On The Town is a helluva show. It’s a joyous, colourful celebration of life that never flags. Director and choreographer Drew McOnie has lived up to Jerome Robbins’ original concept with some exuberant, dynamic dance sequences.
You might think it odd that my wife and I celebrated our wedding anniversary by seeing a play about a marriage breakdown. If you knew us, you’d know that one of the reasons our relationship has lasted over 20 years is that we love theatre. We have shared many wonderful experiences that provide the cement of… Continue reading Who’s Afraid Of Virginia Woolf- The Perfect Wedding Anniversary Gift
Two plays in the same week featured a mash-up of authors’ works. LipService’s Mr Darcy Loses The Plot at Theatre Royal Winchester found Austen’s hero leaving Pride And Prejudice to blunder into Daphne du Maurier’s Rebecca, Mrs Gaskell’s Mary Barton and even Beatrix Potter. It was very funny, not least because Austen’s creation has become a staple in subsequent literature, the dark silent hero… Continue reading Lots of laughs as Travesties and Mr Darcy both mash up literary greats
Should you tell them the length or let them find out? The theory of not saying anything is that by the time they find out how short it is, they’re committed and they’re going to enjoy the experience so much, they won’t mind. I would like to think that all that matters is the quality… Continue reading What’s more important- Length or Quality? Houdini & Heaven Eyes
Nature abhors a vacuum. Faced with the big space of the Olivier and Lyttleton auditoria, National Theatre designers feel the need to fill them with sets that dominate and slow down the plays. That’s why I haven’t enjoyed my last few visits to the National Theatre’s big auditoria. The Threepenny Opera was well acted and… Continue reading Review: Amadeus at National Theatre- Bold & Ambitious