In London theatre, Plays, Reviews by Aleks SierzLeave a Comment

A true theatre masterpiece can survive any directorial mugging. By this definition, Harold Pinter’s 1965 play, The Homecoming, is a robust work of genius. It has to be because, from the very start of this starry 50th anniversary revival, director Jamie Lloyd seems determined to turn it into a lurid mix of cartoon and nostalgia-fest. As the evening begins, the drama’s grubby setting, given a retro look by designer Soutra Gilmour with the addition of a couple of sticks of period furniture, is bathed in bright red light while pounding drums and throbbing bass evoke something like the Swinging Sixties.

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INTERVIEW: Warren Mitchell — Mark Shenton’s interview with the actor in 2008

In Features, Inspiring people, Interviews, London theatre, Plays by Mark ShentonLeave a Comment

In 2008 I interviewed the veteran actor Warren Mitchell, who died yesterday (November 14) at the age of 89, ahead of his final West End appearance in a play called VISITING MR GREEN that came to London’s Trafalgar Studios. That performance was described by Charles Spencer in a review for the Daily Telegraph as “unmissable”.

Tony Benn’s message for this Thursday: ‘Vote!’

In Inspiring people, Interviews, London theatre, News, Opinion, Plays, Quotes, Regional theatre by Terri PaddockLeave a Comment

After success at Nottingham Playhouse, Tony’s Last Tape has transferred to south London’s new fringe theatre, the Bridgehouse in Penge SE20, for a three-week run in election month. I imagine that Labour Party faithful and others of a particular political persuasion have more pressing matters on their mind just at the moment. But I do […]