Most popular posts of 2019

In terms of total views, 2018 was a bit of a freak year – so 2019 hasn’t managed to live up to it. However, it has continued on the trajectory that we would have been on had Mind the Blog 2018 not been so ridiculously popular… And, as ever, I’ve been watching the stats page […]

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End of 2019 report

Well, it’s been quite a year, hasn’t it? The less said about the political landscape the better, except for the fact that it’s probably given James Graham enough material to last a lifetime… I can’t help but wish that I had some play writing ability to lighten the load (and for my own catharsis)! Back […]

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Mind the Blog ‘on tour’ 2019

Even though I’ve become quite tired this year, and have tried to keep some sort of balance in there, I couldn’t resist nipping out of London every five minutes to see what was going on in theatres across the country. I even managed to start my 2019 theatregoing with a trip to Paris, courtesy of […]

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Macbeth (The Shakespeare Project)

“Blood will have blood.” When you’re performing in a restored Victorian theatre, the temptation to bring a bit of a gothic flavour to a production of The Scottish Play is understandable. The Shakespeare Project‘s inaugural production is currently in the middle of its run – they are performing Macbeth at the historic Salomons Estate near Tunbridge Wells […]

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The Shakespeare Project’s Macbeth: “What choices does he make to cross that line?”

A couple of weeks ago, The Shakespeare Project confirmed full casting for their forthcoming production of Macbeth, which is due to run at Salomons Estate in Tunbridge Wells throughout November. Leading the cast are artistic director Peter Basham (Macbeth), Louise Jameson (Queen Duncan) and Aaron Sidwell (Macduff). With the venue set and rehearsals on the […]

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Macbeth (Antic Disposition)

“O nation miserable, with an untitled tyrant bloody-scepter’d, when shalt thou see thy wholesome days again?” The Scottish Play continues to prove a relevant text, as Britain finds itself a new unelected leader, seemingly intent on removing democracy and setting the country on a path to modern-day Horrors. This time round it’s Antic Disposition taking […]

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Day 7: Playing Shakespeare

William Shakespeare continues to be one of the most influential figures in literature & the arts, with his birthplace Stratford-upon-Avon a popular tourist destination (as well as the home of the Royal Shakespeare Company). He has reached out into our daily lives, as many words & phrases that he included in his works still figure […]

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2019 mid-year update

Once again things started off steadily and sensibly, but then too much interesting sounding stuff (both in & out of London) came up and ended up taking over my diary… I may have again gone down in terms of the amount of shows I’ve seen in six months (103 different shows, 126 individual visits to theatres), but I […]

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