REVIEW: Closed Casket by Sophie Hannah

Sophie Hannah’s latest Hercule Poirot mystery is filled with intricate details that would have made Agatha Christie proud.  Following on from her previous Poirot novel The Monogram Murders, Sophie Hannah has once again come up with another intriguing mystery for the Belgian detective to solve – even if at times the story becomes slightly tangled… Read More

New Book of the Day: Man- Monkeys: From Regency Pantomime to King Kong by Alan Stockwell

From the author of What’s the Play and Where’s the Stage comes this new book examining the link between actors and monkeys…  Alan Stockwell’s latest book goes through the history of the man-monkey phenomenon and its major stars. By taking readers through from the first stage play to feature a chimpanzee as a character back… Read More

REVIEW: Jane Eyre, New Victoria Theatre

This three hour long adaptation of the beloved novel can lack in energy in places but it is still beautifully staged.  From the moment the audience steps into the auditorium, there is a sense of the stripped back nature of the production offers something slightly different than an ordinary period drama set on stage –… Read More

PREVIEW: The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13 ¾: The Musical, Menier Chocolate Factory

Sue Townsend’s book The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13 ¾ will head to the London stage as a musical from the 14th July.  Luke Sheppard’s production will make its London debut following its run at the Leicester Curve in 2015. Set in 1980s Leicester, we follow the daily dramas and misadventures of Adrian’s adolescent… Read More

PREVIEW: Picturing Hetty Feather, The Foundling Museum

The Foundling Museum will later this month open a new exhibition looking at the way in which Jacqueline Wilson’s Hetty Feather helped bring the history of the Foundling Hospital to life.  On display from the 26th May, Picturing Hetty Feather is a family-friendly exhibition that will explore the way in which curators, writers, directors and designers have… Read More