To Kill A Mockingbird / Birdsong

To Kill A Mockingbird programme
To Kill A Mockingbird programme
Birdsong programme
Birdsong programme

My tenuous reason for grouping these two plays together is that they both have “bird” in their titles and they both made me cry: Birdsong at the Comedy Theatre back in 2010 and more recently, To Kill A Mockingbird at the Barbican Centre. I wasn’t the only one blubbing – audience sniffles were audible at both. My less tenuous reason is that they are both stage adaptations of novels (I do try to think these things through, you know…)  Continue reading “To Kill A Mockingbird / Birdsong”

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To Kill A Mockingbird / Birdsong

Constellations

Constellations programme
Constellations programme

Constellations is one of the most beautiful, thoughtful plays I’ve seen. I saw it at Richmond Theatre, though it premiered at the Royal Court in 2012. It’s original, inventive and intelligent, yet its cleverness never overshadows its moving exploration of human truths and infinite possibilities. Continue reading “Constellations”

Constellations

American Buffalo

American Buffalo programme
American Buffalo programme

I was beyond excited when it was announced John Goodman would be appearing in American Buffalo at Wyndham’s Theatre. He has long been one of my favourite actors (going back to Roseanne, his appearances in numerous Coen Brothers movies, and yes, even King Ralph). The fact that Damian Lewis (or Dame Ian Lewis as I like to call him) was also in the cast was the icing on an already substantial cake. Continue reading “American Buffalo”

American Buffalo

The Kevin Spacey Quartet

Clarence Darrow programme
Clarence Darrow programme
National Anthems programme
National Anthems programme
The Philadelphia Story programme
The Philadelphia Story programme
The Iceman Cometh programme
The Iceman Cometh programme

The Kevin Spacey Quartet. No, not a modern jazz combo Mr Spacey has created to pass the time since leaving The Old Vic, but the occasions I have seen him on stage since 1998: The Iceman ComethNational AnthemsThe Philadelphia Story and Clarence Darrow. Continue reading “The Kevin Spacey Quartet”

The Kevin Spacey Quartet

Hay Fever

Hay Fever programme
Hay Fever programme

The word ‘sparkling’ must be over-used when it comes to describing Noël Coward’s Hay Fever but it’s perfect for the current production at the Duke of York’s Theatre starring Felicity Kendal. It’s a delight from start to finish, with the whole cast giving impeccable comic performances and expertly delivering The Master’s lines.

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Hay Fever

King John

King John programme
King John programme

Candle-lit, incense-infused, thrilling and atmospheric, King John as performed at Northampton’s Holy Sepulchre Church was everything you want an immersive theatre experience to be. This little-performed play by Shakespeare made a powerful impact in this unique setting, with the power struggles and violence of the Middle Ages being brought vividly to life. I was close enough to the action to see real tears, spit and snot. As I said, it was immersive… Continue reading “King John”

King John

Seminar

Seminar programme
Seminar programme

Firstly, a confession: my name is Gemma and I am a Roger Allam fan-lady. So I cannot make any claim that the following account of seeing Seminar at the Hampstead Theatre in October 2014 is an impartial, measured, cool-eyed examination of a piece of contemporary theatre.

The short version of this blog post is: “Omg, Roger Allam is amazing and god-like in his thespian brilliance”. If you would like the longer version, please do read on… Continue reading “Seminar”

Seminar