What follows is a list of five actors from five storied plays whom I managed to catch live before celluloid fame came to call.

BWW Feature: Five London Shows That Got Away
January 25, 2021

An ever-mutating virus has led to general uncertainty on and off the West End about the start-up of live performance. That shifting scenario in turn brings to mind some of the titles from this time last year that were sounding especially promising and that, with luck, will reappear at some point to make good on their potential.

BWW Feature: Five 2021 London Performances We Can't Wait To See
January 19, 2021

It's not clear as of this writing quite when live theatre will return in force, so in the interest of casting as wide a net as possible, what follows are five performances to whet the appetite, culled from offerings both online and, in due course, inside an actual playhouse.

Five 2021 London Shows We Can't Wait To See
January 10, 2021

In the spirit of eternal optimism, here is a handful of London show titles promised for the year ahead that have us giddy with anticipation to be in a playhouse once again.