Review of Love Down the Line

Review of Love Down the Line

While the pandemic has decimated theatres and the theatre careers of many, it has also prompted new thinking about storytelling. With Love Down the Line, the innovative East Midlands company New Perspectives () offer… well… new perspectives. In the past, the company has produced serial stories told by WhatsApp and postcards and they have now…

As You Like It – Royal Shakespeare Company – The Barbican Theatre

As You Like It – Royal Shakespeare Company – The Barbican Theatre

It’s hard to disagree with George Bernard Shaw’s assessment that As You Like It is one of Shakespeare’s weaker works. The play feels cobbled together, especially in the second half, with scenes that barely hang together and characters whose role and purpose is unclear. Above all, it seems to have been written solely as a crowd…

Up Pompeii – An Audio Revival at the Shaw Theatre

Up Pompeii – An Audio Revival at the Shaw Theatre

A forerunner of Blackadder, Up Pompeii! was a BBC television series, broadcast between 1969 and 1970. The writers were Talbot Rothwell of Carry On fame and his less well-known partner Sid Colin. Written for its star, Frankie Howerd, and packed with his trademark camp innuendo and double entendres as well as what would once have been…

The Psychic Project at the Vaults Theatre – Review

The Psychic Project at the Vaults Theatre – Review

Announced as “a mind-reading show based on the true story of the Cold War’s psychic spies”, The Psychic Project at the Vaults Theatre draws on the genuine story of Stargate, a secret unit established by the American Government’s Defense Intelligence Agency and a private contractor. Stargate was created to investigate and exploit the use of psychic phenomena in military and…

Ottisdotter presents Henrik Ibsen’s Olaf | Review

Ottisdotter presents Henrik Ibsen’s Olaf | Review

Here in a thrilling new translation, Ottisdotter presents Ibsen’s early play, Olaf Liljekrans, not seen in London since a production at the Bedford Hall in Chelsea in 1925. The obvious question is was the play worth revival? The answer is a very definite yes and not simply for the way that Olaf Liljekrans foreshadows Ibsen’s…