Tag Archives: wedding

Maybe It’s Because I’m A Londoner

Doorman Michael O’Dowdall talks history, weddings and afternoon tea at The Ritz. Read my full Discover Britain interview here Advertisements

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Bend It Like Beckham, Phoenix Theatre

Women’s football, immigration and multiculturalism: Gurinder Chadha’s new musical couldn’t be more pertinent, right? Well, yes and no. Like her original film, writer/director Chadha keeps the action in 2002, meaning there’s no UKIP, no IS and no FIFA meltdown. Threats … Continue reading

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The Beaux’ Stratagem, National Theatre

Farquhar the feminist – who knew? Simon Godwin’s nimble revival reclaims this 1707 Restoration comedy romp as a bold treatise on love, marriage and gender inequality. Patrick Marber’s judicious tweaking pairs its surprisingly pertinent discourse with equally contemporary humour – … Continue reading

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A swellegant elegant party

Ten years after beginning his tenure with The Philadelphia Story, departing artistic director Kevin Spacey finishes in grand style with Arthur Kopit’s stage version of High Society, made a fully-fledged musical with the addition of several – tangentially related – … Continue reading

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Crisp winters tale of family

London-based Croatian writer Tena Štivičić’s National Theatre debut keeps it in the family, with 70 years of history refracted through one Zagreb house and one bloodline. Ambitious, exquisitely constructed 3 Winters shifts seamlessly between three time periods: 1945, birth of Communist … Continue reading

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The age of wisdom

There’s no witch, no chocolate factory, no helicopter or revolutionary barricade, just four singers, five doors, a piano and a bass. And yet Closer Than Ever, nestled in the pocket-sized Jermyn Street Theatre, has to be one of the hottest musical … Continue reading

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Crime and punishment

Reconciling entertaining drama with a deeper underlying message is one of the great challenges of playwriting, and that challenge is complicated further when it comes to work commissioned by Clean Break, the ground-breaking company that seeks to change the lives … Continue reading

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Till death us do part

First, a word of warning: if you’re looking for a great first-date outing or anniversary treat, steer clear of Scenes from a Marriage. Judging by the gasps of recognition, embarrassed laughter and knowing glances stealthily exchanged, Joanna Murray-Smith’s theatrical adaptation … Continue reading

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Till death do us part

In 1928, in Nijar in the Spanish province of Almeria, Francisco Montes Canada was shot dead after fleeing a wedding with the prospective bride, his cousin Francisca. The murder was carried out by the groom’s brother and this grisly matrimonial … Continue reading

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