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Candide, Menier Chocolate Factory

candide at the menier chocolate factoryIt’s one of theatre’s great ironies that turning Volaire’s bitter satire Candide into a musical proved every bit as taxing and fraught with disaster as the journey to a better life endured by the novella’s principal characters. But through all the rewrites and rewrites of rewrites that came off the back of Lillian Hellman’s cumbersome … [Read More]

Posted on 03/12/2013
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The Last Night of the Proms, Royal Albert Hall (Review)

Marin Alsop conducts at the Last Night of the PromsAs it came to pass, Marin Alsop’s nationality was rather more of a factor than her gender on this historic Last Night of the Proms – but her deft put-down of remarks made only the week before (pace Petrenko) suggested that it might take a little more time (it’s only 2013, for heaven’s sake) … [Read More]

Posted on 08/09/2013
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The Artistry of Maria Friedman and Jason Carr finally ignites the Hippodrome’s new Matcham Room – review

It’s taken a while for the Hippodrome’s spanking new cabaret room to feel lived-in and alive and it’s taken a real artist – actually two real artists – to capitalise on its intimacy and generate a buzz. Not many are given to putting together a truly organic programme for a continuous one-act set – something … [Read More]

Posted on 06/09/2012
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Bernstein “Candide”, London Symphony Orchestra & Chorus, Kristjan Jarvi, Barbican Hall

Leonard Bernstein’s most bountiful score – a mouth-watering confection of sugar and spice and all things nice – is also a masterpiece of parody and counter-parody. Voltaire’s Candide was short and pithy; Bernstein and his legion of collaborators (this was a Broadway breech-birth if ever there was one) went for long and elaborate and terminally … [Read More]

Posted on 06/06/2011
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