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Musty or momentous? Three forgotten hits are back on stage in London

One of the hoariest critical cliches is that if a play is neglected, it is usually with good reason. In fact, many plays gather dust simply because of the wilful … Continue reading

12/06/2017 · 2 Comments

Book Review: Fools and Mortals by Bernard Cornwell. | Adventures In Historyland

When a writer chooses as their lead protagonist an actor and his main theme the theatre, possibilities abound. At first looking at Bernard Cornwell’s new novel “Fools and Mortals”… Source: … Continue reading

10/22/2017 · 6 Comments

The March on Russia, Orange Tree Theatre review – vividly funny amid the bleakness

The late David Storey spoke movingly, elsewhere on The Arts Desk, of his sense of overwhelming powerlessness at the challenge of accepting his father’s death. “I was quite racked by his … Continue reading

09/30/2017 · 3 Comments

Archive Review • THE PORTRAIT OF A LADY • Rose Theatre, Kingston [tour] • 2008

Peter Hall’s production of The Portrait of a Lady has arrived at The Rose Theatre Kingston, heralding a season of Hall-directed productions all set to transfer from the Theatre Royal Bath. This … Continue reading

09/14/2017 · 2 Comments

King Lear, Shakespeare’s Globe, London, review: A naked emotional spontaneity in Kevin McNally’s fine performance | The Independent

Nancy Meckler makes her debut at Shakespeare’s Globe with this intelligent, uneven, heartfelt account of King Lear. The theme of homelessness is central to the tragedy and the production heightens our sense … Continue reading

08/28/2017 · 4 Comments

Archive Theatre Review • THE ENTERTAINER • Liverpool Playhouse • 2004

From the Archive 25-06-2014 Liverpool Playhouse has opened its doors under the new directorship of Gemma Bodinetz with an adventurous, some would say dangerous first choice of production, John Osborne’s darkly political… … Continue reading

08/16/2017 · 4 Comments

The Marilyn Monroe and Joseph Cotten Melee in Niagara – Silver Screenings

As it turns out, Niagara Falls is a perfect place for murder. The 1953 Technicolor thriller, Niagara, shows us what a perilous place it is: craggy shorelines, thundering water, a … Continue reading

07/24/2017 · 12 Comments

Victim (dir. Basil Dearden) 1961 | reviewdonkey

Victim is a classic movie in so many different ways. It is a great representative of the black and white, crime thriller, genre of the early 1960s. The storyline is … Continue reading

07/21/2017 · 2 Comments

Archive Review • THE CHRIST OF COLDHARBOUR LANE • Soho Theatre • 2007

The impressively titled The Christ of Coldharbour Lane portrays curiously eclectic Brixton, where social groups are divided by age, religion and addiction. Brixton’s recent gentrification is signalled from the outset, but writer … Continue reading

06/29/2017 · 2 Comments

Churchill (2017) | CineMuseFilms

While historians debate facts audiences judge movies on expressive qualities, human insight and entertainment value. The beautifully produced Churchill (2017) is being criticised for its interpretation of history, leaving the … Continue reading

06/27/2017 · 3 Comments

Georgian Theatre Criticism | Pen and Pension

The theatre critic is a fixture in today’s newspapers and it turns out that such people have a long history behind them. Even in Georgian times, people turned to their … Continue reading

06/21/2017 · 1 Comment

Archive Review • HOLDING FIRE! • Shakespeare’s Globe • 2007

Jack Shepherd’s new play, commissioned by the Globe for this Renaissance and Revolution Season, begins with co-founder William Lovett (Peter Hamilton Dyer) addressing a meeting of the London Working Men’s … Continue reading

05/29/2017 · 2 Comments

The Country Doctor (2016) | CineMuseFilms

To urban eyes, the rural doctor stereotype is a walking museum of what village medicine used to look like in bygone days. French filmmakers excel in portraying this endangered species … Continue reading

05/27/2017 · 1 Comment

Favorite Horror Films of the 1920s Continued: The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari – charles french words reading and writing

In this post, I will continue my series on favorite horror films, specifically of the 1920s. Another  brilliant horror movie of the 1920s is Robert Weine’s The Cabinet of Dr. … Continue reading

05/16/2017 · Leave a comment

The Zookeeper’s Wife (2016) | CineMuseFilms

The diversity of Holocaust-themed movies has increased over recent years as filmmakers try different storytelling approaches to keep alive our collective memory of what happened. One film that has divided … Continue reading

