Tag Archives: feminism

Dull girl power speeches and wild sex do not make Bridgerton a feminist triumph

“We’re seeing this Regency romance through a feminist lens,” proclaimed actor Regé-Jean Page, who plays the hunky-but-tortured Duke of Hastings in Netflix’s bodice-ripper Bridgerton, in a recent interview. Co-star Phoebe Dynevor has also thrown around the F word, saying that … Continue reading

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Top Girls, National Theatre

Caryl Churchill’s ground-breaking 1982 work comes to the National for the first time – and, also a first, with a full cast rather than actors doubling up, as the playwright had originally intended. It adds to the expansive feel of Lyndsey … Continue reading

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Home, I’m Darling, National Theatre

The first thing we see is Anna Fleischle’s Fifties-tastic giant doll’s-house set: each period-perfect room bathed in a different twinkling hue, flowers painted onto the brick wall, and jaunty music setting the tone. But Katherine Parkinson’s Judy is able to open the … Continue reading

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Othello leads August’s Top 10 new London shows

From starry Shakespeare and a new musical to family entertainment. Read my full BroadwayWorld article here

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BWW Interview: Freema Agyeman

The actress talks Doctor Who, Sense8 and making her West End debut in Apologia. Read my full BroadwayWorld interview here

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Touch, Soho Theatre

Neat freaks beware: Touch is your ultimate nightmare. This latest offering from DryWrite, the company that launched the now stratospheric Fleabag, centres on another woman with a chaotic personal life – this time, mirrored by the symphony of filth that is her cramped … Continue reading

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All Change Please, Lucy Kerbel

Another week, another dispiriting gender equality statistic, as research by The Stage reveals 75% of West End musicals staged in the past decade had no women on their writing teams; removing jukebox shows from the equation, just 9% featured music by female composers. … Continue reading

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BWW Interview: Hope Davis

The American actress talks thrillers, escaping to London and David Hare’s The Red Barn. Read my full BroadwayWorld interview here

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Revolt. She Said. Revolt Again., Shoreditch Town Hall

I hope there’s a time when we don’t feel that Alice Birch’s bold, blackly funny, uncompromising battle cry of a play is a necessary intervention. A time when we’re not reeling from – among many others – sexist Olympics commentary, … Continue reading

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The Philanderer, Orange Tree Theatre

Gender deconstruction, fraught feminism and the perils of hook-up culture: George Bernard Shaw’s comedy of manners, penned in 1893, shows we haven’t come as far as we might think. It’s a point rammed home by Paul Miller’s choice of modern … Continue reading

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