March 16th, 2012

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Olivier Awards 2012: My recommendations

Come on ONE MAN, TWO GUVNORS!, National Theatre

BEST DIRECTOR - Nicholas Hytner - One Man, Two Guvnors at the Lyttelton
BEST NEW PLAY - One Man, Two Guvnors at the Lyttelton
BEST ACTOR - James Corden - One Man, Two Guvnors at the Lyttelton
BEST PERFORMANCE IN A SUPPORTING ROLE - Oliver Chris - One Man, Two Guvnors at the Lyttelton
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The Olivier Awards Website can be found here:

Admittedly, both yvaine24 and captivebird have beaten me to this story, but very belatedly I am listing the riders that I am backing in the Olivier Awards.

BEST NEW PLAY - One Man, Two Guvnors at the Lyttelton

BEST REVIVAL - Noises Off at the Old Vic

BEST ACTOR - Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller - Frankenstein at the Olivier, but also James Corden - One Man, Two Guvnors at the Lyttelton

BEST PERFORMANCE IN A SUPPORTING ROLE - Oliver Chris - One Man, Two Guvnors at the Lyttelton

BEST NEW MUSICAL - London Road at the Cottesloe

BEST DIRECTOR - (Obviously!) Nicholas Hytner - One Man, Two Guvnors at the Lyttelton

BEST SOUND DESIGN - Frankenstein at the Olivier

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN DANCE - The Design Team for their work on the Royal Ballet’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland at the Royal Opera House

BEST NEW DANCE PRODUCTION - Some Like It Hip Hop by ZooNation at the Peacock

The Olivier Awards Ceremony will take place at the Royal Opera House on Sunday 15 April.
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NHS - Last chance? Please sign the petition by Monday morning

Cut and pasted from an email from the 38 Degrees team:

On Monday (19 March) afternoon, the House of Lords starts the final voting on the NHS changes. An influential crossbench Lord, Lord David Owen, has agreed to deliver the Save Our NHS petition. He will carry it right into the House of Lords chamber, just before the debate starts.

The petition bears the names of over half a million of us. It speaks of our fears for the future of our NHS: services broken up, creeping privatisation, money diverted from patient care. These are the kind of risks which could be in the government's risk report. But the government still won't publish that report, despite legal orders to do so.

During Monday's debate, Lord Owen will call a vote blocking the NHS changes until the risk report is published. Our petition will remind Lords that the public care about these risks to the future of our health service. It could persuade some wavering Lords to vote the right way.

It's quite a long shot, to be honest. The government seems determined to ignore everyone's concerns and force things through. But incredible things can happen even this late in the day – it's definitely worth a try.

You're one of the 500,000 names already on the petition. But the bigger it is, the more powerful our message to the Lords. So please can you ask everyone you know to sign the petition by Monday morning?

As the Lords gather to decide whether or not to press on with changing the NHS without knowing all the risks, let's send them a reminder. Let's remind them that across the UK, hundreds of thousands of us know what it feels like to arrive at a hospital or a doctor’s surgery, tired, sick or frightened for someone you love. And that we know how much we rely on our NHS in those situations to give us the care we need.

Each name on our petition is a reason for the Lords to think twice before gambling with the future of our NHS. It will show them that although we all know the NHS isn't perfect, we know that it's pretty amazing. It will remind them that when we talk about risk registers, we're talking about threats to a health service which is the envy of the world.

Thanks for being involved.

Raks's Says - This petition is way more important than the Undershaw petition. The future of the NHS is in your hands. Please help us put up a fight to save it - the NHS is worth fighting for and worth saving.
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Twelfth Night, Swivel Theatre Company: Last 3 days to catch it!

The Swivel Theatre Company: Classic theatre … with a twist

Malvolio reading the letter, Production Photo

Sir Andrew, Sir Toby and Maria spying on Malvolio as he reads the letter, supposedly from Olivia, but in reality from Maria, Rehearsal Photo

Images courtesy of the Swivel Theatre Company

As a member of the production team, I am not allowed to review the production, but I am posting a review below which pretty much says what I think and that I concur with wholeheartedly!

What I can say is that I went to see the play again yesterday with my mum and one of my best friends. The production was very good when it opened, but it really has evolved and developed over the course of the run, and it is now exceptional. The scene which I have illustrated above (Act II Scene V) where Malvolio finds the letter purporting to be from Olivia, although it is really from Maria, where Sir Toby, Sir Andrew, and Maria spy on Malvolio to see the effect of their "prank", is a work of genius!

Review from A Younger Theatre: Theatre through the eyes of the younger generations,
Topline Summary: Having studied the play it was a pleasure to finally see it brought to life and in such an innovative way. I must thank Swivel Theatre for making my first experience of Fringe theatre a joyous and inspiring one.

You can now book your Twelfth Night tickets online at:

You can also book tickets by calling The Cockpit box office on: 020 7258 2925 (lines open 12 till 6, Monday to Friday).

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Twelfth Night closes this Sunday (18th March).