Shakespeare’s Globe Tours the Globe

(A slightly edited version of this review appeared in The East African 7th-13th February 2015 under the title, Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre come to EA) “All should beware of actors and newcomers, especially an upstart crow, beautified with our feathers, that with his tiger’s heart wrapped in a players hide, supposes he is as well able…

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China’s Cherry Orchard

(A slightly edited version of this review appeared in The East African 29th November-5th December 2014 under the title Anton Chekhov’s ‘Cherry Orchard’ Blossoms in China)   “Medicine is my lawful wife and literature is my mistress,” said Anton Chekhov (1860-1904), “when I get tired of one, I go to the other”. Chekhov’s words, I…

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The Merry Wives of Our Windsor

(This review appeared in The East African 23rd-29th November 2013 under the title Hilarious Wanawake wa Heri) If ever there has been a first-rate example of theatricalism, then it is The Theatre Company’s production of Wanawake wa Heri wa Winsa. Translated into Kiswahili by Joshua Ogutu, this is not merely a translation but also an…

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The Maribor Theatre Festival 2012

(This review appeared in The EastAfrican 10th-16th November 2012) Click here to read my review and other critics’ reviews in the festival bulletin. The 47th Maribor Theatre Festival in Slovenia, described as “a brilliant projection of Slovenian theatrical essence,” ended on 26th October. Maribor, one of the two 2012 European capitals of culture, showcased a…

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Textual and Spatial Innovation takes Centre Stage at the Europe Theatre Prize 2011

(This review appeared in The EastAfrican May 2-8 2011) THE weeklong Europe Theatre Prize programme concluded on Sunday 17th April 2011 with the awards ceremony, the ‘Oscars’ of European theatre, at the Alexandrinsky Theatre in the picturesque city of St Petersburg, the culture capital of Russia. The programme, which could be taken as a panorama…

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