Cougar at the Orange Tree Theatre | Review

Cougar at the Orange Tree Theatre | Review

Rose Lewenstein’s Cougar is an engaging philosophical play about the ennui of human existence and the repetitive exercise of joyless living. It reveals itself through the actions of its two characters, Leila (Charlotte Randle) an investment strategist with a huckster’s sales pitch – that of reducing global carbon emissions while maximising corporate profits – and…

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5-star Gatsby: presented by Ruby in the Dust

There is something to be said about the skill it takes to adapt a famous novel, such as The Great Gatsby, produce it in an intimate space and create a piece of theatre so fresh and innovative that it succeeds where big budget films have failed in the past. From the moment you are seated…

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Review of Strindberg’s Women at Jermyn Street Theatre

Strindberg’s Women, a presentation of two short plays by August Strindberg – Storm and The Stronger – allows us to revisit dramatic writings of such a sophisticated power as to cross the boundaries of time, race, social class and gender. One need only to bask in the philosophical musings of Storm which, at its core,…

5-star Sunset Boulevard at The London Coliseum
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5-star Sunset Boulevard at The London Coliseum

Sunset Boulevard, the film, conjures up a close­up of Gloria Swanson as Norma Desmond, silent ­film star, eyes frightened and demonic – fingers semi­curled like lobster claws. Norma was once the brightest supernova in Hollywood, circa 1920 – until the advent of talking pictures snuffed out her desirability and her career. It wasn’t just that she lost favour with Paramount…