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 […]

Much Ado About Nothing, Old Vic Theatre – When everything goes wrong

It pains me to say this but this production of Much Ado is no comedy.  All the more surprising when directed by Mark Rylance who was Artistic Director of Shakespeare’s Globe for 10 years and gave us the memorable Johnny ‘Rooster’ Byron in the critically acclaimed Jerusalem.  Rylance was minded to cast Vanessa Redgrave and […]