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‘The best interaction is between Stubbs & Brayben’: HONOUR – Park Theatre

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The best interaction in Honour at the Park Theatre is between Imogen Stubbs and Katie Brayben, largely very convincing as the sharp journalist and they trade some good points about agency and entitlement and some women’s self-deluding complicity in men’s agendas – like career and fatherhood.

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NEWS: Imogen Stubbs, Henry Goodman & Katie Brayben star in Joanna Murray-Smith’s Honour at Park Theatre

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Acclaimed performers Henry Goodman, Imogen Stubbs, Katie Brayben and Natalie Simpson will star in Joanna Murray-Smith’s compelling drama Honour. The hit play about a marriage in crisis is revived at London’s Park Theatre from 25 October to 24 November 2018 (press night is 30 October). With a cast like that, it’s time to get booking!

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BOOK REVIEW: After Anatevka

In Books, Opinion, Reviews by Jonathan BazLeave a Comment

Alexandra Silber’s first novel After Anatevka is a carefully crafted study into love and life in Russia in the early twentieth century. Much like Marc Chagall was to paint enchanted images of that era, so too do Silber’s words offer a painstaking picture of a world long since disappeared.

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What if every day were #Shakespeare400 and London Marathon?

In Features, London theatre, Musicals, Opinion, Plays, Quotes, Reviews, Video by Terri PaddockLeave a Comment

Snippets of Hamlet, Henry V, As You Like It and Julius Caesar delivered by some of my favourite actors – including Alex Jennings, Michelle Terry, Ashley Zhangazha, Jamie Parker and Will Keen – is an enrichment to any Sunday. Why must it come down this weekend? Why not make it a permanent Bankside installation?

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Why Nicely Nicely Johnson is no longer ruined for me (though Clive Rowe remains a giant)

In Features, London theatre, Musicals, Opinion, Quotes, Regional theatre, Touring, Video by Terri PaddockLeave a Comment

For years Guys and Dolls has been all but ruined for me: that’s what happens when you are lucky enough to see a definitive production and performance. I speak, of course, of Richard Eyre‘s legendary National Theatre revival of this 1950 roadway classic. And, what’s more, I didn’t even see the original.

VOLPONE – Stratford-upon-Avon

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Trevor Nunn’s production of Volpone at the RSC’s Swan sagely contends that the sins of greed and avarice are timeless. With Ben Jonson’s 17th century comedy set squarely in a modern Venice, if some of Ranjit Bolt’s occasional script revisions are schoolboy clumsy (silly references to Greece and the Euro pop up), they can be forgiven in a plot in which incredible complexities may not have weathered the test of time as much as the brilliant observation of the flawed human condition that makes this play so entertaining.