Hamlet – RADA

I was not one of the happy few to get a ticket in the ballot. Fortunately, Michael Billington was. Here are his views on the new Branagh’s revival of Hamlet starring Tom Hiddleston for the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts (RADA). Billington is, in my opinion, one of the most knowledgeable, conscientious, and reliable contemporary Shakespearean … More Hamlet – RADA

‘The Time Traveller’s Guide to Elizabethan England’ by Ian Mortimer

Ian Mortimer returns to the ‘Doctor Who approach to history’ he used a couple of years ago to take his readers to medieval England. This time he uses his pen as the Tardis to take us to the Elizabethan period. The sections are fairly similar to the previous book but there are differences dictated by … More ‘The Time Traveller’s Guide to Elizabethan England’ by Ian Mortimer

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

While we may battle for a priceless ticket to watch Branagh’s new production of Hamlet  with Tom Hiddleston at the RADA, it is in fact the comparatively undervalued amateur theatre that keeps drama alive. The Curve Young Company and Community Production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream in Leicester may lack great performances but it is … More A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Monstrous Little Voices

This little book was an unexpected finding and a lovely gift from my son. It is based on the same principle that led Tom Stoppard and Marc Norman to create Shakespeare in Love. In a certain way, it is also a literary manifestation of a concept that Marvel has brought into the movies by creating … More Monstrous Little Voices

Article: Which is the greatest Jane Austen novel?

In this article published in The Guardian to mark the 200th anniversary of Jane Austen’s death, famous writers make the case for different novels, and even juvenilia.  It is indeed ‘a truth universally acknowledged that Jane Austen is one of the greatest English novelists’ (The Guardian, 2017); however, it could be argued that not all … More Article: Which is the greatest Jane Austen novel?