Review of The Young Vic production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Linked). A circus ring full of mud. No props at all. No music, except a choral introduction from the whole cast then Bottom’s unaccompanied songs, and the Singing fairy. Little dance. No fairy attendants. Modern dress. The only bit of costume was decorating Bottom. This was the Dream stripped to its bare bones, but it proved that the elements still work. Leo Bill below as Bottom.


Review of Joe Orton’s What The Butler Saw at Bath Theatre Rotal. The comic language proved to be hugely influential on 70s and 80s British comedy. This revival comes 50 years after Orton’s murder. The play is a masterpiece but … read the review.




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Review of Elena Ferrante’s My Brilliant Friend Parts 1 & 2 (LINK TO FULL REVIEW), as adapted for the stage by April de Angelis. Four novels are condensed into two by two act plays, and you can see both in one day t the Rose Theatre, Kingston.  I hadn’t read the books. Karen had devoured all four non-stop. We both agreed it is a five star production. It has been adapted brilliantly and fluently for the stage. Starring Niamh Cusack as Lenu, and Catherine McCormack as Lila. Directed by Melly Stills. Unmissable.


Review of the Royal Shakespeare Company’s production of Snow in Midsummer. This is a modernised version of a 13th century Chinese classical play by Guan Hanquing. It’s set in the town of “New Harmony” now, and is like a modernised Jacobean revenge tragedy. Eclectic style and moods. A total surprise and an exciting and vibrant production.


Review of the Royal Shakespeare Company’s fine version of Julius Caesar (linked). While Angus Jackson gives us a conventional swords and sandals interpretation, the high quality of acting makes this essential viewing.


Review of Othello at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, at The Globe Theatre. It’s the first major Shakesperean tragedy they’ve done in the recreated (and candlelit) Jacobean indoor playhouse. A cast of nine too. Many issues emerge …