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

Measure for Measure – Review

Historically, productions of Measure for Measure have highlighted the corruptions of their time. Keith Hack’s 1974 production, for example, came out in the midst of Watergate and Vietnam – and it played on this. In taking on Shakespeare’s “problem play” in 2019, Director Gregory Doran has done something ingenious. Sleazy men in power are at… Continue reading Measure for Measure – Review