• My RSC Taming of the Shrew panel comprised Justin Audibert, Joan Iyiola & Dr Emma Whipday
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    Panel on the RSC’s gender-flipped Taming of the Shrew: Kate & Petruchio in the age of #MeToo

Panel on the RSC’s gender-flipped Taming of the Shrew: Kate & Petruchio in the age of #MeToo

I had a fabulous time last week in Stratford-upon-Avon seeing Justin Audibert’s new re-gendered production of Shakespeare’s early “battle of the sexes” comedy The Taming of the Shrew (1591), set in a parallel Elizabethan universe where women are in charge.
Afterwards, I had the privilege of chairing a discussion about the play as part of the “Society […]

What if every day were #Shakespeare400 and London Marathon?

Celebrations for an important family milestone – my partner Peter’s mother’s 70th birthday – prevented me from taking part in festivities around the 400th anniversary of the death of Shakespeare on the day itself yesterday. But I’ve had fun catching up on some of it today.

The Globe’s Complete Walk was a fantastic cultural installation […]

  • Meryl Streep in “Sophie’s Choice”, Ian McKellen in “Othello”, Marlon Brando in “Godfather”
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    Curse of the character actor? Antony Sher doubted he could play Falstaff

Curse of the character actor? Antony Sher doubted he could play Falstaff

Tonight, Antony Sher opens in the West End in the RSC’s transfer of Death of a Salesman. But, as acclaimed as the production is, as important as it is in this centenary year of Arthur Miller’s birth, and as epic a part as life’s underdog Willy Loman (who Sher plays) is, the truth is […]

  • John Heffernan stars in Tom Morton-Smith's Oppenheimer for the RSC. © Alastair Muir
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    Destroyer of Worlds: A closing speech to end all closing speeches?

Destroyer of Worlds: A closing speech to end all closing speeches?

Several weeks after the West End press night, I’m still thinking about Oppenheimer, which, after its premiere in Stratford-upon-Avon, the Royal Shakespeare Company has transferred to the Vaudeville Theatre for a limited West End season (thank you, RSC).

I blogged separately about Tom Morton-Smith’s incredibly ambitious play in an earlier #TheatreDiary, but I wanted to […]

  • Joe Layton and Jojo Macari in Jonathan Guy Lewis' A Level Playing Field at London's Jermyn Street Theatre. © Chris Coulson
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    My theatre diary: Three must-see new plays Clarion, Level Playing Field, Oppenheimer

My theatre diary: Three must-see new plays Clarion, Level Playing Field, Oppenheimer

In amongst the stellar West End revivals of late – not least “mother of all musicals” Gypsy with Imelda Staunton and David Mamet’s American Buffalo starring Damian Lewis and John Goodman – are some spectacular brand-new plays on and off West End.

Here are three in particular that I highly, highly recommend. The first two […]

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    Charting The Stage 100: Who are theatre’s biggest influencers and why?

Charting The Stage 100: Who are theatre’s biggest influencers and why?

In this new year gorgefest of lists, The Stage’s annually compiled Stage 100 of the top influencers in theatre takes the cake. Launched in January 1997, The Stage 100 is now in its 19th year and always makes for fascinating reading – and, I’m sure, lots of behind the scenes disagreements on risers, fallers, inclusions and […]

From famine to feast: My ever-growing theatre to-see list

Between my father’s illness, coursework and a month in Mallorca (sigh), I was out of show-going circulation for six weeks. Social media monitoring is fine for staying in the openings, closings and castings loop, but I was missing ACTUAL theatre.

So, when I arrived back in London, I had a very very long wish list.

I hit the […]

What did I miss? Part One: Tons of transfers

What an odd feeling not to be able to write or shout about theatre – or indeed see much theatre – for more than a month, which was the unfortunate situation I found myself in over the past month and a bit. It’s something I haven’t experienced since I first stumbled into Theatreland professionally […]