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The National Theatre’s Frankenstein: a Play of Human Cruelty

As Benedict Cumberbatch said when interviewed, “this production is creature-centric”. By consequence, Danny Boyle’s Frankenstein is novel-centric too, retaining all of the subtlety and genius of Mary Shelley’s gothic classic.  Frankenstein’s creature (played by Cumberbatch) is born into the warm womb of bright red stage lighting. His limbs protrude and rip through a veined membrane. When he emerges he Read More…

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Behind the Scenes: a preview of Richard II

With an idea that can frankly only be described as the right side of insane, Not the Way Forward Productions have rehearsed and filmed a fully digital production of Richard II during the vac lockdown, streaming free online from the 5th-8th of May.  Richard II was the first of Shakespeare’s Henriad history plays. For a long time (arguably, even now) Read More…

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Review: Jane Eyre – The National Theatre At Home

For those of you who are missing trips to the BT and the Oxford Playhouse or perhaps don’t quite understand the Tiger King hype, I can thoroughly recommend National Theatre At Home performances. Although not quite a night out at the theatre, they are well shot and you are often treated to close ups and Read More…

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Ra Ra Reviewsputin!

Balliol’s latest annual charity show, Rasputin, doesn’t sound exactly promising in concept. When you hear ‘student-written comedy-musical based on unstable early 20th century Russian politics’ it doesn’t scream success. It certainly succeeds on stage, though. Throughout Act 1 we are treated to the introduction of the Romanov royal family and their court as you’ve never Read More…

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Bleak House: ‘an evening of rich and magic storytelling’

If I’m honest, when I heard about Creation Theatre Company’s project to make Bleak House, a thousand-word Victorian tome, into a musical, I was pretty sceptical. For many, the novel is thought to be Dicken’s best, an exploration of complex relationships between a whole host of memorable characters that provides a searing attack on superficial Read More…