Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead: Play Review

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are dead, announces the First Ambassador in Hamlet. The demise of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern is overlooked amidst the bloodbath and body count in the final act of Hamlet, but Tom Stoppard’s 1966 play turns Shakespeare’s story inside out and propels these minor characters to the centre-stage while the protagonist Hamlet becomes a … More Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead: Play Review

Happy Valentines Day!

Ah Valentine’s Day. The  light-hearted holiday seems to induce either panic, scorn or fun, depending on who you ask. I thought I’d celebrate by listing some of my favourite literary couples. I’ve limited the list to literature’s functional couples with happy (ish) endings, I think I’ll make a separate list for the tragic couples who suffer for their doomed … More Happy Valentines Day!

Blood and Gore – Macbeth at the Globe

The beginning is suitably eerie; the witches rise amidst smoke and darkness from the heap of dismembered bodies. They hiss and use the bloody limbs to build caricatures while Jocelyn Pook’s dark and haunting music in the background adds to the enchantment. The opening promises of an unnerving production, unfortunately it doesn’t quite succeed as … More Blood and Gore – Macbeth at the Globe