‘A delightful opera sure to put a smile on your face’ Albert Herring: A Preview

Albert Herring, Britten’s comic masterpiece, gleefully revels in an operatic middle ground. A whimsical plot that is set against a surprisingly complex score, Britten’s provincial chamber piece teases the lines between comedy and tragedy, sympathy and satire and the clashing authorities of nearly seventy years of critical opinion. Directors Peter Thickett and Frederick Waxman’s production […]

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A Surreal Complexity: Copenhagen

Copenhagen is a dense, and bizarre play. It centres around the reflection on the truth of a past conversation between two old friends, and major players in the nuclear science of World War II, Niels Bohr and Werner Heisenberg. Set between ‘heaven and an atom’, it explores the complexities of truth in narrative, reality in […]

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Review: The Deep Blue Sea

The National Theatre’s production of Terrence Rattigan’s The Deep Blue Sea is an emotionally overwhelming and thought-provoking play. Set in London during the 1950s, it follows the love triangle of Hester Collyer, her husband Lord Collyer and boyish war hero, her ‘darling Freddie’. On the surface, the play follows the turmoil of a toxic relationship […]

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Oxford’s summer at the Edinburgh Fringe

For many students August was an exuberant month spent at the sprawling Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Oxford brought fifteen shows to the Fringe, and with them around 120 students who held their own against seasoned professionals — showing the range of dramatic and musical talent that the university has to offer. The Oxford Student talked to […]

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As You Like It – A review

The Canterbury Shakespeare Festival’s As You Like It – performed on a paved circle surrounded by patches of grass and an uneven wooden fence – offered a basic stage. While, at times this production directed by Sam Gaffney and James Nash surpassed its setting, often it matched it in terms of its lacklustre execution. Unfortunately, this […]

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