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Just for Laughs: Alan Cumming keeps us guessing

No one will accuse Just for Laughs of slumming it on the cerebral front this year. The festival has never before boasted as many brainiacs (Sir Patrick Stewart, Neil Patrick Harris, Jane Lynch, Wanda Sykes et al.) as gala hosts — and it’s doubtful any other event has ever surpassed it on the smart-meter, either. 1,041 more words


A Midsummer Night's Dream - RSC / Garsington Opera

This collaboration between the RSC and Garsington Opera provides a rare opportunity to see Shakespeare’s play accompanied by the music Mendelssohn wrote for a production of it more than 200 years later, and it’s delightful. 219 more words


Revival of 'The Ruling Class' - bitingly funny

Last week my daughter, half Scottish, and I went to see James McAvoy’s latest West End theatre performance in ‘The Ruling Class’. I read in the programme that Mr McAvoy had appeared in ‘Breathing Corpses’ at the Royal Court in March 2005, but my daughter was still in primary school and so we missed seeing this ‘exciting young talent’ (that’s a quote from the time by the theatre critic of The Independent). 360 more words


The Ruling Class

This is the first major revival of a 45-year-old Peter Barnes play and I can see why director Jamie Lloyd wanted to do it now. It’s a satire on the aristocracy, the political class and the establishment – the ruling class – at a time when we appear to be a divided society once more, ‘them and us’ all over again. 425 more words


The Ruling Class - Trafalgar Studios - review

‘Behaviour which would be considered insanity in a tradesman is looked on as mild eccentricity in a lord.’

Jack Gurney (James McAvoy) and Grace Shelley (Kathryn Drysdale).   545 more words


Richard III with Martin Freeman at the Trafalgar Studios, London

I got lucky on Saturday the 2nd of August. I had been told that Shakespeare’s Richard III, starring Martin Freeman at the Trafalgar Studios, was sold out for the next two weeks. 503 more words


Review: Richard III (starring Martin Freeman), at Trafalgar Transformed (aka Trafalgar studios)

There is much to like about Richard III. He is an one-man slaughter house, although he is more the senior executive than the cleaver. He is manipulative but he confides in us. 795 more words