The Crucible, Old Vic – Steal or beg to go and see this production of Arthur Miller powerful play

This is my month of standing ovations, first Skylight and now Yaël Farber’s Crucible.  As anyone who attends the theatre in London will know (as oppose to our US cousins who are more effusive in their theatre appreciation), standing ovations are as rare as hen’s teeth in these parts of the world.  We reserve those […]

Clarence Darrow, Old Vic – Spacey embodies the passionate labour attorney in a masterful performance

Clarence Darrow is not a household name in the UK but, in the US, where he practiced law for numerous years, he was incontestably the champion of the underdog. He defended the undefendable and was demonized by many and even charged with bribery by some trying to stop this liberal litigator. He famously represented the […]

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 […]

A few plays to book now to avoid disappointment

Jeeves & Wooster in Perfect Nonsense If you enjoy your P.G. Woodhouse, you should book to see Stephen Mangan playing aristocratic fool Bertie Wooster and Matthew MacFadyen as his dutiful valet Jeeves at the Duke of York’s theatre. For anyone still not familiar with Mangan and MacFadyen, they are both accomplished actors.  More recently, Mangan […]