Review: La Cage aux Folles makes a triumphant return

Review: La Cage aux Folles makes a triumphant return

La Cage aux Folles By Peter May ***** It’s strangely stirring to hear, amid so much misery, uncertainty, doom and gloom, a song that proclaims: “The best of times is now./So hold this moment fast,/And live and love/As hard as you know how.” Bill Kenwrights’s terrific Olivier-winning revival of La Cage aux Folles stops by […]

Caravaggio. . . and beyond

Caravaggio. . . and beyond

The youthful Risen Christ, his face illumined by heavenly light, with raised right hand blesses the simple meal of bread, meat and fruit: the two startled disciples at once recognise him; the innkeeper stands bewildered. This moment of Christ’s revelation and disciples’ recognition [Luke 24.31] is majestically depicted in Caravaggio’s The Supper at Emmaus [1602] […]

Review: School of Rock is a show that truly rocks!

Review: School of Rock is a show that truly rocks!

School of Rock By Peter May ***** Fans of this new hit musical have Andrew Lloyd Webber’s children to thank, for it was them who persuaded him to sit down and watch the 2003 Jack Black classic in the first place. Seven long years of his wife negotiating the rights with Paramount Pictures to adapt […]

Review: The Sound of Music

Review: The Sound of Music

By Peter May **** Maria has nothing to worry about because there were certainly no problems involved with this latest touring reincarnation of the famous musical. Staying true to the original, all of the characters remain the same but its cherry on top of the cake is with its casting choice in the name of […]

Egypt’s Sunken Treasures Revealed

Egypt’s Sunken Treasures Revealed

  A 7th-century BC statue of the Egyptian deity Osiris, ritual vessels from long-lost ancient ceremonies, votive amulets, a posthumous bust of Alexander the Great in pristine condition, animal-form gods, exquisite gold jewellery with religious symbols, monumental sculptures from two millennia ago, and a marker stele with amazingly preserved hieroglyphics detailing taxes on trade into […]

Opera Review: Norma & Così fan tutte

Opera Review: Norma & Così fan tutte

  By Peter May   Norma  was a welcome return to the London stage after some 40 years at the Royal Opera House. Its unusual  staging was a delight although it needed time to evolve.  Alfons Flores work as set designer was visually very effective if not to say striking. The role of Nora was […]

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