Few writers are as closely associated with the festive season as Charles Dickens. His novella A Christmas Carol, which first went on sale on 19 December 1843, remains Britain’s favourite secular Christmas story, dusted down and revisited every year without fail. Stephen Tompkinson playing miserly moneylender Ebeneezer Scrooge at The Old Vic this year is only the latest interpretation of a character who has provided the basis for every contrite naysayer since, from George Bailey in It’s a Wonderful Life (1946) to Dr Seuss’s Grinch. Alastair Sim’s wonderful portrayal of 1951 remains the Scrooge to beat. Dickens was motivated to write his ghost story by a deeply felt outrage at the hardships of the urban poor he saw every day on the streets of Victorian London and the unfeeling avarice of the arch-capitalists of his age. Join Indpendent Minds For exclusive articles, events and an advertising-free read for just £5.99 €6.99 $9.99 a month … [Read more...] about From Bleak House to Great Expectations
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Chichester is mourning its Pearl with the passing of actress, author and artist Pearl Goodman at the age of 98. The widow of distinguished Chichester artist David Goodman, Pearl was proud to be a Chichester girl through and through – and was the author of two successful memoirs about growing up in the city, String of Pearls and More Pearls.Following in her husband’s footsteps, Pearl held her first art exhibition two years ago – at the age of 96. She started painting to help her recover from cancer and subsequent depression.Pearl’s daughter, the former actress Julia Goodman said: “I am devastated and cannot believe that vibrant funny talented women has gone. I really believed she would be here forever.”Pearl joined Joan Littlewood at 19 and helped to co-found the famous Theatre Workshop, singing with Euan McColl (father of Kirsty) and many actors later to become famous.Pearl married and had three girls. She joined the Chichester Players and took part … [Read more...] about Chichester loses its Pearl with the passing of actress, writer and artist Pearl Goodman, aged 98.
GO London area guides are comprehensive, trustworthy round-ups, covering everything you need to know about the city's most vibrant neighbourhoods. Everything included is personally recommended by our team. For many, Waterloo and the nearby South Bank is the gateway to London. Step out of the railway station and immediately you are immersed in one of the busiest areas London has to offer. Although it is hugely popular with those visiting the capital, the area is far from just a tourist trap, proving a consistent hit with Londoners too. From world-leading arts to award-winning cocktail bars, the Thames-side area has an incredible amount to see, do, eat, drink and experience. Here is the complete guide to South Bank and Waterloo. Main attractions If there’s one landmark to define South Bank, it’s the London Eye. The huge ferris wheel opened in 2000 and has become one of the city’s most popular tourist attractions — 3.75 million people … [Read more...] about The complete guide to South Bank and Waterloo
Tanya Gold 22 September 2018 9:00 AM 22 September 2018 9:00 AM Share Twitter Facebook LinkedIn Email Whatsapp Politicians are having a terrible time of late, along with the rest of us — it’s not much fun watching the remnants of the post-war consensus shatter — and so here is Albert Roux consoling them with a new, glossy restaurant on the door-step of their rotting legislature palace. Food at the Palace of Westminster is not the best, although Corbynistas think it is. They think peers bathe in champagne while laughing and that MPs don’t have to butter their own toast. Well they will learn post-Revolution. They will learn to use a butter knife and how to talk righteously to a nationalised media. It’s called Roux at Parliament Square, and it is, of course, from Albert Roux of Le Gavroche, the proudest and fustiest of Mayfair’s French restaurants. It’s not in Parliament Square but in Great George Street; this is an age … [Read more...] about It is essentially a crap Le Gavroche, and that is not an insult: Roux at Parliament Square reviewed
Any of us can make a mountain out of a molehill. But how would we make one out of nothing? And on it recreate one of the world’s most famous stories of triumph over disaster? The answers unfolded at the Old Vic last night with one of its most ambitious theatrical undertakings to date - a stage version of Touching the Void, the story of mountaineer Joe Simpson, who literally crawled back to civilisation after he was left for dead on a South American glacier at 3,000 feet by his fellow climber Simon Yates. Writer David Greig and director Tom Morris have created a mesmerising live experience bound by a rope line of clever writing, fine acting, brilliant set design and creative sound and music production - all finely balanced to hold each other in place on the precipice of this project. But the play did more than simply recreate the story already made famous in Joe Simpson’s book and subsequent film directed by Kevin MacDonald. It managed to deconstruct the extraordinary … [Read more...] about Review: Touching the Void is the Old Vic at the peak of its theatrical powers