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She has been involved with many of the biggest musicals; now, she's directing Starlight Express. But as Arlene Phillips tells James Rampton, she owes it all to Mary Whitehouse

The Critics' Awards 1998: Play - My dear, it was a perfect Bohr

Some big hitters were over from the States this year. We went from the British premiere of Lakeboat, a riveting early David Mamet at the Lyric, Hammersmith, to the British premiere of a middle-aged David Mamet in Patrick Marber's taut production of The Old Neighborhood. In it, Colin Stinton was superb as the man in a mid-life crisis, leaving his wife and dropping in on his indignant sister, played with hilarious ferocity by Zoe Wanamaker. The National discovered an early Tennessee Williams, Not About Nightingales, written in the 1930s when he was still in his twenties. Trevor Nunn's powerfully atmospheric staging demonstrated his Dickensian eye for contrasts, aided by breathtaking designs of a savage prison by Richard Hoover. The only disappointment was the latest Edward Albee at the Almeida, The Play About The Baby, a sour, puzzling reprise of themes he has explored since Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

Musicals make the West End hit list

THEY HAVE starred in some of the biggest hit musicals in the West End. But this week, Gary Wilmot, Nichola McAuliffe and Peter Polycarpou will take to the stage to perform unknown songs by largely unknown writers to help find the Stephen Sondheims of the future.

LOrd Of The West End

On Wednesday, 'Whistle Down the Wind', Andrew Lloyd Webber's first all-new musical for nearly a decade, opens in the West End. Already, the critics have reviled it. And already, a loyal public has paid up pounds 3m in advance sales. Do critics and audiences never agree? Maeve Walsh trawls the archives; and (right) Michael White explains why he hates the Lloyd Webber experience

Theatre: Saturday Night's all right

EACH TIME it's something different. When Nik Cohn wrote his article for New York magazine it was a figure glimpsed standing in a doorway, a symbol of machismo, a street aristocrat. When Robert Stigwood produced the movie it was about John Travolta and the Bees Gees. Twenty-one years on, with the opening of the stage musical, Saturday Night Fever is about Arlene Phillips.

Staying alive? Barely

Saturday Night Fever

More Sunday morning than Saturday night

FIRST NIGHT: SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER: LONDON PALLADIUM

Reviews: Not the first night - Derailment at Victoria? Never

Almost fourteen years after this popular show first rolled into the Apollo Theatre, Robert Hanks makes a return journey on the 'Starlight Express'

Theatre: Stage is set for a great '98

Kevin Spacey, Juliette Binoche (pictured), Harold Pinter, Tennessee Williams... and `Doctor Dolittle'. The coming theatrical year promises much

Fashion: We Wore It First]: Marion Hume and Tamsin Blanchard meet four women who remember the Seventies the first time round. What gear are they into now?

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