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You’ve been pranked…

Jason Manford and Cory English in The Producers. Photo: Manuel Harlan Jason Manford and Cory English in The Producers. Photo: Manuel Harlan
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Oh, what larks newspapers had with April Fools’ Day.

So many jokes to trick the gullible. Such as a newspaper in Milton Keynes reporting that VIP packages for The Producers tour have been launched, giving theatregoers armchairs to sit in, a conductor’s baton so they can pretend to direct the orchestra, and a leather-bound copy of the script so they can read along with the actors.

But why read along when you can sing along?

And that’s exactly what Whatsonstage revealed the West End production of Les Miserables was planning to allow, with a special performance at which audience members are allowed to disregard normal theatre etiquette and do as they please.

It said that house lights would be switched on for I Dreamed a Dream to allow theatregoers to belt out the emotional number with Fantine.

Sadly, Tabard doesn’t think most Les Mis audience members need a special excuse to sing along. They’ll just do it anyway.

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