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The Secret Theatre

Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, Shakespeare’s Globe, London
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© Marc Brenner, Aidan McArdle as Sir Francis Walsingham, Elizabeth's Secretary of State and creator of national security with a web of spies and double agents.

© Marc Brenner, Aidan McArdle as Sir Francis Walsingham, Elizabeth’s Secretary of State and creator of national security with a web of spies and double agents.

What with the BBC’s Gunpowder Plot and now Anders Lustgarten’s spymaster drama, we really seem unable to quite slough off our fascination with those grisly times when terrorism came in Catholic terms and we were once again at daggers drawn with our European neighbours. Continue reading

The Inn at Lydda

Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, Shakespeare’s Globe, London (***)

© Marc Brenner, Samuel Collings (Jesus), Stephen Boxer (Tiberius Caesar)

Well here’s a rum to-do. An imaginary meeting between the Roman Emperor Tiberius Caesar and Jesus of Nazareth is American academic and playwright, John Wolfson’s opportunity for a ripe crusade on power and its corruptions. Continue reading

The Broken Heart

Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, Shakespeare’s Globe, London

© Marc Brenner

John Ford (1586-c1640) doesn’t make it easy. A play, set in Sparta (in Elizabethan costume) about jealousy,  love and revenge, his language and construction not to mention names of characters – Orgilus, Amyclas, Nearchus, Prophilus, Ithocles etc – stretch comprehension not to say pronunciation to an actor’s and audience’s limit. Continue reading

The Changeling

Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, Shakespeare’s Globe, London

The Changeling

Marc Brenner

Revenge tragedy it ain’t. There’s no revenger `hero’ to go on a murdering journey of justice though the body count does mount up at the end. But Middleton and Rowley’s The Changeling (1622 or thereabouts) bears all the hallmarks of the genre: blood, gore, lust, a ghost or two, sexual blackmail with morality finally emerging in an act of reconciliation.

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The Night Dances

Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, Shakespeare’s Globe, London

Some things look better on paper than they turn out to be in reality. This winter’s Candlelight Concerts, Winter’s Tales in the Globe’s small Sam Wanamaker Jacobean theatre seem to offer a cornucopia of goodies. Penny Wilton reading Chekhov, Roger Allam D H Lawrence, Harriet Walter Daphne du Maurier and much else besides.

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