THEATRE REVIEW: Dick Whittington starring Cheryl Hole, Kitty Scott-Claus, Choriza May and Elektra Fence at the Phoenix Theatre

By Neil Durham

WORTH A LOOK?: ***

WHEN?: Sunday 5 December 2021, booking until 9 January 2022

RUNTIME: 125 minutes (including a 20-minute interval)

‘I think you know the story of Dick Whittington better than we do,’ says RuPaul’s Drag Race UK season 1 star Cheryl Hole, lead in this adult pantomime, to the audience at its finale and it would be difficult to disagree.

  • Read on for reasons including how Drag Race UK‘s Elektra Fence was the unexpected surprise of the night
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9 reasons why we can’t wait for December 2021 starring Pantoland at the Palladium

  1. Pantoland At The Palladium starring Julian Clary

We’ve seen the Palladium’s annual pantomime in each of its 5 years and last year’s run was cruelly cut very short by Covid and so it is with some relief that we can report it is returning in 2021 with much of its now familiar variety-based cast but with Donny Osmond and The Tiller Girls added this Christmas. We’re big fans of Julian Clary and it’s a real treat to see him absolutely in his element. Last year we said: ‘Clary is a master of improvisation and the rest of the cast are clearly trying to stifle their own laughing often and, when Yarrow dries, Clary references Stemp in Mary Poppins  saying ‘Charlie’s chimney’s never dry’.’ Runs 4 December 2021 through 9 January 2022. Tickets

  • Read on for reasons including new musical Hex, Spring Awakening revival and world premieres of La Belle Sauvage and Force Majeure
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PREVIEW: 9 reasons why we can’t wait for October 2019 starring Shakespears Sister

  1. Shakespears Sister Ride Again tour saddles up at the Palladium

This unlikely reunion may have been over a quarter of a century in the making but Siobhan Fahey and Marcella Detroit have released three excellent, different yet complementary singles this year already, winning both our Song and Albums of the month. The 14-date UK reunion tour kicks off rather appropriately on Halloween and we join the band at the Palladium on Bonfire Night. Tickets

  • Read on for reasons including Dear Evan Hansen, Lungs, Cher and Mary Poppins

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LAST NIGHT: CABARET REVIEW: Gals Aloud starring Cheryl Hole from RuPaul’s Drag Race UK at the Underbelly Festival

WORTH A LOOK?: ****

WHERE? Underbelly Festival RUNTIME: 70 minutes

WHEN? 19/9/19

Cheryl Hole (pictured centre above) thinks Gals Aloud are more likely to be performing together to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the formation of Girls Aloud in 2022 than the actual group.

  • Read on for reasons including how to see Cheryl on RuPaul’s Drag Race UK

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