Writer and philosopher whose work, beginning with ‘The Outsider’, searched for the meaning of man’s existence
George Bernard Shaw
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Friday 11 February 2011
Films: I saw 'Never Let Me Go' and found it very impressive. In such a believable way, it incorporates science fiction with the strangeness of the times we actually live in. It was deep, haunting and beautifully shot. My other favourite is 'The King's Speech'. Top drawer!
Saturday 22 January 2011
As one of the very first society photographers, EO Hoppé captured images of everyone who was anyone in the arts and in politics between the two world wars, on both sides of the Atlantic.
Saturday 16 October 2010
The actor Simon MacCorkindale, who for six years appeared as Dr Harry Harper in the BBC drama Casualty, has died of cancer.
Tuesday 28 September 2010
Emma Thompson is working on a remake of My Fair Lady and has suddenly come over all Henry Higgins. "We have to reinvest in the idea of articulacy as a form of personal human freedom and power" the actor has told the Radio Times. "I went to give a talk at my old school and the girls were all doing their 'likes' and 'innits' and 'it ain'ts', which drives me insane. Just don't do it. Because it makes you sound stupid".
Wednesday 08 September 2010
George Bernard Shaw once wrote: "If Velasquez was born today, he would be a photographer and not a painter." But the Irish playwright may also have thought his true calling lay behind the camera, according to researchers who have rediscovered more than 20,000 of his photographs.
Friday 30 July 2010
Sir Winston Churchill's vast written archive is to be put online. The publisher Bloomsbury is to digitise 1 million documents, held in 2,500 boxes in purpose-built vaults at Churchill College in Cambridge, by 2012.
Friday 21 May 2010
Shaw's Pygmalion may not be the smash hit that is My Fair Lady, Lerner and Loewe's creation considered "the perfect musical", but it has more substance. Even with some of the additional scenes which Shaw added, making the ending slightly more long-drawn out than is strictly necessary, Greg Hersov's polished production keeps the top spinning.
Thursday 20 May 2010
Opera is brilliant for the blood pressure. According to research, Verdi's arias, which follow musical phrases that are 10 seconds long, synchronise perfectly with the natural cardiovascular rhythm. When stroke and cardiac patients were played rousing operatic music like Puccini's Nessun Dorma, full of crescendos and diminuendos that alternately arouse and relax the body, they experienced lowered blood pressure and better outcomes.
Tuesday 18 May 2010
Tuesday 30 March 2010
How relevant to our own day is Mrs Warren's Profession? Well, the women in the audience may not have purchased their clothing with brothel rents, but how much of it was made in China, where other women are treated worse than the prostitutes from which the title character makes her money? Shaw denounced 19th-century England's discreet silence on its secret investments in the sex industry. Our respect, even adulation, for those who openly profit from it would not, I think, strike him as an improvement. But, while the words of this play ring out clearly, in Michael Rudman's tame production the music, or passion, behind them is muted – the whole can be symbolised by the absurdly prissy little triangle that Mrs Warren's daughter, Vivie, carefully strikes, one standing in for an alarm bell.
Sunday 07 March 2010
Thursday 29 October 2009
Friday 25 September 2009
Vanya, Gate Theatre, London<br>Too True to be Good, Finborough Theatre, London<br>Fathers Inside, Soho Theatre, London
Sunday 06 September 2009
Wednesday 29 July 2009
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