If neither newspapers nor intelligence services will lose sleep over the way Blyth represents them, The Haystack is insightful enough to be a contemporary state-of-the-nation parable.
Based on the novel by Muriel Sparks, David Harrower’s new stage adaptation of The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie not only marks the 100th anniversary year of Spark’s birth but provides a scorchingly fantastic opportunity for Lia Williams to inhabit the title role so fully.
It’s a short run at the Donmar – take any available ticket, Polly Findlay’s splendidly-cast and nimbly directed production is a must-see. And let’s hope it has a longer life somewhere else.
A hundred years since the birth of novelist Muriel Spark, her 1961 tale The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie has been adapted for the Donmar Warehouse by Blackbird playwright David Harrower and directed by Polly Findlay.
To mark the centenary year of Muriel Spark’s birth, the Donmar Warehouse will present a new stage adaptation of the author’s iconic novel The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, adapted by Scottish playwright David Harrower and starring Lia Williams in the title role (playing from 4 June to 28 July 2018, press night is 12 June).
Extreme care has been lavished on the Lyceum’s Glory on Earth. It has a clarity to its storytelling and performances, backed up by some excellent staging, but never engages the heart or mind as fully as it promises.
Southwark Playhouse’s website describes The Diary Of A Teenage Girl as “a coming of age adventure of a San Francisco teenager who begins a secret affair with her mother’s boyfriend”. Rarely has a show’s blurb been quite so cynically exploitative.
Nina Dunn, Andrew Riley and David Howe combine forces to create a vibrant set, lighting and video design for The Diary Of A Teenage Girl – a show where kitsch is the perfect one-word description.
Musical stars Rebecca Trehearn and Saskia Strallen along with Rona Morrison, Mark Carroll and Jamie Wilkes have been cast in the UK premiere of Marielle Heller’s page-to-stage play The Diary of a Teenage Girl.