Ruth Wilson is electric in this sexy and witty version of Hedda Gabler at the National Theatre. But the anachronisms and some odd staging choices let the production down.
Helen McCrory’s Hester leads the National Theatre’s The Deep Blue Sea through calm and tempest. I found reverie and respect, hurt and pining, and pin-pointed elegance in The Deep Blue Sea.
Waste was written by Harley Granville Barker. He’s a key figure for the National Theatre, which he wrote the founding scheme for in 1907 alongside William Archer. Today, however, the stuffy over-pronunciation, elongated vowels, and twenties party politics in Waste don’t have the pace or drama to sustain our attention.
Director Polly Findlay’s return to the National following Treasure Island earlier this year is an amusing, modern reinvention of As You Like It which manages to capture the spirit of sisterly friendship and young love in truly entertaining, but not hugely memorable, style.
Bounteous gags were the show’s real bounty, in this ship shape adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson’s eponymous pirate tale.
To celebrate War Horse’s 2,000th West End performance, I decided to dig into my archives and find the review I wrote when Handspring Puppet Company first staged its production at the Olivier theatre in 2007. War Horse has since won 24 awards, employed 850+ people and toured around the world.
Here, before the hype, before any of its five star reviews or Olivier awards, is a fourteen year old’s fledgling opinion of this production that has attained theatrical stardom…
The hardwood, slatted stage with a revolving hexadecagon centre (that’s 16 sides) created by Soutra Gilmour was a […]
Your student loan is running low, you dread your parents discovering your overdraft or you really might have to quit the part time job. You just graduated and you’ve got a hectic portfolio of part time arts jobs. Have you ever wondered where you can get cheap theatre tickets for students and young people? Do you ever ask, can I afford to go to the theatre? With these tips, the theatre, opera and arts will seem more affordable.
Danny Boyle’s Frankenstein ♥♥♥♥♥ Rating A man emerges from a womb-like cocoon, helpless and naked. The monster is […]