Tag Archives: novel

What A Carve Up!, Online

Jonathan Coe’s satirical thriller has been inventively adapted in this joint digital project between three theatres: The Barn, Lawrence Batley and New Wolsey. Presented as a Netflix true crime doc-meets-YouTube conspiracy, it’s a gripping watch. Read my full The i Paper review … Continue reading

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‘No notice, no proper details’: the little bookshop fearing a second lockdown

“We feared a second lockdown might happen, but we wanted it earlier,” says Jonathan Main, owner of independent Bookseller Crow on the Hill in London’s Crystal Palace. “Locking down again during our second-busiest sales month of the year? Bad news.” … Continue reading

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The Last Five Years, Southwark Playhouse

There’s concept on top of concept in this revival of Jason Robert Brown’s beloved 2001 musical, which charts the ebb and flow of a relationship by juggling timelines: aspiring actress Cathy’s story is told in reverse chronological order, while aspiring writer Jamie’s moves … Continue reading

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The Watsons, Menier Chocolate Factory

Laura Wade isn’t the first to tackle Jane Austen’s unfinished novel, abandoned in 1805, but she is the only one so far to write herself, the struggling adaptor, into the text. This witty, ingenious and surprisingly philosophical play, which premiered … Continue reading

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White Teeth, Kiln Theatre

A few protestors might be doggedly hanging on outside the Kiln (was Tricycle) Theatre, but their complaints are firmly refuted by its current show: a vibrant adaptation of Zadie Smith’s award-winning novel that is not just about but firmly rooted in … Continue reading

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Renaissance rivals, A Star is Born, and The Height of the Storm

On my November MoveTo Town and Country Arts page: Exhibition Brothers-in-law Mantegna and Bellini offer competing Renaissance visions at the National Gallery Film Lady Gaga impresses in the latest incarnation of A Star is Born Theatre Eileen Atkins and Jonathan Pryce lead Florian Zeller’s The Height … Continue reading

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Summer Exhibition, Translations and Ocean’s 8

On my July MoveTo Town and Country Arts page: Exhibition Grayson Perry curates a colourful and inclusive Royal Academy Summer Exhibition Film Girl power in the all-female reboot Ocean’s 8 Theatre Brian Friel’s Translations at the National Theatre is a tender epic Commuter corner Anuradha Roy’s All … Continue reading

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Andreas Gurky, Three Billboards, Pinter and mermaids

On my (new and improved!) February MoveTo Town and Country Arts page: Exhibition The Hayward Gallery reopens in style with a retrospective of Andreas Gurky Film Frances McDormand is riveting as the foul-mouthed avenging angel in Martin McDonagh’s Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri Theatre Sixty years on, Harold Pinter’s The … Continue reading

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Georgian architecture, Impressionists in London, and Ed Miliband

On my November MoveTo Town and Country Arts page: Pick of the month: By George Pablo Bronstein explores our abiding love of Georgian architecture in a new RIBA exhibition Don’t miss: Rebel rebel Tate Britain views London through the eyes of the Impressionists Commuter … Continue reading

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The Slaves of Solitude, Hampstead Theatre

We’re back in the world of ration books, blackouts and spam fritters, as Nicholas Wright delves into the home front via his adaptation of Patrick Hamilton’s 1947 novel. Though there’s a certain period chintz about Jonathan Kent’s production, darker undercurrents make this a more … Continue reading

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