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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

946: The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips

© Steve Tanner, Ncuti Gatwa as GI Adi

Shakespeare’s Globe, London (****)`

Bertolt Brecht said, in the dark times there will be singing’, says a character at the beginning of this adaptation by Michel Morpurgo, Kneehigh director and now Shakespeare Globe’s artistic director, Emma Rice of Morpurgo’s WWII delightful children’s story. Continue reading

Nell Gwynn

Shakespeare’s Globe, London (****)

copy; Tristram Kenton

copy; Tristram Kenton

It’s hard to over-state the pleasure that is the Globe’s final production of their 2015 summer season and Dominic Dromgoole’s last as artistic director. Next year, Emma Rice, formerly of Kneehigh, takes over the reins. Continue reading