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Q&A: Ed Balls on Strictly Come Dancing

WHERE: Cecil Sharp House, Camden

WHEN: 20/9

‘I’ve been pilloried for the last two weeks for my girth and lack of dance expertise,’ says former Labour shadow Chancellor Ed Balls, referring to his Strictly Come Dancing appearance.

  • Read on for more Strictly gossip, how Ed attended his own funeral and his biggest regret

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THEATRE REVIEW: Doctor Faustus

WORTH A LOOK?: **

WHERE: Barbican

WHEN: 19/9, runs to 1/10

We caught Jamie Lloyd’s West End take on Christopher Marlowe’s classic starring Game Of Thrones’ Kit Harrington less than five months ago.

  • Read on for how the Royal Shakespeare Company’s take on Doctor Faustus differed from Jamie Lloyd’s

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THEATRE REVIEW: Motown The Musical

WORTH A LOOK?: ***

WHERE: Shaftesbury Theatre

WHEN: 15/9 (matinee), booking to October 2017

We’re sitting on the end of the third row and there’s a moment in the second act when the actress playing Diana Ross appears in the audience looking for someone to duet with and is stood directly in front of us.

  • Read on to discover whether monstagigz made its West End stage debut

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9 reasons why we can’t wait for October

  1. Lazarus rises

This 18-song David Bowie musical ran off Broadway for three months from November 2015 and features hits including Life On Mars?, Heroes and Absolute Beginners. It was written by Bowie with Once author Enda Walsh. Starring Dexter’s Michael C. Hall and directed by Ivo van Hove, it runs 25/10 – 22/1 at the King’s Cross Theatre and seems a fitting salute to the star who died 10 days before curtain down on the US show. Tickets.

  • Read on for reasons including Star Trek, Anne-Marie Duff and Glenda Jackson’s return

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