Culture Bound – December

Culture Bound – December

It’s déjà vu time and unless you happen to be a theatre venue on the Scilly Isles (Q: Is there one?) then I’m afraid it will be doors locked and bolted for the foreseeable future. What with a new strain of the virus, constant tier changes and now flip flopping about who gets the vaccines and when, I guess there are several bigger fish to fry but the theatre industry must be in imminent danger of collapsing completely, at least financially. Of course, this all happened in Shakespeare’s time and more than once (as an aside if you missed the Christmas edition of Upstart Crow search it out on the BBC iPlayer and give yourself a treat). Even so the drama survived, so let’s be positive.

In the meantime there are numerous venues, companies, actors, directors and creatives who are still keeping the theatrical flag flying online and I’ve saluted some of these in my 20 For 2020 round up of the year.

Here’s the current overall blog stats

Continuous number of days reviewing online = 277          Online shows reviewed = 339

Most popular page = Online Theatre listings – accessed 2,800 times (with 2,300 downloads)

And now – the summary for December 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.


Haunting Julia

Alan Ayckbourn


Jean Racine adptd. by Ted Hughes


Neil Bebber


Neil Bebber

The Flying Lovers Of Vitebsk

Daniel Jamieson with songs by Ian Ross

42nd Street

Harry Warren & Al Dubin, Michael Stewart & Mark Bramble

Doing Whodunit

Michael Spicer

Show Boat

Jerome Kern & Oscar hammerstein


Devised by ThickSkin


Glen Neath

Cyrano de Bergerac

Edmond Rostand (trans. Antony Burgess)

Doing The Pub Quiz

Michael Spicer

Peter Pan

Alan Pollock from the original by J.M. Barrie

Streaming Beauty

Sharp Teeth & Tom Marshman

Jack And The Beanstalk – The Garden Panto

Peter Duncan


Ben Crocker

A Christmas Carol

Olivia Race from the original by Charles Dickens

The Emperor’s New Clothes

Olivia Mace from the original by Hans Christian Andersen

Snow White In The Seven Months Of Lockdown

John Savournin and David Eaton

The Ministry Of Christmas

David Spicer

The Legend Of Moby Dick Whittington

Sleeping Trees

Kinky Boots

Harvey Fierstein and Cyndi Lauper

The Old House

Kate Maravan

The Wonderful Wizard Of Oz

Garai Jones from the original by L. Frank Baum

The Railway Children

Mike Kenny from the original by E. Nesbit

Alice’s Adventures In  Wonderland

Chickenshed from the original by Lewis Carroll

Doing The Business

David Spicer

Dick Whittington

Jude Christian and Cariad Lloyd

War Horse

Nick Stafford from the original by Michael Morpurgo

Potted Panto

Daniel Clarkson, Jefferson Turner & Richard Hurst

Cinderella – A Comic Relief Pantomime For Christmas

The Dawson Brothers

Mischief Movie Night In

Mischief Theatre

Miss Saigon

Alain Boublil, Claude-Michel Schönberg & Richard Maltby Jnr

Until The Flood

Dael Orlandersmith

The Haunting Of Alice Bowles

Philip Franks from an original by M.R.James

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

Best Of The Bunch

War Horse


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