Why You Can’t Bugger Up Hamlet

How many ways can you perform it? And why does it periodically take such a grip on Britain? The furore over Benedict Cumberbatch’s Hamlet grew to fever pitch this summer, ‘To Be Or Not To Be’ shunted to the front of the play, then back, and tickets changing hands for absurd amounts. ‘Cumberbitches’, for God’s […]

Understanding Shakespeare

Probably the most consistent criticism I hear about Shakespeare from people I talk to, especially kids, is that the language is impossible to understand. To an extent I agree – if you only read the text it often seems to make little sense – and certainly the analogies and references prove hard work. But the […]

Re:View – Hamlet @ The National Theatre

As a white Christmas looms in London, it was my Christmas treat to myself to see Rory Kinnear tackle Hamlet in a lengthy amalgam text that brought the play to just under 3 3/4 hours. The National’s pricing policy guarantees affordability, younger and more ethnically audiences, which suited this highly acclaimed production, set in a […]

The 12 London Nights Of Christmas

The problem at this time of the year is how to survive London’s social scene without flagging. The Happiness Project London lists 99 awesome things about the capital here, Time Out lists another 100 this week and these lists aren’t remotely exhaustive, so you have to ration yourself. One trick is to make Saturday night […]