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She too

She too

She too Before we start: he’s wearing wings because he’s going to a costume party.  Now that the question which perennially occurs to the hard of thinking whenever David Alden is mentioned has been dealt with, we can talk about his ENO production of Lucia di Lammermoor without being interrupted. It’s not a new production: it first appeared in 2008. But it reflects some of the themes which have permeated the director’s work in recent years, ... Read More »

Hard candy

Hard candy

Hard candy In theatre, there are two types of tragedy. There’s the tearjerker (Romeo and Juliet, The Glass Menagerie) which leaves you wet-cheeked, cathartised and endorphinned, and there’s the sledgehammer (Antigone, Ghosts) where you sit dazed in your seat for five minutes after it finishes and don’t say much on the way home.  Opera, too, has its sledgehammers. Elektra doesn’t send you out of the theatre with a spring in your step. But operatic tragedies, ... Read More »

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