Tag: Francesca Baker

Matthew Bourne’s The Red Shoes, reviewed by Francesca Baker

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Back in 1948 Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger took Hans Christian Andersen’s fairytale about a pair of red ballet shoes which force their wearer to dance until she dies, and turned it into a technicolour parable on the all-consuming nature of art. Last year, it was remade into another masterpiece by New Adventures artistic director Sir Matthew Bourne.

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Theatre Review: Pride and Prejudice at the Marlowe, by Francesca Baker

Benjamin Dilloway and Tafline Steen as Mr Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet. Pride and Prejudice Tour 2017. Photo Johan Persson

‘Pride & Prejudice’ regularly tops lists of the most loved novels. Austen’s novel lends its text to numerous adaptations, of all kinds, including those with zombies, set in Bollywood, and a wet Colin Firth. As with Shakespeare, it is a truth universally acknowledged that sentences from it can be quoted by those who have never…

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