Author: Annie Gray

La Cenerentola at The Empire | Review

Not quite Cinderella as we know it, La Cenerentola showed us a timeless love story, bright costumes and dancing mice for a thoroughly entertaining opera. The Welsh National Opera visited Liverpool’s Empire theatre to entertain us with some classical opera; their performances ranging from an adaptation of War and Peace, to Rossini’s version of Cinderella with La Cenerentola. First performed in 1817, Rossini’s composition has some differences to the story of Cinderella that we know now: there is a vain step-father rather than mother, a bracelet rather than shoe, and rather than a ‘Fairy God-mother’ there is the philosopher Alidoro...

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BBC’s Bodyguard | Review

It captured audiences with its tense drama and plot twists – but was it the ending we really wanted? In the past weeks, live television has been dominated by Jed Mercurio’s new political crime drama Bodyguard. Already the creator of popular police drama Line of Duty, viewers knew they could expect shocking plot twists and complex layers to the drama, especially with performances from Keeley Hawes (Line of Duty) and Richard Madden (Game of Thrones). It is hardly surprising then that the opening episode drew an audience of over 10.4 million people, sparking conspiracy theories and many different reactions....

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