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othellomacbeth Lyric Hammersmith, review

Review: othellomacbeth at Lyric Hammersmith

Yes, you read that title correctly. I’ve just been to see a mash-up of two of Shakespeare’s plays into one and its name is othellomacbeth. When you think about it, Othello  and Macbeth  have at their core similar DNA: power, greed and green-eyed monsters capable of turning gullible men into murderous villains. And it’s not…

Carmen la Cubana, Sadler’s Wells, Christopher Renshaw, musical in London, review, theatre, what’s on in London this August

Carmen la Cubana

If you’ve ever been to Cuba, you may have visited La Guarida, one of Havana’s most famous paladar  restaurants and which attained mythical status after Beyoncé sashayed in and out of it with Jay Z. Its gloriously faded staircase is the set design inspiration for the sizzling new musical which opened at Sadler’s Wells last night,…

Lehman Trilogy, National Theatre, Sam Mendes, Simon Russell Beale

The Lehman Trilogy – National Theatre

It’s a familiar story of bucks to bankruptcy, but this one is on a scale that shook the financial world to its core and affected ordinary mortals across the globe. Stefano Massini’s The Lehman Trilogy  has been given a Sam Mendes and Ben Power makeover at the National Theatre, with Simon Russell Beale (King Lear …

Review – Quiz the Play

The first thing I will say about James Graham’s Quiz  at the Noel Coward Theatre is that the stage looked a heck of a lot like the set of Network  which has just had its final curtain call over at the National Theatre.  And whilst I’m a big fan of James Graham (Ink  was one of…

Peggy Guggenheim, Woman Before a Glass, Jermyn Street Theatre, Judy Rosenblatt, theatre review

Portrait of an Art Addict

One of my recurring fantasies is the Dinner Party where the living and the dead, my gods and goddesses, come together for dream dinner banter. My table is a large one, admittedly, and it includes Peggy Guggenheim. I’m not even sure I would have liked Peggy, but boy did she live the life. She mixed…

The Birthday Party, Harold Pinter Theatre, Zoe Wanamaker, Toby Jones, London

Review: The Birthday Party

Harold Pinter’s The Birthday Party is very, very funny, but it’s also totally doolally. The play had its London premiere at the Lyric Opera House (now the Lyric Hammersmith) in 1958. It was shut down after eight performances, thanks to a raft of disastrous reviews. It’s now considered a classic and has re-opened at the Harold Pinter…

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