Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre: To Kill a Mockingbird

From the outset, it is clear that Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre’s adaptation of ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ is all about the ultimate comfort of storytelling. Having ventured into the park and up the winding paths leading into the theatre, there is a sense of settling down somewhere ‘otherworldly’.

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Don’t Wake Me-The Ballad of Nihal Armstrong at the Cockpit Theatre

Rahila Gupta’s ‘Don’t Wake Me- The Ballad of Nihal Armstrong’ is a phenomenally powerful dramatic work, just opened at the Cockpit Theatre in Marylebone.  The play takes the form of a dramatic monologue; a hard-hitting and relentless account of one mother’s true struggle for her disabled son’s rights. Continue reading “Don’t Wake Me-The Ballad of Nihal Armstrong at the Cockpit Theatre”

The Governess at Richmond Theatre

‘The Governess’, a forgotten play by Patrick Hamilton, has been recently unearthed, having lain undisturbed for decades. Roy Marsden’s  new production, currently being shown at Richmond Theatre, attempts to bring to life this short but brilliant play from the writer of ‘Gas Light’ and the better known ‘Rope’, which was immortalized in Hitchcock’s 1948 film. Continue reading “The Governess at Richmond Theatre”

James Acaster: An Interview

There must be something in the water around the town of Kettering that produces truly talented comedians. As well as Hugh Denis, an upcoming and charismatic young performer called James Acaster has spring boarded from the Edinburgh Fringe to perform with Milton Jones and Josie Long to hundreds of thousands of people across the UK. Continue reading “James Acaster: An Interview”

Pop-Up Opera’s Don Pasquale at The Sun Tavern

Pop-Up Opera’s Don Pasquale is a production that bursts with life, reflective of both the tensions and excitement of the libretto, and of the energy of Donizetti’s composition. What allows this particular production to really stand out is the fact that Pop-Up Opera, founded in 2011 by Clementine Lovell, brings the characters and their relationships clambering into the modern day with great comic touches that underscore the tensions between the characters on stage. Continue reading “Pop-Up Opera’s Don Pasquale at The Sun Tavern”