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Russell Howard: Round The World review

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Last week, Russell Howard beat the record held by Frank Sinatra and Barry Manilow by performing for ten consecutive nights at a packed Royal Albert Hall.  Before Howard’s Round The World Tour moved on to the rest of the UK and Ireland, Ian Cater reviewed what turned out to be ‘a very entertaining and uplifting evening’.

Russell Howard is quite rightly one of Britain’s most successful comedians, using his ‘everyman’ likability and unashamed positivity to pack arenas like this one night after night.  But that success has come at a cost.  In recent years, some have become snide about his act – not least Stewart Lee, whose on-stage comedy policeman lays charge after charge at Howard’s door in his current Content Provider show.

Some of that may be justified: by taking the big bucks on offer from first the BBC and now Sky, and having the nerve to promulgate upbeat messages, Howard’s opened himself up to a slice of the cynicism his own brand of comedy usually avoids.  However, a lot of it is unfair, especially when he delivers such a well-balanced set as this, shining a light on British society’s problems but refusing to wallow in them.

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Category: Comedy

West Side Story at the Royal Albert Hall Review

By Viktoria Kirkova (@vkirkova)

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the absolute masterpiece that is West Side Story , The Royal Albert Hall presented a high definition screening of the classic film combined with the astonishing acoustics of the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra. Reporters from WinkBall were sent to the Royal Albert Hall on the 23rd of June 2012 to capture the breathtaking effect that this type of unique performance had on the fans of the compelling story.

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Category: Theatre