UK Reviews

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Coppélia

The ballet Coppélia has a remarkable capacity for re-interpretation. What better foundation for a story about ambition and power than a tale of a dera...
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Afghanistan is not Funny

This play is the result of a trip to Afghanistan made in 2002 by the writer and his friend, Sam Maynard, a feature photographer. It tells the story of...
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Giulio Cesare

While there would doubtless be much dispute over which is Handel’s greatest opera, ‘Julius Caesar in Egypt’ can certainly lay claim to being the most ...
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The Walworth Farce

The lights go up on a stage where three men are in three rooms side by side.  This is a grotty, inner city flat with a 1960s kitchen, cans of lager on...
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Rusalka

The new production of Dvořák’s Rusalka rides high on eco-friendly themes. The overture in the pit accompanies a pastoral scene that conjures a lake in...
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The Rhinegold

After the recent travails of English National Opera it is a real pleasure to be able to say that their new production of Wagner’s ‘ The Rhinegold’ is ...
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Trouble in Butetown

Playwright Diana Nneka Atuona has crafted a story of love, loss, family and race, and yet we leave the theatre feeling as though, while so much has ha...
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Phaedra

Simon Stone certainly knows how to direct stunning productions! He also knows how to re-tell old stories in the most accessible ways. His production o...
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The Shawshank Redemption

I have never seen the film that was made of The Shawshank Redemption, a novella by Stephen King that is not quite his usual kind of horro story; and n...
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The Play with Speeches

Pretty much every dramatist has at some time stopped in amazement at the ridiculous nature of what they are doing.  They are writing words for people ...