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Few versions of Aladdin make much of the Emperor, but Paul Bentley’s operatic take on it is both refreshing and successful. He sings well, plays the whole role in impeccable RP and the Peking Opera House jokes are fun. This show is also distinguished by Ashley Glazebrook and Glen Murphy – members of a double act named Twist and Pulse,...

Eric and Little Ern

Seen previously in the West End in 2013 and on tour before, since and hereafter, this salute to Morecambe and Wise follows the formula for such tributes by opening in a situation that allows them to reminisce about their careers and recreate favourite routines.
In this case Ernie, in the hospital where he will soon die, is visited by Eric’s...

Beauty and the Beast

A large cast supported by numerous lively extras gives required strength to this production, a feast for the eyes and ears – from the colourful Bollywood-style opening right through to the big number finale. Indeed, the show looks impressive, with ambitious choreography, glorious sets, fine costumes and the effective use of circus-style performers. Sadly, the show itself does not generally...

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Hamlet by Harry Venning for week 51, 2014




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    Exclusively in the December 11 issue of The Stage
    • Our bumper Christmas issue is chock full of festive treats, with The Stage team and contributors picking the shows that raised the roof - and those that should have been kicked into the pit. Plus, there's a souvenir pull-out section for The Stage Scholarships 2014
    • The Big Interview: in an extended edition, Bill Kenwright talks about his role as an impresario in a career which has seen him stage around 400 shows, but 'only two for the money'
    • Miranda Richardson is back on Christmas TV in Mapp and Lucia. She talks to The Stage about the role, and about the training and auditions that forged her career
    • As he steps into Patrick Stewart's boots as Shylock in Rupert Goold's The Merchant of Venice, Ian McDiarmid talks about Shakespearean reinvention... and Star Wars
    • The next issue of the stage – featuring The Stage 100 and The Stage Awards winners – is out on January 1, 2015