Measure for Measure – Almeida Theatre

There are not many Shakespeare plays I haven’t seen over the years but for some reason Measure for Measure has escaped me – until now that is. In his first Shakespearian production as Artistic Director of the Almeida Theatre, Michael Attenborough tackles what is seen as one of The Bard’s ‘problem plays’. It may be […]

Cider With Rosie – Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds

Like many I studied Cider With Rosie at High School and, while the basic premise sticks in my mind, it is with shame I have to admit I haven’t picked up the book since. Now having seen the marvellous Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds production I am inspired to dig out a copy and re-read […]

Forever In Your Debt – New Wosley Theatre Ipswich

There are some shows that should just be put down to experience and never spoken of again – Forever In Your Debt is one of those shows – we shall mention it here but lets never speak of it again. It’s hard to describe exactly what Forever In Your Debt is or, to be precise, […]

Mark Shenton discusses future of theatre critics

In his latest blog for The Stage, Mark Shenton discusses the future of Theatre Critics. Now having reviewed for the local press this is a subject close to my heart. Now I know that in the views of some publishers ‘the arts’ are lurking on their priority list somewhere just below WI cake sales and […]

Lloyd Webber ‘furious’ over bloggers

So Andrew Lloyd Webber isn’t happy that people have been blogging about Love Never Dies before it officially opens tonight. Given that punters have been paying up to £90 for ‘premium’ seating (or even more if booked via a ticket agency) and that his Lordship states the show is a work in progress what did […]

The Long Way Home – Jubilee Hall Aldeburgh

For only the 2nd time in their history, Eastern Angles have staged an ‘off the shelf’ play instead of one especially commissioned for them and it turns out to be a poor decision. Instead of a locally inspired play we are transported to a Greek island and a widow’s journey back to her birthplace. On […]

Sweet Charity – Menier Chocolate Factory

An oversight I know but lets start with a confession – I have never seen Sweet Charity on stage or on film. I blame having to light a rendition of Rhythm Of Life at college that left me in a cold sweat. So it was into the dark at the Chocolate Factory for their latest […]

Dunsinane – Hamsptead Theatre

Well theatre professionals see Macbeth as a cursed play so its brave of the RSC to stage a new sequel of the dreaded Scottish Play. It turns out however to be a brave and bold move, in David Griegs’ epic Dunsinane they have found a play that not only adds something to the Bards original […]

Noises Off – New Wolsey Theatre Ipswich

There is often a suspicion that there is more interesting drama backstage than onstage in many productions and in Michael Fryan’s classic comedy Noises Off the backstage drama is certainly more watchable than the terrible production of ‘Nothing On’ that the company are desperately trying to tour to the poor unsuspecting theatre going public. For […]

Stephen Sondheim – Royal National Theatre

It’s always good to support young, up and coming, writers and so its a trip to the National to support some whipper snapper called Stephen Sondheim! Seriously though its hard to believe that the maestro is 80 years old this year and shows no signs of retiring. There are few people that can truly be […]