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A Show to Kill for

Cast of 'The Ladykillers'

The Ladykillers – Gielgud Theatre The Ladykillers has already been nominated for five Olivier Awards – and with very good reason: neatly plotted, craftily acted and superbly comic, the play is unquestionably one of the quirkiest shows in the West End. Released in 1955, the original Ladykillers was that most British of film types, an…

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…

A ‘Streetcar’ to Desire

Liverpool Playhouse Theatre

A Streetcar Named Desire – Liverpool Playhouse  To the outsider, Liverpool is perplexing. Prior to the Second World War, its population stood at almost 850,000, a city proud of its industrial achievements and remarkable architectural heritage, but marred by the most destitute poverty and a shameful slave-trading history. The city has experienced decline and even desolation…

‘Searing, sobering, devastating and beautiful….’

Sinead Cusack as Juno

  Juno and the Paycock – National Theatre, London, NT/ Abbey Theatre Dublin co-production Perhaps the oddest thing about Juno and the Paycock is the title. ‘Juno’ is the woman at the centre of this deeply moving, poignant and tragic drama, a woman of grit and humour, determination, longsuffering patience and love. The ‘Paycock’ is her…

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…