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Thanks very much for following the blog this year, and for coming on the virtual tours (and the handful of real life walks) that have been organised. There have been over 8,000 visitors to stuffaboutlondon.co.uk with over 11,000 views – a record year on both counts. It is very much appreciated. There’ll be more posts in the […]
This review appeared on the Essential Surrey website in February 2020. I’m in serious danger of becoming a fanboy for Matthew Bourne’s ‘New Adventures’ company. Their ‘Sleeping Beauty’ was a beautifully realised, beautifully danced reimagining of the classic ballet, and their ‘Swan Lake’, with its all-male ensemble of swans, is rightly famous. The company now […]
This review from Essentially Surrey is from September 2019 and the production at Clapham Omnibus. Angela Marray gives a bravura performance in Frank McGuiness’s emotionally charged study of pain and loss. Don Brown sees The Match Box at Clapham’s Omnibus Theatre. Sal is living on a small island off the coast of Kerry. She is […]
This review is from Essentially Surrey in September 2018 and is about the Clapham Omnibus production. Lorca’s 1932 tragedy has been reimagined in an exceptional new production at the Omnibus Theatre in Clapham. The original’s themes of fated love, vendetta and passion have been overlaid with the concerns of contemporary London – the experience of immigrant […]
This review was originally published on the Essentially Surrey website in November 2018. Konstantin wants to be a writer, but his work is ridiculed by his mother Irina, a famous actress. Irina (Lesley Sharp) is in love with Boris (Nicholas Gleaves, Sharp’s real-life husband), who is a famous and successful writer, who becomes infatuated with Nina, a […]
This review dates from April 2017 and is the Clapham Omnibus production. It first appeared on the Essential Surrey website. April runs a guesthouse on the site of an old WW1 field hospital, catering to the ‘war tourists’ visiting the battlefields and graveyards of the western Front. Despite it being the start of the season, […]
This review dates from November 2016 and refers to the Glyndebourne Company’s production at the New Victoria Theatre, Woking. It first appeared on the Essential Surrey website. Tickets for the summer season at Glyndebourne sell out remarkably swiftly, so the opportunity to see the Glyndebourne company on tour is not one to be missed. Last […]
This review dates from October 2016. The production was seen at the Richmond Theatre. A Room With a View is a visually interesting, but wordy and emotionally unengaging adaptation of the E M Forster novel. Lucy Honeychurch – a young middle-class Edwardian woman – is visiting Florence with her older, spinster cousin Charlotte Bartlett as […]
This review first appeared on the Essential Surrey website and is from August 2016. “Extravaganza Macabre” by Little Bulb Theatre at Battersea Arts Centre, is tremendous fun from start to finish, a knowing comedy from a talented cast that mixes music and melodrama and some great jokes and sight gags. Devised to initiate BAC’s new open-air Courtyard […]
Review of the Alan Bennett plays that form Single Spies, at the Richmond Theatre, March 2016. First published in Essential Surrey In the 1930s, the British security services were penetrated by a group of double agents who passed on many secrets to Stalin’s Soviet Union over the next two decades. The group became known as […]
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