#MindTheBard 2021: Diary

As I’m not doing much in the way of reviews for this #MindTheBard, I thought the best way to keep things going throughout the week was to do a daily ‘diary’ update – this way I can give you a little bit of feedback on whatever version of the day’s play I end up seeing. […]

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The Show Must Go Online: Hamlet

If you thought last week’s alumni As You Like It was spectacular, The Show Must Go Online has gone one step further this week for Hamlet – introducing an alumni allstar special featuring a global cast of actors from the entire project so far. I’ve seen quite the range of Hamlets, from the sublime (Andrew Scott-led Almeida production at […]

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Wish list: National Theatre At Home

Following on from the instant success of the first National Theatre At Home streaming event on Thursday night (Richard Bean’s One Man, Two Guvnors, starring James Corden), it’s got me thinking about all the other wonderful NT Live screenings that I’d love to come to the small screen as part of this series. Over the next […]

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Sherlock Holmes: The Sign of Four

“The game is afoot!” Blackeyed Theatre are back on tour with another adaptation of a classic work of literature – this time writer & director Nick Lane has turned to Arthur Conan Doyle, tackling Sherlock Holmes’ The Sign of Four. This is the second full novel featuring the famous detective, following on from A Study […]

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Globe 2018: “Who’s there?”

Ever since Emma Rice’s shocking and premature resignation prior to her final two seasons at Shakespeare’s Globe, there has been suspense and anticipation over what will happen next. Michelle Terry was named as Rice’s successor in July, and this morning announced an extensive inaugural summer season. The Globe also teased its new branding, with both […]

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WhatsOnStage Awards 2016

So, that’s it! The voting for this year’s WhatsOnStage Awards ended yesterday. I’ve always been a rather cynical person, so it came as a bit of a surprise when I held the belief last year that either of the Sunny Afternoon nominations stood a chance of winning… I suppose when you love something that much […]

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The rest is silence…

The problem with booking something over a year in advance is that there is a good chance you’ll be more excited at the time of booking than when the event itself actually deigns to come along. This perfectly describes me with regard to my purchase of a ticket to see Hamlet. I did come quite […]

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Stars in our eyes

As we approach the first preview of the Barbican’s new production of Hamlet, starring (as if you didn’t know) Benedict Cumberbatch, I’ve got to thinking about the effect of ‘celebrities’ in theatre. Is it a good thing? Or are we in danger of losing sight of what it’s really about? For months this production was […]

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My favourite shows of 2014

This has been a ridiculously difficult list to come up with, considering the fact that I went to see 34 different shows last year (63 trips in total)… There are 12 months in a year, so I’ve collated my top 12 shows of 2014. Let’s start the countdown, shall we? 12. Dirty Rotten Scoundrels I […]

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