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Mamzer Bastard

Mamzer Bastard, a ninety-minute opera by the 29-year-old Israeli composer, Na’ama Zisser, is an impressive achievement. The title is a tautology on...
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The Seagull

Applying a fresh lick of paint to any Old Master is a tall order. Taller still when the Old Master is rejuvenated again and again, necessitating origi...
84 Charing Cross Road UK tour
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84 Charing Cross Road

There are certain things Amazon just can’t do for you, not even with Prime membership. I can’t imagine, for example, having a 20 year correspondence w...
Machinal Almeida Theatre
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Machinal

Machinal is an episodic narrative about events leading up to a murder. A young typist (Emily Berrington) is made an offer of marriage by her boss Jone...
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Lohengrin

Richard Wagner’s Lohengrin first premiered in the provincial city Weimar on 28 August 1850. The date is crucial, as German dignitaries had flocked to ...
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Portraits in Otherness

As a primarily non-verbal creative medium dance is always a challenge to the reviewer trying to find suitable words that are evocative rather than pre...
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San Domino

The time: 1939, the place: Mussolini’s Italy, the crime: homosexuality. A group of gay men from Catania are exiled to the prison Island San Domino. Ou...
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Utility

George Orwell begins his essay "My Country Right or Left" by stating, "Contrary to popular belief, the past was not more eventful than the present." H...
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Cosi Fan Tutte

A really fine performance of this opera is very rare: often productions veer too much in the direction of cheap farce on the one hand or brittle cynic...