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”
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”
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”
So, it’s somewhat depressing to reboot the Throwback Theatre blog with this post after a hiatus, but here we are at the start of 2016 and bidding farewell to a colossus of the acting world…
Alan Rickman 1946-2016. What a completely rubbish sentence to have to type. Continue reading “Alan Rickman 1946-2016”
Hands up everyone who’s heard of male war photographer, Robert Capa? Thought so. Quite a few (understandable given the well-informed nature of the people who read this blog. Yes, all three of you).
Now, hands up everyone who’s heard of female war photographer Gerda Taro? No? Well then, go to the New Diorama Theatre to see Idle Motion’s Shooting with Light, revealing the little known story of this remarkable woman’s life… Continue reading “Shooting with Light”
I love The Globe. I love its atmosphere, being in the open air, the live music and the interaction between performers and groundlings. I’m happy to report this season’s Richard II delivers on all counts. The haughty king, his pampered courtiers and rebellious nobles are brought vividly to life in a glittering and unexpectedly funny production.
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Seeing The Jew of Malta at Stratford-upon-Avon this summer provided me a couple of firsts: my first visit to The Swan Theatre and the first time I’ve seen a Christopher Marlowe play performed. I’ve wanted to go to The Swan for years, so to finally go there and see such a dark, funny and gruesome production on my very first visit was a real treat. Continue reading “The Jew of Malta”