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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Low Level Panic review at Orange Tree Theatre, London – ‘beautifully realised’ by Heather Neill

So much remains unchanged. While that might be the first reaction to Clare McIntyre’s 1988 play, Low Level Panic, here getting its

SOURCE: The Stage Registration at 04:34AM
Monday, February 6, 2017

Henry V review at Southwark Cathedral, London – ‘a poignant production’ by Heather Neill

Old enemies have become allies in this poignant version of Henry V originally performed in 2015 to mark both the 600th anniversary

SOURCE: The Stage Registration at 10:30AM
Monday, December 5, 2016

Great Expectations review at Merton Arts Space, London – ‘welcoming’ by Heather Neill

The Attic Theatre Company has been going for over 20 years – its last outing was with Beacons, a new play, at

SOURCE: The Stage Registration at 01:15PM
Saturday, December 3, 2016

Peter Pan, National Theatre by Heather Neill

Sally Cookson brilliantly reinvents a Christmas favourite to hook in all agesThe cry "Let's pretend" must have been heard often when J M Barrie played with the Llewelyn Davies boys in Kensin…

SOURCE: The Arts Desk at 12:48PM
Thursday, December 1, 2016

This House review at Garrick Theatre, London – ‘pertinent and witty’ by Heather Neill

What could be more apt during the panto season in this politically farcical year than a play about the House of Commons?

SOURCE: The Stage Registration at 06:04AM
Monday, November 14, 2016

10 Questions for Actor David Troughton by Heather Neill

The RSC stalwart, Gloucester in Gregory Doran's production of King Lear, talks politics, blinding and cricketDavid Troughton (b.1950), a familiar face on television and a Royal Shakespe…

SOURCE: The Arts Desk at 03:54AM
Saturday, November 5, 2016

King Lear, Old Vic by Heather Neill

Glenda Jackson returns to the stage as an authoritative Lear, gender irrelevantThe signs were there early in Glenda Jackson's career that she would one day have what it takes to "ascend the …

SOURCE: The Arts Desk at 12:02AM
Friday, November 4, 2016

'I am dismayed by the tone of the debate' by Heather Neill

'I AM DISMAYED BY THE TONE OF THE DEBATE' A member of the Globe's Council sees both sides in the Emma Rice furoreA member of the Globe's Council sees both sides in the Emma Rice furoreT…

SOURCE: The Arts Desk at 06:36AM
Wednesday, August 10, 2016

theartsdesk in Venice: Shylock comes home by Heather Neill

"In such a night as this..." begins Lorenzo's beautiful speech in Act V of The Merchant of Venice. Watching Shakespeare's play in the Campo del Ghetto Nuovo on a balmy evening under a darken…

SOURCE: The Arts Desk at 05:27AM
Sunday, October 4, 2015

The Wars of the Roses, Rose Theatre, Kingston by Heather Neill

At the press night curtain call for Richard III, about eleven-and-a half hours after the beginning of this anniversary three-play production, Trevor Nunn stepped in front of his impressively…

SOURCE: The Arts Desk at 09:10PM
Monday, September 28, 2015

10 Questions for Actress Jane Lapotaire by Heather Neill

Jane Lapotaire's distinguished career on stage and screen was cut sort in 2000 when she collapsed in Paris with a massive brain haemorrhage. She was giving a Shakespeare masterclass at the t…

SOURCE: The Arts Desk at 02:54AM
Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Llanelliad: Greeks bear gifts to Wales by Heather Neill

The Trojan War has been going on for nine years when Homer's account begins in The Iliad. Mike Pearson and Mike Brookes have been developing their version of the story, using Christopher Log…

SOURCE: The Arts Desk at 10:32PM
Friday, July 17, 2015

The Gathered Leaves, Park Theatre by Heather Neill

Families. Whether it's the House of Atreus, the court at Elsinore or the Archers, they tend to be of compelling interest. For most of us, loyalties, guilty secrets, truths that will out, pet…

SOURCE: The Arts Desk at 07:18PM
Thursday, May 14, 2015

Skin in Flames, Park Theatre by Heather Neill

The premise might seem familiar: a famous photograph, taken by a Western journalist in fraught military and political circumstances, has repercussions many years later. The subject of the pi…

SOURCE: The Arts Desk at 07:27PM
Saturday, March 14, 2015

Play Mas, Orange Tree Theatre by Heather Neill

Mustapha Matura's 1974 play is a celebration of liberation, both social and political, and a sly warning about the possible pitfalls of sudden freedom. Mas (or Masquerade) is the Trinidadian…

SOURCE: The Arts Desk at 02:05PM
Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Kill Me Now, Park Theatre by Heather Neill

The big news was that dashing Greg Wise was returning to the London stage after an absence of 17 years. Still best remembered as the handsome cad Willoughby in the film of Sense and Sensibil…

