Category Theatre

That damned woman

What if Dr Faustus was a woman? One who sold her soul to the devil to gain independence, in an era when women were the property of men, and then used her powers to take vengeance, heal people, and finally settle down to a quiet life of gardening? Well, that’s roughly how Chris Bush reimagines […]

Weekend in Stratford-upon-Avon

Remember my goal of seeing all of Shakespeare’s plays performed before I turn 40? Well, notwithstanding what happened last Sunday, it’s STILL ON. We’re just going to have to add “-something” to the end of it. Which means that when the RSC does a new production of King John, one girds one’s loins and boards […]

As one turns 40

Somewhere across town the London Symphony Orchestra is performing Berlioz’s Romeo and Juliet for an audience of n minus 1, as I think the expression goes. That’s because instead of occupying seat C42 in the Circle, I’m sitting cozily in my living room, enveloped in wool and candlelight and the sounds of a Beethoven symphony […]

An old play and a new friend

Tonight after work I hurried off to the Barbican to see the RSC’s production of The Taming of the Shrew. It was an interesting take on the play — all the roles were reversed, with women in the men’s roles and men in the women’s roles. Some of it worked well, mainly because the RSC […]

As I liked it

Another quiet weekend in London. Most of it spent in and around the flat doing life admin, errands, etc. The highlight was Friday night, when I walked down to the Barbican and saw the Royal Shakespeare Company’s production of As You Like It — which it turns out I had never seen before. It’s one […]

Lungs and late at the Tate

Sometimes a play’s title sheds light on what’s to come. Sometimes it doesn’t. Last week I saw a play that fell into the latter category: Lungs, at the Old Vic. I still have no idea why it’s called Lungs. But that doesn’t mean I didn’t enjoy it! Ninety minutes of Matt Smith and Claire Foy […]

Translations, Ham House, and Petersham Nurseries

What to do in London in the middle of October? The weather’s not great, certainly not reliable. All the gardens are past their peak. But the theatre season has begun! So pop down to the National Theatre to see Translations, a play about language and identity and British-Irish relations and history. There was a costume […]

Go, go, go Joe!

I read a review of the new production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat that’s running at the London Palladium. The reviewer classed it with The Bridge Theatre’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream and said they were both delightful must-sees. Having seen Midsummer the week before and unable to agree more, I bought a ticket […]

Double-header Saturday

Amanda came to London! Naturally we kicked things off properly with a theatrical double-header: First, a new production of Noel Coward’s Present Laughter at the Old Vic, a storied old theatre on the south side of the Thames. Andrew Scott (think Moriarty and Hot Priest) was in the lead and he was just wonderful. He’s […]

Flaming Pestles

So I unexpectedly saw my first play in Russian tonight. More than that I’m not entirely sure — and I’m inclined not to Google it, because this bewildered feeling of “OMG what the heck was that” is delightful and rare. Let’s just say the play is called “The Knight of the Flaming Pestle” and is […]

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