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Light Entertainment News: Budgie gets the boot

Light Entertainment News: Budgie gets the boot

Budgie gets the boot By STAGE REPORTER PLYMOUTH'S Theatre Royal has ditched its plans to use animal stars onstage after it was forced to sack a too talkative budgie and replace him with a quieter plastic version. Budgie Holly got his big break into showbusiness when the west coun
4 January 1990 - The Stage - London, London, England
 
Light Entertainment News: Round Table boxes clever after dinner Punch-up

Light Entertainment News: Round Table boxes clever after dinner Punch-up

Round Table boxes clever after dinner Punch-up By BRIAN ATTWOOD MAJOR provincial arts venue the Derngate centre in Northampton has slapped a press ban on promoters after a Round Table dinner row ended in a punch up. Centre staff called the police after a fight broke out in the au
4 January 1990 - The Stage - London, London, England
 
Light Entertainment News: Opera House to woo students

Light Entertainment News: Opera House to woo students

Opera House to woo students YORK'S Grand Opera House is offering to help finance a creche in a bid to attract a younger audience. Artistic Director ennstopner Newell announced that audiences for its first season, from the end of September, averaged 70 per cent or about 750 a perf
4 January 1990 - The Stage - London, London, England
 
Letters: The more the merrier

Letters: The more the merrier

The more the merrier SIR, Peter Hepple, a usually impecc able authority on such matters, is mistaken in saying (December 14) that Jessie Matthews "made remarkably few recordings". In a recording career that lasted from 1926 until 1974, she recorded no fewer than 60 songs, which s
4 January 1990 - The Stage - London, London, England
 
CHIT CHAT: Proof of the Benton pie

CHIT CHAT: Proof of the Benton pie

Proof of the Benton pie The Theatre Museum's new supremo, Margaret Benton, is I suspect very much more to the liking of her V&A overlords than was her predecessor. It's no great secret that V&A director Elizabeth Esteve-Coil and the former occupant Sir Roy Strong did not exactly
4 January 1990 - The Stage - London, London, England
 

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CHIT CHAT: Par example...

CHIT CHAT: Par example...

Par example... SO the showbiz closed shop, or whatever the latest euphemism Equity uses to describe the practice, is safe with Labour. Pardon me if I raise an eyebrow here and let's consider the following: Labour isn't in power and even if it's lucky, will have to wait until 1992
4 January 1990 - The Stage - London, London, England
 
CHIT CHAT: Detained elsewhere

CHIT CHAT: Detained elsewhere

Detained elsewhere I'M not surprised to hear from the Liverpool Playhouse that Rumania (pre-revolution) was the only east ern bloc country which didn't agree to send any youngsters to the city's Red Star Brouhaha drama festival. Said organiser Ben Simms: "They didn't appear to be
4 January 1990 - The Stage - London, London, England
 
against. That's why we've introduced our new paint frame. What you get is an exceptionally large brand new frame that's

against. That's why we've introduced our new paint frame. What you get is an exceptionally large brand new frame that's

a joy to work from and that can accommodate any i\ size canvas. It is a 54' long rise and fall platform, over 4' P| wide with extra 2 level storage. n U Paint frame access is by dock doors from the private secure parking area to a generous ground floor space for set ^KKl/T/T/1 K
4 January 1990 - The Stage - London, London, England
 
Play Reviews: Big top falls flat

Play Reviews: Big top falls flat

Big top falls flat SHEPHERDS BUSH Barnum IT MUST have seemed like a great idea to stage Barnum, a musical about the circus, in a circus tent. But in the upshot it did not come off particularly well on press night, which was admittedly reached with some difficulty owing to the pre
4 January 1990 - The Stage - London, London, England
 
Play Reviews: 1916

Play Reviews: 1916

1916 ICA THIS waxwork display by the Pascal Theatre Company appears to have been staged by Madame Tussaud with dialogue by Dave Spart. It is difficult to gauge precisely what point it is trying to make, beyond the universally accepted notion that war is a bad thing. Seamus Finneg
4 January 1990 - The Stage - London, London, England