Monthly Archives: December 2011

Final Edition

Picture of newspapers

It’s hard not to feel nostalgic. Today, I handed in my final subscription voucher for my copy of The Guardian. I’ve vowed to walk past the station newspaper stand each morning and resist temptation. From tomorrow onwards, I suspect my only regular newspaper reading will be on holiday in far flung, remote places – the…

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…

A Well-Measured ‘Measure’

Measure for Measure - production poster

Measure for Measure – Swan Theatre, Stratford-Upon-Avon, RSC Measure for Measure is that difficult beast, a tragicomedy, and my experiences have to date been somewhat mixed – but this fine production from the RSC was fresh, innovative and often moving. My previous encounters with the play have tended to stress neither the tragic nor the comic so much…