THEATRE: Benedict Cumberbatch in Hamlet at the Barbican Theatre London

To be or not to be. Well, it might be, and there’s the rub. Benedict Cumberbatch be praised, that rare thing a great actor with a star presence, beautifully lit. Reciting some of the most famous lines in theatre. One fluffed line in 1408 of them. What a stunning preview performance from him. The characters grow in the play, gaining […]

Dinner by Heston Blumenthal at the Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park

The reverential labels that apply to Chef Heston Blumenthal are more than well deserved. The Times food critic, Giles Coren, called Dinner at The Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park the “best restaurant in the whole wide world.” It’s ranked Number 9 by Restaurant Magazine’s 2012 The World’s Best 50 Restaurants. Part cook, part magician, at Dinner, […]

The Play’s The Thing | Globe Theatre 2012

Shakespeare’s Globe casts Samantha Spiro in ‘The Taming of the Shrew’ and announces other casting for the 2012 Theatre Season ‘The Play’s The Thing’ Shakespeare’s Globe has announced that two time Olivier Award-winning actress Samantha Spiro will play Katherina in Shakespeare’s most outrageous comedy, The Taming of the Shrew, directed by Toby Frow.  The 2012 theatre season, ‘The Play’s The Thing’ opens for […]