The Comeback review – comedy that sparkles by double act The Pin

Noël Coward theatre, LondonDescribed as ‘the cure for theatre’ by producer Sonia Friedman, Alex Owen and Ben Ashenden’s debut play is full of heart, pleasing pratfalls and endless flips of perspectiveAnnouncing it earlier this autumn, producer Sonia Fr…

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Choose your favourite UK theatre show of 2020

Tell us about your standout show of the year – we’ll feature a selection of your favourites later this monthIt has been a tough year for theatre. But we are celebrating the shows that got us through 2020.Did you catch a play in between lockdowns? Did a…

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The Comeback: the farce with James Corden, Catherine Tate and Stephen Fry on board

Comedy duo The Pin have livened up lockdown with their Zoom send-ups. Now their end-of-the-pier stage debut is being hailed as ‘the cure for theatre’. Is that why so many stars are lining up to get involved?If you’d placed a bet on which comedians woul…

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‘Tis the season for solo pantos: Cinderella and co are going it alone

From Polly Lister playing a dozen characters in Scarborough’s Snow Queen to Tom Binns’s solitary Buttons, one is fun for 2020’s pantomimes‘The length of each act should be the length of a child’s bladder,” Polly Lister laughs. “You never want it to spi…

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Tim Minchin review – bittersweet musings from comedy’s Mr Marmite

Live stream from Sydney, available onlineIf the performer gets in the way of himself and his impressive lyrical skills, the best of him still shines through in a fine setReactions to Tim Minchin have always been extreme: you either find him brilliant, …

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Tim Minchin review – bittersweet musings from comedy’s Mr Marmite

Live stream from Sydney, available onlineIf the performer gets in the way of himself and his impressive lyrical skills, the best of him still shines through in a fine setReactions to Tim Minchin have always been extreme: you either find him brilliant, …

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Panto in a pandemic: honks not hisses and an unprecedented cow

This season, pantomimes are shifting from the theatre to drive-ins and online. Two shows will still make a song and dance about itIain Lauchlan has been putting on panto in Coventry for almost 30 years. Whenever he starts rehearsals, the writer, direct…

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Panto in a pandemic: honks not hisses and an unprecedented cow

This season, pantomimes are shifting from the theatre to drive-ins and online. Two shows will still make a song and dance about itIain Lauchlan has been putting on panto in Coventry for almost 30 years. Whenever he starts rehearsals, the writer, direct…

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Culture to cheer you up during the second lockdown: part two

Following yesterday’s roundup of music, games, books, TV, dance and visual art, our critics continue their picks of culture to lift the spirits during tough timesCulture to cheer you up: part oneBringing Up Baby (1938) Here is the classic screwball com…

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Dot. Dot. Dot. review – Daniel Kitson’s unkempt everyman charts the strangest of years

Royal Lyceum, Edinburgh/onlineThe comedian – on a solo tour of UK theatres – finds warm and funny layers of humanity in the small details of everyday livesDaniel Kitson doesn’t strike you as an everyman. With his unkempt beard, his pyrotechnic turn of …

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