Ben Miles in Wolf Hall at The Aldwych excels in what must be a career defining role as the tough but tender, honourable but ruthless fixer, Thomas Cromwell. Watching him, I couldn’t help thinking of the occasions I’ve been in Cromwell’s situation.
I nearly always enjoy the experience but it’s very rare that I recapture the excitement I felt when I first sat in a theatre as a child and the lights went down and actors came on stage to tell a story. But it happened last week at the Young Vic in London.
I wish the National Theatre a very happy 50th birthday. To me, it is what subsidy is all about. It could have been a staid presenter of the classics of the English stage. Instead it has encouraged new writing and the discovery of non-English work. It has been challenging and experimental. Given the opportunity not… Continue reading Happy 50th Birthday, National Theatre, and Many Happy Subsidies
Blue Apple Theatre changes the lives of people with learning disabilities but also the audience that watches it
There’s a debate on LinkedIn about the value of printed brochures. The new Chichester Festival Theatre brochure which came through my letterbox this week shows exactly what a good brochure can do. It’s not that the CFT doesn’t use other media. ‘Friends’ who pay for priority booking and others, like me, on the theatre’s email… Continue reading The New Chichester Theatre Brochure Analysed