“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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Globe 2018: “Who’s there?”

Ever since Emma Rice’s shocking and premature resignation prior to her final two seasons at Shakespeare’s Globe, there has been suspense and anticipation over what will happen next. Michelle Terry was named as Rice’s successor in July, and this morning announced an extensive inaugural summer season. The Globe also teased its new branding, with both […]

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Coming up in 2018…

Well, we’re all still here… The big red button hasn’t been pushed yet and theatre is better than ever! I’m starting as I hope to go on, and making sure I have the odd night off here & there – as much as I like being busy and seeing as much as possible, there were […]

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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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Puppets 2017: a summary

After choosing in 2016 to focus on Shakespeare (in the 400th anniversary of his death), I went completely different this year and made it my mission to learn more about, and see more shows featuring, puppets. I have a longstanding love of puppets, grown mainly from Edd the Duck and the Muppets – and there […]

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Pinocchio

The National Theatre’s family show of choice this season is a brand new adaptation of the classic story Pinocchio, based on both the classic Disney film and the original writing. Award-winning John Tiffany directs, bringing to life a show that has been in his thoughts for several years now – he’s joined on the team […]

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The Red Lion

Originally produced at the National Theatre in 2015, a new production of Patrick Marber’s re-worked football play The Red Lion is now resident at Trafalgar Studios 2. It transfers from Newcastle’s Live Theatre, and stars Stephen Tompkinson, John Bowler and Dean Bone. Red Lion FC is a northern, semi-professional club with an ambitious manager and not a […]

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Saint George and the Dragon

Continuing the National Theatre’s largely new writing-focused programme is a new play from Rory Mullarkey in the Olivier auditorium. As suspected from the title, it is indeed that Saint George – but not quite as you’ve seen him before… We begin way back in history, in George’s time. He has returned to his home village […]

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Follies

Stephen Sondheim and James Goldman’s Follies has begun its first ever run at the National Theatre, playing a limited season in the Olivier Theatre and boasting a hugely talented cast that includes Imelda Staunton, Janie Dee and Philip Quast. It was a very popular draw when the season was announced, and has sold out many of its […]

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