This show originally opened on Broadway in 1955 and is a modern Faustian pact where a middle aged baseball fanatic sells his soul to the devil for youth and the chance to beat the Yankees.
D A Prince examines some of the subtleties that make Hubert Moore’s poetry so effective
Fiona Shaw’s first impulse was to give Mozart’s famous comic opera a comic slant. But she concedes that Beaumarchais’ original text, set before the French Revolution, had to stay in the eighteenth century.
This is a wickedly funny satire on ‘race’ and religion which appears to deliver stereotypes but, at it core, has a deeper interrogation of British society.
A few years ago, I remember watching a TV drama about Hitler that surprised me. It was the true story of Hans Litten, the brilliant young German lawyer who subpoenaed Hitler in 1931, cross-examined him in a trial of four Nazi stormtroopers and humiliated him.
The library committee of Stepney Borough Council have invited Ms Tilly Crumb, the maverick editor of the Stepney Chronicle to give a lecture about the First World War. Tilly is a cross between Germaine Greer, Janet Street Porter and Edith Piaf and the library committee are nervous that her lecture will be just a bit too radical for their taste.
Peter Giles re-tells a little-known story from the second world war…
Ibsen’s original text, which he never imagined being staged, is a wild poetic fantasy far removed from his naturalistic works. Irina Brook’s version is inspired by her days in New York during the 1980s when she was in love with the rock scene and Iggy Pop. It is a brave production which tries to take this impossible text on a new journey.
Mysteries still abound about the death of Garcia Lorca, the Spanish playwright, theatre director and poet. Assassinated in 1936 at the beginning of the Spanish Civil War, speculation continues as to the why and whereabouts of his death.
This is the most surprising of nineteenth century operas. It’s a Western! The work is based on David Belasco’s drama of the same name though Puccini’s original was in Italian and known as La Fanciulla del West with libretto by Guelfo Civinini and Carlo Zangarini. Belasco’s 1905 stage play was a hit but the 1910(…)
Michael Bartholomew-Biggs believes that a soft underbelly of tenderness can be detected beneath the surface of Peter Spencer’s cheekily playful short stories.
“It’ll be over by Christmas”, as we know, is the blackly humorous phrase that encapsulates all the miscalculations made about the First World War – and perhaps any war. The show takes us through the history and heroism, the absurdity and tragedy of that period in Western history that marks us even today.