• *190212TheTempest4
    Permalink Gallery

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

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

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. Sure, we’ve had Prospero played by a woman before – not least Vanessa Redgrave, Helen Mirren and Harriet Walter – but what happens when you take […]

  • 170831EdwardII20
    Permalink Gallery

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

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

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 at Trafalgar Studios, and the one I hosted last night, to Christopher Marlowe’s 16th-century classic Edward II.

Late Company, set […]

  • 170331TheCaucasianCircle1
    Permalink Gallery

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

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

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 Trump in the Oval Office, Brexit under way and hard-right populism on the rise across Europe – with that dark […]

  • Lazarus AD Ricky Dukes, Sara Reimers and Michael Peavoy at The Beggar's Opera Q&A. © Peter Jones
    Permalink Gallery

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

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

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.

Dougal Irvine’s musical The Buskers Opera, set in post-Olympics London with a Boris Johnson-like mayor (premiered on the day […]

  • The Lazarus Theatre panel debate: Ricky Dukes, Sonia Massai, Edith Hall and Timothy Sheader, chaired by Terri Paddock. All Q&A photos © Peter Jones
    Permalink Gallery

    Photos and podcast: Breaking taboos at Lazarus Tis Pity debate

Photos and podcast: Breaking taboos at Lazarus Tis Pity debate

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 brother and sister Giovanni and Annabella, is one of the most controversial in the classical canon and was not performed in the UK for more than 200 years until the mid-twentieth century. Does […]

  • Stephen Unwin. © Peter Jones
    Permalink Gallery

    Photos and podcast: The politics of theatre at The Caucasian Chalk Circle Q&A

Photos and podcast: The politics of theatre at The Caucasian Chalk Circle Q&A

What’s the difference between political theatre and theatre about politics? Can theatre be a catalyst for real change? Do right-wing political perspectives get a fair hearing onstage or is theatre the preserve of the left-wing? And how much does modern political theatre owe to Bertolt Brecht?

These were just some of the questions that arose in a lively […]

  • Audience at the Tristan Bates Theatre
    Permalink Gallery

    Photos and podcast: Why we should edit classics like Hamlet and Marlowe’s Tamburlaine

Photos and podcast: Why we should edit classics like Hamlet and Marlowe’s Tamburlaine

A couple of weeks ago, as part of the ongoing Hamlet hysteria, I was amazed that such an apparent uproar was caused by director Lyndsey Turner’s experimenting with the placement of the play’s most famous soliloquy, “To be or not to be”. When I was contacted by the Independent (article link below) for comment […]

  • Robert Sean Leonard and one of three Scouts in To Kill a Mockingbird, Barbican Theatre, London, July 2015
    Permalink Robert Sean Leonard and one of three Scouts in To Kill a Mockingbird, Barbican Theatre, London, July 2015Gallery

    My theatre diary: To Kill a Mockingbird, Henry V, As Is, Orson’s Shadow & The Invisible

My theatre diary: To Kill a Mockingbird, Henry V, As Is, Orson’s Shadow & The Invisible

Since I got back from my month of remote working in Mallorca, I’ve been lucky enough to pack in lots of trips to the theatre, including this quintuplet of limited season plays that are all worth a look.

As usual, I’ve listed productions in closing date order, and the first on the list finishes this […]