Review of The Winter’s Tale at Shakespeare’s Globe added (FOLLOW THE LINK). A lopsided production. The serious bits in Sicily are much better than the pastoral comic bits in Bohemia.



Review of “Hamilton- An American Musical” added. FOLLOW LINK TO REVIEW: https://peterviney.wordpress.com/stage/hamilton/. In the London production. It took a long time to get tickets a long way ahead. It was worth it.

Review of Othello at Shakespeare’s Globe added SEE LINK. It features Mark Rylance as Iago, and American star André Holland as Othello. The main thing is Rylance’s very original portrayal of Iago as an apparently affable, bumbling trickster who is actually circling his prey like a shark.


This is what the RSC does so superbly: the Royal Shakespeare Company’s The Merry Wives of Windsor (FOLLOW LINK TO REVIEW) With David Troughton as Falstaff, set in modern day Essex. Stunning design too. There’s a live broadcast on 12 September, then it travels to London for several months.

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Review added of the 2018 tour of Hairspray The Musical, (FOLLOW LINK)  at Bournemouth Pavilion. Great entertainment.


Continuing the retrospective look at late 60s movies with “Petulia” (1968) (FOLLOW LINK TO REVIEW). Directed by Richard Lester, music by John Barry. Starring Julie Christie, George C. Scott & Richard Chamberlain in San Francisco. What could go wrong? Well …


“1960s films revisited” will be a series here, following on from I’ll Never Forget What’s ‘Is Name last week. This week is 1968s The Magus (FOLLOW LINK TO REVIEW). It starred Michael Caine, Anthony Quinn, Candice Bergen and Anna Karenin. It was reviled by 60s critics. So how does it fare on Blu-ray fifty years on?