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World Shakespeare Festival

Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre will be participating in the World Shakespeare Festival with this spectacularly ambitious 6-week season, bringing 36 visiting theatre companies from all over the world to perform Shakespeare … Continue reading

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Wilkie Collins goes to Venice

The Haunted Hotel, by Wilkie Collins, is a bit of a Gothic horror story – not really a novel, but rather an extended short story. It has all the typical … Continue reading

17/02/2012 · 2 Comments

Kenneth Branagh: boy wonder

If you missed the dawn of Kenneth Branagh’s illustrious career, the BBC is currently offering a rare opportunity to see a piece of his early work. The trilogy of ‘Billy’ … Continue reading

15/02/2012 · 4 Comments

A film of a play of a film…

Now, let me declare my prejudice: I prefer the stage to the screen and I had my doubts about watching a play being shown in a cinema environment.  But it’s … Continue reading

10/02/2012 · Leave a comment

Don’t Look Now: McEwan’s in Venice

February is the month for Carnival in Venice,so the idea of reading some books set in the city was appealing. During 2011 I finished off the last of Donna Leon’s … Continue reading

07/02/2012 · 2 Comments

Love: that breath-taking miracle

It’s forty years since I studied Romeo and Juliet at school and since then I have seen quite a few productions of it.  It’s a play that particularly lends itself … Continue reading

04/02/2012 · Leave a comment

The Reykjavik Murder Mysteries by Arnaldur Indridason

Arnaldur Indridason, the son of a novelist, was born in 1961 and, after studying history at Reykjavik University, took up journalism and film criticsm as a career.  He published his … Continue reading

01/02/2012 · 4 Comments