Oscar Wilde did not hail from London originally, but he came to be very strongly associated with this city and, eventually, seen as the quintessential Londoner. He loved the capital and, as we found out over the course of this evening, mixed in every single social circle as a wit, satirist and, of course, a … Continue reading “Nothing succeeds like excess”: the life and times of Oscar Wilde, that quintessential Londoner
A great day out today at Hampton Court Palace, the Tudor grange developed by Cardinal Wolsey into the most stunning of palaces and requisitioned by Henry VIII after Wolsey fell out of favour. It was to remain Henry's favourite home over the course of his life, and it played an important role in the lives … Continue reading A day out at Henry VIII’s favourite palace
Breathless after an exhilarating couple of hours watching Cirque Éloize's 'iD' show at the Peacock Theatre. Barely have the words to describe these mega-talented gymnasts/ dancers/ acrobats - they are simply phenomenal. Their routines are so inventive (love the West Side Story backdrop) - a magical blend of circus, music, theatre and dance, laced with … Continue reading A show to end all shows: iD, by Cirque Éloize
Normally, I flee Notting Hill as quickly as possible, finding the land of perfect hair and dazzlingly white teeth unbearably intimidating. Even its tube station is terrifying - all those poised & confident teenagers (whatever happened to spending your teenage years wearing the most unflattering clothes you can find and hiding behind your fringe?). This … Continue reading Eggbreak, in Notting Hill: yum!
I adore Tennessee Williams and am always excited by the opportunity to watch a play of his that I haven't seen performed before, especially somewhere like The Print Room, which excels at rediscovering old and slightly dusty treasures such as 'A Lovely Sunday for Creve Coeur'. Set in 1930s St Louis on a sweltering summer's … Continue reading A welcome Tennessee Williams revival at The Print Room