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CIRCUS DIARIES: Akhnaten, by English National Opera

In Features, Opera, Opinion, Reviews by Katharine KavanaghLeave a Comment

This luminous production of Philip Glass‘ 1983 opera Akhnaten bathes the senses in rich sonic and visual colour that sears the tantalising character of the titular Egyptian pharaoh – and his revolutionary reign – into the brain. Director Phelim McDermott takes Glass’ score and extends the composition so that bodies, costumes, light and juggled objects become additional instruments played in harmony with the orchestra to create a decorous whole. It’s been a long time since a show has held me completely transfixed from start to finish yet, with a running time of 2hrs 55 (including two intervals), Akhnaten doesn’t feels overlong for a second.

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NEWS: Jim Broadbent stars as Scrooge in new West End Christmas Carol

In Children's theatre, London theatre, News, Plays, Press Releases by Press ReleasesLeave a Comment

Academy Award-winning actor Jim Broadbent makes his long-awaited return to the stage to play Scrooge in a new version of A Christmas Carol adapted by Patrick Barlow from Charles Dickens’ classic story of greed, grief, ghoulish ghosts and eleventh-hour redemption. A Christmas Carol runs at the West End’s Noel Coward Theatre, St Martin’s Lane, from 30 November 2015 to 30 …