4.48 Psychosis (C) ROH. Photo by Stephen Cummiskey
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4.48 Psychosis

“Behold the light of despair, the glare of anguish”. It is so difficult to know where to start with this extraordinary work by composer Philip Venable...
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Quartet

Ronald Harwood has a real talent for conjuring up the world of theatre and the pains and pleasures of those who make their living by performing, in th...
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The Marriage of Figaro

The English National Opera’s revival of The Marriage of Figaro is a welcome success after recent troubles. Fiona Shaw, who was the original director o...
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The Mikado

What is the opposite of “turning in your grave”? Because whatever it is that is what W. S. Gilbert is surely doing today. He was the master of gentle ...
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Dank Verse

Will Penswick bills himself as the worst performance poet in the world. Don’t believe him – this is a seriously funny show and he is a very sharp perf...
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La Traviata

Every opera company needs a top quality production of Traviata that it can roll out to bring in the crowds and fill the coffers. Verdi’s tuneful and t...
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Giulio Cesare

John Coke and his team at Bury Court have conjured up a minor miracle with a production of Giulio Cesare that does full justice to one of Handel’s fin...
The Marriage of Figaro ETO Photo Jane Hobson
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The Marriage of Figaro

The Beast from the East nearly ruined the first night of ETO’s new production of The Marriage of Figaro. There were a lot of empty seats at the Hackne...
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La Forza del Destino

This Verdi blockbuster, chosen by Welsh National Opera as part of their ‘Rabble Rousers’ season, deals with the malevolent effect of fate on three peo...
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Tosca

Puccini’s masterpiece Tosca was first performed in Rome in 1900. It is a tale of sedition, torture, rape, and betrayal and it is easy to understand wh...