LFO Orfeo ed Euridice 2017 cr Matthew Williams-Ellis
4.0★ ★ ★ ★

Orfeo ed Euridice

The season at Longborough, as always, ended with a production devoted to young, up-and-coming performers both on stage and in the orchestra pit, an in...
5.0★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Venus and Adonis

I think it should be reported that the RSC has revived Gregory Doran and Steve Tiplady’s conceptually brilliant rendering for the stage of Shakespea...
4.0★ ★ ★ ★

Vice Versa

Vice Versa is a lot of fun, a romp of a production, and I can see, intellectually, how it is a considered pastiche of old Roman Comedy and why it is s...
Titus Andronicus Royal Shakespeare Society. Photo Helen Maybanks
5.0★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Titus Andronicus

The RSC has another solid success on its hands with this intelligent, energetic production of Shakespeare’s Titus Andronicus. For centuries this has...
LFO Magic Flute 2017 cr Matthew Williams-Ellis
5.0★ ★ ★ ★ ★

The Magic Flute

The new production of Mozart’s pantomime singspiel, The Magic Flute, at Longborough this year is simply one of the most delightful, most dramaticall...
Julius Caesar 2017 RSC Photo Helen Maybanks ©RSC
5.0★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Julius Caesar/Antony and Cleopatra

I saw the RSC productions of Julius Caesar and Antony and Cleopatra back to back, matinee and evening, last week. I recommend the experience. Essentia...
3.0★ ★ ★

Fidelio

This production of Beethoven’s spiritual, hopeful opera Fidelio succeeds on its important musical levels. All the principal singers have fine voices...
Salome production photos_ June 2017_2017_Photo by Isaac James _c_ RSC_220922
4.0★ ★ ★ ★

Salome

There was much publicity before the opening of this play about the fact that in this production of Wilde’s erotic jewel of a play by director Owen H...

Fire, Fate and Kirstin Chávez

One of the most interesting productions of the Georges Bizet opera Carmen that I ever saw starred the mezzo-soprano Kirstin Chávez in the title role,...
Maki Sekiya
4.0★ ★ ★ ★

Maki Sekiya Concert

The pianist Maki Sekiya gave a concert the other day in Oxford that has to be one of the most fascinating and memorable musical events I have attended...