Red, directed by Michael Grandage, comes pre-loaded with accolades and awards from its first emergence in 2009 and 2010 in the Donmar and then on Broadway for limited periods. Its appearance at the Wyndham’s Theatre opens up the audience for the production put on by the same team as before except for Alfred Enoch who’s Rothko’s young assistant Ken this time, formerly played by Eddie Redmayne. It’s 1958 when the play opens and the former artistic mould breaker, Rothko, has become the living … [Read more...]
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Small Island adapted by Helen Edmundson at the Olivier Theatre
After the recent Windrush Generation government scandal, this National Theatre production of Small Island couldn’t have come at a better time. Based on Andrea Levy’s 2004 novel and adapted for the stage by Helen Edmundson, it tells the stories of two families, one white and one black leading up to the arrival of immigrant workers from the Caribbean on the Empire Windrush in 1948. Read the full review...
Apparently summer's coming at last. Which has to be excellent news for this delightful and feisty production of Much Ado About Nothing, performed (mostly) in the gorgeous and evocative gardens of Saint Paul's Church, conveniently located on the piazza in Covent Garden. The dynamic and very able ensemble of seven worked summer magic even on a chilly and damp evening, it has to be said. Managing to hold the attention of one hundred and sixty schoolchildren, who scampered after them, so many … [Read more...]
Even before a word has been spoken on stage you sense you are in secure hands here. The theatre space of the little Jermyn Street Theatre is red plush lovely and the set transports you to the interior of the best sort of Irish pub where wistful music is being played on violins, guitars and traditional Irish instruments by the same performers who are about to take you through an enjoyable perspective of a shared Anglo-Irish history by means of drama, song, poetry and archived words. Within … [Read more...]
This is a play that repels. Even what attracts at first, Marta, charismatically played by Ida Bonnast, ultimately becomes repellent. Leavened only by a dark humour, often two edged and offensive, this will not be a comfortable evening at the theatre and you will know that within seconds of the opening. The language is often coarse and offensive, images described often fall under the description of too much information while the disabilities described, both visible and … [Read more...]
This is a series of five short plays of new writing, exploring the risks and lies in love in a running time of one hour. The playwrights are all women with a keen eye for the fallibility of both sexes in their love predicaments. The small cast impresses, taking on very different roles in each play and exerting firm control of the material from the start. Humour is an important component throughout, a counterpoint to the disappointments of love displayed. The … [Read more...]