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Ken Livingstone views his new portrait. Picture by Jorge Herrera.

New portrait of Ken Livingstone is ‘better than hanging in the gallows’

Ken Livingstone has viewed a newly-commissioned portrait of him relaxing in his garden as “better than hanging in the gallows” as it was unveiled at the National Portrait Gallery.

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1262 – Danusia Samal (Demi) and Toyin Kinch (Malachi)
1270 – Danusia Samal (Demi) and Toyin Kinch (Malachi)
1271 – Sarah Manners (Angela)
1277 – Danusia Samal (Demi) and Toyin Kinch (Malachi)
1278 – Danusia Samal (Demi)
1303 – Janice McKenzie (Phyllis)
1311 – Janice McKenzie (Phyllis)
1325 – Danusia Samal (Demi) and Toyin Kinch (Malachi)
1337 – Danusia Samal (Demi) and Toyin Kinch (Malachi)
1355 – Toyin Kinch (Malachi)
1361 – Danusia Samal (Demi) and Toyin Kinch (Malachi)
1371 – Toyin Kinch (Malachi) and Danusia Samal (Demi)
1411 – Janice McKenzie (Phyllis) and Sarah Manners (Angela)
1416 – Janice McKenzie (Phyllis) and Sarah Manners (Angela)
1450 – Danusia Samal (Demi) and Toyin Kinch (Malachi)
9735 – Toyin Kinch (Malachi)
9738 – Sarah Manners (Angela)

Theatre review: Circles at Tricycle Theatre

Rachel De-lahay returns to her native Birmingham for this sharply observed urban drama which, judging by its enthusiastic reception by a varied Tricycle audience, has equally strong resonance further south.

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A scene from Fatal Attraction @ Theatre Royal, Haymarket
(Taken 12-03-14)
©Tristram Kenton 03/14
(3 Raveley Street, LONDON NW5 2HX TEL 0207 267 5550  Mob 07973 617 355)email: tristram@tristramkenton.com

Theatre review: Fatal Attraction at the Theatre Royal Haymarket

It’s not often that a writer unhappy with the ending of his film gets to change it 28 years later.

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A scene from I Can't Sing @ London Palladium. Music and Lyrics by Steve Brown. Book and Additional Lyrics by Harry Hill. Directed by Sean Foley. Choreographer, Kate Prince.
(Opening 26-03-14)
©Tristram Kenton 03/14
(3 Raveley Street, LONDON NW5 2HX TEL 0207 267 5550  Mob 07973 617 355)email: tristram@tristramkenton.com

Theatre review: I Can’t Sing at the London Palladium

It’s telling that Harry Hill’s eccentric take on ITV’s X Factor required the invention of only a handful of new characters.

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The real Rachael and Lucy Danser

Old Red Lion play ‘Rachael’s Cafe’ retells how six-foot Eric turned into Rachael

As midwestern stereotypes go, Eric Wininger had it all. Living a small-town life in Bloomington, Indiana, the married father of three was a wood-chopping, motorcycle-riding churchgoer who earned his keep selling ink toner from door to door.

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King Lear by William Shakespeare at The National Theatre 
Director Sam Mendes
Designer Anthony Ward
Lighting Designer Paul Pyant
VIdeo Designer Jon Driscoll
Fight Director Terry King
Music Paddy Cuneen
Sound Designer Paul Arditti
Stephen Boxer
Cassie Bradley
Tom Brooke
Richard Clothier
Jonathan Dryden Taylor
Paapa Essiedu
Kate Fleetwood
Colin Haigh
Simon Manyonda
Anna Maxwell Martin
Daniel Millar
Michael Nardone
Gary Powell
Simon Russell Beale
Adrian Scarborough
Hannah Stokely
Stanley Townsend
Sam Troughton
Olivia Vinall
Ross Waiton

Theatre review: King Lear at the National Theatre

Fresh from Skyfall triumph, Sam Mendes swaps Bond for the Bard and Daniel Craig for long-time collaborator Simon Russell Beale in a wonderfully lucid King Lear, certain to please aficionados and win over newcomers.

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FROM MORNING TO MIDNIGHT by  Kaiser,                             , Writer – George Kaiser, New version by Dennis Kelly,  Director – Melly Still, Designer – Soutra Gilmour, Lighting – Bruno Poet,  The National Theatre, 2013, Credit: Johan Persson/

Theatre review: From Morning to Midnight at the National Theatre

From Morning to Midnight, playing on the National Theatre’s Lyttelton stage, is an exhilarating production of Georg Kaiser’s nutty parable of a play.

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Stephen Ward Nov 2013 Dress Rehearsal Aldwych Theatre
Music by Andrew LLoyd Webber Directed by Richard Eyre
Book&Lyrics Christopher Hampton & Don Black
Alexander Hanson/Stephen Ward 
Charlotte Spencer/Christine Keeler 
Charlotte Blackledge/Mandy Rice Davies
Daniel Flynn/Profumo Ian Conningham/Yugeni Ivanov
Daniel Flynn/Profumo&Reg Kray Anthony Calf/Lord Astor
Joanne Riding/ValerieHobson  John Stacey/Lord Boothy
Ricardo Coke Thomas/Lucky Gordon
Wayne Robinson/Johnny Edgecombe
Christopher Howell/Murray Julian Forsyth/Man in Mask
Martin Callaghan/Racham Paul Kemble/Ron Kray
Kate Coyston/Ronna Amy Griffiths/Vicki Emily Squibb/Girl
Helen Ternent/Dc Emma Kate Nelson/Mariella
Jason Denton/President Ayub Khan Carl Anderson/Ensemble

Theatre review: Stephen Ward at the Aldwych Theatre

The Profumo scandal shook 1960s Britain and the female principals of the scandal – Christine Keeler and Mandy Rice-Davies – continue to 
inflame the public imagination.

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Kaathy Burke portrait by Rankin

Kathy Burke stages showdown with nuns in Once a Catholic

Kathy Burke is happy to go on the record: she has nothing against nuns.

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Andromache at the Pentameters

Theatre review: Andromache at the Pentameters

Fifties costumes out of time with revisted Greek tragedy

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