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Macbeth

By |2020-02-18T18:49:58+00:003 March 2020|

Shakespeare’s supernatural and bloody Macbeth bursts onto the stage in this epic new ensemble production and features as the first production in Lazarus Theatre's third year-long residency at Greenwich Theatre.

Salome Q&A video and photos: What would the censor have made of this regendered version of Oscar Wilde’s play?

By |2020-01-25T22:50:19+00:0022 May 2019|

After The Tempest and Lord of the Flies, my last of three post-show Q&As with Lazarus Theatre company for their 2019 season at Greenwich Theatre was last night to their new version of Oscar Wilde's Salome.

Lord of the Flies Q&A video and photos: Are humans inherently good or evil?

By |2020-01-25T23:46:06+00:0027 March 2019|

Last night I chaired my second of three post-show Q&As with Lazarus Theatre Company as part of their 2019 residency at Greenwich Theatre - their highly acclaimed return production of Lord of the Flies.

The Tempest Q&A video and photos: What happens when Prospero & Miranda becomes a mother-son relationship?

By |2020-01-26T00:11:19+00:0013 February 2019|

In my first of three post-show Q&As this year with Lazarus Theatre, I was at Greenwich Theatre for this pioneering ensemble company's exciting re-examination of Shakespeare's The Tempest.

Q&A podcast and photos: What does Marlowe’s Edward II tell us about identity and gay rights?

By |2020-03-27T16:07:26+00:001 September 2017|

The plays may have been written 420-odd years apart, but I was really struck by how many parallels there were between the discussion I hosted last week, to the European premiere of Jordan Tannahill's Late Company, and the one I hosted last night, to Christopher Marlowe's 16th-century classic Edward II.

Q&A photos and podcast: A return to Brechtian politics via The Caucasian Chalk Circle

By |2020-03-27T18:45:24+00:0031 March 2017|

What would Bertolt Brecht have made of Donald Trump? Brecht's "epic theatre" was sparked by the rise of Nazism in 1930s Germany. Many pundits have likened the political period we've now entered with that dark decade of the twentieth century.

Photos and podcast: Nearly 300 years on, why does The Beggar’s Opera still resonate?

By |2020-03-27T21:47:12+00:0016 November 2016|

There's something in the water with The Beggar's Opera at the moment. Lazarus Theatre's new, modern-dress, 80-minute version at Brockley Jack Studio Theatre is the third major London presentation of the story of womanising highwayman Macheath this year.

Photos and podcast: Breaking taboos at Lazarus ‘Tis Pity debate

By |2020-03-28T21:38:05+00:0031 August 2016|

Are there any stage taboos left? John Ford's 17th-century romantic thriller 'Tis Pity She's a Whore, centring on an incestuous relationship between a brother and sister, is one of the most controversial in the classical canon. Does it still have the power to shock?