Medea, National theatre – Or when revenge is anything but sweet

Medea which combines both filicide and fratricide is not for the faint hearted. In this production of Euripides’ play, Helen McCrory is the spurned wife who will go to extreme lengths to avenge herself. Ben Power’s adaptation is set in today’s Greece and the dialogue is both precise and extremely moving. The play begins with […]

A Small Family Business, National Theatre – When thieves, blackmailers, adulterers and criminals unite!

When the National Theatre decided to resuscitate Alan Ayckbourn’s comedy, first staged a few months before 1987’s Black Monday, they must have thought they were in for a sure thing.  After all, the play did nicely the first time around and is a comment on greed, the pervasive scamming and fraud in Britain and our […]

King Lear, National Theatre – What happens when a dictator looses everything?

Before I even begin my review of one of Shakespeare’s bleakest tragedy, I must disclose to being an absolute groupie of Sam Mendes.  I have followed his career from his beginning at the RSC, his work as artistic director of the Donmar Warehouse, on to his successful film-directing career and seen every production of his […]

New Production at the National Theatre – Booking opens Friday November 29

The National Theatre has announced further details of its November – April season. Sam Mendes, Academy Award-winning director and Bridge Project director, will bring us a new production of King Lear at the Olivier Theatre, starring Simon Russell Beale.  I know, you’ve seen Lear already but this should be an evening to remember. The NT has also announced […]