Worst shows 2019

Despite how it seemed at times, my year has actually been top quality in theatre terms. I nominate my likes and dislikes as I go through the year, and this time round only ten made it onto my ‘long’ list for worst show (compared with well over 50 for best show) – so it was […]

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Arthur Miller 2019: a summary

Before this, I’ve taken on Shakespeare, puppetry and Emma Rice; thanks to an early pattern in theatre scheduling, I decided this year had to focus on Arthur Miller. I started off really enthusiastically – it definitely helped that I was rather spoilt for choice in terms of productions of Arthur Miller’s plays in the first […]

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Othello (Essential Classics 2019)

Closing Phil Willmott’s ‘Enemies of the People’ 2019 Essential Classics season is Shakespeare’s classic Othello, following in the footsteps of Arthur Miller’s An Enemy of the People, and new musical, CAN-CAN!. This production marks the centenary of the Jallianwala Bagh massacre, with events set in the British Raj. With something like Shakespeare there can be a […]

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CAN-CAN!

Continuing Phil Willmott’s ‘Enemies of the People’ Essential Classics season for 2019 is a new musical, CAN-CAN!, following on from Arthur Miller’s An Enemy of the People. It is soundtracked by the music of Jacques Offenbach and his contemporaries, and has a limited run at the Union Theatre, prior to a new production of Shakespeare’s […]

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An Enemy of the People

Opening up Phil Willmott’s ‘Enemies of the People’ Essential Classics season for 2019 is a new production of Arthur Miller’s An Enemy of the People, which is itself adapted from a play of the same name by Henrik Ibsen. The play has a limited run at the Union Theatre, prior to Offenbach’s Can-Can! and Shakespeare’s Othello, […]

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Worst shows of 2018

As we live in a world where people appear to be increasingly defensive, and criticism (however constructive) is simply batted away, I feel I absolutely need to stress from the outset that this is just my opinion. I would write ‘Least favourite shows of 2018’ as the title, but that doesn’t really roll off the tongue […]

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People Like Us

Can anyone remember the time before Brexit? You’re not alone. Most artistic responses, given the overwhelmingly pro-Remain stance across the sector, have focused on the most negative aspects of the whole thing. So it’s not at all unreasonable to show a piece from a pair of pro-Brexit writers (novelist Julie Burchill & journalist/novelist Jane Robins) […]

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