2015-12 REVIEW MR FOOTE

PJC WEBSITE REVIEW/8 – MR FOOTE’S OTHER LEG WRITTEN BY: IAN KELLY

DIRECTED BY: RICHARD EYRE PERFORMED AT: THEATRE ROYAL HAYMARKET STARRING: SIMON RUSSELL BEALE Review of play seen on 30 December 2015 If in the early twentieth century Sarah Bernhardt in her 70s could move audiences to tears, whilst wearing a wooden prosthetic leg,1  why could not Samuel Foote in his 50s stir eighteenth-century audiences to […]

2015-12 Review of Love-for-Love

PJC WEBSITE REVIEW/7 – LOVE FOR LOVE (1695) BY WILLIAM CONGREVE

AT THE SWAN THEATRE, STRATFORD-UPON-AVON ACTED BY: THE ROYAL SHAKESPEARE COMPANY DIRECTED BY: SELINA CADELL Review of play seen on 26 December 2015 William Congreve’s witty, frisky comedy Love for Love (1695) demands a witty, frisky production – and that’s very much what it gets in the intimate space of the Swan Theatre, which is […]

PJC WEBSITE REVIEW/6 – KING LEAR (FIRST PERFORMED DEC. 1606) BY WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE

LEARY OF LEAR AT THE NATIONAL Review of play seen on 29 April 2014 No, sorry to say, I was not happy with Simon Russell Beale’s Lear at the National. I was not helped by the fact that my partner, who’d never seen Lear on stage, discovered that he hated both the play and the […]

PJC WEBSITE REVIEW/5 – GHOSTS (1881) BY HENRIK IBSEN

Directed by: Richard Eyre Viewed at Trafalgar Studio/1, Whitehall, on 31 January 2014 Reviewed by: Penelope J. Corfield, after viewing with Tony Belton, 31 January 2014 Ghosts at Trafalgar Studio/1 is a superb production. It’s directed by Richard Eyre and wonderfully acted by a strong cast led by Lesley Manville, making the most of a […]

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PJC WEBSITE REVIEW/4 – THE LIFE OF STUFF (1993) BY SIMON DONALD

Review by: Penelope J. Corfield after viewing with Tony Belton On Wednesday 10 April 2013 At: Theatre 503 at the Latchmere, 503 Latchmere Road SW11 3BW Directed by: Paul Robinson Cast: Ben Adams; Claire Dargo; Pamela Dwyer; Gregory Finnegan; Cameron Jack; Paula Masterton; Rhys Owen; Owen Whitelaw Pretty amazing stuff – with a live snake. […]

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PJC WEBSITE REVIEW/3 – UNCLE VANYA (1900) BY ANTON CHEKHOV

IN NEW TRANSLATION BY CHRISTOPHER HAMPTON AT LONDON’S VAUDEVILLE THEATRE, THE STRAND WC1 Viewed by Penelope J. Corfield and Tony Belton 14 December 2012 ‘Basically, life in Russia sucks’, summarised the young man in the row behind us, for the benefit of his somewhat bemused companions, who had obviously expected something jollier. We had all […]

PJC WEBSITE REVIEW/2 – THE DOCTOR’S DILEMMA (1906) BY GEORGE BERNARD SHAW

AT THE NATIONAL: LYTTLETON THEATRE (August 2012) Viewed by PJC, with Tony Belton. It’s a witty script and the audience was engaged throughout by this production of the Doctor’s Dilemma. Penelope laughed a great deal; and, having read Shaw’s play many times (as a historian of the professions), she was particularly delighted to see it […]

2012-6 Paul Robeson (2)

PJC WEBSITE REVIEW/1 – CALL MR ROBESON: A LIFE – WITH SONGS (2012) BY TAYO ALUKO

Just recently, my partner Tony Belton and I have begun to formulate our own reviews of live performances that we have attended. This one was written by me (as indicated by my prose style) but represents our joint response. REVIEW BY PENNY CORFIELD and TONY BELTON Call Mr Robeson: A Life – with Songs (2012) […]