2011 February

Anthropodermic bibliopegy: Milton bound in human skin Thumbnail

Anthropodermic bibliopegy: Milton bound in human skin

Posted by Glennis Byron on February 28, 2011 in News tagged with , ,

A rather unusual edition of The Poetical Works of John Milton is currently on exhibition in the Westcountry Studies Library in Exeter...

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Lord of the Flies ReBourne

Posted by Sharon Deans on February 28, 2011 in News tagged with , , , ,

Matthew Bourne seems set to continue his exploration of the darker side of ballet and dance with his new production premiering in Glasgow at the Theatre Royal this week.

Having an Old friend for Dinner: The Cultural Legacy of ‘The Silence of the Lambs’ (1991) Thumbnail

Having an Old friend for Dinner: The Cultural Legacy of ‘The Silence of the Lambs’ (1991)

Posted by Dr Sorcha Ni Fhlainn on February 27, 2011 in Dr Sorcha Ni Fhlainn, Guest Blog tagged with , , , , , , , ,

With the Oscars this weekend, I was reminded that The Silence of the Lambs is now in its 20th year. Amazingly enough (to me, at least), I have students in my class who have not yet read or experienced Thomas Harris's  1988 novel or Jonathan Demme's 1991 film adaptation, reminding me that the cultural importance of this film needs to be cultivated to pass on to a new generation of gothic/horror readers and viewers. The Silence of the Lambs was released twenty years ago this month, amidst the first Gulf War, on February 14th, 1991. It would be another thirteen months before it won the to

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Operashots: The Doctor’s Tale and The Tell-Tale Heart

Posted by Glennis Byron on February 27, 2011 in News tagged with , , ,

A double bill of two new short operas, one of which is an adaptation of Poe's 'The Tell Tale Heart'.

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Teaser Trailer for National Theatre Live Frankenstein

Posted by Glennis Byron on February 26, 2011 in News tagged with , , , , ,

Danny Boyle's stage adaptation of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein is being broadcast live in selected cinemas around the world as part of the 'National Theatre Live' programme.

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In a Forest Dark and Deep, Vaudeville Theatre, London

Posted by Glennis Byron on February 26, 2011 in News tagged with , , , ,

If you still haven't had enough of Matthew Fox, star of Lost, an opportunity to see him in his West End debut in the world premiere of a play by Neil LaBute.

The Creature’s Speech: Never mind Colin Firth, Frankenstein’s Creature finally finds his voice at The National Thumbnail

The Creature’s Speech: Never mind Colin Firth, Frankenstein’s Creature finally finds his voice at The National

Posted by Sharon Deans on February 25, 2011 in Blog, Reviews tagged with , , , , , ,

‘I will not torture you.  I will reason with you.  Isn’t that what we do?  Have a dialogue?’ So says the Creature to an astounded and fearful Victor in playwright Nick Dear’s stunning, conceptual adaptation of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein currently playing at the National Theatre in London.  And what a dialogue it is, with the two protagonists duelling and debating throughout.  Nick Dear’s intention with this piece was to give the Creature his voice back: although Mary Shelley had given him a voice, most adaptations have not, and so the play opens from the Creature’s poin

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Dracula 3D

Posted by Glennis Byron on February 24, 2011 in News tagged with , ,

Dracula again. The 3D may make one pause, but having a director like Dario Argento makes one hope. Shooting is scheduled to begin in May.

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Daphne du Maurier – lost stories discovered

Posted by Glennis Byron on February 24, 2011 in News tagged with ,

A bookseller in Cornwall has found five of the lost stories of Daphne du Maurier. The most significant of these is 'The Doll',

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Jekyll and Hyde at New Wimbledon Theatre

Posted by Glennis Byron on February 22, 2011 in News tagged with ,

Marti Pellow, the hugely successful solo artist and front man of Wet Wet Wet, makes a hotly-anticipated return to the UK stage in a major new production of the hit Broadway musical, Jekyll And Hyde: Glamorous, sexy and deliciously wicked in equal measures, Jekyll And Hyde is based [glamorous and sexy? obviously somewhat loosely...] on Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic gothic novella with book and lyrics by the Academy Award-winning composer Leslie Bricusse (Scrooge, Doctor Dolittle). Pellow stars as the brilliant but obsessive scientist whose sadistic alter ego wreaks havoc across Vict