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

My Country, National Theatre

Morality plays that teamed with allegorical characters started falling into disuse about 450 years ago and I think there was a reason why. They feel extremely unreal, unimmediate and irrelevant. Duffy’s Everyman didn’t work, and neither does this. (If you don’t know the concept behind Duffy and Rufus Norris’ latest hare-brained collaboration: Britannia calls a… Continue reading My Country, National Theatre