Peter Pan In Scarlet at Oxford Playhouse. Photo Geraint Lewis
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Peter Pan In Scarlet

Peter Pan in Scarlet is the official sequel to J M Barrie’s Peter Pan. Set in the late 1920s, that is, after World War I, the children of the original tale have all grown up now, had children themselves, and ...
Handel's Alcina at Longborough Festival Opera
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As is now traditional, the Longborough Opera Festival is ending its current season at its home base with a production dedicated to giving young singers a platform to strut their stuff. This year the production ...
Save the Last Dance for Me 2016
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Save The Last Dance For Me

So here’s the problem. Compilation musicals based on songs of an earlier era are as old as Talking Films. On stage more recently we have had several of these based on songs of the sixties or seventies, based ...
CLD The Real Lewis Carroll at Oxford Music Theatre
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CLD: The Real Lewis Carroll

Oxford in the summer is full of “Alternative” Theatre of various sorts, sometimes amateur, sometimes low key professional  – students and theatre clubs doing fairly weird and avant-garde stuff; Shakespea...
Le Nozze di Figaro at Longborough Festival Theatre
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Le Nozze di Figaro

You do not go to Longborough for hugely glamorous productions.  A bit like Bayreuth after WWII, the approach is highly intelligent but quite minimalist. The first half of this new Marriage of Figaro is almost ...
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This is one time when David Alden got it very right. HIs award-winning Jenufa production, being revived once more, is a provocative, moving and profoundly apt updating of this story in a more modern Czech Repub...
Cymbeline Royal Shakespeare Society 2016
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I guess I have been fortunate with Cymbeline because I have seen a couple of revelatory productions in my time, but above all was taught it by a brilliant teacher in High School, one Miss Elsie Corrigan, who go...
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The Alchemist

Along with Jonson’s Volpone, this is one of the peaks of comic-satiric theatre from the Jacobean era and the RSC has done us a service both in playing it again and in creating such an accessible, clear and in...
Tannhauser, Longborough Festival Opera
3.0★ ★ ★


Tannhäuser is one of the less performed of the Wagner operas, usually; but on the evidence of this production at Longborough it deserves more attention for its libretto and its music. It is actually one of the...