Archive for September, 2012

Theatre Productions Seen 2011/12

Posted: September 16, 2012 in Theatre

Details of productions seen from October 2012 onwards will be listed with comments and ratings. However, with a view to establishing credential, the following is a list of productions seen (in reverse order) during 2011 and 2012:

Philadelphia Here I Come** (Donmar)     

Hedda Gabler**** (Old Vic)     

Sweeney Todd***** (Adelphi)     

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time***** (National – Cottesloe)     

A Boy Growing Up* (Edinburgh Fringe Festival)     

Good With People*** (EFF)     

The Letter of Last Resort*** (EFF)     

Coalition**** (EFF)     

Tea With the Old Queen** (EFF)     

Murder, Marple and Me*** (EFF)     

Six and a Tanner**** (EFF)     

Maurice’s Jubilee*** (EFF)     

Dickens’ Women***** (EFF)      

Deirdre and Me* (EFF)     

Mack & Mabel***** (Southwark Playhouse)     

Gatz**** (Noel Coward Theatre)     

Detroit**** (National – Cottesloe)     

The Last of the Haussmans**** (National – Lyttleton)     

Jersey Boys***** (Prince Edward, 2nd visit)     

The Physicists*** (Donmar)     

Torch Song Trilogy**** (Menier)     

Long Day’s Journey into Night***** (Apollo)     

Making Noise Quietly** (Donmar)     

Babel* (Calledonian Park)     

Written on the Heart** (Duchess)     

Filumana*** (Almeida)     

Hay Fever*** (Noel Coward Theatre)     

Absent Friends*** (Harold Pinter Theatre)     

Abigail’s Party**** (Menier)     

Master Class*** (Vaudeville)     

The Leisure Society*** (Trafalgar Srudios)     

All New People** (Duke of Yorks)     

The Recruiting Officer*** (Donmar)     

She Stoops to Conquer**** (National – Olivier)     

Sex with a Stranger*** (Trafalgar Studios)     

Travelling Light*** (National – Lyttleton)     

Noises Off**** (Old Vic)     

Pippin**** (Menier)     

Huis Clos**** ( Donmar at Trafalgar Studios)     

Hamlet*** (Young Vic)     

Jerusalem***** (Apollo)     

The Ladykillers**** (Gielgud)     

Dublin Carol*** (Donmar at Trafalgar Studios)     

Richard II**** (Donmar)     

Audience* (Soho Theatre)     

Juno and the Paycock** (National – Lyttelton)     

Comedy of Errors*** (National – Olivier)     

Salt, Root and Roe**** (Donmar at Trafalgar Studios)     

Three Days in May*** (Trafalgar Studios)     

Collaborators**** (National – Cottesloe)     

13*** (National – Olivier)     

Death and the Maiden** (Harold Pinter Theatre)     

Inadmissible Evidence** (Donmar)     

The Veil*** (National – Lyttelton)     

It’s Always Right Now Until It’s Later**** (National – Lyttelton)     

My City*** (Almeida)     

Terrible Advice*** (Menier)     

Grief**** (National – Cottesloe)     

The Kitchen*** (National – Olivier)     

Anna Christie***** (Donmar)     

A Woman Killed By Kindness** (National – Lyttelton)      

Ten Plagues** (Edinburgh Fringe Festival)     

Tuesday at Tescos**** (EFF)     

Bette and Joan** (EFF)     

Midnight Your Time*** (EFF)     

Road Show**** (Menier)     

London Road*** (Cottesloe)     

Richard III***** (Old Vic)     

Much Ado About Nothing**** (Globe)     

Luise Miller**** (Donmar)    

One Man, Two Guvnors***** (National – Lyttelton)     

Betrayal***** (Comedy)

Emperor and Galilean**** (National – Olivier)     

A Delicate Balance**** (Almeida)     

Haunting Julia** (Riverside)     

Cause Celebre***** (Old Vic)     

The Cherry Orchard**** (National – Olivier)     

Little Eyolf **** (Jermyn Street Theatre)     

Moonlight** (Donmar)    

Smash*** (Menier)     

Flare Path***** (Haymarket)     

Remembrance Day*** (Royal Court)     

Rocket to the Moon**** (National – Lyttelton)     

Betty Blue Eyes***** (Novello)     

Blythe Spirit*** (Apollo)     

Moment**** (Bush)     

Fen*** (Finborough)     

Frankenstein***** (National – Olivier)     

25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee* (Donmar)      

Clybourne Park***** (Wyndhams)     

Company**** (Southwark Playhouse)     

Ordinary Days*** (Trafalgar Studios)     

Twelfth Night*** (National – Cottesloe)     

King Lear**** (Donmar)     

Wicked**** (New Victoria)     

Seduction** (Above the Stag)     

When We Are Married*** (Garrick)     

The Country Girl*** (Apollo)     

End of the Rainbow***** (Trafalgar Studios)


Posted: September 12, 2012 in Sport

On 27 July 2012, I was privileged to attend, with Ann, the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games. On the following day The Times described it as “a magnificent triumph of ideas as well as a feast for the eye” and, in it’s leading article, went on to say: “the ceremony imagined and orchestrated ….. by Danny Boyle showed something different (from Beijing) and brilliant: an ambitious depiction of ideas that represent Britain and its spirit. Whatever sporting acheivements are recorded in these Games, Boyle has already made them memorable beyond transient spectacle. He has given the nation a glimpse of both history and possibility that may prove a durable in the collective memory as the Great Exhibition of 1851 or the Festival of Britain as century later.”

These photograps were taken on that night and on two other visits to the Olympic Park during the magical days that followed.