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30 December 
at the 
Libby Purves 
What a glorious evening. Grownup, dryly hilarious, sublimely jazzy. Josie Rourke’s Donmar walks away with the palm for the season’s top show. The costumes and manner are fabulously parodic.  It’s a handful to stage, as the two plots are kept distinct – real life in garish technicolour and the noir plot in monochrome. But Rourke powers through it with panache, thanks to Robert Jones’ brilliant two-tier design, pinpoint lighting work from Howard Harrison, and some ferocious choreography from Stephen Mear.
2.00pm mat 
4 January 
at the 
Sadler's Wells 
This is a 2.00pm matinee.  
Please note coach departure times - 
Palace Theatre: 11.30  
Chalkwell Schools: 11.35  Elms: 11.40 
Thames  Drive: 11.45   Hadleigh: 11.50 Tarpots: 11.55   Five Bells: 12.00 
Bourne has distilled Burton's already comic strip-like movie down to its bare essentials and the story is only the stronger for such treatment. Bourne's choreography is full of wit and invention, incorporating a huge range of dance styles, from classical ballet to swing...every member of this impressive ensemble gets their moment in the spotlight. Terry Davies's score drives the narrative forward, thundering percussion giving way to lyrical jazz flute and eerie synth vocal lines melting into soaring strings.
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No sooner do we get one set of award statuettes distributed than another batch comes up for grabs. First came the Evening Standard Theatre awards and now it's the turn of the WhatsOnStage award nominations. They may call them the Best of this and that but, as I remind you every year, in this context they mean Most Popular. The awards are first nominated and then voted for by 'the ticket buying public' - it's more like a referendum and I don't agree with those! However, even the public might have got it right this year - many of the nominations are the same as the Evening Standard's but there are more categories, twenty in all, and so some shows have multiple nominations. Coriolanus has six nominations, but in the Musicals categories Miss Saigon has 12 and Memphis 10. I am particularly pleased to see Nicola Walker mentioned for A View From The Bridge (Young Vic) and Killian Donnelly for Memphis (Shaftesbury). This year there are five nominees in each category so the competition is fierce. Will the Evening Standard winners pick up another statuette from WOS, or will the awards be more widely shared around? You can decide. You can vote. Go to and tick those boxes. If you don't vote and your favourites don't win, you have only yourself to blame. 
I note that the Best (ha ha) West End Show nominees are Les Mis (again), Matilda (again), Memphis (Hooray, at least a new name is on the list), Miss Saigon (a new production), and Wicked (yet again, so PLEASE don't let this one win). Last year War Horse was the only play in this category, but this year they are all musicals. Not even Curious Incident gets a nomination. There's 'popularity' for you. 
The awards will be presented at the Prince of Wales Theatre on Sunday 15 February 2015. 
Mike   09/12/14
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Palace Theatre: 4.40  Chalkwell Schools: 4.45  Elms: 4.50 
Thames  Drive: 4.55   Hadleigh: 5.00  Tarpots: 5.15   Five Bells: 5.20 
All shows are evening performances unless matinee times are given (see below) - 
04/01/15 Edward Scissorhands - this is a 2.00pm matinee.  
Please note coach departure times - 
Palace Theatre: 11.30am  Chalkwell Schools: 11.35  Elms: 11.40 
Thames  Drive: 11.45   Hadleigh: 11.50  Tarpots: 11.55   Five Bells: 12.00 
08/02/15 Assassins - This is a 3.30pm matinee 
Please note coach departure times -: 
Palace Theatre: 1.00pm; Chalkwell Schools 1:05; Elms 1;10;  
Thames Drive 1;15; Hadleigh Church 1:20; Tarpots 1: 25; Five Bells 1.30. 
19/07/15 and 26/07/15 The Car Man - this is a 2.30pm matinee.  
Please note coach departure times - 
Palace Theatre: 11.30am  Chalkwell Schools: 11.35 Elms: 11.40 
Thames  Drive: 11.45   Hadleigh: 11.50  Tarpots: 11.55   Five Bells: 12.00 
Buy theatre tickets in advance and the curtain rises on countless pleasures, but wait for other options and the curtain falls on opportunity.  
Old West End Proverb