Among the general amenities of the modern town the chief are the free library, the swimming bath, the ice-rink, the dance- hall, the museum and the “art gallery” — a term which is given liberal construction. These are as regular features of all towns of any size as cinemas are of towns both large and […]
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The season of Shakespeare’s plays which is held annually at the Shakespeare Memorial Theatre has become so established that it now carries the reputation of an English tradition. In 1874, Charles Edward Flower, a prominent resident of Stratford, began a scheme for building a theatre for the town, and he presented a two-acre site on the […]
Since 1950 only five plays have been presented each year. The programme for 1958 contains four firm favourites and one apocryphal rarity. Romeo and Juliet, Twelfth Night and Hamlet are now running. Pericles will open on 8th July and Much Ado about Nothing will be presented on 26th August.
Intellectually fashionable since the end of the war, Measure for Measure has undergone a total reversal of meaning from a parable on divine justice to a fable of social oppression. [...] Any interpretation of the play hinges on the enigmatic figure of the Duke, whose role consists of a string of unanswered questions. Unsurprisingly, Mr […]
Ondine The premiere of a new three-act ballet is always a great occasion at Covent Garden, and Frederick Ashton’s new work, Ondine which the Royal Ballet presented on 27th October, was no exception. Mr Ashton freely adapted the scenario from the story by Friedrich de la Motte Fouque. The music by Werner Heuze was specially composed, […]
The old saying that all you need for a successful production of II Trovatore are the four greatest singers in the world sums up what most people pay their money for — not the scenery, not the acting, and certainly not the improbable and melodramatic plot, but Verdi’s music and especially the singing.
Thanks to the management of the Sadler’s Wells Theatre, who make available seats in the front stalls at knockdown prices to parties of local schoolchildren. I sat in the middle of a row full of junior secondary boys and girls at a near-perfect performance of Giselle last week and the concentration and enjoyment were intense.
One of the arguments that has been put forward against the idea that the Royal Ballet ought to have theatre of its own where it could dance every night has been that it would, lose the benefit of sharing the Covent Garden Orchestra. The sort of playing we get from that sometimes illustrious orchestra on […]
To open its new season, the Royal Ballet’s smaller company on Wednesday gave the premiere of Christopher Bruce’s Unfamiliar Playground: his first production for them, although he has worked with several companies on the Continent as well as with Rambert. The title probably has more relevance to the choreography’sdemands on these classically schooled dancers than […]
After the lean years, it seems we are to enjoy the rich years, or so I deduce from the fact that not only are there some notably talented young dancers among this year’s graduates from the Royal Ballet School, but the ones coming up behind them look fine too. In fact, instead of starting logically at […]