3.0★ ★ ★

Mamma Mia

There is very little one can do to analyse Mamma Mia! any longer because most people have seen the film and many people have seen the stage show. This touring production is a nice way for those who have only se...
Oxford Lieder Festival

Oxford Lieder Festival

On Saturday, 28 October, in the visually and acoustically attractive setting of the Saint John the Evangelist Church in East Oxford, the 2017 Oxford Lieder Festival came to a sublime conclusion that seemed to s...
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Rodelinda

Before I even get around to talking about this very intelligent and moving production of Handel’s masterful opera Rodelinda, I have to state the this is musically one of the best performances I have ever seen...
4.0★ ★ ★ ★

Son of a Preacher Man

Son of a Preacher Man is a new “compilation” musical put together for an extensive UK tour that will last until 7 June 2018 with a break for Christmas. It is definitely for the Dusty Springfield fan because...
Oxford Lieder Festival

Oxford Lieder Festival Opening Weekend

Concerts and silent film Produced by the Oxford Lieder Festival Opening Night Concert Der Rosenkavalier silent film Louise Alder, Soprano; Toby Spence, Tenor; Dietrich Henschel, Baritone Orchestra of the A...
Coriolanus Royal Shakespeare Theatre
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Coriolanus

Completing its season presenting the four major Roman plays of Shakespeare, this is a Coriolanus that is both emotionally engaging and thought provoking.  Set in contemporary times in a design by Robert Innes ...
Dido, Queen of Carthage Royal Shakespeare Company 2017
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Dido, Queen of Carthage

Christopher Marlowe’s first play, "Dido, Queen of Carthage" has been given a splendid and totally engaging production in Stratford. It completely vindicates the legendary early rivalry with Shakespeare. It co...
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The Barber of Seville

Jonathan Miller’s production of Rossini’s The Barber of Seville is a perfect example of a concept that weathers well and the ability to look at a classic freshly while keeping to its period and character. I...

The Leader of Oxford Lieder

The Oxford Lieder Festival has been going from strength to strength and is now celebrating its 15th anniversary. The founder and artistic director, Sholto Kynoch, spoke with Mel Cooper about what is fast becomi...
LFO Orfeo ed Euridice 2017 cr Matthew Williams-Ellis
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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 initiative to give a springboard to their careers. The choice ...