Christmas
3.0★ ★ ★

Christmas

This is a brilliant but desperately bleak play. Written by Simon Stephens around ten years ago, it focuses on four unhappy men gathered in a run-down pub on a night in the week before Christmas. Three of them a...
3.0★ ★ ★

La Cenerentola

Clapham Opera Festival aims to offer a taste of opera to the folk of South London – its slogan is ‘opera for the many, not the few’. Judging by the mixed audience that saw La Cenerentola, Rossini’s vers...
4.0★ ★ ★ ★

Solomon and Marion

This brilliant play finally arrives in London after triumphant runs elsewhere in the UK and South Africa. It is a deceptively simple affair – telling of the encounter between two damaged souls and the terribl...
3.0★ ★ ★

The Trial

There is every reason why the strange and unsettling fate of Joseph K, the central character of Franz Kafka’s novel, should provide fertile material for Philip Glass. His unmistakable musical style is well su...
La Traviata
5.0★ ★ ★ ★ ★

La Traviata

Traviata is a work that fits the OperaUpClose model perfectly – one or two big party scenes excepted, it is primarily a series of duets and trios. In this well judged adaptation by Robin Norton-Hale, the acti...
Norma
3.0★ ★ ★

Norma

Bellini’s ‘bel canto’ operas are an acquired taste. This production of his 1831 masterpiece Norma is not likely to convert the sceptics because, despite a bold vision of updating the plot to the present d...
Much Ado About Nothing
3.0★ ★ ★

Much Ado About Nothing

There is so much energy packed into this performance of a shortened version of Much Ado that I left the theatre feeling quite exhausted. The likeable young cast throw themselves – sometimes literally - with c...
Medea
4.0★ ★ ★ ★

Medea

Finding a way to put Greek Tragedy on a 21st Century stage is never easy. Some of the conventions of ancient theatre – the chorus, for example - do not sit easily in today’s theatre. This makes the National...
The Ruby Dolls – Fabulous Creatures
4.0★ ★ ★ ★

The Ruby Dolls – Fabulous Creatures

This show is an absolute delight. Described as a cross between Mansfield Park, Mary Poppins, and Britain’s Got Talent, it is being developed to premier at the Edinburgh Festival. It is still rough around the...
The Turn of The Screw
4.0★ ★ ★ ★

The Turn of The Screw

Britten’s major operas revolve around a series of key themes and The Turn of the Screw is the most harrowing account of one of them - the corruption of innocence. Based on a Henry James novella, the story is ...