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 […]

Skylight, Wyndham Theatre – A fantastic night of political and emotional jousting between the sexes

Skylight, first staged at the National in 1995, is being revived for the second time in the West End and it is easy to see why the play has had such endurance and received such accolades (Olivier Award for Best New Play and Tony Award for Best Play).  David Hare takes us into the world […]

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 […]

Wolf Hall, RSC – A worthy staging of Mantel’s much acclaimed novel

It is inevitable that an adaptation to the stage of a 672 page novel will leave out many details and nuances and such is the case in Wolf Hall, the first instalment of Hilary Mantel‘s prize-winning books which tries to rehabilitate Thomas Cromwell after nearly 500 years as one of England’s favourite villain.  Mike Poulton […]