#MindTheBard: Boils (Coriolanus)

On this #ShakespeareSunday we head off to ancient Rome, where tempers are boiling over… The Tarquin kings have been expelled and there are riots in the street, as citizens grapple for grain; they’re also not best pleased with the general Caius Marcius, who reciprocates their contempt. The ‘microbe’ for today is the boil, which is […]

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#MindTheBard: Leech (Henry V)

To kick off the week, we go once more unto the leech… Giant Microbes aren’t just about ‘germs’, as we shall see over the course of this week, with worms, organs & various other biomedical critters making up the collection. The humble leech has been sucked out of one of Shakespeare’s most well-known histories: Henry V. […]

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Betrayal

“Well, it’s nice, sometimes, to think back. Isn’t it?” And so that’s what Harold Pinter does with Betrayal; we begin in the present, where Emma reveals to Jerry that her marriage to Robert is over and that he knows about their affair, before steadily heading back by a few years at a time for each […]

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Thor and Loki

From the mind of Harry Blake (and created with House of Blakewell) comes the superhero musical you’ve been waiting for. Step aside, Chris Hemsworth and Tom Hiddleston, as the story of the legendary feuding gods is reimagined for the stage – where the coming of Ragnarok also means a time for ballads, tap dancing and […]

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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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“And the winner is…”

This time last week, a group of Afternooners (myself included, of course) was at the Prince of Wales Theatre in the heart of London’s Theatreland for the Miss Saigon Awards. Oops, sorry, slip of the tongue: the WhatsOnStage Awards. 😉 The show we were going to support has one of the smallest fan communities, so […]

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