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Win Tickets for The Handan Dream at Hackney Empire


Want to start the new year with a competition? Then you are in luck, as we have a pair of tickets for one lucky winner to see The Handan Dream at Hackney Empire. It’s only on for three nights in January, Thursday 25th, Friday 26th and Saturday 27th. All you have to do to enter is either head to Twitter, follow us and retweet our competition tweet (you can find it further down this page). If you don’t have Twitter, ...

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Into the Numbers, Finborough Theatre – Review

Credit: Scott Rylander

Pros: Whilst Elizabeth Chan and Timothy Knightley head the cast, Amy Molloy’s portrayal of Minnie Vautrin, a missionary in Nanking, is a show stealer. Cons: Besides the bleakness of the topic, at times the show can be a little muddled and it’s hard to follow what writer Chistophen Chen is aiming for with some scenes. Into the Numbers is a brave play. It takes not one but two horrific events and ties them together, trying to comprehend both, whilst making it clear ...

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Size Isn’t Everything

credit: Robert Day

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s latest theatrical venture, the transforming of the St James Theatre in Victoria into The Other Palace, this year opened its doors with the gin-soaked jazz age musical The Wild Party. It featured a cast of 15, cavorting around an exuberant three-storey set that also housed the eight-piece orchestra. It was, by any standards, a spectacular production. Yet for all the spectacle, glamour and glitter, it was one of the dullest shows of the year. With tunes that you forget even while you’re ...

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Riches to Rags: Two Takes on Opera in 2017

Credit: Robert Workman

In late November I saw the world premiere of the contemporary opera Marnie at the London Coliseum. In addition to the dozen or so principals, I counted a chorus of 37 who appeared variously as office workers, funeral mourners and party guests. Plus 10 dancers who doubled as scene shifters, and four additional Marnie alter egos. That made an on-stage cast of over 60; add in the orchestra, the lighting engineers and the rest of the backstage crew, and it meant that well over 100 ...

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