Television’s first King Lear

12th October 2016

Tonight RSC Live from Stratford-upon-Avon broadcasts Gregory Doran's production of King Lear with Antony Sher in the title role. If we can achieve something of what we got in the second camera rehearsal yesterday, then I think it will more

Playing Lear

10th October 2016

On Wednesday this week RSC Live from Stratford-upon-Avon broadcasts Gregory Doran's production of King Lear to cinemas across Britain. As preparation for this, my work as producer has meant that I've watched the staging half a dozen times more

My ‘Last Night’

8th October 2016

Tonight it's the Last Night of the Proms for me. I know most people celebrated this oddly English and - especially in the current climate - deeply contradictory occasion a month ago. But for me Saturday 8 October is the more

Listening to history

7th October 2016

Perhaps I've mentioned that I am writing a book about screen adaptations of Royal Shakespeare Company productions? I'm currently in the middle of researching and drafting the first of six chapters, which is intended both to introduce the key ideas of more

Postcard from Brisbane

10th September 2016

Or, a post in three chapters. I have been in Brisbane for just about a week now, and I think it's fair to say that, despite the weather having been so-so, I'm a little bit in love with the more

Brisbane bound

17th August 2016

In just over a fortnight I jet off to Brisbane for a week to take up the Lloyd Davis Memorial Fellowship at the University of Queensland. I’m honoured by the invitation and very much looking forward to visiting a city more


16th August 2016

Have I mentioned that I'm writing a book about screen adaptations of Royal Shakespeare Company productions? It's due out from Arden in 2018 and I have to deliver the manuscript at the end of next year. So as my editor more

Reactions to Richard III on screen

3rd August 2016

Just under a fortnight ago we produced for Picturehouse Entertainment and the Almeida Theatre the cinema broadcast of the latter's production of Richard III. Directed on stage by Rupert Goold, this featured Ralph Fiennes, Vanessa Redgrave and a truly exceptional more