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MONSTAS SHORTLIST: Musical of the year: 2016

It’s almost Christmas and what would the festive season be without some recognition of the best of 2016? Over the next fortnight we’ll shortlist five nominees in each of 12 categories for our Oscars, or monstas if you will, of 2016. 81 more words

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Every Inch A King?

Sometimes there seem to be theatrical trends which cut across various productions. Surely it was more than a coincidence that these were amply demonstrated across two Shakespeare productions which I went to in the last few days. 1,048 more words


Theatre 2016 - King Lear, Old Vic, London

Saturday, 19th November 2016 – King Lear, The Old Vic Theatre, London

This has – as has been noted in a number of places – been something of a year of Lear, with around half a dozen major productions staged around the UK during the course of 2016. 989 more words


Women taking power in Shakespeare’s plays | The Shakespeare blog

It’s been noticeable how many of the male roles being taken over by women are the powerful ones. In previous years it’s been the contemplative roles of Hamlet and Brutus, but this year we’ve seen Prospero, King Lear, Coriolanus and Cymbeline all taken by women. 37 more words


Glenda Jackson as King Lear

THEATRE REVIEW: Glenda Jackson’s stunning return to the stage in the title role of King Lear at the Old Vic. Click link for my review. … 12 more words

A Moment in London's History - Queen Elizabeth II opens the National Theatre...

It was 40 years ago this year that South Bank landmark, The National Theatre, was officially opened by Queen Elizabeth II.

The National Theatre company had been founded 13 years before (although the concept was first proposed more than 100 years before) and was, until 1976, based at the Old Vic close to Waterloo Station. 292 more words

Twentieth Century

It's a Man's World

London theatre trip (4): William Shakespeare: King Lear, The Old Vic, London (Director: Deborah Warner)

By Sascha Krieger

“I think I know the trick of that voice”. 1,036 more words