Monthly Archives: May 2013

Measure for Measure

This is not one of the most popular of Shakespeare’s plays, for many good reasons. The plot is convoluted and the ending is strange, with the Duke happily marrying everyone off. It is often described as a problem play and … Continue reading

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Fiddler on the Roof

The big difference between a great amateur production and a great professional production is often the dancing. The amateurs look like they are counting each step: the professionals look like this is just the way they move, even when they … Continue reading

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Romeo and Juliet

Unfortunately, I read Richard Ouzounian’s vicious review of the opening night production of the play, just before I started this commentary. He did not hate everything, just the direction by Tim Carroll, the use of original practices and Romeo. He … Continue reading

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This House

Another great broadcast from National Theatre Live! This play about the wheeling and ┬ádealing and fighting in the Whips’ offices in the British Parliament from 1974 to 1979 was absolutely riveting. Normally what happens in the Whip’s office stays there, … Continue reading

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Fiddler on the Roof

Each year for the past 25 years, a large company of amateur but talented performers presents a musical for four performances over four days in a converted hockey rink. It’s a sell out every year. Last year we saw The … Continue reading

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carried away on the crest of a wave

Playwright David Yee described the play as an anthology. There is no single narrative, but rather a series of vignettes about the disastrous tidal wave that hit Thailand in December 2004. I was glad that I had read the notes … Continue reading

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