Philip Ridley is nothing less than a creative phenomenon. I’ve only come across him through his stage plays for adults but a quick glance at his Wiki entry shows those to be merely the tip of a gigantic iceberg of creativity that stretches across theatre – for children as well as adults – literature (especially for children) – Art, photography and film – and music as a lyricist with notably Nick Bicât. Continue reading →
It’s rather wonderful that fully fledged stage classics can still turn up in the West End without having first started out life in the subsidised sector. Once upon a time, that would have been thanks to Michael Codron. Now Sonia Friedman is the one who still boldly goes where few others dare to follow. In this day and age, that’s no mean achievement. Continue reading →
The desire to conceive, to be a mother. What a mighty force it is and how society has made it, in the West at least, one of its pre-eminent priorities. Millions has been spent on fertility research. And millions are now spent on treatment in ensuring that the desire to conceive is met. Continue reading →
Runs: 2hrs 30 mins incl 15 min interval
Review of perf seen April 18, 2019:
`A sweet sexy fairy tale’ is how one critic described Sweet Charity on its opening in London in Oct 1967.
And Josie Rourke’s final production as the Donmar’s artistic director before handing over to Michael Longhurst certainly lives up to that description but also makes it something rather more and darker because of the unlikely casting of Anne-Marie Duff as Sweet Charity. Continue reading →