Emma Rice at the Globe: top 10

It’s officially into Emma Rice’s last week at Shakespeare’s Globe, and I’m fully expecting to have a meltdown come Saturday evening… So while I’m still functioning, I thought it would be great to celebrate some of my favourite things about her time as the artistic director of the Globe – both from her shows and […]

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Olivier Awards 2018 – nominees

I must admit that I was feeling slightly trepidatious about today’s announcement, having checked over the list of eligible productions for this year’s Olivier Awards and being reminded of some of the awful pieces of theatre I saw last year – so my immediate reaction is one of relief. Then follows a tinge of smugness […]

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“Oh, for a muse of fire that would ascend the brightest heaven of invention!”

You might be forgiven for thinking that only certain Shakespeare plays are allowed to be produced in any given 12-month period – for example, last year I saw five different Twelfth Nights, and this year are at least three Macbeths already on my radar… Michelle Terry couldn’t really come up with anything out of the […]

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Favourite shows of 2017

Any number of shows could have been included in this post; frankly it’s ludicrous that I decided to stick with my whole top 12 idea… As I’ve seen about 90 more individual shows than last year, it’s almost a question of picking some of the shows out of a hat to be able to split […]

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End of 2017 report

With Sunny Afternoon officially off the radar (I’d kept Wimbledon in mind, but timing & prices sealed it), 2017 was set to revolve almost entirely around the Globe. There was also the tiny thing of my solo trip to New York to think about early on… Despite a slow, measured start, I upped the pace […]

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Favourite performances of 2017

This year variety has been the thing (though I’ve still managed to stack up certain repeat attendances), so that means I’ve seen a serious amount of performers – some even two or three times… So I’ve had incredible difficulty here. That was part of my reasoning as far as Mind the Advent 2017 was concerned; […]

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Summer of Love: end of an era

Almost a year ago to the day, I wrote an open letter to the wonderful Emma Rice to thank her for the most perfect introduction to the Globe: last summer’s Wonder Season. Buoyed by what I’d seen and experienced, I anticipated many more glorious summers spent all but living at that amazing theatre, daydreaming about […]

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