Favourite shows of 2017

Any number of shows could have been included in this post; frankly it’s ludicrous that I decided to stick with my whole top 12 idea… As I’ve seen about 90 more individual shows than last year, it’s almost a question of picking some of the shows out of a hat to be able to split […]

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Favourite performances of 2017

This year variety has been the thing (though I’ve still managed to stack up certain repeat attendances), so that means I’ve seen a serious amount of performers – some even two or three times… So I’ve had incredible difficulty here. That was part of my reasoning as far as Mind the Advent 2017 was concerned; […]

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King Lear

Given the turbulent state of the world in recent times, it’s no wonder that the King Lears keep coming (indeed, a new screen version starring Anthony Hopkins has just been announced) – the latest just so happens to be one of the most hotly anticipated shows of the year. Jonathan Munby’s production sees Sir Ian […]

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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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The Hard Problem

Now, my theatre life is still in its infancy, so I felt quite thrilled when I heard that Tom Stoppard’s new play (The Hard Problem) touched on one of my academic interests: evolutionary biology. (I have a degree in Human Genetics, don’t you know!) A Stoppard play, with science and Damien Molony – I was […]

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