Theatre Review: High Society – Old Vic

Summary [from the Old Vic website]:You’re invited to the wedding of the year, and what a swell party it’s going to be! Cole Porter’s classic feel-good musical, High Society comes to The Old Vic in a glittering new production staged in the round. Long Island socialite Tracy Lord is planning her lavish summer wedding when her ex-husband … Continue reading Theatre Review: High Society – Old Vic

Theatre Review: Gypsy – Savoy Theatre

I’m late to the party with this one, because this the second run of this particular production, brought to the West End after an incredibly successful first outing in Chichester. Needless to say I’m very glad that they managed to bring it to London (although I could have done without London prices) and I loved … Continue reading Theatre Review: Gypsy – Savoy Theatre

Theatre Review: Oresteia at Almeida (part of their Greeks season)

Summary from Almeida website: Orestes' parents are at war. A family drama spanning several decades, a huge, moving, bloody saga, Aeschylus' greatest and final play asks whether justice can ever be done - and continues to resonate more than two millennia after it was written. I have no idea where to start with this review … Continue reading Theatre Review: Oresteia at Almeida (part of their Greeks season)

Theatre Review: To Kill A Mockingbird – Barbican

Another production that is on a very well deserved second run, this version of To Kill A Mockingbird was first seen in the Regent’s Park open air theatre two years ago and has transferred brilliantly onto the Barbican’s main stage. I studied To Kill A Mockingbird for my GCSEs and although I could remember loving … Continue reading Theatre Review: To Kill A Mockingbird – Barbican

Film Review: Mr Holmes

Summary (from IMDb): An aged, retired Sherlock Holmes looks back on his life, and grapples with an unsolved case involving a beautiful woman.I was expecting to find this film difficult to watch because the thought of Sherlock Holmes with dementia is bad enough (I was unable to finish reading the book it was based on … Continue reading Film Review: Mr Holmes

Film Review – Avengers: Age of Ultron (spoiler free)

Summary from IMDb: When Tony Stark tries to jumpstart a dormant peacekeeping program, things go awry and it is up to the Avengers to stop the villainous Ultron from enacting his terrible plans. This is going to be little different from my usual reviews because the first part of this was written before I saw … Continue reading Film Review – Avengers: Age of Ultron (spoiler free)

Film Review: Cinderella

Summary from IMDb:When her father unexpectedly passes away, young Ella finds herself at the mercy of her cruel stepmother and her daughters. Never one to give up hope, Ella's fortunes begin to change after meeting a dashing stranger.Having been gifted an unlimited cinema pass for my birthday I thought I’d better make the most of … Continue reading Film Review: Cinderella

Theatre Review: Hamlet with Maxine Peake – Cinema broadcast 23 March 2015

I’m awfully glad that the Royal Exchange Theatre decided to record this version of Hamlet because it was, without doubt, a truly excellent production.Firstly, Maxine Peake owned the role. She gave us a nuanced Hamlet; clever, cunning, certainly not as mad as appearance would have had everyone else believe but nevertheless one deeply affected by … Continue reading Theatre Review: Hamlet with Maxine Peake – Cinema broadcast 23 March 2015

Theatre Review: Love’s Labour’s Won (Much Ado About Nothing) – RSC Live Cinecast

Summary, reproduced from RSC’s website:Autumn 1918. A group of soldiers return from the trenches. The world-weary Benedick and his friend Claudio find themselves reacquainted with Beatrice and Hero. As memories of conflict give way to a life of parties and masked balls, Claudio and Hero fall madly, deeply in love, while Benedick and Beatrice reignite … Continue reading Theatre Review: Love’s Labour’s Won (Much Ado About Nothing) – RSC Live Cinecast

Words from the Week , or “The one where I fall asleep on the keyboard”

This post is being brought to you by black coffee, the sugar rush provided by licking honey off a teaspoon, and the sheer bloody-minded ignoring of exhaustion. Changing the subject abruptly and completely, the office move has happened. This is, I have decided, a good thing. Not because I wanted to move but because it … Continue reading Words from the Week , or “The one where I fall asleep on the keyboard”