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BBC Proms: The Makropulos Affair

Without a doubt, the BBC Prom performance on 19 August 2016 of janacek’s extraordinary opera The Makropulos Affair was a complete triumph, one of thos...
Peter Pan In Scarlet at Oxford Playhouse. Photo Geraint Lewis
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Peter Pan In Scarlet

Peter Pan in Scarlet is the official sequel to J M Barrie’s Peter Pan. Set in the late 1920s, that is, after World War I, the children of the original...
Handel's Alcina at Longborough Festival Opera
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Alcina

As is now traditional, the Longborough Opera Festival is ending its current season at its home base with a production dedicated to giving young singer...
Save the Last Dance for Me 2016
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Save The Last Dance For Me

So here’s the problem. Compilation musicals based on songs of an earlier era are as old as Talking Films. On stage more recently we have had several o...
CLD The Real Lewis Carroll at Oxford Music Theatre
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CLD: The Real Lewis Carroll

Oxford in the summer is full of “Alternative” Theatre of various sorts, sometimes amateur, sometimes low key professional  – students and theatre club...
Le Nozze di Figaro at Longborough Festival Theatre
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Le Nozze di Figaro

You do not go to Longborough for hugely glamorous productions.  A bit like Bayreuth after WWII, the approach is highly intelligent but quite minimalis...
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Jenufa

This is one time when David Alden got it very right. HIs award-winning Jenufa production, being revived once more, is a provocative, moving and profou...
Cymbeline Royal Shakespeare Society 2016
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Cymbeline

I guess I have been fortunate with Cymbeline because I have seen a couple of revelatory productions in my time, but above all was taught it by a brill...
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The Alchemist

Along with Jonson’s Volpone, this is one of the peaks of comic-satiric theatre from the Jacobean era and the RSC has done us a service both in playing...