Henry V (The Barn Theatre)

“Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more!” Following hot on the heels of the Globe’s summer production, The Barn Theatre in Cirencester also takes on one of Shakespeare’s most famous plays: Henry V. Over the past few years ‘patriotism’ has become something of a watchword, appealing to the far right factions and leaving many […]

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La Ronde

Originally written in 1897 by Arthur Schnitzler under the name ‘Reigen’, La Ronde looked at class boundaries and their effect on sexual encounters. This is stepped up a notch in Max Gill’s updated version as it incorporates the original ideas but focuses more on the fluidity of gender and sexuality. Rather than the fairly straightforward idea […]

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Vanities: The Musical

Opening this week in the intimate environment of Trafalgar Studios 2, Vanities: The Musical shows the changing relationships between three friends over the course of high school, college & adulthood. It is based on the play of the same name, making its European première following several runs in America (including Off-Broadway). Kathy, Mary & Joanne […]

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The Buskers Opera

2016 is turning out to be a good year for new writing. The latest in the line of new British musicals is Dougal Irvine’s 21st century successor to The Beggar’s Opera: The Buskers Opera. It tells the hidden story behind the London 2012 Olympics – an event widely lauded & the catalyst of a wave […]

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A night at the opera

Next month, for just over a week, Londoners will have the rare opportunity to see three productions of three versions of the same story, when The Beggar’s Opera, The Threepenny Opera and The Buskers Opera all coincide. Why now? I happened to be pondering this over a pint a few nights ago, and thought it […]

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