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

Sophie Khan Levy and Lucy Phelps as Celia and Rosalind - Photo by Topher McGrillis (c) RSC

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 … Read moreAs You Like It – Royal Shakespeare Company – The Barbican Theatre

Up Pompeii – An Audio Revival at the Shaw Theatre

Up Pompeii! Cast

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 … Read moreUp Pompeii – An Audio Revival at the Shaw Theatre

Review of Brooklyn The Musical at Greenwich Theatre

BROOKLYN: John Addison, Sabrina Aloueche, Hiba Elchikhe, Andrew Patrick-Walker, Emily-Mae. Photo by Pamela Raith.

The off-Broadway musical Brooklyn has taken sixteen years to reach the UK. The programme (essential reading!) tells the audience that, using the time-honoured ‘play-within-a-play’ structure, the show focuses on five homeless people who use the space under Brooklyn Bridge to stage their story about a Parisian orphan singer, who just happens to be called Brooklyn. … Read moreReview of Brooklyn The Musical at Greenwich Theatre