English Literature

Conquered by Comedy

She Stoops to Conquer – National Theatre For many years, Oliver Goldsmith’s farcical comedy of manners rested in the doldrums, the stuff of school plays and good, clean fun. Now the National Theatre has brought to life this gem of the eighteenth century in one of the merriest evenings on the London stage. We enter the…

Three Plays, All Comedies

One Man, Two Guvnors

Noises Off – Old Vic Theatre, now in the West End One Man, Two Guvnors – Adelphi Theatre, now at the Theatre Royal Haymarket, then touring A Comedy of Errors – National Theatre Perhaps it’s the gloom of recession, the spectre of unemployment and an economy in free-fall, but comedy seems centre stage right now in London.…

Greatly Expected… Greatly Disappointed

Great Expectations – Part 1 – BBC1, 27 December 2012 Any adaptation of Great Expectations is a tall order: it’s such a well loved novel and it’s hard to better David Lean’s superb black and white version – somehow the black and white captures perfectly the atmosphere of an almost gothic novel.  Yet the  image during…