When the Almeida Theatre's Hamlet, directed by Robert Icke, opened in February I didn't really register it. By the summer I had a vague idea that it was a hit and had had great reviews, but that's about it. One of my job perks is that there is, couple times a year, the odd free … Continue reading Hamlet in Harold Pinter Theatre
I saw Edward Albee's Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf, directed by James Macdonald at the Harold Pinter Theatre, during the last week of previews, and have a ticket to see it again in April; I'd like to say that I'm sophisticated enough to pick such dates so that I can compare the performances etc. but … Continue reading Lately, or Who’s afraid of Virginia Woolf
There haven't been many weeks like this. Over the space of just seven days, I have seen Renee Fleming's farewell performance at the Royal Opera, watched Simon Russell Beale play Prospero in the Royal Shakespeare Company's The Tempest, and finally listened to Martha Argerich play Prokofiev in the Sheldonian. I have been trying to write … Continue reading Lately
I made several attempts at getting everything I saw in one mosaic. Turns out that I don't have an pictures from the Ariadne auf Naxos I saw in the spring, and only a curtain photo of Boris Godunov. And quite possibly nothing at all from Nabucco (either that, or I'm blind). The two recitals that … Continue reading It was a very good year. In some respects.
I read fom somewhere that two years ago, when the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse was opened, Eileen Atkins in character as Ellen Terry spoke the first words of Shakespeare on its stage. She did another run of this play, written by herself and based on the Shakespeare lectures Terry started giving after her acting career has … Continue reading On theatregoing