Culture bound – October

Another month – another lockdown. When I began my online theatre reviewing back in March it didn’t seem possible that I’d still be at it eight months later…. And without missing a day. I also assumed the need for my Online Theatre listings would have passed; looks like it’s going to be handy for at least another month, if not more…

Anyway, the stats are certainly piling up now:

Continuous number of days reviewing online = 214   

Online shows reviewed = 275

Most popular page = Online Theatre listings – accessed 2,500 times (with 1,500 downloads)

Top three reviews

The Turning Point (Sky Arts short play featuring Benedict Cumberbatch), Coriolanus (Donmar Warehouse with Tom Hiddlestone)                                 Faith Healer (The Old Vic live stream with Michael Sheen)

Last night my reviews blog had it’s 15,000th view this year

And now – the summary for October 2020

In the circumstances it seems inappropriate to offer star ratings for theatre productions as the same criteria simply cannot apply. However – all shows received a full review. Click on titles to access them.

Theatre

Love Never Dies Andrew Lloyd Webber, Glenn Slater (with input from 3 others)
No Masks Rebecca Lenkiewicz
Doing The Book Club David Spicer
Riders To The Sea John Millington Synge
The Shadow Of The Glen John Millington Synge
No Milk For The Foxes Conrad Murray & Paul Cree
Sunnymead Court Gemma Lawrence
How To Occupy An Oil Rig Daniel Bye
Crongton Knights Alex Wheatle adptd. by Emteaz Hussain & Conrad Murray
Mr Poe’s Legendarium Clown Funeral
The New Tomorrow… Various
Funny Girl Jule Styne, Bob Merrill & Isobel Lennart (book revised by Harvey Fierstein)
In A Nutshell Ben Duke
Night Harold Pinter
Adding Machine: A Musical Jason Loewith & Joshua Schmid (based on Elmer Rice’s play)
Globaleyes Devised
Apollo 13: The Dark Side Of the Moon Torben Betts
Cats Andrew Lloyd Webber & T.S. Eliot
Time Jessica Butcher
Water babirye bukilwa
Rage Chloe Todd Fordham
Nine Lives  Zodwa Nyoni
The University Of Wonder And Imagination Paul Bosco McEneaney/Cahoots NI
Continuity Gerry Moynihan
Viper Squad CtrlAlt_Repeat from a story by Sid Phoenix
War Of The Worlds Jeff Wayne (based on H.G. Wells’ novel)
Cookies Emily Jenkins
Artemisia: Light And Shadow Nahma Sandrow
Dr Faustus Christopher Marlowe
Frighteners: Three Wise Monkeys Lucy Kaufman (from a story by Chris Murray)
Frighteners: The Nightmare Jonathan Kaufman
Frighteners: The Strange Tale of WW Jane Walker (from a story by Edgar Allan Poe)
Frighteners: Waiting Room Julian Kaufman
Frighteners: Shall I Be Mother? Darren Bird
Frighteners: The Signalman Ida Tidy  (from a story by Charles Dickens)
Frighteners: The Puppet Master Lucy Kaufman
Frankenstein: How To Make A Monster Conrad Murray, David Cumming and Germane Marvel
Host Sam Essame
The Rocky Horror Show Richard O’Brien
Bump In The Night David Spicer

The rest of the year’s online theatre reviews can be accessed via the index here

Books

One, Two, Three, Four: the Beatles In Time by Craig Brown. A thematic biography of the Beatles**** (Review here)

The Mirror And The Light by Hilary Mantel. The final instalment of her Cromwell trilogy**** (Review here)

 Best Of The Bunch

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