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.
Emma Lee finds depth in a slim volume of poems by Jacqueline Gabbitas
What exactly is the essence of Belgium? Far harder to pin down than French chic or English sang-froid, the nation’s uneasy mix of Walloon and Flemish, surreal and down-to-earth, all miraculously held together, is perfectly encapsulated by the Atomium – a giant, futuristic structure on the northern edge of Brussels.
D A Prince’s new collection exemplifies the virtues of understatement in poetry
Thomas Ovans wonders if David Perman’s new collection is being knowingly undersold by its own cover
Two recent Shoestring collections from Anna Adams and Tony Roberts earn the approval of Merryn Williams
Anna Robinson’s half-fantasy, half-dream poem sequence strikes a chord with Richie McCaffery
Thomas Ovans finds that Josh Ekroy’s military-related poems usually hit their target