Tag Archives: ww1

Listed: The 100 Funniest Things about Downton Abbey

As the series draws to a close, we list its mostly unintentional hilarity, from the entail and the Turkish corpse to the death-by-political-correctness of Isis the dog. Read the full theartsdesk article here

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Fighting words

When Joan Littlewood’s iconic musical premiered in 1963, its revisionist condemnation of the First World War sent shockwaves through British society. Now, criticising bungling generals is preaching to the choir, and the stoic Tommy has been reclaimed. Having inspired a … Continue reading

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War stories and Scottish shake-up

My articles in the March issue of Dance Today, out now: Fighting words A deferential revival of Joan Littlewood’s iconic Oh What A Lovely War at Richmond Theatre acts more as effective primer than call to arms Stepping Out The Gay Gordons blend tradition with revolution … 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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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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Festival fun, D-Day, Curious Incident and charitable cars

In my Compass magazine Arts pages this month: Tastings, tea parties, markets and awards at the Bridport Food Festival D-Day commemoration in Portsmouth Visit a fundraising car exhibition See the award-winning Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time Catch exciting work by young dancers Plus my … 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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