SOURCE: The Arts Desk at 09:40AM
Friday, February 6, 2015

The Last of the De Mullins , Jermyn Street Theatre, London by Heather Neill

Jermyn Street Theatre, London : Artistic director Anthony Biggs' determination to rediscover forgotten plays is admirable, but they can't all be winners. St John Hankin's acco…

SOURCE: The Stage Registration at 05:52AM
Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Dara , Lyttelton, National Theatre, London by Heather Neill

Lyttelton, National Theatre, London: This adaptation of a play originally performed by Ajoka Theatre in Pakistan deals with an important, timely subject: the beginnings of the philosophical …

SOURCE: The Stage Registration at 06:11AM
Monday, January 26, 2015

Taken at Midnight, Theatre Royal Haymarket by Heather Neill

The mother, so often a sentimental figure in art, can be as tenacious and bold as any animal when protecting her young. Mark Hayhurst's play about Irmgard Litten, mother of Hans, a lawyer wh…

SOURCE: The Arts Desk at 10:34AM
Friday, December 19, 2014

The Shoemaker's Holiday , Swan Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon by Heather Neill

Swan Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon: Philip Breen, whose Merry Wives of Windsor was a success here two years ago, tackles the first Royal Shakespeare Company production of Thomas Dekker's…

SOURCE: The Stage Registration at 11:48AM
Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Almost, Maine, Park Theatre by Heather Neill

For a Christmas-weary Brit who's already had it up to here with commercial bonhomie and festive schmaltz, there were going to be barriers to overcome. Here is an avowedly sweet American play…

SOURCE: The Arts Desk at 11:18AM
Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Sikes and Nancy , Trafalgar Studios 2, London by Heather Neill

Trafalgar Studios 2, London: Dickens himself particularly enjoyed reading the section of Oliver Twist which deals with the murder of Nancy in histrionic public performances. This is a practi…

SOURCE: The Stage Registration at 07:05AM

Miss Havisham's Expectations , Trafalgar Studios 2, London by Heather Neill

Trafalgar Studios 2, London : Christmas time and we expect Scrooge and redemptive jollity, but Miss Havisham's Expectations is the first half of Dickens with a Difference, an altogether…

SOURCE: The Stage Registration at 06:57AM
Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Hippolytos , The Colepit, Victoria and Albert Museum, London by Heather Neill

The Colepit, Victoria and Albert Museum, London: The attractive Colepit, its walls covered in blue, red and grey ceramic tiles, accommodates about 35 people in a single row on either side of…

SOURCE: The Stage Registration at 05:35AM
Thursday, October 30, 2014

The Witch of Edmonton , Swan Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon by Heather Neill

Swan Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon: The fourth and last offering in the Royal Shakespeare Company's Roaring Girls season of early modern plays with strong female roles is a work not seen…

SOURCE: The Stage Registration at 06:28AM
Monday, October 20, 2014

The House That Will Not Stand , Tricycle Theatre, London by Heather Neill

Tricycle Theatre, London: There are echoes of Lorca's House of Bernarda Alba in this appealing comedy set in New Orleans in 1836. The master of the house has recently died and his imper…

SOURCE: The Stage Registration at 06:07AM
Sunday, September 28, 2014

The Edge of Our Bodies, Gate Theatre by Heather Neill

Sixteen-year-old Bernadette is determined to write short stories. She's a promising writer, describing her own feelings, the strangers and friends who cross her path in telling detail. Occas…

SOURCE: The Arts Desk at 12:30PM
Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Ballyturk, National Theatre by Heather Neill

In his masterly essay in the programme for Enda Walsh's latest play, Colm Tóibín warns against attempting to pin his work to a particular philosophical position, simply to read into it a m…

SOURCE: The Arts Desk at 09:51AM
Sunday, September 7, 2014

The Flouers o'Edinburgh, Finborough Theatre by Heather Neill

There are 15 characters in Robert McLellan's quirky 1948 comedy, but the star is the language most of them speak. To mark the referendum later this month, the Finborough is mounting a season…

SOURCE: The Arts Desk at 09:29AM
Tuesday, July 29, 2014

A Streetcar Named Desire , Young Vic Theatre, London by Heather Neill

Young Vic Theatre, London: There is a thrilling restlessness to Benedict Andrews' production of this American classic. Tennessee Williams describes a particular place in a real street i…

SOURCE: The Stage Registration at 06:28AM
Monday, July 21, 2014

Medea, National Theatre by Heather Neill

We know how the story ends, but then so did Euripides' first audience in Athens in 431 BC. Medea was already a familiar character of myth, a sorceress whose ungovernable passion for Jason le…

SOURCE: The Arts Desk at 07:44AM

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