I first came across Bruce Norris through the Royal Court production of The Pain and the Itch in 2007. As good as that play was, the real revelation came with Clybourne Park three years later, a sharp dissection of race, happiness, and the middle classes. His new play The Low Road premieres at the Royal Court Upstairs in a couple of weeks. He seems to feel totally at ease in that theatre, as a result I always felt he was one of our own: as much a british playwright as he is american.
Let’s take a moment to savour this: David Tennant as Richard II directed by Greg Doran. There have been rumours for a while but lately the discussion has been louder and it seems it will happen: David Tennant will play Richard II at the Royal Shakespeare Company some time in late 2013 or early 2014, under the direction of Greg Doran in the new artistic director’s first season. David Tennant is in no small part responsible for my theatre obsession the last few years and my excitement for this news is unfettered. I will be clearly spending the next eighteen months dreaming of the Deposition Scene and who will play Bolingbroke. Chiwetel Ejiofor is my choice. It’s perfect and it needs to happen. Continue reading →