THE STAGE

Much Ado About Nothing at Royal Exchange

The Stage, April 2014 The most recognisably modern of Shakespeare’s comedies, Much Ado About Nothing’s warring would-be couples who turn out to love each other really is a…

Blindsided at Royal Exchange

The Stage, January 2014 There is a moment in the second half of Simon Stephens’ disquieting new play that just about sums up the atmosphere his perplexing characters…

REVIEW: RED RIDING HOOD @ REX

Copy: The Stage 15/12/11 >> If you have any little ‘uns in your life that need entertainments over Christmas, forget the tacky charm of the panto and take…

REVIEW: GOOD @ ROYAL EXCHANGE

Copy: The Stage, 18/10/2011 >>Nice to see the Royal Exchange in Manchester beginning to try out new directors rather than sticking with the tried and trusted. Polly Findlay…

REVIEW: THE PRIDE @ CRUCIBLE

Merlin is on heavy rotation in our house at the moment. But Richard Wilson isn’t just a primetime fantasy actor these days, he also dabbles in theatre directing….

REVIEW: HARD TIMES @ MURRAYS’ MILLS

Claire Tomalin’s excellent Charles Dickens biography reminded me that Library Theatre Company had a pretty good stab at Hard Times in Murrays’ Mills earlier this year. I reviewed…

REVIEW: Hamlet @ The Crucible

I saw a boxset review of The Lakes recently – the 1990s Jimmy McGovern drama set in The Lake District. Anyway, it announced John Simm as a major…

REVIEW: DAMON ALBARN’S DR DEE

There’s yet another Damon Albarn project out this month – Kinshasa One Two is a record made in Democratic Republic of Congo for Oxfam in five days. Really enjoying…