Razor sharp: Sweeney Todd at English National Opera

There is no doubt that the ENO are making a grand gesture with this Sweeney Todd. It is to herald a new return to musical theatre as a key aspect of their repertoire; it is, significantly, a transatlantic production which points to a strong artistic friendship with Broadway; and they have certainly gone all out…

Fish out of Water: Blind Tiger’s The Little Mermaid at Riverside Studios

Blind Tiger‘s dark, moody, angst-ridden Little Mermaid is an informative and intriguing watch. But be warned: it’s not exactly Christmas (or children’s) fare. At Riverside Studios. The opening of The Little Mermaid looks very promising indeed. While a piano plays a gentle and contemplative tune, sculptural forms swathed in dustsheets form a tableau under swirling, spotlit smoke. As the performance…