Edna O’Brien has adapted her controversial 1960 novel The Country Girls for the stage, and it is premiered at Chichester’s Minerva Theatre. This is the book that was banned and burned in 1960 Ireland.


Phil Porter has created Vice Versa  (LINKED) for the RSC’s “Rome MMXVII” Season. It’s cheerfully ripped off from Plautus (in his words). A thorough-going laugh out loud romp. Marvellous ensemble cast. Unmissable.



Review of Oscar Wilde’s Salomé at the Swan Theatre, Royal Shakespeare Company, Stratford. Controversially casting Salomé as a man and in modern dress. So did it work? Read the link. King Herod & Pals below.


Review of Sweet Bird of Youth by Tennessee Williams at Chichester Festival Theatre. Directed by Jonathan Kent. Starring Marcia Gay Harden and Brian J. Smith. The play has its faults. Great performances.


Review of Woyzeck  (LINKED) at the Old Vic, London. This is a radical adaptation of the German classic by Georg Büchner, time-shifted to Berlin in 1981. It stars John “Star Wars” Boyega in the lead role, and was adapted by Harry Potter playwright Jack Thorne.


Review (https://peterviney.wordpress.com/stage/the-resistible-rise-of-arturo-ui/) of The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui, by Brecht, at the Donmar in London. The well-known cast is led by Lenny Henry as Arturo Ui, and the play parallels the rise of Hitler with the rise of Chicago gangster, Arturo Ui.


Review of Caroline or Change by Tony Kushner & Jeanine Tesori, at Chichester Minerva Theatre. So here’s the conundrum. It’s garnered 4 and 5 star reviews across the board. This performance, was a full house. Every seat taken. After the interval, we counted 27 empty seats. So why? Fantastic singing cast, led by Sharon D. Clarke … but for me? I really didn’t like it.