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Q&A Special: Writer-composer Richard Thomas

Q&A Special: Writer-composer Richard Thomas

The Jerry Springer composer weeps at ballet and wants Shoes to bring joy

'Outraged complaints, not family joy - that's Thomas's area': So what will 'Shoes' be like?

Richard Thomas wrote Jerry Springer, The Opera, as everyone knows - and he is soon to unveil Anna Nicole, the opera. Can this be the same Richard Thomas who’s written a dance show at Sadler’s Wells, with a cheesy poster, called Shoes? It hardly seems likely. Flames, expletives, scabrous lines, suppurating satire - that’s what makes a Richard Thomas show, not (surely) tap-dancing in platforms and ballet-dancing in flip-flops?

I knew fuck-all about shoes, to be honest, but I don’t let ignorance get in the way

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'Anybody will open up if you ask them about shoes.' HeLLO, Richard, I think we must inhabit parallel universes. Anyone else think he looks a bit like 'Nasty' Nick Bateman in that photo? Anyway I loather Jerry Springer The Opera, not for prudish reasons, so I think I can give this one a miss.

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