Nicky Allpress is an avid theatregoer and theatremaker, who has spent the last 20 years watching plays and acting in, directing and producing work of her own, from the classics and adaptations to new writing, whilst bringing up three boys who are now, much taller than her.
Review: BLUES IN THE NIGHT at The Kiln
By Nicky Allpress Friday, August 2 2019, 20:04
A series of heart-wrenching and toe-tapping songs speak to us, of love, loneliness, sex drugs and hedonism that ultimately celebrate the strength of the human spirit in spite of hardship. A live jazz band backing a set of incredible voices is a joy to experience at the recently refurbished Kiln Theatre which has clearly invested in state-of-the-art system that makes quality sound soar. Four souls simply named The Woman, The Lady, The Girl and The Man take turns in singing their story of life’s highs and lows and at times become entwined in mutual understanding of each other’s journey.
Review: AFTER DARK at The Finborough Theatre
By Nicky Allpress Monday, June 24 2019, 09:52
The building of the new Metropolitan line underground railway presents the thrilling opening of Dion Boucicault’s 1880’s melodrama set in the grimy streets of Victorian London. Combining music of the era with a modern design, After Dark may be a world away from the naturalistic style of theatre we’ve come to expect, but there’s plenty of fun to be had with melodrama.
Review: HENRY IV PART 1 or 'HOTSPUR' / HENRY IV PART 2 or 'FALSTAFF' / HENRY V at Shakespeare’s Globe
By Nicky Allpress Wednesday, May 22 2019, 09:46
The History plays are rarely on the school syllabus which is a great shame because they are wonderful. Far from inaccessible and dry, they not only embody all of the the wit of Shakespeare’s comedies and the darkness of the tragedies, they also have action, romance and politics. What’s not to love?
Henry IV Part 1, or Hotspur Photographer: Tristram Kenton
Review: ASHURBANIPAL: THE LAST GREAT KING OF ASSYRIA at The Crypt Gallery
By Nicky Allpress Wednesday, March 6 2019, 14:28
Catharsis have created another epic journey back to the past and this time, it’s as atmospheric as it is mesmerising.
What Happens in Richard II
By Nicky Allpress Friday, December 21 2018, 14:45
With the Almeida’s production of Richard II, starring Simon Russell Beale stripped back to 90 minutes and getting rave reviews there’s never been a better time to encounter one of Shakespeare’s most poetic plays.
Here’s a run down of the plot if it’s new to you.
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