Favourite shows 2021 (digital)

Despite the fact that theatres were once again up and running for about half the year (varying from place to place), there was still a massive appetite for digital productions going into 2021. The digital revolution has been a great step forward for accessibility (I’m pleased to see that a few venues are committing to […]

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The Picture of Dorian Gray

“I have never searched for happiness. Who wants happiness? I have searched for pleasure.” Censored prior to its debut in a literary magazine and banned upon its publication as a novel, The Picture of Dorian Gray has (for many) been reduced down to references to a portrait in the attic when someone looks impossibly fresh-faced & youthful […]

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“Dance for me, Salome, I beseech you.” The final production in this year’s Lazarus Theatre Company residency at Greenwich Theatre (following on from The Tempest and Lord of the Flies) is a new version of Oscar Wilde’s Salomé. Based on the biblical story of Herod, his new wife (and former sister-in-law) Herodias, Jokanaan (John the Baptist), […]

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The Happy Prince

“The smallest act of kindness is worth more than the grandest intention.” Prior to the showcase performance of a new musical adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s The Happy Prince, the show’s composer Hal Cazalet ended his introduction with this quote from Wilde himself. And it’s so true. The tiniest nice gesture often comes from an instinctive […]

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The Importance of Being Earnest

  Beginning last October, Dominic Dromgoole (former Artistic Director at Shakespeare’s Globe) set out to bring a year of Oscar Wilde’s most well-known Victorian plays to the West End Stage. Through his new company, Classic Spring, A Woman of No Importance, Lady Windermere’s Fan and An Ideal Husband have all run at the Vaudeville Theatre, […]

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