Throwback to February 2018

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Throwback to my theatre trips in February 2018, including lots of swearing, the cultural highlights of Hull, spooky dolls and a delightful encounter with Post Office Ken… Who’s Post Office Ken, I hear you cry? Read on to find out… Continue reading “Throwback to February 2018”

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Throwback to February 2018

Nine Night / Trafalgar Studios

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Nine Night programme

Natasha Gordon’s superb Nine Night, on at Trafalgar Studios, is the first play by a black British female playwright to be produced in London’s West End. The first. Ever. It’s 2019, in case you forgot. About a fifth into the twenty first century. Theatre bigwigs constantly say that diversifying voices is a priority so it’s depressing to hear this. Especially when David Hare has his eight millionth play on…  Continue reading “Nine Night / Trafalgar Studios”

Nine Night / Trafalgar Studios

Uncle Vanya / Hampstead Theatre

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Uncle Vanya programme

This new version of Uncle Vanya at Hampstead Theatre was much funnier than expected, with director and adaptor Terry Johnson dialling up the humour and bringing a contemporary flavour to the dialogue. I’m pretty sure Anton Chekhov’s original production didn’t have Vanya petulantly snapping “Whatever!” like a stroppy teen… Continue reading “Uncle Vanya / Hampstead Theatre”

Uncle Vanya / Hampstead Theatre

Throwback to January 2018

img_5955It’s not just Jodie Whittaker who can time travel, you know! Journey with me now to January 2018 for a spin around the seven plays I saw that month… Continue reading “Throwback to January 2018”

Throwback to January 2018

Guys and Dolls

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Guys and Dolls programme
So, did Guys and Dolls at the Savoy Theatre deliver on its promise? Slick guys? Tick. Sassy dolls? Tick. Toe-tapping tunes? Tick. Exhilarating choreography? Tick. Joyous escapism? TICK. I love evenings when I leave the theatre on a giddy high and this show certainly qualified… Continue reading “Guys and Dolls”

Guys and Dolls

Waste

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Waste programme
Featuring a ruinous affair and political intrigue, director Roger Michell’s revival of Waste at the Lyttelton Theatre promised to be a stimulating evening. However, this austere production, although elegantly staged and featuring fine performances, never really ignited, remaining elusively chilly despite its tragic events. Continue reading “Waste”

Waste

Mr Foote’s Other Leg

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Mr Foote’s Other Leg, transferred to the Theatre Royal Haymarket from its original home at the Hampstead Theatre, was something of a curiosity. Part 18th century theatrical romp, part meditation on mortality, part satire on celebrity, its frequently shifting focus made it a somewhat slippery production to pin down.

And yet!! It did feature Simon Russell Beale camping it up wildly in a variety of extravagant frocks, with a resplendent bosom and knowingly flirtatious pout, like a well-endowed ship’s figurehead. So there were considerable compensations… Continue reading “Mr Foote’s Other Leg”

Mr Foote’s Other Leg