From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime? From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?

'Tis the season to be jolly… a sentiment embraced on stages up and down the country, as theatrical fare gives way for a month to the bonkers British tradition of pantomime. And no role more exemplifies panto's silliness, naughtiness and good-hearted festive cheer than the dame.

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School of Rock musical confirmed for 2015 School of Rock musical confirmed for 2015

Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber has officially announced a musical version of School of Rock, which will open on Broadway in November 2015.

19. 12. 2014 12:25
Pantomime leads the pack in quest to entertain autistic theatre-goers Pantomime leads the pack in quest to entertain autistic theatre-goers

Hundreds of families with autistic children are enjoying pantomimes for the first time this Christmas, as a growing number of theatres offer “relaxed” performances of their seasonal shows.

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Tiger Country, Hampstead Theatre, review: 'needle-sharp' Tiger Country, Hampstead Theatre, review: 'needle-sharp'

Nina Raine's revived play about the NHS is still tense and unflinching, says Dominic Cavendish

19. 12. 2014 18:38
Widowers' Houses, Orange Tree Theatre, Richmond, review: Witty, spirited and timely Widowers' Houses, Orange Tree Theatre, Richmond, review: Witty, spirited and timely

Paul Miller directs a witty, spirited and timely revival of Shaw's first play (premiered in 1892) – a subversive comedy about the perennial problem of housing in London and the immorality of the buy-to-let classes.

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The Shoemaker's Holiday, RSC Swan, Stratford-upon-Avon: 'gloriously entertaining' The Shoemaker's Holiday, RSC Swan, Stratford-upon-Avon: 'gloriously entertaining'

Dominc Cavendish welcomes this heartfelt revival of Thomas Dekker's 17th-century city comedy

19. 12. 2014 15:33
Billie Whitelaw: Actress from The Omen, Hot Fuzz and The Krays actress dies aged 82 Billie Whitelaw: Actress from The Omen, Hot Fuzz and The Krays actress dies aged 82

Film and stage actress Billie Whitelaw has died peacefully, aged 82, her son confirms

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Don Quixote, Royal Opera House London, review: Akane Takada dazzles as Natalia Osipova suffers on-stage fall Don Quixote, Royal Opera House London, review: Akane Takada dazzles as Natalia Osipova suffers on-stage fall

Even Natalia Osipova can’t always defy gravity. Making her debut in The Royal Ballet’s production of Don Quixote, the Russian star fell after a soaring leap. Though she finished the act with impressive dash, she had to pull out of the rest of the show. Young Akane Takada stepped in for the last two acts, dancing with superb assurance.

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