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INTERVIEW: A dangerous liaison with Theo Barklem-Biggs

Theo Silk

It’s hard to turn a corner these days without coming face to face with actor Theo Barklem-Biggs. He's done comedy, drama and is now returning to the stage at The Donmar Warehouse in December. Paul Couch caught up with him. For someone whose star is on the rise, the ubiquitous 25-year-old Londoner is surprisingly self-effacing about his situation, laughing off ...

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OPINION: Annemarie Lewis Thomas – Facing up to the cost of tuition

group of happy graduates holding diploma in library

  I read a great post today on the "Book of Face", about a parent asking a person ‘in the know’ this question: If you get only six hours teaching a week in a university, couldn't you do drama school training in the same time? It’s such a great question isn’t it? I mean there are loads of universities out there charging the £9000 ...

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INTERVIEW: Michael Ball waxes lyrical on Mack & Mabel

Michael Ball Mack and Mabel Chichester Festival Theatre

Double Olivier Award-winner Michael Ball took the time out to speak to The Reviews Hub about his role in Jonathan Church’s lavish revival of Jerry Herman’s Mack & Mabel, and his long and successful career in musical theatre. Based on the true story of silent movie director Mack Sennett and his leading lady, Mabel Normand, Mack & Mabel charts the pair’s tumultuous and ...

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NEWS: A new face for The Public Reviews!


The UK’s leading online portal for the performing arts, The Public Reviews, has announced today [1 October 2015] that it is repositioning itself as The Reviews Hub. The Public Reviews was launched in 2007 as a site that featured theatre reviews submitted by audience members. Eight years on, the site now boasts 150 permanent reviewers from across the UK, and ...

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COMPETITION: Win signed The Smallest Show On Earth Poster


We've teamed up with The Mercury Theatre Colchester to offer one lucky reader the chance to win some rare memorabilia from a brand new musical. The Smallest Show On Earth is a brand new Irving Berlin musical created by Thom Southerland and Paul Alexander that takes the iconic 1950s British Lion film and marries it with some of Berlin's most ...

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Behind the Scenes: Northern Ballet – Inside 1984

1984 wardrobe. Photo by Justin Slee

By Rich Jevons Before the creative team behind Northern Ballet’s 1984 gave a day-long exposition of the thinking behind their modern masterpiece based on George Orwell’s dystopian novel, we are asked to consider what we would put in Room 101. Quite flippantly, I think of celery and the complete works of Xenakis on a loop. But more seriously, we think ...

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NEWS: Theatre N16 moves to Balham

N16 logo

Theatre goers are being advised to check their directions as Theatre N16 announces it is moving south of the Thames but keeping its north London name. Having originally opened in May, Theatre N16 have found a new home at The Bedford Pub in Balham and have announced a cross-genre new season of opera, theatre and dance. Season highlights include a ...

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NEWS: Biggins leads the salute for West End Heroes


Christopher Biggins has launched the 2015 West End Heroes Gala Concert with a little help from his military friends. Never one to underdress, Bigggins launched the fundraiser in full RAF servicewoman uniform, previewing just one of the characters he'll play on the night. Biggins will host of the West End Heroes Gala Concert on Sunday 4 October at London's Dominion Theatre. Last year the casts ...

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