A rom com with a dark edge makes for good Valentine’s Day entertainment
Despite the challenges, and judging by the Young Vic’s typically youthful, mixed audience, Nora: A Doll’s House is a production to which they can relate and which, so far as I could see, kept them on the edge of their seats.
It’s hard to doubt the integrity of the process that produced Fatherland, but it must be admitted that its conclusions are generally already well known.
Suffice to say, Mark Arends and Frances Arends deliver sterling performances in Old Fools, rooting the lives of Tom and Viv in very relatable emotions and circumstances.
Tristan Bernays’ final scene is simple and heartbreaking – the whole room burst into tears at the exact same moment. Suddenly all of the bits that don’t work tremendously well don’t seem to matter quite as much.
Old Fools is brilliant, devastating theatre, marking Tristan Bernays out as an outstanding talent amongst his generation. It deserves a life beyond this stunning premiere – until then, it is an unmissable production at the Southwark Playhouse.
Kelly Hunter’s Hamlet is one that hammers on the eyelids. Ferocious and deeply moving, it harbours an incendiary central performance from Mark Arends that at times makes you fear for his life, so emotionally tethered is it to its character’s nerve endings.
At the End of Everything Else is the company’s second show, a follow on from its debut Something Very Far Away. It’s ‘carbon friendly’, which means most of the electricity required is produced by on-stage pedal power.
Flute Theatre and English Touring Theatre today announces that their production of Hamlet, adapted by Kelly Hunter, transfers to the Trafalgar Studios for a limited run this December. The production opens on 8 December, with previews from 6 December, and runs until 31 December 2016.
The Old Vic today announces Artistic Director Matthew Warchus‘ second season, continuing a wide-ranging programme that includes world premieres, new writing, musicals, classic revivals and The Old Vic Variety Nights. There will also be a new strand of children’s programming to engage the next generation of theatregoers, demonstrating Matthew’s ‘something for everyone’ approach. Season 2 marks Glenda Jackson’s return to …
The book Don’t Sleep, There Are Snakes, sub-titled “Life and Language in the Amazonian Jungle” was published in 2009. It tells the story of missionary Daniel Everett’s experience living with the Amazonian tribe, the Pirahãs. But rather than Everett converting the tribespeople, they converted him. Actor and director Sebastian Armesto, founding member of Simple8, explains why the company was inspired to adapt …