Month: January 2013

The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, Old Vic Tunnels, 6th January 2013

Almost two years ago to the day I went to Wilton’s Music Hall to watch Fiona Shaw perform T. S. Eliot’s The Waste Land. On that occasion I was struck not only by Shaw’s performance but also by the perfect harmony between text and space, both of which were also achieved in the Young Vic Theatre’s production of Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, performed by Shaw and dancer Daniel Hay-Gordon in the Old Vic Tunnels.

Julius Caesar, Donmar Warehouse, 4th January 2013

Given the increasing coverage of the persistent gender imbalance in the arts, the news of the Donmar’s decision to stage an all-female production of Shakespeare’s testosterone-fuelled Julius Caesar was perhaps not wholly surprising. However, the production would have to do more than merely demonstrate that some of Shakespeare’s powerhouse roles could be convincingly played by women.