Books
13 January 2003
It was a pity that Sir Walter Raleigh did not make it into the top ten of the BBC's Great Britons, along with his...
Culture
26 August 2002
The Coast of Utopia is our young century's most ambitious theatrical work to date. Its three plays require more than 40...
Culture
22 July 2002
One of Peter Porter's fine recent poems is called "Going into the Garden with the Wrong Seca-teurs". At the beginning...
Culture
17 June 2002
Philip Massinger began his long career as playwright for the Stuart King's Men in 1616, the year of Shakespeare's death...
Culture
13 May 2002
I am not sure whether Adrian Noble really is a rampant egotist, or whether he just talks like one. The wording of his...
Culture
08 April 2002
From the 1930s until the 1970s, it was customary to view Marlowe's Faustus as a radical intellectual who dared to...
Culture
18 March 2002
Although presented as a luscious period piece in Peter Hall's production, Lady Windermere's Fan (1892) is surprisingly...
Culture
25 February 2002
King Lear, with which the Almeida Theatre's run at King's Cross is coming to a close, gives the company a last...
Culture
18 February 2002
Heinrich von Kleist (1777-1811) could have been invented by a New Statesman competition winner as a parody of a...
28 January 2002
Ben Jonson's most inventive city comedy was written in the aftermath of London's severe plague outbreak in 1608-9, and...
17 December 2001
It has often been said that a good priest, whose job is to promote dusty old belief systems, must combine the gifts of...
10 December 2001
After watching a rehearsal of J M Barrie's Mary Rose in 1919, the octogenarian Thomas Hardy wrote some lines on the...
29 October 2001
The programme of the gloriously lavish new presentation of Private Lives claims that "the play is set in the 1930s"....
15 October 2001
A Day in the Death of Joe Egg was well ahead of its time in 1967, when it received the compliment of the Lord...
24 September 2001
Chekhov is thought to have written his sprawling "Play without a Title", known later in English as That Worthless...

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