London Philharmonic Orchestra, Nézet-Séguin, Royal Festival Hall

Music lovers invariably divide into two faction over the Brahms piano concertos: those who thrill to the elemental D minor and those who prefer to bask in the more reflective charms of the sumptuous B-flat Second Concerto. I’m a D minor man myself, secretly convinced that the four-movement Second would prove a far more startling … [Read More]

Singular Sensations

Daniel Boys

Singular Sensations

@ Charing Cross Theatre

NOW ON SALE! Join me and DANIEL BOYS
in conversation and song SUNDAY 14 DECEMBER at 3pm http://www.charingcrosstheatre.co.uk/?pg=1182

Delighted to announce that the next Singular Sensations event at Charing Cross Theatre on Sunday 14th December at 3pm will feature Daniel Boys, currently starring in ‘Jacques Brel is Alive and … [Read More]

Memphis, Shaftesbury Theatre

Memphis, 2014, Credit: Johan Persson/It’s throwback week with two very different shows recalling the darkest days of America’s racial disharmony – but where The Scottsboro Boys shocks and satirises and has us choke on our own laughter Memphis is content to be the feel-good flipside. Throw a few home truths and a little grit into the mix – disturbing … [Read More]

Gypsy, Chichester Festival Theatre

There’s a moment of stunned silence in Imelda Staunton’s storming Mama Rose at the Chichester Festival Theatre, a long, long, moment where neither speaking nor singing she conclusively demonstrates what a difference a great actress makes in this most iconic of musical theatre roles. Just like her mother and husband before, her daughter June has … [Read More]

The Scottsboro Boys, Garrick Theatre

You come away from The Scottsboro Boys sure of two things: that the next Cakewalk you ever hear will induce queasiness; and that the show’s director/choreographer Susan Stroman is some kind of genius. This kick-ass UK premiere, now happily transferred from the Young Vic, has a simplicity, a precision, a visceral energy, a choreographic razzle-dazzle … [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]

A conversation with Maureen Lipman

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The much-loved and extraordinarily versatile actress who made a sitcom of a commercial and whose stage work has ranged from Olivier’s National Theatre and the musicals of Leonard Bernstein and Rodgers and Hammerstein to a now classic reincarnation of Joyce Grenfell appears in conversation with EDWARD SECKERSON. Joyce will be there … [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]

The Girl of the Golden West, English National Opera, London Coliseum

Girl of the Golden West Susan BullockWell, there won’t be any complaints about performing this one in English – or should that be American. Thank heavens Richard Jones has made Puccini’s spaghetti western an operatic-home-counties-free-zone and got his cast delivering Kelley Rourke’s translation with enough of a trans-Atlantic drawl to affect a colloquial tang. Let’s face it, great swathes of this … [Read More]

BBC Symphony Orchestra, BBC Singers, Litton, Barbican Hall

The problem with programming Charles Ives’ Fourth Symphony – and only the very bold and resourceful and/or the BBC are ever likely to do so – is that it eclipses everything, and I mean everything, in its proximity. And if it was my 90th birthday – as indeed it was on this day for … [Read More]