The Gospel According to The Other Mary (London Coliseum, English National Opera)
Every art form has its conventions, none more so than opera. In order to understand what is before you, there is some intense reading to be done first, particularly when the subject under consideration is the world premiere of a new work by composer John Adams and director, Peter Sellars whose past collaborations have included Nixon in China and The Death of Klinghoffer whose revival recently in New York sparked a furore of anti-semitic protest.
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Sonja Linden’s Who Do We Think We Are? by Visible Ensemble, a company of international older actors , is a clever spin-off of the popular tv series.
Harringtons Pie and Mash Shop, Tooting, London
This is the tale of a community, Tooting in south east London and two producers with a vision as well as the Demon Barber of Fleet Street, arguably Stephen Sondheim’s most popular and loved musical.
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Simon Stone’s Belvoir Company’s Wild Duck is a revelation, its impact cataclysmic.
Who having seen this will ever now ever be able to forget the moment of revelation of Helvig’s rightful parentage with a thunderclap of sound and sudden day glow lighting.
Royal Court Theatre
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The cast list takes some deciphering – which is nothing compared to the show just opened at the Royal Court’s Downstairs Theatre. I’ve just seen the future and I hardly understood a word of it.
Phyllida Lloyd’s second run at an all female Shakespeare succeeds even more enjoyably than did her explosive opener, Julius Caesar. This is a Shakespearean production to treasure on all counts. Like Julius Caesar, once again it is set within a group of women prisoners performing the play inside prison.