A Christmas Carol (Old Vic)

“God rest ye merry, gentlemen, let nothing you dismay…” So the carol goes that rings out in Scrooge’s ears – and Matthew Warchus’ new production of the Dickens classic (adapted by Olivier Award winner Jack Thorne) follows in that vein, bringing “tidings of comfort and joy” in copious measures. It kicks off the new Old […]

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Favourite performances of 2016

It almost goes without saying that over my nearly three hundred shows this year there have been some incredible performances on display – from actors I’ve seen in other productions, as well as my fair share of newbies. None fresher than new RADA graduates in their production of John Gay’s The Beggar’s Opera. Obviously you […]

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Scena Mundi: Season 2017

Scena Mundi Theatre Company began in 2014, but the first time I saw them was during their ‘Sad Stories of the Death of Kings’ season as part of their residency at St Bart’s. Unfortunately I missed their Richard II, but I did see Edward II (all 80s hair rock & leather) and was easily drawn […]

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The Mechanicals in… Twelfth Night

To continue their ‘Shakespeare 400’ celebrations, classical theatre company Scena Mundi last Friday performed their new four-man abridged version of Twelfth Night, in the green surroundings of Albert Square Garden. In an inspired turn, it is presented as a ‘play within a play’. The four cast members appear as versions of the “rude mechanicals” from […]

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Fund Scena Mundi’s stockings!

If you have been avidly reading my blog since October last year, you should by now have heard of the wonderful theatre company that is Scena Mundi. I first saw them very nearly a year ago (thanks to the Theatre Tourist), in their production of Marlowe’s Edward II at St Bart’s (this made it into […]

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Favourite Shakespeare?

Given that I’ve only seen ten of his plays performed onstage, plus film & TV versions of a few others, this can’t be the most comprehensive post ever. And, as with many things, it is liable to change with different moods and be influenced by current interests. However, there is one of Shakespeare’s plays that […]

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Some are born great…

Twelfth Night, or What You Will is the latest production from the wonderful Scena Mundi, kicking off their Spring/Summer 2016 season in fine (and high) fashion at the French Protestant Church in Soho Square. It is a truly beautiful building. The company’s commitment to performing in historic surroundings is inspiring – it really provides an atmosphere […]

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