KING LEAR comes to Hampstead

In the year of their 40th anniversary, and on the 400th anniversary of the author’s death, the renowned Hampstead Players are proud to present their take on ‘KING LEAR’, the play considered by many to be Shakespeare’s greatest. David Gardner and Annie Duarte direct a powerful cast, with music specially composed for the production. Running […]


This past year, with the celebration of Shakespeare’s 400th birthday, has seen many a production of King Lear. Even with the production at the Old Vic, there is also another running at the Barbican at the very same time. But with the much anticipated return of Glenda Jackson to the stage, the Shakespeare celebrations seem […]

When good shows go bad – theatre disasters

This week, 78 year old actor Brian Blessed collapsed on stage with a suspected heart attack at the beginning of his performance of King Lear. He returned to the stage 20 minutes later, apologised for the interruption and performed the play. This got me thinking about some of those awful things that have happened on […]

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