The Winter’s Tale, Cheek by Jowl at the Barbican

act one I love (most of) Shakespeare but I’m not afraid to admit that sometimes I struggle. Cheek by Jowl’s Winter’s Tale is a no-struggle zone. It’s not ‘dumbed down’ (whatever the fuck that means) and it’s not pretentious. It’s simply really great theatre. It’s pristine. This is probably some of the clearest Shakespearean acting… Continue reading The Winter’s Tale, Cheek by Jowl at the Barbican

The State of Shakespeare at the National Theatre

[A disclaimer: not only do I not own the above book cover but I haven’t read it either so don’t expect any striking parallels between this blog post and what I’m sure is Billington’s finest masterpiece] Shakespeare at the National: bland bland bland bland bland. But, for starters. A couple of reasons why I didn’t love… Continue reading The State of Shakespeare at the National Theatre

Roman Tragedies, Toneelgroep Amsterdam at the Barbican

If I wrote a review of Roman Tragedies it would just be 1000 words of gushing (not in the vaginal sense). So: a couple of random collected thoughts, based on other people’s tweets about the show cos I lack originality. #romantragedies tonight still so humblingly exceptional: most important shax prod since brook's dream. inspiring, intimidating,… Continue reading Roman Tragedies, Toneelgroep Amsterdam at the Barbican