Review: 2.22 A Ghost Story

222s is a brand of northern American pain killers and you might need to take a couple to calm you down after this tense, tight, thrilling play. Piercing screams, a pulsating red neon frame to the stage, spooky garden mist and an unrelenting countdown clock – you’re already on edge of your seat and the […]

Art Review: Vincent Van Gogh Alive London

“This is no ordinary art exhibition” and with no actual paintings, but 38 huge screens magnifying 3,000 Van Gogh images you’d be wondering what he’d make of it all. The artist himself doesn’t quite come alive in this exhibition and might well be rolling in his grave, but finally counting up the money. Van Gogh […]

Open Bar Theatre’s Outdoor Shakespeare Performances in Fuller’s Pub Gardens

Shakespeare hath returned… to the pub!  And that gives us real London Pride. As the natural hubs of many of our communities, pubs are the perfect setting in which to recapture the raucous, accessible and inherently social spirit of a Shakespearean troupe performance. This year is the biggest ever for Shakespeare In The Garden, with […]

New Theatre: A Rat, A Rat by Chloe Yates

Honk if you are glad theatre is back!   Givng the London Fringe a jump start after the pandemic is Golden Goose Theatre in association with Stepping Out Theatre presents: A Rat, A Rat by Chloe Yates. Charlie has just turned 18. Whilst most would be out enjoying their newlyfound adult liberties, Charlie is stuck […]

Live Theatre Review: Purity and laser-like focus for Pierrot Lunaire at Komische Oper

In these uncertain Corona times, you don’t have many opportunities to actually witness live theatre performances inside a venue. So I was very happy, writes Sabine ‘Bee’ Koch, to get a ticket for Pierrot Lunaire at the Komische Oper in Berlin. Categorized as three monodramas – two spoken word only, one with accompanying music – Not I […]

Theatre in the Time of Covid-19 Review: The Plague

With open-air events and meetings permitted for up to 200 people in Berlin from 2 June 2020, intrepid reviewer Sabine Koch sees ‘The Plague’ performed in the open air on the forecourt of the Deutsches Theater. My theatre feast was the open air performance of “Die Pest / The Plague” based on the novel by Albert Camus. The […]

Open Air Theatre Review: Maria Stuart

After months of social distancing and lockdowns, the irrepressible Berlin awakens from its ‘Sleeping Beauty’ cultural  slumber. Some museums have opened their doors for reduced numbers of visitors –  you can actually see the exhibits because of fewer people. The first open-air movie theatres started with their programs. Although these shows are shown as ‘sold out’, […]

Live Theatre At Home – What’s On?

The Covid-19 virus has changed the world within just a few weeks. Almost all countries are afflicted by now with varying degrees of severity. This means we have to adapt, to conform, to take it into consideration. Nations are trying to fight it with all our resources, financially, physically, mentally. We do fear for our […]

Berlinale 2020 – A Mirror of the 21st Century

Berlinale 2020 – One Year After Kosslik The charismatic head of the Berlinale, Dieter Kosslik left after 18 years with amazing successes attached to his name but also growing criticism about the programming of the festival. Instead of finding another Jack of all trades, the Berlinale decided to split the position into artistic director (Carlo […]

Theatre Review: Cyrano de Bergerac with James McAvoy

I love Cyrano. That’s all… Director of the moment Jamie Lloyd has done it once again. After his defining season of Pinter plays culminated in the wonderful Betrayal, he started his residency at the Playhouse Theatre with the production of Cyrano de Bergerac. Yes, that golden Oldie, known for the big nose, hats, feathers and […]