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La Traviata

Traviata is a work that fits the OperaUpClose model perfectly – one or two big party scenes excepted, it is primarily a series of duets and trios. In ...
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3.0★ ★ ★
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Norma

Bellini’s ‘bel canto’ operas are an acquired taste. This production of his 1831 masterpiece Norma is not likely to convert the sceptics because, despi...
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Much Ado About Nothing

There is so much energy packed into this performance of a shortened version of Much Ado that I left the theatre feeling quite exhausted. The likeable ...
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Medea

Finding a way to put Greek Tragedy on a 21st Century stage is never easy. Some of the conventions of ancient theatre – the chorus, for example - do no...
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The Turn of The Screw

Britten’s major operas revolve around a series of key themes and The Turn of the Screw is the most harrowing account of one of them - the corruption o...
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TOOT: Be Here Now

Shoreditch Town Hall in the heart of Hoxton is the venue for this charming, chaotic and inconsequential piece of performance theatre. Described by its...
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The Silver Tassie

Sean O’Casey’s anti-war play was famously rejected by W B Yeats for its first production at the Abbey Theatre in Dublin. Yeats may have had good reaso...
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2.0★ ★
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Dorian Gray

Oscar Wilde’s plays have a special place in British theatre so a stage adaptation of his only novel has a lot to live up to. To find the right tone fo...
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Relative Values

This Noel Coward comedy from 1951 is a deceptive creation. Its form is a familiar one, the country house comedy. Its preoccupations - class, snobbery,...