Certainly not-to-be-missed, the blurb from the ENO site announces the London performances of Romeo and Juliet with Ivan Vasiliev and Natalia Osipova: This July, for 9 performances only, Bolshoi superstars Ivan Vasiliev and Natalia Osipova, with sensational Danish ballet star Alban Lendorf, will perform a twenty-first century re-staging of Sir Frederick Ashton’s Romeo & … [Read more...] about The ‘new Nureyev’? Can’t that be crossed out of the journalists’ handbook?
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After months of compining (by critics and audience) that too many famous film or television directors were being let loose on the ENO stage with often disasterous results, it seems that the latest in the line has come up trumps. The Times says, That celebrated aphorism about monkeys, typewriters and the works of Shakespeare seems to apply at English National Opera too. Give … [Read more...] about Gillliam’s The Damnation of Faust at London Coliseum convinces the critics
Michael White, voted Britain’s least boring music critic by listeners of Classic FM, comments in the Telegraph about the rush of first-time directors at the ENO. It’s no bad thing to be an amateur: we all have things we like to do, however badly. But there comes a point when amateurs delight their audience too much. And there are areas of life that they’re better off … [Read more...] about You don’t expect the pastry chef to make an exquisite consommé, so why should the film auteur be capable of directing opera?
Daily Express critic William Hartston feared the worst as the theatre lights dimmed: WHEN a cinema screen lowered over the stage at the Coliseum at the start of this new production of Donizetti's rarely performed opera about wicked 15th century Italians, I thought, "Here we go again". The ENO has a rather dodgy recent history of asking noted stage or film directors to have … [Read more...] about Figgis’ Lucrezia Borgia at the English National Opera “really works”
London theatre stars including Daniel Boys, Louise Dearman, Alex Gaumond, Ray Meagher, Ben Richards and the cast of Jersey Boys were among the theatre fans who celebrated the launch of Get Into London Theatre yesterday. Former Any Dream Will Do contestant and Avenue Q star Boys hosted the event, which was held at the Royal Festival Hall and featured performances from Jersey … [Read more...] about West End stars launch Get Into London Theatre