The Dark Room Theatre503 (Katy Brittain and Annabel Smith) courtesy of Alex Brenner
3.0★ ★ ★

The Dark Room

This short play from the Australian writer Angela Betzien is well titled. The room we are taken to – in a cheap hotel in a rural backwater in Australia – is dark in every sense. It is a place where dark dee...
4.0★ ★ ★ ★


This is a play about loss and grief. Although it is short, it packs a great deal of emotion into its 80 minutes and raises some troubling issues about how people cope with - and sometimes fail to cope with – ...
Tosca King's Head photo credit Jacob Sacks-Jones
3.0★ ★ ★


The second act of Tosca is almost always a harrowing experience. The sexual abuse of a distressed woman by a powerful man is deeply disturbing - in the week that the behaviour of Harvey Weinstein has been the m...
The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde, credit Alex Harvey-Brown
4.0★ ★ ★ ★

The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde

This is a play that stays in the mind long after the lights go up. Don’t imagine that this is just another routine gothic horror story – it is a love story as much as a horror story and it raises all sorts ...
ENO Aida 2017 c-Tristram Kenton
3.0★ ★ ★


Aida is grand opera in every way – big voices, huge choruses, and lots of extras. And this ENO production, directed by Phelim McDermott, certainly goes for scale and impact. To be honest it is not Verdi’s m...
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4.0★ ★ ★ ★

Eugene Onegin

The WNO autumn season is labelled ‘Russian Revolution’ and comprises works by Tchaikovsky, Musorgsky, and Janacek, all set in Russia.
4.0★ ★ ★ ★

Trial by Jury

Opera North is developing an honourable record in doing fine Gilbert and Sullivan productions and they have come up with a very funny Trial by Jury as part of their ‘Little Greats’ season.  Pairing it with...
Opera North’s Cavalleria rusticana Photo Robert Workman
3.0★ ★ ★

Cavalleria Rusticana

Mascagni's superb verismo masterpiece is being presented as part of Opera North’s imaginative Little Greats series. It is given in a startling new production by a young team led by director Karolina Sofulak. ...
4.0★ ★ ★ ★

Dolphins and Sharks

This riveting play comes to London from New York.  Author James Anthony Tyler creates a brilliant scenario in which the modern wage slaves of Harlem play out, in front of a spell-bound audience, a parable abou...
La Bohème 2017 © ROH Photo Katherine Ashmore
4.0★ ★ ★ ★

La bohème

Covent Garden’s new production of La Bohème, replacing the much loved Copley version which has been re-appearing for forty years, is splendid but perplexing. As director, Richard Jones is considered a very s...