Ever since Emma Rice took the helm at The Globe the work coming out of the building has created an undeniable buzz of excitement, and after seeing Much Ado About Nothing, I can see why. Directed by Matthew Dunster, this production has been imaginatively reworked with his fresh approach to such a well-known story. This version is set in the Mexican Revolution of 1910, and while sometimes changes such as this can feel unnecessary and somewhat imposed on the script, this choice lifts the piece giving it a new, more contemporary life. In making this choice Dunster has made Shakespeare more accessible for its younger audiences, and in his own words this production will hopefully, “mean something new to an audience, or mean something to a new audience”.
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Review: MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING at The Globe Theatre
By Stacey Tyler Wednesday, July 26 2017, 10:43
Review: BRIEFS - CLOSE ENCOUNTERS at The Underbelly Festival
By Nicola Wright Monday, July 24 2017, 15:50
The Underbelly Festival on the Southbank grows bigger and better each year, and this summer the extensive programme includes the award winning production of 'Briefs' returning this year with their brand new show 'Close Encounters'.
Review: ANNIE at the Piccadilly Theatre
By Phil Willmott Monday, July 24 2017, 14:51
It's always tricky as a critic when the negativity you feel about a production isn't shared by the audience around you. So although I found the current revival of Annie at the Piccadilly Theatre weak for a number of reasons, people all around me were loving it and gave the evening a standing ovation; so I'm allocating it four stars inspired by their reaction and not the three which reflect my grumbles.
Review: TWILIGHT SONG at the Park Theatre
By David Scotland Tuesday, July 18 2017, 16:45
Kevin Elyot was a prominent playwright and screenwriter. He is best remembered as the creator of the comedy My Night with Reg. Winner of the Olivier award for Best New Comedy when it was first produced in 1994, the play was recently revived in a production which started life at the Donmar Warehouse before receiving a West End transfer and subsequently winning the Olivier award for Best Revival.
Review: YANK! at the Charing Cross Theatre
By Phil Willmott Thursday, July 13 2017, 09:07
It's great that London audiences, including me, are finally getting a chance to see Yank! the American musical by composer Joseph Zellnik with book and lyrics by his brother David. New Yorkers have been raving about it to me for years.
The revival currently playing at the Charring Cross Theatre, fast becoming the venue for quality and innovative musical theatre under the Artistic Direction of Thom Southerland, started life at the Hope Mill Theatre in Manchester. The critics loved it and enterprising producer Katie Lipson has lead efforts to bring it to London.
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