Brighton Rock: A Lexis for Damaged Hope

It is usually easy to impose your own zeitgeist onto a piece of live theatre, because there is so much ambiguity – so many variables for each viewer to interpret however they wish. It is a struggle to forage the attraction of adapting Graham Greene’s noir thriller, which now seems largely irrelevant, but Bryony Lavery is enough of a draw to intrigue those who have or haven’t read the original novel. Continue reading

Cast & Crew Call: Two Noble Kinsmen

There’s a first time for everything, and today we share our first casting call. We suspect our readers may be interested to hear about this new call for York Shakespeare Project’s upcoming production of The Two Noble Kinsmen. Continue reading

Yorkshire Scandals: Art Reporting Life

It is a bittersweet time for the arts and the news in York, what with the only paid local arts critic role being threatened with redundancy. The city’s independent art scene thrives as ever, and we strive to document the full, rich programme of events taking place in our city. Inevitably, where the money dries up, other resources follow, and we are looking at a future with decidedly less coverage. So what happens to the art that’s doing its own reporting? Continue reading

RENT: The musical that still rocks, 20 years on

RENT is the story of impoverished youths trying to make it in New York (image courtesy of RENT 20th Anniversary Production Ltd).

RENT is an imperfect musical about imperfect people. A landmark turn in musical theatre, Jonathan Larson’s unusual, rocking score captures the lives of the marginalised citizens of mid-90’s East Village. Continue reading

Sheffield Theatres and English Touring Theatre give Lady Chatterley a tender lover

Phillip Breen’s adaptation honours D. H. Lawrence’s overriding reach for tenderness in Lady Chatterley’s Lover, the love story that scandalised the western world after thirty-two years of whispering under the sheets of Italian, French and Australian publishers. Continue reading

Wildgoose Theatre’s compassionate Gates of Gold

Love of family, partners and theatre itself are beautifully conveyed and deconstructed in Wildgoose Theatre’s adaptation of Gates of Gold. Continue reading