Bring Up The Bodies, RSC – Mantel Marathon is an exhilarating rendering of Thomas Cromwell

If you didn’t know better you’d be remiss to think that royals of old used to spend most of their time hunting, as in the space of six months I have seen two dead stags brought on stage after a successful hunting party – first in Sam Mendes’ King Lear and now in Bring up […]

Fortune’s Fool, The Old Vic – What is man without dignity and integrity?

First staged at the Chichester Festival in 1996, Mike Poulton’s adaptation of Turgenev’s 1848 play finally comes to London in a beautiful production at The Old Vic.  We are in 19th-century Russia complete with samovar and servants.  As in Chekhov’s ”Cherry Orchard”, the servants are jolted out of their tranquillity and run ineffectively to and […]