Monday 26 May 2008
Royal Shakespeare Company
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Thursday 01 May 2008
Brandon Robshaw's groan of despair is surely only defensible if Shakespeare is taught as an academic subject, and the teacher fails to respond to the drama of the plays ("Why it's time to give the Bard the heave-ho!", 24 April, EDUCATION & CAREERS). The man was an actor, for heaven's sake – and the plays should be taught up on the feet not lumpenly over a desk. Everything makes more sense if you're standing up and speaking the stuff.
Tuesday 15 April 2008
It's not the word that instinctively comes to mind but, technically, The Merchant of Venice is a comedy. Tim Carroll's version for the Royal Shakespeare Company reminds us that the play is about three loving couples, that it contains a lot of romantic mischief, and that it ends happily – at least, for everyone nice.
Friday 21 March 2008
Paul Scofield, one of the best Shakespearean actors of his generation and anintensely private man who shunned the limelight off the stage, has died. He was suffering from leukaemia.
Friday 21 March 2008
The word "event" is over-used and too easily applied, but it is the only suitable way to describe this staging of Shakespeare's history plays in chronological order at Stratford (it moves to London early next month). The cycle comprised Richard II, Henry IV Part 1 and 2, Henry V and all three instalments of Henry VI, before concluding with Shakespeare's second-longest play, Richard III.
Monday 10 March 2008
The Homecoming, Almeida Theatre, London <br/>The Death of Margaret Thatcher, Courtyard Theatre, London
Tuesday 12 February 2008
Thursday 24 January 2008
One of the bands at the forefront of last year’s new underage scene, Bombay Bicycle Club, were quick to make their mark in the summer when they stormed the Underage and Reading festivals.
Tuesday 22 January 2008
Monday 07 January 2008
Sunday 11 November 2007
We live in a large, Victorian, ground-floor flat in a leafy backwater of Chelsea. It's nice to have somewhere that's in London and yet quiet and calm. The only other place in London I remember being this tranquil was at my dentist's surgery when I was young. It was in the back of a house on a busy road, and I can remember to this day the view from the window and how ironically peaceful it was considering the pain that was about to be inflicted on me.
Monday 29 May 2006
Murray Goodwin carried Sussex to the top of the C&G Trophy South Conference with an unbeaten 158 against Essex at Chelmsford. The home captain, Ronnie Irani, helped his side to 296 for 6 with 132 not out.
Sunday 09 October 2005
Thursday 22 September 2005
Wednesday 13 July 2005
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