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September 20, 2020

It was due to open Liverpool Theatre Festival with a flourish, but Swan Song turned out instead to be an altogether more apt finale to this busy week of live performances.

Jonathan Harvey’s wily monologue was premiered at Edinburgh and at the Hampstead Theatre back in 1...

September 20, 2020

What were your plans for this autumn? For Gary Edward Jones there was the exciting prospect of New York and a substantial off-Broadway residency.

But then Rosie, the queen of Corona intervened to throw a spanner in the works, and Jones like the rest of us was less Homew...

September 15, 2020

While Oliver Dowden continues to dither over his aptly named Operation Sleeping Beauty, an increasing number of theatre makers are taking matters into their own hands to bring live performance back to the people.

And if the sell-out audience for Deathly Confessions is a...

September 14, 2020

You wait for one terrific photographic retrospective to come along – and then a pair of them open in Liverpool within a month of each other.

Both Linda McCartney at the Walker and this new iteration of Don McCullin’s masterful 2019 Tate Britain show – transported north...

August 13, 2020

When you hear the name Linda McCartney what immediately springs to mind? Wife of a Beatle? Blonde cockatoo hair bobbing behind a keyboard in 70s group Wings? Dedicated face of a vegetarian food empire?

McCartney was all those things of course.

But first and foremost, she...

March 14, 2020

There’s a distinct dynamic, and a power, to verbatim theatre; it has an inherent sense of truth and authenticity about it that other dramas seek to capture.

Sweet Mother, being staged in two sold out nights at the Royal Court Studio, is an extension of an oral history p...

March 12, 2020

The King and I comes from a particularly lavish era of the musical – both in terms of big, beautiful melodies and the sheer size and sumptuousness of the visual spectacle.

Think Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Guys and Dolls, Singin’ In The Rain and of course, Rodgers...

March 3, 2020

It’s the mnemonic that’s been chanted by generations of schoolchildren – divorced, beheaded, died, divorced, beheaded, survived.

But just imagine a school history lesson as entertaining as this Tudor-tastic rollercoaster through the lives of the six consorts of Henry VI...

February 28, 2020

It was voted one of the greatest symphonies of all time in a poll of more than 150 conductors.

And you can see why Mahler’s mighty Resurrection, composed over a period of six years and running to a substantial 80 minutes, has won the hearts and souls of baton wielders e...

February 27, 2020

Cambridge University may have nurtured some of the most exceptional minds in history, but at the end of the 19th century it was still some way from experiencing its own age of enlightenment.

And as Jessica Swale’s excoriating drama suggests, intellect and common sense a...

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