Shakespeare without words – did ‘The Winter’s Tale’ really work as ballet?

I watched Christopher Wheeldon’s adaptation of Shakespeare’s most curious play from the upper slips of the Royal Opera House, wondering quite how the intricacies of ‘The Winter’s Tale’ would translate into dance. But they did. And it was mesmerising. The Royal Ballet, in collaboration with the National Ballet of Canada, first created this three-act performance in April 2014, when I watched it streamed live to … Continue reading Shakespeare without words – did ‘The Winter’s Tale’ really work as ballet?

‘Red Velvet’: A Moving Exploration of Race, Time and Art

This review comes a little late, as I actually saw ‘Red Velvet’ at the Garrick Theatre in London last month. Needless to say, in spite of my disorganisation and forgetfulness, this play has really stayed with me. One can clearly see why it was reinstated for a second run after its debut in 2012. Telling the story of Ira Aldridge (Adrian Lester), the first prominent black … Continue reading ‘Red Velvet’: A Moving Exploration of Race, Time and Art

RSC’s Enchantingly Original ‘Wendy & Peter Pan’

I saw Ella Hickson’s ‘Wendy & Peter Pan’ from an uncomfortable seat behind a pillar, in the back row of the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford-Upon-Avon, and it was still magical. It was the last performance of the season, having returned after the popularity of the play’s first run in 2013, and although there was an unfortunate minor hiccup with one of the flying scenes, … Continue reading RSC’s Enchantingly Original ‘Wendy & Peter Pan’