Author Archives: David

Tickets now on sale for “Much Ado about Will”

Much ado indeed; few writers have caused as much ado as William Shakespeare. Across languages, cultures and diverging ideologies he provokes a universal passion. But who was he – or she? Centuries of research and often far-fetched speculations lead only to this: you can only know him – really know him – through his work or in the imagination of the reader or the play-goer. His essence has survived an infinite variety of interpretations and yet remains a fixed star in the constellation of world literature Continue reading →

Mon petit-fils Benjamin

Strasbourg theatre company l’Apostrophe is presenting Mon petit-fils Benjamin, a play by Lyudmila Ulitskaya. It tells the story of a Jewish mother in Moscow during the 1980s and her desire to have a grandson to perpetuate the family line. More information available in the downloadable flyer – which contains a couple of very familiar names! Continue reading →

FEATS 2021: live online from Brussels

FEATS, the Festival of European Anglophone Theatrical Societies, was due to be held in Brussels this year. Alas, like so many other events, it has had to be cancelled. But this year’s organisers, the English Comedy Club, refused to give up entirely. So for the first time FEATS will be a non-competitive, online “fringe” festival. There will be filmed productions from more than twenty theatre groups from different European countries. It takes place from 14 to 16 May 2021 on a screen near you. There Continue reading →

Online reading: “The History Boys” by Alan Bennett

Nothing could diminish the incendiary achievement of this subtle, deep-wrought and immensely funny play about the value and meaning of education … in short, a superb, life-enhancing play. Michael Billington, The Guardian, 19 May 2004 An unruly bunch of bright, funny sixth-form boys in pursuit of sex, sport and a place at university. A maverick English teacher at odds with the young and shrewd supply teacher. A headmaster obsessed with results; a history teacher who thinks he’s a fool. In Alan Bennett’s play, staff-room rivalry Continue reading →

“Pravda”: we continue our online reading

The first instalment of Pravda, which we read on 21 March, proved very popular. So much so that we’ve decided to continue it at our next session on 18 April. At the end of part 1, Lambert Le Roux, South African entrepreneur hitherto specialising in sports goods, has acquired two British newspapers, the Leicester Bystander and the the Victory. His first move is to sack all the staff and put in place new journalists and editors whose view of the world is more in line Continue reading →