Category Archives: Theatre

Chekhov, comfort reads and the crouching monster

A long overdue update on some books I’ve read and a play I’ve seen (yay! I’ve actually been to the theatre!) I saw Benedict Andrews’ adaptation of Chekhov’s Three Sisters at the Young Vic. I’ve seen this play once before … Continue reading

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Top Girls

I went to see Caryl Churchill’s Top Girls at Trafalgar Studios a few weeks ago. It’s a cleverly structured, lucid and powerful play, first staged in 1982, shortly after Margaret Thatcher became Prime Minister. It begins with an imaginative scene … Continue reading

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The Wild Bride

I almost didn’t go to see Kneehigh Theatre’s latest play, The Wild Bride. I’ve been a fan of theirs for six years, since being amazed by The Bacchae. After being a little disappointed by a few of their recent shows, … Continue reading

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Notes on The Cherry Orchard (and Chekhov)

(Only notes, because I’ve been ill all week, since just after seeing The Cherry Orchard last Sunday, actually). The set was impressive. It was intricate and complex. I sat there in the interval watching the stagehands slowly and carefully lower … Continue reading

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Government Inspector

Gogol’s Government Inspector, which I went to see at the Young Vic last week, is the sort of play that I admire more with hindsight than I did while actually watching it. Originally published in 1836, it is ostensibly a … Continue reading

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