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Theatre review: My Brilliant Friend

Elena Ferrante’s addictive Neapolitan Quartet novels have been adapted for the stage. The two part play at the Olivier Theatre takes its title from the first book in the series: My Brilliant Friend Part One covers the first two novels while Part Two looks at the last two. Together both parts run for five and half hours encompassing a timespan of sixty years. Sounds hectic? It is. But the story is…

Theatre review: Small Island

It is proof of Small Island’s popularity that the Olivier Theatre was filled to capacity, holding 1150 people all waiting to be entertained over three and a half hours on the evening after a blisteringly hot day. The play is adapted from Andrea Levy’s novel of the same name.

Why is Small Island so popular? It might be a favourite book for many people who come to see much loved characters…

Rules for Living at the National Theatre

Oh dear, yet another dysfunctional family Christmas. How can we face it. What can possibly be new. Well Sam Holcroft manages to both deconstruct and elaborate this familiar theme with energy and humour in her clever new play at the NT’s Dorfman Theatre. 

 

There are several  levels of story interwoven and plenty for us to keep track of. The family Rules are made explicit…