As today is what’s traditionally known as the end of the Christmas season, I thought this would be a rather apt time to let you know how #MTBChristmasCarol2017 has gone. I’m still holding out a hope of seeing the RSC’s production, but that could be some time away; you’ll hear about that if it does […]Read More “Come in! and know me better, man!”
“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 […]Read More A Christmas Carol (Old Vic)
You should all be aware of where this quote comes from. Yes – it’s the opening line of Charles Dickens’ famous novella A Christmas Carol. But don’t panic! I’ve not suddenly become one of those people who gets excited for the next Christmas almost as soon as the last bit of turkey has been finished; I’m […]Read More “Marley was dead, to begin with…”
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 […]Read More Favourite performances of 2016
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 […]Read More Scena Mundi: Season 2017
Following a full-length production of Twelfth Night in the early spring, Scena Mundi decided to create an abridged version that debuted in late June in London, before taking it to the Ventnor Fringe Festival on the Isle of Wight in August. And it now makes its return to London for a one-off performance at St […]Read More Scena Mundi: The Mechanicals return!
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 […]Read More The Mechanicals in… Twelfth Night
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 […]Read More Fund Scena Mundi’s stockings!
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 […]Read More Favourite Shakespeare?
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 […]Read More Some are born great…