Tag Archives: world war one

Death Takes A Holiday, Charing Cross Theatre

“I’m Death.” “And you’re on holiday?” Well, there’s really no way to disguise the preposterousness of this show’s premise, nor to reconcile its winking humour and self-serious grand romance. Thus, Thom Southerland’s London premiere wisely diverts attention to its seductive … Continue reading

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The Patriotic Traitor, Park Theatre

Theatregoers suffering from First World War fatigue may want to pass on Jonathan Lynn’s merely competent historical drama about two mythic figures: Charles de Gaulle and Philippe Pétain. It’s a fascinating subject – de Gaulle had his former mentor tried … Continue reading

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Peter Pan, Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre

“All children, except one, grow up.” So begins J. M. Barrie’s iconic tale of arrested development, given new power and poignancy in this high-flying production. A century after one of Barrie’s youthful collaborators, George Llewelyn Davies, was killed at Ypres, … Continue reading

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Not About Heroes, Trafalgar Studios

This time of remembrance has inspired a fascinating theatrical skirmish. In one corner, Nicholas Wright’s 2014 Regeneration, an adaptation of Pat Barker’s trilogy; in the other, Stephen MacDonald’s 1982 two-hander Not About Heroes. Both plays, currently touring, concern the pivotal … Continue reading

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Strictly Speaking: Week 7

We’ve reached the Strictly halfway mark, and the judges are getting tough. Well, sort of. Sometimes. Consistency is like, so hard, you guys. Particularly FOR THE MEN. I’m beginning to wonder what, exactly, happened in Len Goodman’s youth to make … Continue reading

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Regeneration, Richmond Theatre

The intellectually rigorous artistic response to the anniversary of the First World War continues with Nicholas Wright’s economical adaptation of Pat Barker’s acclaimed 1990s literary trilogy, which arrives at Richmond Theatre following a national tour. Regeneration and its sequels are … Continue reading

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10 questions on Chekhov for playwright Simon Stephens

Fresh from global domination with The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time, currently garnering rapturous reviews on Broadway, inexhaustible playwright and adaptor Simon Stephens has swapped Mark Haddon for Anton Chekhov and a new version of The Cherry Orchard, … Continue reading

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Hidden treasures, war poets and Dracula

In my Compass magazine Arts pages this month: Discover hidden treasures with Heritage Open Days New play explores Wilfred Owen and Siegfried Sassoon’s lives and work Fist pump to ’80s-tastic Rock of Ages Scary Little Girls’ blood-curdling Dracula Revered printmaker Colin See-Paynton shares his nocturnal encounters … Continue reading

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Sommer 14 – A Dance of Death, Finborough Theatre

For those who have spent the past few months nodding along to World War I conversations while desperately trying to remember who killed that archduke and why, Rolf Hochhuth has kindly supplied a solution in the form of a dramatised … Continue reading

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Super shoes, fair play, jazz hands and Blackpool

My articles in the May issue of Dance Today, out now: These shoes are made for dancing The development of perfect dance shoes, plus best footwear for beginners and pros, ballroom and Latin, and stunning Strictly stats Murder on the dancefloor Have we … Continue reading

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