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With a jaunty introduction, as soon as that heavy red velvet curtain rises, you catch a glimpse of perfectly formed tap shoes turned out at an exact angle and you can smell the greasepaint in the expectant air, you know this is going to be a show that will be one to remember. Having originally opened at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, in 1984 42nd Street is back in its rightful home for another run.

Set up in 2008 by Ed Chappel and now run with co-organiser Tamara Cowan, the Musical Comedy Awards celebrate emerging, up and coming musical comedians in the UK. In several heats, the contestants sing, riff, shout, rap, improvise and pounce on unsuspecting audience members (which is your own fault if you’re silly enough to sit in the front row), all in an attempt to be crowned the winner.

The 9th Annual Musical Comedy Awards have arrived! The biggest show yet is being held in the West End in London's Lyric Theatre - don't miss out on a night of guaranteed hilarity! 10 of the funniest performers have been chosen and they'll go head to head in at London's funniest night of Musical Comedy. Each act will perform 8 minutes of their acts and a panel of industry judges will vote on the winner. Sponsors will choose our Audience favourite and there will be a performance by the Best Newcomer. The finalists are sure to delight, and host Tina T'urner Tea Lady is a comic force in her own right.

I went into Half a Sixpence not knowing much except that Tommy Steele had been in the original 1963 production (it was one of the last British productions to go to Broadway before the 1970s-1980s dominance of Andrew Lloyd Webber) and my boyfriend had sung the title song at me. As stories go it is a rags to riches tale about the value of money, class, and love.

Tits and teeth is the name of the game at the Vaudeville Theatre. Put on your best smile and face front. That is the lesson given to Mavis’s hapless tap class and it becomes clear that the characters adopt this in their lives, using the class as a means of escape. 

Multi Tony Award playwright Edward Albee’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf plays at The Harold Pinter Theatre until 27 May. However, with Imelda Staunton and Conleth Hill tearing through Albee’s heart ripping play, it is a shame that it isn’t playing indefinitely. 

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