“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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Most popular posts of 2017

I get rather drawn to the stats page of the blog at times… But it’s always interesting to see the search terms that bring people here – and which posts get the most hits! This time I’ve decided to compile all of the most popular ones in one place, just in case you missed them […]

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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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Twelfth Night (RSC 2017)

Following in the footsteps of Emma Rice’s production of the same play in her final summer season at the Globe, director Christopher Luscombe moves from Nell Gwynn’s 17th century setting to a Belle Époque version of Twelfth Night. This production delights in the work of the Aesthetic Movement, as well as bringing a subcontinental flavour […]

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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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Globe Challenge: Shakespeare quiz

Here we are, day one of #GlobeChallenge! And I’m feeling generous already. How would you like to win a yard ticket to one of the remaining shows on offer this season at Shakespeare’s Globe? Between now and 15 October, there is a choice of Much Ado About Nothing, King Lear, and Tristan Bernays’ “brand new […]

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