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Kate Kellaway

Edward II; Peckham: the Soap Opera - review

Olivier; Royal Court, London The time is vividly out of joint in the National's affecting Edward II Christopher Marlowe's Edward II (1594), one of the earliest English history plays, is dominated by the homosexual love between the king and the cha

Edward II; Peckham: the Soap Opera - review

Olivier; Royal Court, London The time is vividly out of joint in the National's affecting Edward II Christopher Marlowe's Edward II (1594), one of the earliest English history plays, is dominated by the homosexual love between the king and the cha

Things I Don't Want to Know by Deborah Levy - review

A slender, beautifully bound blue hardback showed up on my desk. Its pages were creamy, its typeface clear in a formal, old-fashioned way. Each page number was picked out in scarlet. It was a book to put Kindle out of business, so covetable that, I almost

What Long Miles by Kona Macphee - review

The agile, far-reaching poems of Kona Mcphee are absorbed with the limits of human and natural endurance There is a line in Kona Macphee 's poem "George Pirie's hands" in which the under-used word "scry" appears. This is fitting, because Macphee writes

Don Pasquale; BBC Proms 6 & 8 - review

Donizetti's Don Pasquale is a comedy with a tragedy trying to get out. At one point it's observed that Pasquale is "caught in a cage of his own making", and this also describes an opera in which the music is superior to, and always threatening to topple,

Don Pasquale; BBC Proms 6 & 8 - review

Donizetti's Don Pasquale is a comedy with a tragedy trying to get out. At one point it's observed that Pasquale is "caught in a cage of his own making", and this also describes an opera in which the music is superior to, and always threatening to topple,

Pink Mist by Owen Sheers - review

Owen Sheers's verse drama about three soldiers from Bristol should be studied in schools alongside Wilfred Owen Pink Mist is a tremendous book. It feels huge, engulfing, devastating, although only 87 pages long. When I finished it, what I felt most str

The Society of Timid Souls by Polly Morland - review

Polly Morland's study of bravery is executed with energy, curiosity - and courage You might think an inquiry into the nature of courage a trumped-up excuse for a book but Polly Morland loses no time in persuading you otherwise. She approaches her subject

Wozzeck; A Scream and an Outrage - review

Coliseum, London; Barbican, London At the end of ENO's new staging of Wozzeck , the last thing you feel like doing is clapping. Carrie Cracknell 's powerful production asks for silence; time to absorb the shock of it. Wozzeck and his mates - in as fa

Clever Girl by Tessa Hadley - review

Tessa Hadley's account of the life of an ordinary woman is brilliantly done - even if her heroine never feels like a friend This novel is the life story of an ordinary, middle-aged woman - Stella. Only that she is not ordinary because Tessa Hadley is wri