“Those who enjoy the vicarious thrills of reality TV shows and ever-present social media might well watch it and shiver, knowingly.”
Author Alex Larman
The latest opening from the Hawksmoor geniuses has been billed as something of a break from their established formula of enormous, male-oriented steakhouses and cocktail bars. Early word has been of a quiet neighbourhood restaurant, a more modest and humble undertaking than the big, brash and bold places that have made the company’s name.
“‘Barnsley?’ queried the Lady. ‘Isn’t that up in Yorkshire somewhere…?’” Larman finds a smaller, cosier Gloucestershire cousin to its Yorkshire namesake…
It’s always exciting to visit a new theatre in London, and the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse is one of the most ambitious that the capital’s seen in years – quite probably since the opening of its stablemate, the Globe.
“Whatever way you manage to see this powerful production of a much-misunderstood play, with a genuine star performance at its dark heart, it will be worth it.”
Alex Larman witnesses the Royal Shakespeare Company’s Richard II, “…in a headline-grabbing piece of news, it features David Tennant, and his wig.”
“Reginald Rose’s 1955 play has been something of a standby in the half-century since it was first performed, going through several different versions and interpretations. “
“The staff are proper old-school Italian hoteliers, friendly, welcoming and straightforward.” Alex Larman visits the iconic Hotel Cipriani in Venice.
“We were setting off on that time-honoured jaunt round the Mediterranean that only a cruise can provide in true splendour and comfort…” Larman and his ‘newly-affianced one’ embrace the comforts of ocean travel…
“How you react towards Kevin Toolis’s ingenious one-man play…will largely depend on which end of the political spectrum you belong to.” Alex Larman politicises the Edinburgh Fringe’s smash hit…