Murder in the Cathedral

“Will no one rid me of this turbulent priest?” These words, attributed to Henry II, may not be heard in the T. S. Eliot play, but they are ultimately what lead to the Murder in the Cathedral. On 29 December 1170, Archbishop of Canterbury Thomas Becket was killed by four knights who believed they were acting […]

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The House of Yes

“I didn’t mean to maim you. I only meant to kill you.” Matthew Parker’s final production as Artistic Director of The Hope Theatre is a revival of the intriguing Wendy MacLeod play, The House of Yes. Made famous by the 1997 film of the same name (starring Parker Posey), it follows the events of one fateful […]

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Red Palace

The latest in an increasingly long line of theatrical dining experiences is Shotgun Carousel’s Red Palace. Just opened at The Vaults, it sees Scripts For Supper AD and MasterChef runner up Annie McKenzie providing a lavish four-course feast as a precursor to Cressida Peever’s twisted fairytale. The plot itself draws on classic fairy stories from the […]

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The Elixir of Love

When you hear the name Donizetti, you think of Italy. And when you hear of his opera entitled L’Elisir d’Amore, all sorts of romantic notions are conjured up. Barry Island, on the other hand, seems far less glamorous than you’d expect; the home of Stacey Shipman (née West), this Welsh seaside resort is the setting for […]

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Call Me Fury

Arthur Miller’s account of the Salem witch trials in The Crucible isn’t exactly known for its historical accuracy – so much so that he tried to pre-empt any criticism of that nature by writing a lengthy introduction to the play (referenced in The Yard’s production of the play earlier this year). But enough’s enough. In a […]

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What Girls Are Made Of

“They are made of sugar and spice, And other things, not ALL nice” Last year, Cora Bissett started going through her collection of old diaries, and the end result was What Girls Are Made Of: a gig theatre piece charting her teenage years spent as an indie rock star, and the knock-on effects that experience has […]

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Macbeth (Antic Disposition)

“O nation miserable, with an untitled tyrant bloody-scepter’d, when shalt thou see thy wholesome days again?” The Scottish Play continues to prove a relevant text, as Britain finds itself a new unelected leader, seemingly intent on removing democracy and setting the country on a path to modern-day Horrors. This time round it’s Antic Disposition taking […]

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EFF 2019: comedy picks

Last year I wanted to go to at least one stand-up comedy show each day I was at the Fringe; I ended up just going to one (though it was the brilliant Harry & Chris Save the World, so a top choice). I’ve managed to rectify that mistake this time round, seeing the prescribed one […]

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Friendsical

It may have been 15 years since Monica, Chandler, Phoebe, Joey, Ross and Rachel last graced the screen together as TV’s Friends, but the hit US comedy has maintained its popularity – and continues to gain new fans, particularly since all 10 series of the show were added to Netflix last year. It couldn’t be a […]

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Elton John: Rocket Man Live!

Earlier this year saw the long-anticipated release of the “musical fantasy” Rocketman, a biopic with a difference that stars Taron Egerton as Elton John – plus a couple of weeks ago the man himself marked 29 years of sobriety. His own farewell tour is still ongoing, however Liquid Lunch Productions have come up with the […]

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