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Nativity! The Musical

My first description of Nativity! The Musical, if I had to give a fifteen second elevator pitch, would be to say this: Monty Python meets St Trinian’s...
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Dirty Dancing

The material is not to everyone’s taste, so stay away if you hated the film. But interestingly, this was not an exact clone of the movie (though prett...
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Shakespeare in Love

At one level I have nothing but good to report about the play Shakespeare in Love, adapted for the stage by Lee Hall from the screenplay by Marc Norma...
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The Band

This is the kind of musical that restores my faith in light entertainment. It turns out to be a thoughtful story about the influence that pop music ha...
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Troilus and Cressida

Troilus and Cressida is a late and difficult Shakespeare play that is considered by many to be extremely problematic. The new RSC production goes some...
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Tamburlaine

Christopher Marlowe’s Tamburlaine was a huge, influential success when it first burst upon the stage; it is one of the seminal and also one of the gre...
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Tartuffe

The thing about the production of the new play called Tartuffe at the RSC is that it is really a play by Anil Gupta and Richard Pinto who have created...
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L’incoronazione di Poppea

In our era in which politics has become egregiously dysfunctional, and in which so many politicians seem to have lost their altruism and simply to be ...
3.0★ ★ ★
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Birdsong

I have a lot of good to say about the acclaimed touring production of Birdsong, but also a major quibble. The actual production itself is exemplary...
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Ariadne auf Naxos

Ariadne auf Naxos is one of the most poetical, intellectual, and musically nuanced of operas, a sophisticate treat. Written by Hugo von Hoffmansthal a...