Tag Archives: Barbican Theatre

Coriolanus

Royal Shakespeare Company, Barbican Theatte, London ****

© Helen Maybanks, Sope Dirisu, a bloody iconic anti-hero for our time.

© Helen Maybanks, Sope Dirisu, a bloody iconic anti-hero for our time.

Coriolanus may not be the most frequently staged of Shakespeare’s political Roman dramas although it nearly always gets included when a series of them are run together as here with the latest RSC season, under the banner title of Rome MMXVII. Continue reading

Macbeth

Barbican Theatre, London (*****)

© Sakurahutar, Masachika Ichimura and Yuko Tanaka - Macbeth and Lady Macbeth

© Sakurahutar, Masachika Ichimura and Yuko Tanaka – Macbeth and Lady Macbeth

Yukio Ninagawa, Peter Brook, Peter Stein, Robert Lepage, Pina Bausch, Merce Cunningham, Yuri Lubimov – the 1980s and 1990s inspired an amazing blossoming of world class international directors. Continue reading

After the Rehearsal/Persona

Barbican Theatre, London (***)

© Jan Versweyveld, Marieke Heebink, Gijs Scholten van Aschat and Gaite Jansen, locked in destructive embraces...in Persona

© Jan Versweyveld, Marieke Heebink, Gijs Scholten van Aschat and Gaite Jansen, locked in destructive embraces…in Persona

Having excavated Visconti (Ossessione), Ivo van Hove has now moved on to Ingmar Bergman. Much as I admire van Hove – and I do – I am a little perplexed as to why he’s involved himself quite so much in transferring the inscrutable into the literal. Continue reading

Obsession

Barbican Theatre, London (****)

© Jan Versweyveld, Halina Reijn (Hanna), Jude Law (Gino)

© Jan Versweyveld, Halina Reijn (Hanna), Jude Law (Gino)

Ivo van Hove is simply everywhere at present, the wunderkind of international theatre and opera. It’s understandable why he is so much in demand. He has a way of envisioning that is either truly spectacular or passionately intimate, as was the case with his award-winning production of A View from the Bridge for the Young Vic. Continue reading

Needles and Opium

Barbican Theatre, London (****)

© Nicola-Frank Vachon, Marc Labreche, recording voice over in Paris studio before breaking down...

© Nicola-Frank Vachon, Marc Labreche, recording voice over in Paris studio before breaking down…

Looking at the list of co-producers for Robert Lepage’s revival of his 1991/92 Needles and Opium, it’s a testimony to the impact he’s made on world theatre over the past three decades. Continue reading

Phaedra(s)

Barbican Theatre, London (****)

© Pascal Victor, Isabelle Huppert as Phaedre

© Pascal Victor, Isabelle Huppert as Phaedre

 

Art house cineastes and followers of European `high art’ will thrill to a combination of cinema ghouls (the shower scene from Psycho), desire (Pasolini’s Teorema) and gore (the stylised lobotomy scene from Graeme Clifford’s Frances). Others may also delight in a spot of necrophilia, incest, fellatio and general debauchery. Ah, I can feel a bout of philistinism coming on… Continue reading