20 August, 2008

What the Paper's Say Today

The spotlight shines on theatre today, as the papers interview writers / directors for new productions Class Enemy, 365 and I went to the house but did not enter. Today's Herald features an interview with Nigel Williams about his 1978 play Class Enemy, which has been adapted by Bosnian theatre company East West Theatre Company to be set in contemporary Sarajevo. Class Enemy opens tonight at the Royal Lyceum Theatre and runs through to Saturday 23 August. Three Weeks talks to Scottish playwright David Harrower today about the process of writing 365 - the latest production from The National Theatre of Scotland about child poverty in the UK. 365 makes its World Premiere at The Playhouse this Friday 22 August and runs through to Monday 25 August. The Daily Telegraph speaks with theatrical innovator Heiner Goebbels about his new music theatre piece I went to the house but did not enter and about how theatre should give you something ‘completely marvellous and completely inexplicable'. I went to the house opens at the Royal Lyceum Theatre on Thursday 28 and runs until Saturday 30 August. In the world of music, The Herald interviews mesmerising opera singer Christine Schäfer in anticipation of her Edinburgh Festival debut in Saturday's Queen's Hall recital. And The Independent previews the Pavel Haas Quartet who will perform work by Janacek and Prokofiev this Friday at The Queen's Hall.

New Reviews
Le roi David
‘Sylvia Bergé held us in thrall; very impressive' The Financial Times ****
‘Ingeniously orchestrated, daringly combined and, at its most tender, really rather moving' The Times ****
Susan Bullock / Malcolm Martineau
‘communicated with consummate artistry and range of expression' The Scotsman*****
‘This concert was in a class of its own. A flawless recital.' The Herald *****
The Monteverdi Choir / Orchestra Revolutionnaire et Romantique
‘Choral singing of impeccable beauty' The Scotsman ***
4.48 Psychosis
‘a sophisticated and stimulating rendering of the play' Fest Mag ****
‘unquestionably impressive' Fest Mag ****
London Symphony Orchestra: Prokofiev
‘ phenomenal technical prowess and unfailing musicality' Evening News *****

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