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GUARDS AT THE TAJ – Bush Theatre

In London theatre, Opinion, Plays, Reviews by Carole WoddisLeave a Comment

Soutra Gilmour’s stunning Taj Mahal parapet wall stretches into the far distance creating a Stygian gloom with a channelled, divided stage floor that, it’s true, caught one unfortunate spectator completely unaware. Little did he know that the cracked surface he tripped into would later become an execution channel, awash in the blood of 20,000 hands chopped off by guards following the order of their illustrious Emperor.

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GUARDS AT THE TAJ – Bush Theatre

In London theatre, Opinion, Plays, Reviews by Daniel PerksLeave a Comment

verything Jamie Lloyd touches seems to turn to gold, the current Midas of the directing world. A long-standing partnership with designer Soutra Gilmour is certainly one of the reasons that his plays are so stylised, so specific, but Lloyd is also able to bring out the humanity in every character – their darker sides shine through as much as their honourable qualities.

THE HOMECOMING – West End

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

A true theatre masterpiece can survive any directorial mugging. By this definition, Harold Pinter’s 1965 play, The Homecoming, is a robust work of genius. It has to be because, from the very start of this starry 50th anniversary revival, director Jamie Lloyd seems determined to turn it into a lurid mix of cartoon and nostalgia-fest. As the evening begins, the drama’s grubby setting, given a retro look by designer Soutra Gilmour with the addition of a couple of sticks of period furniture, is bathed in bright red light while pounding drums and throbbing bass evoke something like the Swinging Sixties.