3.0★ ★ ★

The Bald Soprano

This is a show that fizzes with ideas and enthusiasm. Written in 1950, The Bald Soprano is the first play of the French-Romanian playwright Eugene Ionesco. The ‘theatre of the absurd’ is the label most ofte...
4.0★ ★ ★ ★

Three Days in the Country

Turgenev’s masterpiece has lured many writers to take up the challenge of adapting it for their own times. In this fine National Theatre production, Patrick Marber has given us a very contemporary version whi...
3.0★ ★ ★

Intermezzo

This is a difficult opera to like. Strauss wrote his great operas between 1905 and the start of the Great War – after 1914 he struggled to find the subjects to inspire him. This “bourgeois comedy” – bas...
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Scarlet

This is a riveting and challenging play in a clever and creative production. That I found it difficult to watch says volumes for the strength of the writer’s commitment to forcing his audience to face up to s...
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Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber Of Fleet Street

ENO describes this stunning production of Sweeney Todd as semi-staged. It is a tribute to the show and its performers that by the end of an evening of theatrical magic we have forgotten that Mrs Lovett’s Pie ...
Andrea Chénier
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Andrea Chénier

Giordano wrote fourteen operas but Andrea Chenier,first heard in Milan in 1896, is the only one that is regularly performed today. Giordano was one of the young composers who, alongside Puccini, Mascagni and Le...
The Backward Fall
2.0★ ★

The Backward Fall

Penny Productions is a new company whose aim is “to explore different types of performance” and they claim to take inspiration from Dario Fo and Steven Berkoff amongst others. This piece focusses on the exp...
The Dragon
2.0★ ★

The Dragon

This play is a moral and political fable in the guise of a farcical fairy tale.  It tells of the attempt of knight errant, Sir Lancelot, to free a village from the reign of terror of ‘The Dragon’ and, in p...
Variety Soup
2.0★ ★

Variety Soup

This strange show is difficult to categorise. It is described by the theatre as “avariety gang show for the 21st century”. It mixes stunts, magic, illusions, juggling, songs, and puppets. It has moments of ...