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Review of the National Theatre production of Peter Shaffer’s Amadeus, (LINKED) with an orchestra on stage, six opera singers, Lucian Msamati as Salieri and Adam Gillen as Mozart. A full five star production if there ever was one.

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Review of Plastic, by Marius von Mayenberg at Bath’s Ustinov Studio added. A modern German comedy in its English language premiere.

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The extended tour of Cheek by Jowl’s The Winter’s Tale (LINKED) at the Bath Theatre Royal. A striking and memorable production in modern dress, full of physical activity. One to catch as he tour continues. Orlando James is a first rate Leontes.

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A new article on responses to the new BBC TV series SS-GB  (FOLLOW LINK) based on the Len Deighton novel from 1978. The appalling sound has caused an uproar. I’ve commented.

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Review added of Worst Wedding Ever (linked) at Salisbury Playhouse. An original drama production, written by Chris Chibnall. Excellent mainstream comedy, with a short tour following. This is a popular play which could run for years if it gets to the West End.

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A personal tribute to my old friend John Wetton, RIP.  (FOLLOW LINK). This article mainly covers his early days in bands: Corvettes, Palmer-James Group, Tetrad, Ginger Man, Splinter, Mogul Thrash, Family, King Crimson, Roxy Music … others can pick up the tale of UK, Asia, Qango and the John Wetton Band. It’s long and heavily illustrated.

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Review of The White Devil by John Webster  added (LINKED), This production is directed by Annie Ryan in candlelight. The play focuses on revenge, lust and jealousy in classic Jacobean style and works the Wanamaker’s recreation of a Jacobean indoor theatre well.

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