“Oh, for a muse of fire that would ascend the brightest heaven of invention!”

You might be forgiven for thinking that only certain Shakespeare plays are allowed to be produced in any given 12-month period – for example, last year I saw five different Twelfth Nights, and this year are at least three Macbeths already on my radar… Michelle Terry couldn’t really come up with anything out of the […]

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Worst shows of 2017

Inevitably you remember the awful shows more, as they stick out in a sea of good and brilliant productions. Obviously when you see around 200 different shows you’re bound to come across a few duff ones, but I’m pleased to say that nearly all of the bad shows I saw can be found in this […]

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Olivier Awards 2017 – nominees

The nominees for this year’s Olivier Awards were announced via Facebook Live on Monday. Whilst many of the choices have been widely applauded, it seems to many theatregoers that there are some glaring omissions from the nominations. It’s no easy task to narrow down a year’s worth of theatre into the top four (I really […]

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Coming up in 2017…

Whilst obviously we all remain hopeful that this year isn’t going to be as bad as last year, it’s probably a good idea to distract ourselves with art and escape into Theatreland. And luckily it seems to be shaping up rather nicely! I already have quite a few nights booked up to keep you interested […]

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Favourite shows of 2016

It has been pretty hard to narrow down my customary top 12, particularly given the sheer number of shows I had to choose from – and how late I was still seeing new shows… There are a few that I’ve had to exclude from the list as it would be cheeky to have shows from […]

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“Out, out brief candle!”

It’s extremely difficult to put into words exactly how this morning’s news from the Globe has made me feel. Shocked, baffled, but most of all angry. Incandescently so. As you may have gathered from my recent open letter to Emma Rice, this summer has been one of the best I’ve ever had – and I […]

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Dear Emma…

As your first summer season at the Globe has come to an end, I would like to take this opportunity to express my sincerest thanks for what has been a perfect introduction to one of London’s most wonderful performance spaces. As a longtime Shakespeare fan, it’s remarkable that it took me until this year to […]

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