That Was the Week That Was (October 18-24)

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As yet again we head into another COVID crisis in the UK, with rising infections, hospitalisations and deaths, it is appalling to see the inaction from the West End and its governing body the Society of London Theatre (SOLT) — who have, since “Freedom Day”, flung their doors open to full houses and basically left it up to them whether or not they even wear masks, with only some venues checking for vaccinations or current negative tests.

Washington Post theatre critic Peter Marks has been in town, and his tweets (and warnings) to his US readers are salutary indeed:

As he tweeted:

During his stay he also tweeted this:

Actor Stephanie McKeon (currently playing Elsa in Frozen at Drury Lane) tweeted this yesterday:

At a country pub in West Sussex yesterday, I saw this — the public equivalent of the advice that SOLT give to theatregoers:

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And Peter Marks summed up his trip thus:

MY COLUMNS AND REVIEWS OF THE WEEK

Monday October 18:

Tuesday October 19:

Wednesday October 20:


Response:

Friday October 15:

REVIEWS AND REVIEW TWEETS OF THE WEEK

Susannah Clapp in The Observer: https://www.theguardian.com/stage/2021/oct/24/get-up-stand-up-the-bob-marley-musical-review-arinze-kene-lyric-value-engineering-scenes-from-the-grenfell-inquiry-tabernacle-love-and-other-acts-of-violence-donmar-warehouse

Other reviews/tweets by critics:

  • On the Dante Project (Royal Opera House):
  • Grenfell: Value Engineering (The Tabernacle):
  • The Drifters Girl (Theatre Royal, Newcastle):

COVID NEWS TWEETS OF THE WEEK:

LONDON HEADLINES OF THE WEEK

REGIONAL HEADLINES OF THE WEEK

BROADWAY HEADLINES OF THE WEEK

Phantom of the Opera returns to Broadway

THEATRE BIRTHDAYS OF THE WEEK:


FAREWELL OF THE WEEK:

AND FINALLY, SOME FAVOURITE (AND SOME DESPAIRING) TWEETS OF THE WEEK

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