We had a bit of a disaster with The Ferryman by Jez Butterworth, and missed Act One of three. That’s an hour. We caught the next two acts, and it made complete sense and was one of the best plays I’ve seen since I started this blog … and that’s at two-thirds only!  It is sold out at the Royal Court, but is moving to the West End.



The Unthanks 2017 tour is entitled How Wild The Wind Blows and is devoted entirely to the songs and poems of Molly Drake, the mother of Nick Drake, who recorded her songs at home in the 1950s during Nick Drake’s childhood. Review of Southampton, Turner Sims Concert Hall on 2nd May 2017 is added.


Becky Unthank, Molly Drake, Rachel Unthank

Review of Moliére’s The Miser in a free adaptation by Sean Foley & Phil Porter. With Griff Rhys-Jones, Lee Mack, Matthew Horne and Ryan Gage. Hugely entertaining.


Ivo van Hove has adapted Visconti’s 1943 film Obsession  (LINKED) into a stage play, starring Jude Law at the Barbican, London. Review here.


Review of Bernard Shaw’s Pygmalion at the Nuffield Theatre, Southampton. A West Yorkshire / Headlong / NST co-production. This is a modern dress version with film, mics, loads of technology and unusual ideas … but … it wasn’t for me.


Twelfth Night at the Watermill Theatre, (LINKED) Newbury before its tour this summer. A tremdous small cast production, set in a 1920s jazz club. Everyone in the cast acts, plays and sings. The second of 2017’s major productions of Twelfth Night.



Review of Echo’s End by Barney Norris. A world premiere at Salisbury Playhouse. A Wiltshire love story set in World War One on Salisbury Plain.