The latest Toppermost (by me) is on The Spencer Davis Group (linked here to Toppermost).
Review of the NT Live broadcast of Hamlet starring Maxine Peake in the title role. This Manchester Royal Exchange production also cast women as Polonius (Polonia), the gravediggers, Guildenstern and the Player King. It was considerably more post-edited than earlier NT Live filmed plays. That’s three major Shakespeare tragedies close together! I need a rest …
Review of the Northern Broadsides Touring production of King Lear added, featuring Barrie Rutter as Lear. Directed by Jonathan Miller- his 8th Lear.
Review of POSH by Laura Wade at Salisbury Playhouse. The film The Riot Club was based on the original 2010 play, and this is a new production of the stage play. Extremely funny and fast moving.
Review of the Tara Arts touring production of Macbeth (aka Shakespeare’s Macbeth) added. It’s in a contemporary Indian family setting … allegedly. Impressive fight scenes in particular.
Review added of John Ford’s The Broken Heart, Wanamaker Playhouse at The Globe. Caroline drama from around 1629, another production in this incredible intimate reconstruction of a Jacobean indoor theatre.
Review added of The Ruling Class, by Peter Barnes. Not only one of my favorite plays, but one of the greatest plays of its era. Directed by Jamie Lloyd, with James McAvoy in the lead role. Five stars.