Bizet’s Carmen, OperaUpClose, Soho Theatre

There is no definitive edition of Bizet’s Carmen. In January and March 1875, two different editions of the score were published, neither of which match the conducting score for its premiere (also March 1875, at the Opéra Comique, Paris). As a result, musicologists differ as to Bizet’s true intentions for Carmen and its characters: the work is free…

Philip Ridley’s Radiant Vermin for Theatrecat

Radiant Vermin has two strengths. One is its macabre twist, which I won’t spoil for you: but just watch Philip Ridley’s twist grow, strengthen and become ever more prominent, with the characters’ actions becoming ever more hysterical and desperate. The second strength is the sheer talent on stage, with Gemma Whelan, Sean Michael Verey and Amanda…