Walking With Ghosts

Following in the footsteps of the likes of David Suchet and Ian McKellen, celebrated Irish actor Gabriel Byrne brings his memoir, Walking With Ghosts, to the stage. This brief West End run comes off the back off an engagement at Dublin’s Gaiety Theatre earlier this year, and a stint on Broadway will follow next month. […]

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This Wooden O: I, Joan

The last few weeks have been a bit of a rollercoaster ride for I, Joan – and the show only opened last night! It sparked a debate not only about Joan of Arc’s identity, but the nature of using theatre to explore ideas in a physical format; without having seen the show, people had decided […]

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Midsummer Mechanicals 2022

After their runaway success Pyramus & Thisbe, the Midsummer Mechanicals returned to tread the boards once more, this time as part of the Duke’s anniversary celebrations. Though it wasn’t plain sailing the first time round, what with Bottom suddenly acquiring a donkey’s head, they’re set for a few more challenges in this follow-up – and […]

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This Wooden O: The Tempest (2022)

For me, despite its poetical brilliance, The Tempest is a difficult play to get right. Its central figure is a man who has become more and more reliant on magic, claiming ownership over an island when he was deposed from his dukedom – and the tone of the comic relief side plot doesn’t always blend […]

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This Wooden O: Henry VIII

Written in collaboration with John Fletcher, Henry VIII is quite possibly Shakespeare’s final play – but, despite this country’s continued obsession with all things Tudor, it remains a rarely performed piece. Imagine the delight of Shakespeare completists everywhere when it was announced as part of the Globe’s 2022 summer season, this time in a slightly […]

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Withered Optimism

You wouldn’t necessarily think that a show depicting the commute-work-eat-repeat cycle within which millennials find themselves trapped would be a natural choice for a stage show; surely escapism is the order of the day – you want to be transported away from your shitty open plan office and morning alarm, right? Ordinarily I might agree […]

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“I Can Hear Music” – Hot Space

Hot Stats Release date: 21 May 1982 UK chart peak: #4 Running time: 43:29 Singles: Under Pressure (#1), Body Language (#25), Las Palabras de Amor (#17), Calling All Girls, Staying Power, Back Chat (#40) Though it’s often looked back on unfavourably, Hot Space still managed to reach the top 10 in most territories across the […]

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