Once you reach late November & early December, you don’t have to look far to find several adaptations of a certain Charles Dickens novella – the key is finding an original take on the story. That is certainly the case with Goblin Theatre’s version of A Christmas Carol; performed in the Baroque surroundings of the […]Read More A Christmas Carol (Goblin Theatre)
Happy Love Theatre Day, everyone! This year I actually feel like marking it, not because all of London’s West End theatres are now back open for business (though that is obviously excellent news), but because I’m just about working out where theatre of all kinds fits into my peri-pandemic routine – note that I’m not […]Read More Love Theatre Day 2021: Brave new world?
The Royal Shakespeare Theatre is finally back open for business after its COVID-enforced closure, and what a way to make its return. The first show back, following on from their outdoor summer run of The Comedy of Errors, is the RSC’s regular new family musical: an adaptation of Kate DiCamillo’s The Magician’s Elephant. My first time […]Read More The Magician’s Elephant
What would you do if all the fish suddenly vanished? It’s a question that would have sounded faintly ridiculous a few years ago, but as climate change grips the world in flash flooding, bush fires, and confusion over what season it actually is, a mass extinction event doesn’t feel that far off. In Marek Horn’s […]Read More Yellowfin
This GBM Productions musical version of DH Lawrence’s Lady Chatterley’s Lover originally had a limited run at the Shaftesbury Theatre, but has now been given a digital revival by Stream.Theatre. The show features music from John Robinson and book by Phil Willmott, and was directed by Sasha Regan. It seems to be the year of […]Read More Lady Chatterley’s Lover
You’ve probably heard of the Witchfinder General, Matthew Hopkins: whether through the 1968 Vincent Price film, the song by heavy metal band Saxon, or as a former ranking officer of the Witchfinder Army in Terry Pratchett & Neil Gaiman’s Good Omens. But have you heard of his sister, Alice? Admittedly, details of the Hopkins family […]Read More The Witchfinder’s Sister
The RSC recently opened its rehearsal room doors to give a sneak peek at its brand new musical, The Magician’s Elephant. Adapted from the Kate DiCamillo novel of the same name, it is directed by Sarah Tipple, and features music & lyrics from Marc Teitler and book & lyrics from Nancy Harris. The show is […]Read More Why should you see The Magician’s Elephant?
You know things are starting to feel a bit more normal when Shakespeare’s Globe is able to announce their winter season, with a return to the beautiful candlelit surroundings of the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse. Intriguingly, this will be the first time that £5 tickets for productions in this performance space, with 48 standing tickets available in […]Read More Play by Candlelight 2021-22: preview
A casualty first of the pandemic and then of the whims of so-called theatre saviour Andrew Lloyd Webber, Dorian: A Rock Musical now has a limited run on Stream.Theatre as a newly filmed digital production. Beginning its life as a reading on Oscar Wilde’s birthday, it then ran as a cabaret-style show on the South Bank, […]Read More Dorian: A Rock Musical
You know what? I think this hybrid form of challenge week might be here to stay. Despite the fact that it’s taken me almost a week to write this round-up post, it’s actually felt pretty manageable – and I don’t know whether I’ll have the energy to go out to the theatre every single night […]Read More #MindTheBard 2021: round-up