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A Bit of Theatre History: Shakespeare, Female Characters, and Big Leads

12 March 2018

It’s been a while since I’ve written anything on here about the distant past — it’s been a while since I’ve written anything on here at all! — but...

A Theatre without Actors

12 February 2018

[This text has been accepted for publication and will appear in a revised form in Theatre Survey 59.2 (May 2018) (published by Cambridge University Press); copyright (c) 2018, American...

When the Halls are Full of Monsters

4 January 2018

Rehearsal halls have to be, by definition, safe spaces. They have to be places where people can be as vulnerable as necessary, as open as they need to be, as free of inhibitions, as...

The Changeling (Middleton & Rowley; dir. Jackie Maxwell) Stratford, July 2017

31 July 2017

Just some thoughts and responses, very much off-the-cuff, written right after I saw the show and only lightly edited: 1) I do not and will never understand the Anglo-American approach...