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‘A Christmas play with the power to disturb & provoke’: THE TELL-TALE HEART – National Theatre

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

Can you really turn a three-page short story into a full-length play? What would you add, and how would you avoid accusations of padding? Anthony Neilson’s new version of Edgar Allan Poe’s The Tell-Tale Heart, a classic gothic chiller which was first published in 1843, has to confront this issue head-on

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‘A modern-day Christmas turkey’: THE TELL-TALE HEART – National Theatre

In London theatre, Opinion, Plays, Reviews by Jonathan BazLeave a Comment

Expectations are high for a festive ghost story from the National. With its world-class resources, the theatre offers a wondrous potential to stage the most chilling of tales and when the source material is a famed Edgar Allan Poe short chiller, the anticipation is only heightened. But in Anthony Neilson’s The Tell-Tale Heart transplant, Poe’s gloriously gothic original is served up as a modern-day Christmas turkey.

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THE TAMING OF THE SHREW – Shakespeare’s Globe

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Press week was delayed when Kathy Rose O’Brien was injured and unable to perform but, as we should expect in a year where Ria Jones and Natasha Barnes have stepped up and stolen the show in the West End, the person they’ve brought in seems perfect for the role. Aoife Duffin may seem tiny on the stage, but her personality fills the Globe to bursting point.

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39 top quotes from The Importance of Being Earnest: How many belong to Suchet’s Lady Bracknell?

In Features, London theatre, Opinion by Terri PaddockLeave a Comment

Shakespeare aside, is there any playwright more quotable than Oscar Wilde? And, of all his plays, is there any more quoted than his 1895 comedy of manners, The Importance of Being Earnest? And of the famously feckless characters who populate this Wildely famous play, is there any who delivers more of those quotable quotes than Lady Bracknell?

THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST – Touring

In Plays, Regional theatre, Reviews by Matt MerrittLeave a Comment

The Mayflower Theatre, Southampton – until 6 June 2015

Okay, I’ll admit it, I went to the theatre to see an award-winning actor perform in a way you’d never expect of him… Not Bradley Cooper in the Elephant Man (though I did see that and I enjoyed his performance very much) but David Suchet stepping about as far away from the dapper Belgian detective with the distinctive moustache as we could reasonably expect!