Review: The Lady from the Sea (Donmar Warehouse)

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SheSeesStars: ★★★★☆

Ibsen’s The Lady from the Sea has surfaced onto the Donmar stage in an adaptation by Elinor Cook and directed by soon-to-be Young Vic Artistic Director Kwame Kwei-Armah.

The eponymous Lady is Ellida, daughter of a lighthouse-keeper, second wife to dependable but dull Dr. Wangel, and step-mother to his daughters Bolette and Hilde. Ellida is tormented both by the loss of their infant son and by the memory of a sailor she met in her teens, and made a pact with to marry when he returned.

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Review: The Lie (Menier Chocolate Factory)

The LieSheSeesStars: ★★★☆☆

Following their production of The Truth, also by Florian Zeller, the Menier Chocolate Factory, director Lindsay Posner and translator Christopher Hampton have teamed up again for the English language world premiere of The Lie.

Two middle-aged couples are living a chic upper-middle-class lifestyle in Paris, but with secrets buried just below the apparently idyllic surface.

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Review: Eurovision Song Contest 2016 (Semi-final 2)

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Spurred on by my blog receiving its first ever visits from readers in the Czech Republic, Croatia and Armenia (and The Gambia!?) after Semi-final number 1, I’m back with a round-up of Semi-final number 2! I found Tuesday’s first semi a bit underwhelming, finding it tricky to pick even 10 out of the 18 songs that I thought deserved to qualify. I guessed that Moldova, Croatia, the Netherlands, Armenia, Russia, Cyprus, Azerbaijan, Iceland, Malta and Bosnia would qualify. Of my picks, 7/10 made the cut, with Moldova, Iceland and Bosnia losing out to Hungary, Austria and the Czech Republic. Anyway, based on Tuesday’s slightly disappointing offerings, I had high hopes that the songs drawn in Thursday’s semi-final would bring a bit more interest, musical flair and, ideally, hilarity to the proceedings…

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Review: Eurovision Song Contest 2016 (Semi-final 1)

Eurovision_Song_Contest_2016_logo-sm-blCan you believe it’s already been a year since the last Eurovision Song Contest? Some would say it’s come around again far too quickly, but not me. I LOVE it. Even the awful stuff. Especially the awful stuff. Eurovision would be on twice a year if I was in charge. This year’s Contest is taking place in Stockholm after Måns Zelmerlöw stormed to victory for Sweden last year with the absolute corker Heroes, and this blog provides a sideways glance at the songs featured in the first semi-final.

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Predictions for the 2016 Oliviers

Oliviers2016This time last year, I was sipping champagne on the Royal Opera House outdoor terrace prior to perching (literally) on my high-chair seat to enjoy the 2015 Oliviers ceremony. This year, unfortunately, having not had the same privilege of being a panellist for the Awards, I am instead lounging on my sofa and have to wait, like the majority of the theatre-loving world, to watch the highlights on TV later tonight. However, a fellow 2015 panellist and I couldn’t quite resist the temptation to rustle up our own predictions for who will win this year’s Awards…

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Curtain Up exhibition (V&A Museum)

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The Victoria and Albert (V&A) Museum in South Kensington is one of my favourite places to visit in London. The museum is home to a huge variety of galleries full of gorgeous stuff, from furniture to fashion and sculptures to silverware. Since I enjoy going there anyway, I was excited to learn last year that the Theatre & Performance galleries were going to host a new exhibition in 2016, timed to coincide with the 40th anniversary of the Olivier Awards.

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