An article added to my blog on “The End of Term …”  (LINKED) in schools then and now. It’s under ELT articles, but is possibly also “a rant.” It is of general interest rather than just ELT.


David Hare has re-imagined Ibsen’s Peer Gynt at the National Theatre, as PETER GYNT (follow link). This is a long, hugely theatrical production of the fantasy story with James McArdle in the lead role. It’s all in a contemporary setting with modern references. Incredible stagecraft (take a look at my review) but it veers from spectacular to boring. Unusually for the National Theatre, there were plenty of empty seats. You would get in. It’s worth it.


Review added of PRESENT LAUGHTER by Noel Coward at The Old Vic (FOLLOW LINK). This version stars Andrew Scott and has been noted for ‘gender fluidity.’ Few plays ever get so many five star reviews as this production. I’ve given it a mildly mean four. Go to the review and find out.20190625_172846-1024x766

Review of the third of ther RSC’s major 2019 Shakespeare productions, MEASURE FOR MEASURE (linked) directed by Greg Doran. A major version … but read my review. Picture: Sandy Grierson as Angelo.

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Review of Noel Coward’s “Blithe Spirit” at the Theatre Royal Bath. This is a major production, starring Jennifer Saunders as Madame Arcati, the medium who conjures up the spirit of Charles Condamine’s first wife, much to the annoyance of his second wife. Great classic comedy. Definitely worth the trip to Bath.

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The Bristol Old Vic Theatre School “West Country Tour” is an annual highlight in smaller venues. This year they did a modern version of THE CANTERBURY TALES (linked). Great performances, but I thought the actual play text very poor. Not the fault of the young actors.


Review added of Terence Rattigan’s THE DEEP BLUE SEA (LINKED) at The Minerva Theatre at Chichester. This is a key play in the Rattigan revival of the last 25 years, and this is the finest version of it we’ve seen. it avoids the slightly camp approach so often taken with Rattigan and reveals the play as a powerful piece of theatre.