Jane Austen’s unfinished novel comes to the stage

Published in The New York Times on November 6, 2018

What happens to a novel’s characters when their author abandons them? I spoke to British playwright Laura Wade about bringing “The Watsons,” an unfinished novel by Jane Austen, to the stage, in a piece for the New York Times. Continue reading “Jane Austen’s unfinished novel comes to the stage”

The art of the ménage à trois

Modern Couples, a new exhibition at the Barbican, features more than 40 couples, taking a wide-ranging look at how the artistic and literary experiments of the avant-garde were often also accompanied by experiments in living, and in loving. Actually, we’re often not talking about couples – but ‘throuples’. Two’s company, three’s an experiment…

Review: Honour, Park Theatre

A middle-aged, middle-class couple – he a towering figure in journalism, she a writer who’s not published for decades – appear to have a comfortable, rock-solid marriage. Then along comes a bright, beautiful, ambitious writer half his age, to interview him for a book. What happens next will surprise no one.

How LSD influenced Western culture

After its psychedelic properties of LSD were accidentally discovered in the lab by Albert Hofmann in 1943, the drug was banned in the UK in 1966. The drug is still most strongly associated with hippies who embraced its mind-expanding properties, but its after-effects have seeped through much of Western culture, from art to literature to, most obviously, music

Review: Mrs Dalloway, Arcola

Adapting Virginia Woolf’s 1925 novel – set over one day in London, as Clarissa Dalloway prepares to throw a party – is always likely to be tricky.

Review: Six the Musical, Arts Theatre

Henry VIII’s six wives are back, bitch, to re-tell ‘her-story’ as a slick, sassy girl band. Think Euro-pop remixes of ‘Greensleeves’, Anne Boleyn spouting tweenage text-speak, and K-Howard warbling #MeToo tales of gropey employers