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Matthew Bourne has done it again in this powerful, bleak, rather shattering radical reworking of ROMEO AND JULIET.

The basic narrative of Shakespeare’s play has been kept, but changed, adapted and twisted .Bourne seeks to convey the overwhelming enormity of young love and succeeds triumphantly. It is full of youthful energy and vibrant urgency and the dancing is magnificent. Included among the cast of New Adventures members are some dancers still in training.

In Bourne’s reimagining the setting is the cold, grey, intimidating psychiatric Verona Institute – basically a double level white semicircle with three doors, framed by staircases and a balcony, all enclosed by gates of metal fencing and foreboding white tiled walls (designs by Lez Brotherston) complemented by spectacular atmospheric lighting by Paule Constable. Continue reading MATTHEW BOURNE’S ROMEO AND JULIET


This image: Janie Dee as Phyllis Rogers Stone in FOLLIES at the National Theatre (c) Johan Persson

Sondheim fans rejoice! This is a dazzling , very moving absolutely HUGE production with a cast of 37 and incredible costumes.

The original Broadway production of FOLLIES was in 1971. This is the first time FOLLIES has been staged by the National in the UK . Here in Australia , there have been a couple of concert versions – 1998 and 2016 but so far as I am aware no fully staged version .
Directed by Dominic Cooke FOLLIES has an absolutely stellar cast led by among others Imelda Staunton and Philip Quast. Maestro Nigel Lilley conducts a fabulous orchestra of 21 that is hidden from view but plays superbly. Continue reading NT LIVE: FOLLIES