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Architecting draws heavily on both the film and book of Gone With The Wind. At 150 minutes, it is pretty heavy weather if you’ve neither read it nor seen the movie.
Have a bloody good time if it’s designer Robert Jones’ Ilyria in Gregory Doran’s Twelfth Night, currently in the Courtyard Theatre in Stratford-on-Avon.
“It’s a nice little thing, but I wouldn’t want to see it again.” This
was the verdict of an exquisitely dressed but sour faced harridan in
the orchestra stalls. One could say the same of her pinched but pretty
There is nothing more infuriating than public naval gazing by media
types. Who cares how the news is made? News is not news.
The best stage magicians are those who make you gasp with amazement at their ability to force you
to suspend your disbelief: you know the rabbit can’t really be in the hat but they make you
Having spent a year working in Taiwan, I was lazily expecting something to do with dragons to the tune of the rhythmic, wailing music that grated so much on my western ears. Wind Shadow is nothing of the kind: Cai Guo-Qiang and Lin Hwai-Min’s monochromatic visual spectacular blends precise, fluid movements with ultramodern special effects of the kind used in the 2008 Olympic ceremonies.
You just know it’s going to end in tears when you get to go out with someone patently out of your league and, of course, it always does. You throw over all your friends, spend all your money and sacrifice every ounce of dignity and self-respect in increasingly desperate attempts to cling to something you know, in your heart of hearts, you should never have had in the first place.
The rise of social networking has brought back unpleasant memories of school for many users - it seems it will never again be possible to escape the schoolyard simply by growing up and moving on.
The great joys of re-reading a beloved classic are looking forward to revisiting favourite moments and spotting new things you’d never previously noticed.
It is always awkward when you start seeing someone at work on the sly. This is a – very – loose rendering of the plot of Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde; a new version of which has just opened at the Royal Opera House.
Mother Courage is by no means a sympathetic figure and it is made pretty clear that her pursuit of profit from the conflict is the cause of, not only her own, suffering.
The versatile and talented performers tell their three stories by creating multi-layered physical tapestries made up of ritualistic choreography interwoven with song. The overall effect is at once intriguing and strangely soothing.
Trevor Griffiths knows everything there is to know about the Life of Thomas Paine and he has crammed as much as he could into A New World, directed by Dominic Dromgoole: the last play in the Globe Theatre’s Young Hearts season.
Some say that you only really know who you are when you’re lying awake in the small hours. That is perhaps less true now than it was in 1980 when Caryl Churchill’s playlet Three Sleepless Nights was first performed. In 1980 there was no internet, no 24 hour TV and far fewer distractions from the demons that only come out at night.
If the ‘barbecue’ summer is ruining your staycation then you could do a lot worse than pack up the brood and head down to the Open Air Theatre in Regents Park for Hello Dolly!
I must confess to secret feelings of relief when I discovered that Frank McGuinness’ version of Euripides’ Helen runs at a trim 90 minutes without interval. Those wooden benches don’t get any softer on a humid summer evening.
Such is the modern mania for multimedia that it is almost a surprise to see a set made of flying flats and real furniture although the old-fashioned feel seems right for 1940s Wales. The accents from the non-Welsh actors do not disgrace them.
Set ten years into the Trojan wars, Shakespeare’s play is about men in a man’s world.
Even if you are unfamiliar with the plot of Federico Garcia Lorca’s tragedy, it does not take a genius to work out that a play entitled 'Blood Wedding' will not end happily.
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