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Hen and Chick­ens Lon­don N1

TONY BLAIR has struck a deal for his Down­ing Street mem­oirs and is re­port­edly charg­ing — though not nec­es­sar­ily get­ting — $250,000 per speech. Some­how it’s not stretch­ing cred­itabil­ity too far to imag­ine the ex-Prime Min­is­ter step­ping onto the stage in Amer­ica the coun­try where he is most loved. Iain Holling­shead’s (lyrics) and Ti­mothy Muller’s (mu­sic) mu­si­cal satirises Blair’s decade in power but is sur­pris­ingly fair-minded.

Holling­shead’s book seems in­spired by a trawl through press cut­tings, but in the ti­tle role Joshua Martin matches his sub­ject in cheesy grins and charisma. And the songs, well staged in Jes­sica Dawes pro­duc­tion, prom­ise more from the writ­ers. (Tel: 020 77042001)

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