Author: John OBrien


The Taming of the Shrew at Tristan Bates Theatre

The Taming of the Shrew is usually called a comedy but it seems to me more like a problem play. This is confirmed in the current production at the Tristan Bates Theatre, part of the Actors Centre in Covent Garden. Performed using the cue script technique used in Elizabethan theatres this version of The Taming of the Shrew brings out the power dynamics between the genders. This is a fascinating insight which sheds fresh light …

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Legally Blonde The Musical | Review | New Wimbledon Theatre

What do you do when your boyfriend dumps you because he sees you as a dumb blonde? Get a law degree of course! That, in a nutshell, is the plot of Legally Blonde The Musical. The show is an adrenaline rush of joy and fun that just keeps getting better and better. At the end you just want it to start all over again. It’s that good. I would pay for a ticket just to …

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Much Ado About Nothing at The Rose Theatre Kingston

Much Ado About Nothing has been brought triumphantly to life by a director Simon Dormandy who knows what he is doing. Working with a clear vision of the play Simon has set Much Ado in a luxury spa hotel in contemporary Sicily. His version is a cross between The Godfather and Fawlty Towers. The play moves between these two worlds, The Sicilian Mafia and English bedroom farce, seamlessly. The effect is to create a version …

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