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Theatre Review: Stratford’s Beaux’ Stratagem finds plenty of life in rollicking Restoration comedy

There are many, many treasurable moments in Stratford’s production of The Beaux’ Stratagem, but the one to treasure most may be the appearance of Martha Henry with breastplate and broadsword, repelling the burglars who have invaded the stately home that she shares with her son, daughter and daughter-in-law. 963 more words


The Lion – St James Studio, London. ****

This review was originally written for The Public Reviews and will appear on this blog in full after 25th August.


Photo: Bronwen Sharp

Theatre Reviews

Great Britain

National Theatre, 16 August.

You’d imagine that the subject of phone hacking – and it’s topicality this year – would provide first class fuel for an insightful or challenging play.  247 more words




by Owen McCafferty

Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh

Last year Owen McCafferty won a Fringe First in Edinburgh for his play, Quietly. He returns to the Traverse this year with a sharp four-hander examining the reality of relationships – the unspoken desires, the piercing regrets, and the postponed conversations. 240 more words

Ni Theatre

Every Brilliant Thing

Every Brilliant Thing

by Duncan Macmillan

Roundabout @ Summerhall, Edinburgh

Tackling the problem of his mum’s sadness and failed suicide attempt with childlike simplicity: Duncan Macmilan’s  seven year-old protagonist starts making a list of all the good things in the world. 313 more words

Ni Theatre

How to Make History Live and Breathe Again

This past weekend my little part of the world banded together and presented a magnificent slice of our history in a way which quite caught my attention. 699 more words