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Monthly Archives: April 2009

Acting

Lovely to see such good performances all round in TIME AND THE CONWAYS last night at the National. My ignorance is so great that I didn’t know Hattie Morahan but what a wonderful actress she is to watch. And there’s a beautifully judged performance from Paul Ready. So enjoyable to see high quality period acting [...]
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Review

HORRIBLE HISTORIES – FRIGHTFUL FIRST WORLD WAR “A startling, haunting, beautifully staged production” Telegraph and Argus, Bradford Well done all!
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Tax

Darling’s new tax rate won’t work. It never has. When Nigel Lawson made his historic reduction of the higher tax rate from 60% to 40%, the Treasury ended up taking more money in tax, not less. Those earning high salaries didn’t need to pay their accountants so much money to find ways of avoiding paying [...]
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Shakespeare

I’ve never been convinced by the scene in TWELTH NIGHT when Malvolio forces himself to smile, even though I saw Derek Jacobi do it so well in the West End recently. It’s always seemed to me to be improbable that someone – anyone – wouldn’t instinctively know how to smile. But as always, whenever you [...]
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Britain’s Got Talent

The nation is shocked: a not-pretty woman can sing! Whatever next?!
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Theatre

There’s long been a suspicion that the proscenium arch of the standard venue is an outmoded form for modern theatre. This week I’ve seen two shows which were staged out of the proscenium – DANCING AT LUGHNASA and STOVEPIPE. LUGHNASA is in the Old Vic’s in-the-round configuration and STOVEPIPE is a promenade piece using the [...]
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Madame de Sade

It was great to go backstage after seeing Madame de Sade this week. I just wish someone had told me I had humous on my nose!!
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