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Sweet Charity

Donmar Warehouse, London ****

© Johan Persson; Anne-Marie Duff as Charity Hope Valentine, a sweet innocent in a dark world, always looking for something better and hoping to be loved...

© Johan Persson; Anne-Marie Duff as Charity Hope Valentine, a sweet innocent in a dark world, always looking for something better and hoping to be loved…

Runs: 2hrs 30 mins incl 15 min interval
Review of perf seen April 18, 2019:

`A sweet sexy fairy tale’ is how one critic described Sweet Charity on its opening in London in Oct 1967.

And Josie Rourke’s final production as the Donmar’s artistic director before handing over to Michael Longhurst certainly lives up to that description but also makes it something rather more and darker because of the unlikely casting of Anne-Marie Duff as Sweet Charity. Continue reading

Twelfth Night

Young Vic Theatre, London ****
Review by: Carole Woddis of performance seen Oct 16, 2018:

© Johan Persson, Gabrielle Brooks as Cesario/Viola leading the company in one of the many exuberant ensembles from the community chorus...

© Johan Persson, Gabrielle Brooks as Cesario/Viola leading the company in one of the many exuberant ensembles from the community chorus…

As opening statements go, Kwame Kwei Armah’s musical adaptation of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, imported from New York’s Public Theater is probably as joyous a marker of future intent as you could wish for. Continue reading