Much Ado About Nothing  (LINKED) is at Chichester, Manchester then London for a long run. This is a revival of the 2014 RSC production directed by Christopher Luscombe, and paired with Love’s Labour’s Lost under the title Love’s Labour’s Won. For the revival they have reverted to the better-known main title. One of the funniest plays you will ever see. A perfect introduction to Shakespeare too.


The highly-acclaimed 2014-2015 RSC productions of Love’s Labour’s Lost (LINKED) and Much Ado About Nothing (aka Love’s Labour’s Won) have been revived, and they are running at Chichester before going to Manchester and London. Though I reviewed the 2014 version, the cast changes mean a new review. It’s even better now.


Review of Simone Felice in Winchester, 13th October 2016. Our favourite singer-songwriter’s opening gig on his UK and Ireland tour. Completely solo this time, with brilliant new songs too.


Review of “The Girl On The Train” the film based on the #1 best-selling novel. Starring Emily Blunt as Rachel. Relocated from London to New York too. Will fans of the book like it? Tolerate it? Hate it? Read the review and see.



Review of Ron Howard’s film Eight Days A Week (linked), a superb documentary on The Beatles touring years, with an additional 30 minute film of Shea Stadium 15th August 1965. Lots of thoughts on my own early fascination with The Beatles.



Review of Imogen (Shakespeare’s Cymbeline Renamed and Reclaimed) (FOLLOW LINK) at The Globe Theatre. Perhaps the most controversial production of 2016 with a setting of drug gangs in East London. Exhilarating theatre. But is it Shakespeare‘s Globe as we know it?


Review added of The Globe / Liverpool Everyman touring production of Two Gentlemen of Verona (FOLLOW LINK). Set in 1966, with a pop band on stage. We saw it at the candle lit Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, for a weird contrast in styles.