Les Vêpres Siciliennes – Review

  Verdi’s Les Vêpres Siciliennes comes under the “grand opera” genre. Popular in mid nineteenth-century Paris, these operas have five acts and, traditionally, must contain a ballet sequence. Consequently, these shows are long and difficult to produce. Verdi, aware of these problems, rewrote Les Vêpres Siciliennes a few years later in a shorter form. It’s… Continue reading Les Vêpres Siciliennes – Review

Cyrano de Bergerac – Review

Last year I saw Glyn Maxwell’s adaptation of Cyrano de Bergerac, put together by a local group in my area. Maxwell’s version isn’t written in verse, except, obviously, when characters read poetry – it’s naturalistic, and feels like a drama. Martin Crimp’s adaptation, which was broadcast live to cinemas last Thursday, does the opposite. It… Continue reading Cyrano de Bergerac – Review

Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein – Review

  “Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein” is a peculiar name for a stage adaptation of the world-famous gothic novel. It echoes the Francis Ford Coppola film from the nineties: Bram Stoker’s Dracula. It isn’t clear why the author’s name is in Coppola’s title, but here the reason soon becomes obvious. This is because Mary Shelley, played by… Continue reading Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein – Review