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Collaborators (National Theatre)

November 5, 2011


I always get a thrill entering the National Theatre through the ‘back door’, which is probably why I love the Cottesloe so much (about as much as I hate the Olivier). So I was looking forward to seeing John Hodges’ ‘Collaborators‘ for many reasons. Simon Russell Beale as Stalin! Come on, who doesn’t want to […]

Pitman Painters (Duchess Theatre)

October 27, 2011


The¬†cynical¬†side of me was expecting to shoot ‘Pitman Painters‘ down. Like most shows that are “hits” and come back around, it’s hard to view them objectively. Do you remember that first moment your breathe was taken away by a piece of art, be it theatre, a painting, a sculpture or piece of music? There’s something […]

A Woman Killed With Kindness (National Theatre)

July 31, 2011


I gave up a sunny Saturday afternoon to be needlessly tortured by The National. I’ve made no secret of the fact I think The National has done a brilliant job this year with some of the best pieces of theatre I’ve ever seen (‘London Road‘ & ‘One Man, Two Guvnors‘), some ambitious spectacle (‘Frankenstein’ & […]

One Man, Two Guvnors (National Theatre)

June 26, 2011


I’ve got to say I get suspicious whenever I see a celebrity fronting a production. While I know James Corden was in ‘History Boys‘, I know him most as a comedian, so when I saw The National had him in a play I thought, “well, three for the box office, one for the soul, as […]

Emperor & Galilean (National Theatre)

June 22, 2011


Fuck me, that was a marathon, not a sprint! And to think, it’s not even the full text! This is one show that won’t finish before you do, I guarantee that! But then, the appeal here isn’t really a sexy, sleek show, it’s a feather in the cap for articulate theatre-goers. This one is like […]

The Cherry Orchard (National Theatre)

May 26, 2011


Despite its status as an undeniable classic, I’ve only ever seen ‘The Cherry Orchard‘ once before… at the Sydney Theatre Company in a production staring a then brand new Anna Torv. The chance to see a production of it at the National Theatre seemed like a great way to broaden my experience of this piece… […]