05/15/2017 · 3 Comments

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975): The Darkest of Comedies

MovieBabble’s attempt to watch and review every movie on the IMDb Top 250 list starts with a classic, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest! Source: One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s … Continue reading

05/14/2017 · 8 Comments

Consent, National Theatre, South Bank, London | reviewdonkey

The reviews for this show had been so good, but it was sold out. I know that NT have a few restricted view seats that they sell at 9.30 on … Continue reading

05/08/2017 · 1 Comment

All Our Children review – a shameful historical period horrifies anew

How do you tell a story as complex as the eugenics movement, which is pursued afresh in writer-director Stephen Unwin’s new play All Our Children? Its idealistic origins lie in … Continue reading

05/06/2017 · 3 Comments

Why the Armenian-Genocide Film ‘The Promise’ Is Crucial Cinema – CURNBLOG

Terry George’s ‘The Promise’, set during the Armenian-Genocide, is a great movie. The talents of Oscar Isaac and Christian Bale are… Source: Why the Armenian-Genocide Film ‘The Promise’ Is Crucial … Continue reading

04/28/2017 · 1 Comment

“Papillon”: A flawed but fascinating film with a tangled real-life history. – SeanMunger.com

Although a well-made and interesting film, Schaffner’s “Papillon” suffers from the identity crisis of its source material: is it fact or fiction? Source: “Papillon”: A flawed but fascinating film with … Continue reading

04/22/2017 · Leave a comment

Jack Lemmon Rages Against The China Syndrome – Silver Screenings

The China Syndrome (1979) was, for a time, more famous for issues surrounding it than the movie itself. When this thriller was first released, it received mixed reviews. Newsweek called the film… … Continue reading

04/05/2017 · 6 Comments

Don Juan in Soho, Wyndham’s Theatre, London, 2017 | reviewdonkey

The 17th Century version of this play closed, after only one performance, because of its repulsive and offensive nature. It was not shown in an uncensored form again for almost 150 … Continue reading

04/03/2017 · 5 Comments

Film Review – Viceroy’s House: Photocopying Downton Abbey | Enough of this Tomfoolery!

With 2017 marking the 70th anniversary of Indian independence (and the creation of Pakistan as well), the release of Viceroy’s House is perfectly timed, a narration of the road to … Continue reading

03/28/2017 · 1 Comment

How Bette Davis Turned 18 Minutes into a Whole Movie – Silver Screenings

*Spoiler Alert* We found a Bette Davis film that made us cry. Now, as much as we adore Ms Davis, we never cry at her films, not even if she’s dying of … Continue reading

03/26/2017 · 3 Comments

Archive Review • LUNCH WITH MARLENE • New End Theatre • 2008

Whenever I visit the V&A I always, and I do mean always, have to walk round my favourite section of the Museum. It is the part that houses the wayward … Continue reading

03/21/2017 · 1 Comment

Archive Review • THE PRODUCERS • Theatre Royal, Drury Lane • 2004

The producers of all this year’s West End flops should be ordered to sit in the Theatre Royal Drury Lane and watch a masterpiece in action. The Producers, starring Nathan … Continue reading

03/18/2017 · 2 Comments

Archive Review • THE CRUCIBLE • Birmingham Rep @ New Wimbledon Theatre [tour] • 2004

Arthur Miller’s The Crucible, which is appearing on tour at the New Wimbledon Theatre, is regarded by many as a modern classic. First performed in New York just over fifty … Continue reading

03/15/2017 · Leave a comment

Jasper Jones (2017) | CineMuseFilms

A coming-of-age, thriller and rom-com mashup that looks at dysfunctional lives in an Aussie country town. Source: Jasper Jones (2017) | CineMuseFilms

03/09/2017 · 6 Comments

Archive Review • THE LARAMIE PROJECT • KIT Productions @ Sound Theatre, London • 2005

In 1998 two local men met Matthew Shepard, a 21-year old, five foot two inches tall, gay student in a bar in Laramie, Wyoming. They took him in their wagon … Continue reading

03/03/2017 · 2 Comments

Mel Gibson’s Epic “Hacksaw Ridge” Reviewed by Jack Hawkins

Hacksaw Ridge spins a crowd-pleasing yarn about a simple man who possessed extraordinary mettle and bravery. Desmond Doss, a ‘conscientious cooperator’ fro Source: Mel Gibson’s Epic “Hacksaw Ridge” Reviewed by … Continue reading

02/27/2017 · 1 Comment