Monthly Archives: June 2016

One Man, Two Guv’nors

The first few minutes of this farce presented by National Theatre Live did not appeal to me at all, but eventually I started laugh in spite of myself. The lead character, whose name I have unfortunatley forgotten, is a master … Continue reading

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The James Plays

This trilogy presented by the Scottish National Theatre at Luminato was particularly interesting to see immediately after seeing Breath of Kings.   The three plays, James I, James II and James III, were written by Rona Munro to bring to … Continue reading

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Breath of Kings

Graham Abbey has created a new adaptation of Shakespeare’s Richard II, Henry IV parts one and two and Henry V, compressing all four plays into two three hour productions. Actors and characters cross from one play to the other, providing … Continue reading

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All My Sons

It is very rare for Keith to jump to his feet at the end of a performance, so when he does you know he really liked it. At the end of All My Sons, he was the first person to … Continue reading

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Shakespeare in Love

This was great fun! Director Declan Donnellan had a great cast to work with, including some of the best of the Stratford senior members and many of the new young talent pool. Everyone knows the story, given the success of … Continue reading

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As You Like It

Director Jillian Keiley was batting 500 at the start of the play. Two years ago, we found her Alice Through the Looking Glass gimmicky and incoherent, but absolutely loved last year’s The Diary of Anne Frank. As You Like It … Continue reading

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Incident at Vichy

Arthur Miller wrote this play just after the end of the second world war, but it is still an extremely powerful play today. Ten men sitting in a room, wondering why they have been picked up for questioning and speculating … Continue reading

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