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  • Review: The Bodyguard at New Victoria Theatre, Woking

    The Bodyguard has been around for a while. I took my mum and dad to a West End matinee a couple of years ago when they were visiting, and we had a lovely day out. There’s no doubt the music is spine-tingling good. And now it’s coming to Woking for two weeks. Our Muddy Queen, Hero […]

  • Review: Toast at Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford

    The lovely Debbie in Sussex caught Toast, before it arrived at the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre in Guildford. And she can report that it’s a slice of drama that’s well done. It opens tonight and runs until Saturday. The play, based on writer Richard Bean’s own early experiences, concerns seven men working a night shift in a Hull […]

  • Review: Hairspray at New Victoria Theatre, Woking

    Hairspray, New Victoria Theatre, Woking, until Sat 19 March I don’t mind admitting to gaps in my history of musicals. I’ve never seen Hairspray – the musical or the film. How I’ve managed to remain a Hairspray virgin for so long, I don’t quite know. But then it was only recently that I saw Mamma Mia on stage […]

  • Review: The Last Tango at the New Victoria Theatre, Woking

    Not quite a musical, not just dance. Nor is it quite a play. The Last Tango is a curious hybrid of all three – a moving and evocative story told through dance, mime and song. It’s not quite what I expected. The former Strictly Come Dancing stars and world champion dancers Vincent Simone and Flavia Cacace […]

  • Review: Rambert – The 3 Dancers plus other works, Woking

    ‘Terra Incognita’. Photograph: Elliott Franks My nine-year-old mudlet is a huge dance fan. She’s been studying ballet since she was four, she’s done modern dance and tap, and during the Strictly season, our Saturday nights are pretty much spoken for. When I heard the Rambert dance company was coming to the New Victoria Theatre at Woking, […]

  • Review: Shadowlands, Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford

    Last night I saw Shadowlands at the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre in Guildford, and I loved it. But be prepared to take your hanky for this one. Or possibly even two. Strangely, though, this is not a sad play; indeed, there are laugh-out-loud moments. But neither is it uplifting. It’s complex, thoughtful, and it’s utterly stunning. And by the […]

  • Review: Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Woking

    Fun, flamboyant, fabulously flouncy and, er, phallic. Definitely phallic. From the opening scene where a giant red lipstick thrusts skyward, to the rounded candles atop the lime green cupcake-clad dancers, this musical makes its intentions abundantly clear. It’s brassy and brash – an orgy of double entendres, innuendo, extravagant jokes and cliches. Oh, and thrusting. […]

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