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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...
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Miss Littlewood

One of the many exciting and interesting things about this new musical, commissioned by the RSC, is how cleverly it is the kind of show that theatrica...
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La Traviata

With their new production of Verdi’s seminal middle period work La Traviata, this summer’s Longborough Opera Festival has created one of the most inte...
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Hairspray

The 2014 production of Hairspray directed by Paul Kerryson is touring the country again. Extremely polished, remarkable for its emotional sincerity an...
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Sherlock Holmes: The Final Curtain

Simon Reade’s clever homage to Arthur Conan Doyle, Sherlock Holmes: The Final Curtain, plays like a well made West End Drawing Room Thriller of the 19...
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Der Fliegende Holländer

The team at the Longborough Festival have managed to produce a Flying Dutchman that will itself live in legend, I believe. It is a superb production, ...
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Rumpelstiltskin

On one level, the Ballet Lorent has once again created an interesting dance event that tells a fairy tale for both children and the adults that they b...
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A Midsummer Night’s Dream

The almost-legendary Midsummer Night’s Dream production by Lyric Hammersmith and Filter Theatre has been revived again and is totally wonderful in alm...