WHAT A MONTH. Hello, blog reader. As many of you will know, this month I started at the […]
Pixie Lott glitters as socialite Holly Golightly in Breakfast at Tiffany’s. And she makes the part more brazenly modern than the sophisticated glamour that Audrey Hepburn had in the 1961 film.
The already highly-anticipated transfer of Michael Mayer’s production to the Savoy Theatre may perhaps extend across the pond… Sheridan has played her cards right and it has Broadway written all over its parade.
Constellations is cleverly based around some kinda quantum theory but you you don’t need to get the theoretical physics to understand that it’s about what would happen in a relationship between a boy and girl if they made subtly different choices.Or do they even have the free will to make those choices?
While Eva Noblezada whisks you away with a magically innocent voice, the rest of the cast cannot match her talent. There are problematic aspects to the musical itself, particularly in its presentation of women and America.
Peter Barnes’ 1968 satire on the British ruling class feels dated, saved only in this production by a scattering of spectacular moments from James McAvoy. With a concerning, derogatory portrayal of mental illness, The Ruling Class was for me an oftentimes uncomfortable experience.
Feisty, heartbreaking and comedic contemplation on the lives of a group gay men in 80s London.
The heartbreaking performances at the core of the Almeida’s production of Ghosts have created a production that pairs emotional suffering with intimate scrutiny. It is the only production in the current repertoire to have received a Critics’ Circle Theatre Award last week; Lesley Manville won the award for Best Actress for her role as Helene Alving. The show also recently announced it would be extending its transfer run at Trafalgar Studios until 22 March 2014.
Even as the audience took to its seats, arranged close together in the tight rows at Trafalgar Studios, the stage felt oppressively small and close to the audience. The set, beautifully designed by Tim Hatley, is layered three spaces deep, divided by glass screen walls. A living room is exposed downstage, with the tarnished glass wall partially obscuring a dining room behind and another wall that looks beyond to the outside; to the village; to everywhere beyond this claustrophobic, private sphere. These semi-transparent walls allow the audience a perspective denied to the characters on stage. Even the furniture, which leaves little space to move about, is dark hardwood and made up with saturated olive green upholstery. Everything about the set is intense in the way it regulates the characters’ behaviour in the space. Significantly, the only props to move about repeatedly are the books that Helene Alving (Lesley Manville) has begun to conceive her own ideas by, the books that prompt the Adam Kotz’s hilarious but pitiful assertion as the Pastor that everything he says is what someone else has said first.
In Ghosts, Ibsen considers the legacy of the late Mr Alving’s debauchery, both on the ten years of isolation and suffering experienced by his wife, Helene, and in the inheritance of his son (Jack Lowden), who had held his father high in a position of esteem. The first performances were deemed obscene and revolting; today they continue to challenge. Richard Eyre’s modern adaptation has been almost unanimously praised and something profound happens to your conception of humanity, suffering and art, in relation to this play.
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The actually quite precocious Matilda was my childhood dream book that I read over and over again. The […]