Uncle Vanya

Theatre company Tales Retold returns to The Hope Theatre, this time for a limited run of their new reworked version of Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya. One of their aims is to “explore classic tales in innovative ways” – and they certainly do that with this production, as it chops what is usually a 2.5-hour play (with an […]

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#MindTheMusicals: round-up

What a week that was! For some people, musicals are simply jazz hands and tap shoes – whilst I do love both of those things (mostly the latter, let’s be honest), we’ve come a long way since the early days of this particular medium. All genres of music are embraced in the making of a […]

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Day 2: Thrill Me

“Murder is the only crime worthy of our talents.” These fateful words sum up Richard Loeb’s twisted self-confidence, and help to persuade the devoted Nathan Leopold to assist him in his increasingly dangerous thrill-seeking exploits – though with the incentive of getting some thrills of his own… The pair have been inseparable for most of […]

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The Ruffian on the Stair

For a career that spanned just three years before his brutal murder at the hands of lover Kenneth Halliwell, Joe Orton had a profound effect on the theatrical landscape. Rather aptly, and tragically, The Erpingham Camp and The Ruffian on the Stair formed a double bill at the Royal Court in the year of his death (1967) […]

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In Conversation With Graham Norton

Guest reviewer: Ellen Casey In Conversation With Graham Norton explains itself fairly succinctly in its title – Mark desperately needs someone to talk to and the only person he can find happens to be a framed photo of Graham Norton, balanced on a radio. Through the 55-minute runtime we hear Mark’s inner monologue as he ranges […]

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Most popular posts of 2018

I’m always fascinated by the stats page here – in particular, which of my posts end up attracting the most hits! It definitely can take you by surprise at times. So, here are the top 15 most viewed posts from 2018… 15. Section 2 Teamed with No One Is Coming To Save You is Paper […]

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Jericho’s Rose

Following on from There’s No Place Like and One Last Thing (For Now), Althea Theatre return with a new production – this time a one-woman show entitled Jericho’s Rose, running at The Hope Theatre in Islington. As ever, the company have both national and international topics embedded at the core of their work (including the continuing […]

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Bury The Hatchet

Lizzie Borden took an axe And gave her mother forty whacks When she saw what she had done She gave her father forty-one. Or did she? Well, it’s easy enough to refute a good chunk of this well-known rhyme – firstly, Andrew and Abby Borden didn’t receive that many “whacks”, and the murder weapon was […]

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Fat Jewels

Guest reviewer: Ellen Casey Fat Jewels is a tragi-comedy following troubled youth Pat and his sexually sinister ‘family friend’ Danny as, over the course of one night, their many murky issues begin to come to light. It is at turns incredibly uncomfortable to watch and then quickly, bizarrely hilarious. The mood is set early on during […]

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