Author Archives: Carole Woddis

The War of the Worlds

New Diorama Theatre London *****

© The Other Richard, Julian Spooner and cast simulating being CBS actors beginning the infamous Orson Welles' broadcast of The War of the Worlds in 1938...

© The Other Richard, Julian Spooner and cast simulating being CBS actors beginning the infamous Orson Welles’ broadcast of The War of the Worlds in 1938…

Runs: 80 mins no interval.
TICKETS : 0207 383 9034
On-line: www.newdiorama.com

Review: by Carole Woddis of performance seen Jan 11, 2019:

There is something about artists who train at Ecole Jacques Lecoq. They seem to reach places other actors can’t or haven’t even thought about reaching.  Continue reading

The Tragedy of King Richard the Second

Almeida Theatre, London ***
Runs: 1hr 40mins without interval

© Marc Brenner, Simon Russell Beale. Richard II, down and out...

© Marc Brenner, Simon Russell Beale. Richard II, down and out…

TICKETS 020 7359 4404 (24 hours)
In person: 10am-7.30pm (Mon-Sat)
On-line: www.almeida.co.uk

Review by Carole Woddis of performance seen Jan 2, 2019:

Much as I admire Rupert Goold, I have to admit that if it weren’t for Simon Russell Beale, I’m not sure I’d have stayed the course with Joe Hill-Gibbins latest excursion into Shakespeare. Continue reading

Doctor Faustus

Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, Shakespeare’s Globe, London ***
Runs 2hrs 30 mins incl interval

TICKETS 020 7401 9919 or 0871 297 0749 (booking fee applies)
In person: Mon-Sat 10am – 6pm (8pm on perf days);
Sundays: 10am-5pm (7pm on perf days)
On-line: www.shakespearesglobe.com

© Marc Brenner, Jocelyn Jee Esien as Doctor Faustus in Paulette Randall's gender switched production...

© Marc Brenner, Jocelyn Jee Esien as Doctor Faustus in Paulette Randall’s gender switched production…

Review by Carole Woddis of performance seen Dec 28, 2018:

I love Christopher Marlowe. I love the raciness and rebel in him. And sometimes, particularly in Paulette Randall’s reframed version here at Shakespeare’s Globe with Doctor Faustus, the omnivorous, greedy scholar as a woman selling her soul to the Devil for more knowledge and more of everything material, you could feel the young Marlowe within riding those waves as if putting two fingers up to the Establishment of his times. Continue reading

The Cane

Royal Court Jerwood Theatre Downstairs, London ****
Review: by Carole Woddis of performance seen Dec 27, 2018:

© Johan Persson, Maggie Steed as Maureen, loyal but under the deputy headmaster's marital thumb, and Nicola Walker as the renegade daughter, Anna, now teaching in a hated Academy school...set by Chloe Lamford.

© Johan Persson, Maggie Steed as Maureen, loyal but under the deputy headmaster’s marital thumb, and Nicola Walker as the renegade daughter, Anna, now teaching in a hated Academy school…set by Chloe Lamford.

Mark Ravenhill made his name as part of the 1990s In-Yer-Face wave of young British dramatists with the play calculated to shock, Shopping and F**king. Continue reading

The Convert, Sweat, Summer and Smoke

The Convert ****
By Danai Gurira

© Marc Brenner with Letitia Wright (Jekesai/Ester) - the newest convert...

© Marc Brenner with Letitia Wright (Jekesai/Ester) – the newest convert…

Young Vic Theatre,
The Cut,
London SE1 8LZ

Runs: 3hrs incl two 15 min intervals

Sweat ****
By Lyn Nottage

© Johan Persson, with Leanne Best (Jessie), Martha Plimpton (Tracey), Clare Perkins (Cynthia)

© Johan Persson, with Leanne Best (Jessie), Martha Plimpton (Tracey), Clare Perkins (Cynthia)

Donmar Warehouse,
41 Earlham Street,
Seven Dials, London WC2H 9LX

Runs: 2hrs 30 mins incl 15 min interval

Summer and Smoke *****
By Tennessee Williams

© Marc Brenner, Patsy Ferran carries the load as Alma in Rebecca Frenshall's superb revival. Here facing the chorus of pianos and the back brick wall distinctive of the Almeida auditorium and replicated in the West End setting.

© Marc Brenner, Patsy Ferran carries the load as Alma in Rebecca Frecknall’s superb revival. Here facing the chorus of pianos and the back brick wall distinctive of the Almeida auditorium and replicated in the West End setting.

Duke of York’s Theatre
St Martin’s Lane
London WC2N 4BG

Runs: 2hrs 40mins incl 15 min interval

Review by Carole Woddis of performances seen Dec 18, 20, and Dec 22, 2018:

After something of an enforced lay-off, this week has been one of those weeks. Three shows via our three of our foremost subsidised London theatres, the Young Vic, Donmar Warehouse and the third, an Almeida Theatre transfer to the West End at the Duke of York’s. Continue reading

ear for eye

Royal Court Jerwood Theatre Downstairs, London ****
Review: by Carole Woddis of performance seen Nov 1, 2018:

© Stephen Cummiskey, cast of ear for eye in design by Merle Hensel.

© Stephen Cummiskey, cast of ear for eye in design by Merle Hensel.

There is no one quite like debbie tucker green, no one writing with the same urgency, disquiet and plain brilliance for adjusting and changing forms. Excepting perhaps Caryl Churchill with whom she shares so many affinities in terms of political content and experimentation. Continue reading