My Stage is the World

Oh what a tangled web we weave, when first we practise to deceive

Little red pants and caipirinhas – aka Baila Brazil

When people think of Brazil what usually springs to mind is football, carnaval and caipirinhas. Thankfully my evening last night considered of just the latter two – dance and drink!

Let’s face it – who can throw themselves into a sweaty samba session without at least one cocktail?

Obviously not me. Nor the rest of the Motley Crue of bloggers who joined the fray and danced the night away.

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Dance like it’s the last night of the world…

Review of Miss Saigon

They say romance is dead… but actually it’s not. It’s jut doomed. Either way love is very much alive in the most unlikely of places. Including Saigon.

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Facing East in Concert in the West End

Harriet Thorpe is set to host and narrate West End concert of new LGBT musical Facing East, raising awareness for Stonewall and Pride. The concert will take place on Monday 22nd  June at London’s Lyric Theatre on Shaftesbury Avenue.

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Do you believe in ghosts? Maybe you should…

Ghouls and ghosts have always fascinated man, whether or not you choose to believe in their existence. Dripping pipes, abandoned libraries and creepy woods always seem to be a typical setting. Or a is the case with The Woman in Black, a dead woman’s deserted house on the marshes. Where there’s a cruel wind and a mist that rises from the sea unexpectedly. I mean really it’s an accident waiting to happen…

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A little place in Soho with a huge history…

For most people, going to the theatre is an occasion – a chance to have a nice evening out with dinner and drinks. The problem with London is that the city is saturated with chains, which are seen by many as a ‘safe bet’ because everywhere else in London is overpriced. Wrong.

In fact there are plenty of independent restaurants that offer a set menu for theatregoers and these places are part of London’s hidden charm. One such place is Kettner’s in Soho, a Grade II listed building that is now a hotel, champagne bar and restaurant. But it’s more than that. This hidden gem hosts a variety of events, including millinery with afternoon tea, 1940s dances and even burlesque.

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A lesson in politics from the USA

People often say that the UK has more in common with the US than with Europe. This might be true, but when it comes to elections, we couldn’t be more different. In Great Britain we’re lucky if even 50% of people make the effort to vote, but we all complain bitterly if the party we support doesn’t get into power.

This year was one of the highest turnouts we’ve had, yet the result still gave way to violent protests in London the following weekend. Democracy. Does it really work when a nation used to voting on X Factor and Britain’s Got [very little] Talent are allowed to choose a government?

But that’s beside the point.

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Fifty Shades of Disappointment?

First, there was The Twilight Saga. Four books that weren’t particularly well-written, but were sort of appealing… Apart from the ridiculous fact that there was no action. Four books where nothing – and I don’t just mean there’s no sex – nothing really happens at all.

So obsessive über fan E.L. James decides to write some fan fiction that includes a similar story but with sex. A lot of sex. To be frank, a lot of ridiculous sex.
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I carried a pineapple… and had the time of my life!

A room full of people who love theatre and love to write about it. It must be the #LDNTheatreBloggers hooking up for stagey talk and lots of wine.

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The most swankified bag in town

Stagey Wilma Tote BagThe problem with handbags is that sometimes they’re just not big enough… I mean when you go to the theatre the programmes and photo brochures are just so big that they just don’t fit!

Some people love to flaunt their theatre memorabilia on the tube but personally I hate carrying anything because I want my hands free to tweet about the show I’ve just seen! #CriticsLife

Luckily, help has arrived in the form of the most swankified tote bag there is.

Yes, the lovely West End Wilma has created the #stagey bag!

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Not at all thrilling Thriller

Thriller Live

Thriller LiveWhen a London show claims to pay homage to one of the greatest music artists ever, you expect it to be as legendary as the man itself.

Sadly Thriller Live fails miserably and is more like an X-Factor special than a tribute to Michael Jackson.

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