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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

The Forbidden Zone

Barbican Theatre, London (*****)

© Stephen Cummisky, Kate Duchene (Nurse/Scientist)

© Stephen Cummisky, Kate Duchene (Nurse/Scientist)

A soldier stands in uniform having his photo taken.
A voice-over instructs: `Look well at this man. Look!
He waits for death –
He knows – ….’  Continue reading

The Dark Mirror: Zender’s Winterreise

Barbican Theatre, London (****)

© Hugo Glendinning, Ian Bostridge, the Wayfarer

© Hugo Glendinning, Ian Bostridge, the Wayfarer

How well do staged classical music pieces work? The jury is still out despite the considerable brilliance that director Netia Jones brings to her staged interpretation of Hans Zender’s orchestrated version of Schubert’s `Winterreise’. Continue reading