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A Woman of No Importance

Vaudeville Theatre, London ****

© Marc Brenner, Eve Best as Mrs Arbuthnot and Gerald, her beloved if judgemental son - Harry Lister Smith

© Marc Brenner, Eve Best as Mrs Arbuthnot and Gerald, her beloved if judgemental son – Harry Lister Smith

From running one of London’s smallest but boldest new writing fringe theatres, the Bush, to Shakespeare’s three-tiered Globe, Dominic Dromgoole is now set on a new departure – nothing less than bringing proscenium style theatre back to proscenium theatres! Or rather, celebrating a style of performance that in any other theatre would starchy, arch and horribly out of date. Continue reading

The Philanderer

Orange Tree Theatre, Richmond, London (***)

© Richard Davenport, Dorothea Myer-Bennett (Julia Craven), Rupert Young (Leonard Charteris)

© Richard Davenport, Dorothea Myer-Bennett (Julia Craven), Rupert Young (Leonard Charteris)

Like a limbering up for Man and Superman written a decade later, George Bernard Shaw’s The Philanderer is a slightly watered down version of the later play with GBS at his most pugnaciously playful yet more than a little irritating, for all his `enlightened’ views. Continue reading