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Charles Edwards’ Elektra: ‘five stars are too few’

The revival of Charles Edwards’ production of Elektra by Richard Strauss at the Royal Opera House has opened to rapturous reviews. The Metro described it as ‘a superb production from Charles Edwards that places the action in a world of decaying Art Nouveau decadence…five stars are too few.’ ‘There will certainly be…

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The Pride, lit by Jon Clark, gets **** reviews

This topical play, which contrasts the experiences of two gay men and a straight women in 1958 and the present day, has been up-dated and ‘triumphantly revived’  (What’s on Stage) at Trafalgar Studios. The play, first produced at the Royal Court in 2008, has been revived by the original creative team –…

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Dudley designs ‘startlingly effective’ King Lear

Lucy Bailey’s new production of King Lear for the Theatre Royal Bath, designed by William Dudley and starring David Haig, has attracted rave reviews, being described variously as ‘daring and startlingly effective’ (Telegraph), ‘extraordinarily potent’ (Express) and a ‘gripping new gangland take on Shakespeare’s most forbidding tragedy‘ (Mail). Reviewers made particular…

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Reiffenstuel wins Oscar della Lirica for costume design

Brigitte Reiffenstuel was awarded the 2013 Oscar della Lirica for achievement in costume design at the International Opera Awards ceremony in the Teatro di Bologna on Saturday 18 May. Brigitte is pictured here with her Oscar della Lirica statuette. This International Opera Award recognises her achievements across a career which has encompassed…

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Lucia di Lammermoor in Toronto: ‘dark, claustrophic, and highly enjoyable’

Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor, directed by David Alden for Canadian Opera Company, has opened in Toronto to excellent reviews. The creative team, which included Charlie Edwards and Briggite Reiffenstuel, were given much credit by The Globe and Mail, describing the production as ‘dark, claustrophobic, and highly enjoyable’ and saying : ‘Edwards’s…

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Sunday in the Park with George at the Châtelet

Lee Blakeley’s production of Sunday in the Park with George, with sets by William Dudley and choreography by Lorena Randi, was given a standing ovation at its Parisian première at the Théâtre du Châtelet on Monday night: Sondheim himself was there. If you can’t make it to Paris, the show…

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