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The Two Noble Kinsmen

Shakespeare’s last work for the theatre, in collaboration with the young John Fletcher, is now acknowledged to be a part of the canon and is a troubling and complex reworking of Chaucer’s The Knight’s Tal...
3.0★ ★ ★

The Glenn Miller Story

I’m not sure quite how to define this show because I think it is a bit schizophrenic. On the one hand, if you are a Tommy Steele fan it is a kind of vaudeville turn for him, introducing the story of Glenn Mil...
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BBC Proms: The Makropulos Affair

Without a doubt, the BBC Prom performance on 19 August 2016 of janacek’s extraordinary opera The Makropulos Affair was a complete triumph, one of those evening when everything simply goes right. Based on a fa...
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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Alcina

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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Jenufa

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...