Theatre

Theatre Review 2013

Arturo Ui

Nicholas Hytner’s ‘Othello’ and Jonathan Church’s ‘Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui’ prove afresh the power of live performance I seem to have been sat in the darkness of a theatre much less in 2013, but two productions stand out for being particularly powerful: Jonathan Church’s version of The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui and Othello,…

A Little Victorian Treat

The Magistrate

The Magistrate – National Theatre If The Magistrate now playing at the National Theatre teaches you one thing, it is to not trust lukewarm reviews; for this is a riotous comedy, an evening of light hearted frivolity, bizarre coincidences and seasonal mirth. Over the years, Victorian comedy has not always been favourably received, lost beneath…

A Christmas Cracker of a Family Show

Fred Broom as Toad

Wind in the Willows – The Brewhouse, Taunton Anyone who presents something other than pantomime at Christmas is to be congratulated. Naff village hall versions aside, I’ve never been a fan of panto, particularly in their revoltingly commercial guise. But shows at Christmas for the whole family – that’s a different matter. If you ever saw…

Great Expectations – An Inventive Reworking

Great Expectations, Waterside Theatre, Aylesbury Pity the poor dramatist faced with adapting  Dickens’ Great Expectations. First, it’s long: some recent theatre versions have clocked in at well over three hours. Second, it’s a novel of infinite complexity, the work of a mature writer at the peak of his powers and exploring numerous themes. Third, we all…