Author: Wendy Pratt
It seems a strange thing to do, on a boiling hot summer’s evening, to come in out of the bright day and ensconce oneself in a dark theatre, along with hundreds of other people, to watch a play set outside in a garden.Read the full story..
It’s rare to be part of an audience entirely attuned to the rhythm of a performance.Read the full story..
If anyone was going to bring the sharp, erudite poetry of Christopher Reid to life in a stage adaptation of The Scattering and The Song of Lunch, it would be Robert Bathurst. He revels in the opportunity to extract the precise, elegant language of Reid’s work, and rolls it over his own tongue like butter off a silver spoon.Read the full story..
Charles Dickens’ classic novel, which explores the idea of social standing in relation to facts and the importance of entertainment and fun in shaping young minds, has been adapted to the stage by Deborah McAndrew in splendid fashion.Read the full story..
If the arts form the cultural mouthpiece for the country, then this play has taken the turmoil and division of Brexit and managed to distil it into something akin to an explanation, or at least an exploration, of what happened with the vote to leave the European Union.Read the full story..
What is there to say about the fevered dream that is Napoleon Disrobed?Read the full story..
This is the first time that I’ve awarded all five of my closely guarded stars to a production.Read the full story..
There’s always something a bit weird about watching a play set in your home town, including an emotional response somewhere between pride and embarrassment when you hear the characters speak about the places that exist in real life.Read the full story..
“This is the first time that I’ve written a play with a house as the central character,” says Alan Ayckbourn of his new comedy, A Brief History of Women.Read the full story..
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