Preview: The Mercy of Titus

The Mercy of Titus was Mozart’s last opera. Furiously completed for the coronation of Leopold II but months before Mozart died, it sees him in a very different mood to his more famously ‘final’ opera Die Zauberflöte (the Magic Flute). As opposed to the light-heartedly comic mood of the latter, The Mercy of Titus deals […]

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Good, but does it cut the mustard?

This year has been a real shot in the arm for the Oxford Revue. The famous university comedy society boasts alumni who have spanned the British scene since the 1950s. From Peter Cook, Allan Bennett and Michael Palin to Stewart Lee, Rowan Atkinson and Rebecca Front, the Revue is an outrageously large mantle for any […]

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“Knee deep in home truths”

“Do you ever get the feeling you’re being watched?” Alan Ayckbourn’s British classic stares deep into the heart of one family’s chaos, past and present relationships fusing together in this thrilling exposé of familial politics, characterised aptly as a “tragedy with jokes”. You can tell within the first five minutes of being in the company’s […]

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A song of triumph

Song of Riots, which debuted last week at Oxford’s North Wall Theatre, is an expert study in anger, isolation and masculinity. Written by Lucy Maycock and co-directed with Christopher Sivertsen, the play focuses on two parallel lives: an unnamed Prince from a fairy tale world (Jason Callender), and Lukasz (Christopher Finnegan), the only son of […]

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Arcadia’s artistry continues

The English Touring Theatre’s production of Arcadia left me weeping. As the lights came up and the company took their two modest bows, the feeling was not that an engaging fantasy world was ending but rather that the ideas of Arcadia had pervaded the real world, that the play continued even after I left the […]

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A night in Soho

Before the performance I was handed the ‘director’s note’: “When I first moved to London, one of the first shows I saw was Owen McCafferty’s. It was amazing. Superb acting. Some of the best I had seen. And a simplicity and truth of writing, that enabled actors to do what they do best… just a […]

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