IN THIS ISSUE
When the classic American musical 42nd Street exploded on to the London stage earlier this year, it received standing ovations every night and a clutch of five-star reviews. This hugely ambitious production brought together an unprecedented number of hoofers (43) to tap out the dazzling opening number. Audiences were wowed, and the show has been sold out ever since. We got together some of the amazing dancers to model our party accessories special ( page 14) – which we photographed (amid much laughter and silliness) on the stage of the palatial Theatre Royal, Drury Lane. If you haven’t yet seen the show, turn to page 57 and enter our fantastic competition to win two top-tier tickets – we have 250 pairs to give away! And continuing the musicals theme, read our exclusive interviews with three leading West End divas on page 40. When I was growing up, it didn’t occur to me to raid my mother’s wardrobe – while she was very fashion conscious, her clothes tended towards neat and smart, whereas I was all flared trousers, platform shoes and shoulder pads. How things have changed. These days, daughters regularly dip into their mothers’ closets, and fashion brands, recognising this, are producing lines that effortlessly span the age divide. Check them out on page 32. Finally, if you haven’t yet started your Christmas present buying, let us solve any dilemmas with our fabulous Gift Guide, which is packed with original, fun and different ideas assembled by our brilliant interiors team ( page 61).