Pre-performance talk by Charlotte Valori: Puccini and Tosca

Please join me in the bar of the Fisher Theatre for a FREE pre-performance talk before the live cinema screening of Puccini’s Tosca from the Royal Opera House. I’ll be explaining a bit more about Puccini as a man who loved the best he could get – from fast cars to large cigars – and…

Seriously angry birds: Suddenly Last Summer, Tennessee Williams

Tennessee Williams’ view of humanity, in terms of dead-eyed, disillusioned despair, can give even Ibsen and Thomas Hardy (neither famed for their rosy-tinted outlook) a serious run for their money. Suddenly Last Summer is a horrible story, told by terrible people, about other, even more disgusting people and the revolting things they do to others…

“I was made for destruction;” Wilde at Heart, Patrick Marley

The last time I saw a one-man show which an actor had personally researched about the life, times and trials of his lifelong hero, it was Simon Callow’s brilliantly vivid journey Inside Wagner’s Head. Callow made a powerful, emotive case for Wagner’s flawed genius, and the evening was packed with fascinating information: in fact, so…