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”

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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

Shooting with Light

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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”

Shooting with Light

Richard II

Richard II programme
Richard II programme

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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Richard II

The Jew of Malta

The Jew of Malta programme
The Jew of Malta programme

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”

The Jew of Malta