Ghosts at Home, Manchester

Posted on Nov 25, 2016 | 0 comments

reviewed for The Times, 25 November 2016 Niamh Cusack is one of my favourite actresses. The intensity of her work will burn your retinas, yet never obscures her light traces of humour. In Polly Findlay’s Manchester Home production of Ghosts, Cusack turns Ibsen’s 19th-century widow, Helen Alving, into a...

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The Rivals at Bristol Old Vic

Posted on Sep 21, 2016 | 0 comments

reviewed for The Times, 21 September 2016 Sheridan’s 1775 comedy, The Rivals, centres on the trials and tribulations of Miss Lydia Languish. It’s a tough cookie of a part. As her name implies, Lydia is a drama queen, convinced by romantic novels that the course of true love never must run...

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Hamlet, Barbican Theatre, re-reviewed

Posted on Aug 26, 2015 | 0 comments

given this Hamlet‘s unusually long and controversial preview period, The Times sent me back to review the production later in the run. This is an extended version of the edited text that appeared in The Times, 26 August 2015. I also enjoyed many of the other reviews and the extended conversation around...

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What’s It All About? Bacharach Reimagined, Menier Chocolate Factory, SE1

Posted on Jul 17, 2015 | 0 comments

reviewed for The Times, 17 July 2015 Even if you haven’t heard of Burt Bacharach, his pop music has shaped your life. Dig through his discography and you’re sure to find that the 87-year-old composer is behind at least one of your favourites, whether it’s Walk On By (Dionne Warwick), Close to You (the...

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