Running to Catch Up

That’s a misleading title as I plan for this to be a very lazy Sunday. I may wander out to a museum this afternoon and get myself a Sunday roast dinner, but that’s about as far as my ambitions run at present. I often have the thought of how little time I have in London…

Much Ado about Ghosts

First things, first: HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO THE QUEEN OF EVERYTHING!! My latest column exploits my theatre madness by making it work (as if seeing a good play were really work, but shhh! mustn’t let people know how much fun we’re having, right?). I ran off to the theatre after a good chat with pal Gordon…

And Away We Go —

This is how hot it’s been: Kipper lying on his back in front of the fan, feet in the air. Undignified. I hope it’s not like this in England, but the truth is the last couple of years it has been ungodly hot. I am taking one sweater along just in case (Manchester might be…

Frankenstein v Frankenstein

Check Todd’s blog for other featured items in Tuesday’s Overlooked A/V or add your own. It was impossible to resist the urge to see both versions of the National Theatre’s Frankenstein. Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller rotated the central roles which was fascinating in itself, never mind the rest of the new script by…

Converting Monks with Slides in San Antonio

I was hoping to have time to write up the NT Live Frankensteins I saw for Tuesday’s Overlooked A/V but I’m still working on my presentation for PCA, so it’s unlikely to happen. I did upload a version of my speech with the Powerpoint slides embedded (very hastily, so it’s a bit clunky) so they…

Review: Another Year & Fela!

In the middle of watching Mike Leigh’s Another Year, I realised why I usually dislike mimetic films. The reality they purport to capture has nothing to do with their glossy interiors and shiny surfaces. Actors — especially Hollywood actors — do not look like they do in real life without the flattering lighting, makeup and…

Review: Magus

Carey Harrison’s play Magus offers a melange of people and times, jumping back and forth between the early twentieth century and the late sixteenth. Kafka, Shakespeare and Cervantes all meet in a vision conjured by the madness of Kafka’s sister Ottla, overseen by the multi-skilled consultant to Queen Elizabeth, John Dee, who invites the audience…

Review: Hamlet

I am eternally grateful for the NT Live broadcasts; they bring a little bit of the London theatre experience to the (currently) frozen north, which seems so far from the city of my heart. Thank you, Spectrum 8 for hosting the broadcasts, even if Monday night’s show seemed to have its share of technical difficulties,…

Review: A Disappearing Number and The Real Inspector Hound

The National Theatre live broadcast of A Disappearing Number proved to be a stunning experience. A heady mix of drama, math, physics, love, romance, ritual, music, classical Indian dance and rhythms — it sounds too complicated to work, but it does. In fact, it’s kind of magical. Put together by the theatre company Complicite, this…

Unexpected

Well, the most unexpected thing yesterday was the snow that fell after the weather report suggested no more than the possibility of some light rain. My first reaction was disbelief, then dismay as it continued to fall. We finally accumulated over an inch and a quarter. There’s something distressing about getting snow this early, though…