Bernstein at the Proms, The John Wilson Orchestra

John Wilson Proms 2015Yes, this was one of those evenings where EVERYONE stepped up. So many highlights: Louise Dearman’s “100 Easy Ways’, Julian Ovenden’s “Maria” with a stonking top B, Scarlet Strallen’s quite startling “Glitter and Be Gay” and Lucy Schaufer’s heartfelt and beautifully word-poignant “Take Care of This House” and insanely hyper “Island Magic”. But Lenny would [Read More]

A Sneak Preview of Bend It Like Beckham

A youtube video of the opening number! You saw it here first (hopefully)!!!

Interested in learning more? Read  ‘an earlier post about this musical’ written by Edward Seckerson last year.

“It is the afternoon of Friday 2 May in the none too prepossessing upstairs studio of the Dominion Theatre and I am one of a … [Read More]

Beautiful, Aldwych Theatre

Musicals stand or fall on their books; docu-musicals are defined by them. Even a bunch of great songs won’t entirely carry an evening on Broadway or in the West End and it’s certainly no coincidence that Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice’s cracking book for Jersey Boys helped catapult Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons back … [Read More]

A Little Night Music, Palace Theatre

nightmusicposterCan it really be 40 years since Sondheim’s waltzy, nostalgia-flecked, fancy first intoxicated our senses with its promise of indiscretion and insatiable desire? But that’s the thing, isn’t it – every Sondheim piece feels brand new on re-acquaintance and it’s only as you wonder at the unique tinta each of these shows and marvel afresh … [Read More]

Renée Fleming ‘In Conversation’ with Edward Seckerson

Renee Fleming Humanitas Visiiting Professor OxfordRenée Fleming ‘In Conversation’ with music journalist and critic Edward Seckerson, as part of Ms Fleming’s Humanitas Visiting Professorship in Opera Studies at the University of Oxford, November 2013.

Their discussion flowed from Edward’s opening question: ‘what makes now a different time to be a singer than in the past?’

Drawing on her professional experience … [Read More]

The Cherry Orchard, Young Vic

Cherry Orchard at Young VicFor a play in which inertia, atrophy, indecision, and the inability to move forward are key elements – aren’t they always in Chekhov – Katie Mitchell’s marvelously busy and concentrated staging of The Cherry Orchard fair zips along. In Simon Stephens’ punchy and highly contemporary translation the comedy is kept sharp and buoyant and immediate … [Read More]

Radio 2 Arts Show with the amazing Claudia Winkleman

bbc_radio_twoDelighted to be back as a regular guest on the the Radio 2 Arts Show with the amazing Claudia Winkleman[Read More]

A Streetcar Named Desire, Young Vic

Streetcar - Gillian Anderson The first thing one needs to grasp about A Streetcar Named Desire – and director Benedict Andrews has seized hungrily upon it in his unnerving staging at the Young Vic – is Tennessee Williams’ sense of the mythic over the mundane; the heightened reality – or transcendence – that makes poetry of street talk and … [Read More]

Amadeus, Chichester Festival Theatre

Peter Shaffer has always been a big ideas man and the curse laid upon Antonio Salieri that he and he alone should recognise the genius of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart while all around him – not least himself – bask in mediocrity is one of his biggest and most challenging. Amadeus isn’t a play about rivalry, … [Read More]

Carousel, Arcola Theatre

CAROUSELThe first thing that strikes you about this joyously inventive postage stamp staging of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s masterpiece – and it strikes you so forcibly in this high-decibel digital age that it’s almost a pinch-yourself moment – is that the show is entirely acoustic. No samplings, no obtrusive head-mics, just an unlikely quintet of instruments … [Read More]


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