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Archive Theatre Review • PURE GOLD • Talawa @ Soho Theatre • 2007

Director Indhu Rubasingham is much in the news at present for taking over the Tricycle Theatre in Kilburn, London, and changing its name to the Kiln. Most of us are up … Continue reading

06/02/2018 · 1 Comment

Film Review: The Zookeeper’s Wife – Rearview Mirror

Some of my favourite films are about my fascination with the Second World War. It is not from a morbid fascination with the horrors of war, but from my humanist … Continue reading

06/01/2018 · 5 Comments

Archive Review • STOCKHOLM • Frantic Assembly @ Hampstead Theatre • 2008

Frantic Assembly have a come a long way. Actually, they were always ahead of the game, into the mingling of extended physical movement and text long before it became today’s … Continue reading

04/20/2018 · 1 Comment

Lady Windermere’s Fan, Vaudeville Theatre, London 2018 | reviewdonkey

This is the second play in Dominic Drumgoole’s Oscar Wilde season in the West End and it is directed by Kathy Burke. I attended this production with some trepidation because, … Continue reading

04/06/2018 · 1 Comment

The Cherry Orchard (Bristol Old Vic) – WhatsOnStage.com

There’s an art to restoration, and Bristol Old Vic embodies it. Its refurbished gold-gilt Georgian auditorium is, at once, old and new. Its shape showcases its original form. There’s an … Continue reading

03/10/2018 · 2 Comments

Returning to Haifa review – disturbing drama is a plea for peace | Stage | The Guardian

Finborough, London A Palestinian couple return to their former home to be confronted by its new Israeli owner in this unsentimental, gently political family drama… via Returning to Haifa review … Continue reading

03/05/2018 · Leave a comment

King Lear starring Ian McKellen review at the Minerva Theatre, Chichester – ‘intensely moving’ | Review | Carousel, Theatre | The Stage

King Lear transfers to the Duke of York’s Theatre, London, in the summer, running from 11th July to 3rd November 2018. A stunning studio version of Shakespeare’s play has an … Continue reading

02/22/2018 · 1 Comment

Archive Review • SHE STOOPS TO CONQUER • Richmond Theatre [tour] • 2008

If ever a production showed just how important it is to get the set and costumes right, this touring version of She Stoops to Conquer from Birmingham Rep and The Touring Consortium, … Continue reading

02/12/2018 · 2 Comments

Archive Review • BASHMENT • Theatre Royal Stratford East, London • 2005

In Britain, our multi-ethnic society may pay lip service to celebrating difference and we are even giving legal recognition to gay partnerships but there is a continuing pattern of racial … Continue reading

02/02/2018 · 2 Comments

The war has not yet started | Carole Woddis

Well, here’s a thing now, a season of plays up from Plymouth – but no ordinary season when steered by Simon Stokes and Jenny Topper. It was Stokes and Topper … Continue reading

01/22/2018 · 1 Comment

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
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