Posts tagged with ‘theatre’

‘Diaghilev and the Ballets Russes’ at the V&A

I went along to the Diaghilev exhibition at the V&A. He’s kind of an interesting figure to name an exhibition after, since he was an impresario, rather than an artist or designer, or even a composer or choreographer. But under his stewardship, the Ballets Russes really does seem to have been an extraordinary focal point […]

The Cherry Orchard at the Old Vic

As part of a joint Anglo-American project with the Brooklyn Academy of Music, the Old Vic is currently running two plays in parallel with the same cast in both: The Winter’s Tale and The Cherry Orchard. It’s a fairly starry enterprise, directed by Sam Mendes, with acting from Simon Russell Beale, Sinead Cusack, Ethan Hawke and […]

Troilus and Cressida at the Globe

When I saw they were putting on Troilus and Cressida I thought it was about time I finally got round to seeing some Shakespeare at the Globe; previously the only thing I’d seen there was, randomly enough, a play about the writing of the US constitution. I was about to say that Troilus and Cressida was one […]

Opening ceremony debrief

As I’ve said before, although I’m a  supporter of London hosting the Olympics, my big worry is that we will come up with a feeble, amateurish opening ceremony. So I watched the Chinese version with interest. We knew they were keen to impress: well, consider me impressed. There is no way London is going to match that […]


1930s German Culture Magazines – a set on Flickr A curious mixture of fashion shots and Naziana. ( tags: 1930s Germany magazines ) 1935 Berlin Vaudeville Album – a set on Flickr 'This set of 72 images is from an album of Vaudeville performers in Berlin, Germany from 1935 to 1936. A sweet little book […]


In celebration of this very amusing put-down of President Bush, here’s a bit of the master himself:

The Mammoth Brigade of Black Comedians

More fascinating stuff from the British Library collection; this poster is from 1892.

How now, nuncle!

Hot news of the day: I’m an uncle. My sister-in-law had a baby girl yesterday. So send positive mind rays in the general direction of Cheltenham, please. The word ‘nuncle’ is, as I expect you know, a variation of ‘uncle’ formed by mishearing ‘mine uncle’ as ‘my nuncle’. The same with ‘Ned’ as a variation […]

‘We The People’ at the Globe

I finally visited the Globe theatre for the first time this week. That’s not because I’ve been avoiding it—every time I walked past on the way to Tate Modern, I thought ‘I really must go to the Globe some time’— but I never got round to it. Since the whole point is that it’s a […]

Too wit to woo

I heard an owl last night, for the first time in years. I think there are quite a few tawny owls in London—they’re a basically woodland species and fairly well suited to a suburban mix of woodland, park and gardens. A few years ago I used to hear them quite regularly here, but as I […]

The Nicholas Brothers

These online videos can’t do justice to dancing, but how cool is this?That’s the Nicholas Brothers in Down Argentine Way. Not impressed yet? This is them in Stormy Weather:


I’m currently reading a biography of Bess of Hardwick. I’m not that far through it yet (don’t tell me how it ends!*), but one thing is striking, reading about Tudor England†: how capricious the politics is and how much it’s dependent on patronage and favour. Admittedly, the period I’ve read about so far covers the […]

Billy Elliot, the Musical

Yesterday I went to Billy Elliot, the musical of the movie. Which I have to say was very enjoyable, in an emotionally manipulative kind of way. The little kid with a poignant letter from his dead mother, who wants to be a ballet dancer despite coming from a northern town in the process of being […]

Blog pause

The cricket is so enjoyable that I almost regret the fact that tomorrow I’m going to the Dorgogne to spend a week eating, drinking and being merry with a bunch of friends. Here’s a picture of Marie Lloyd for you to look at during my absence:

Explaining Hamlet to the Tiv

A hilarious exercise in comparative literature: Shakespeare in the Bush. via Copia.