It's clear that Mike's problems were within himself. Hollywood was the backdrop to his downward spiral, not necessarily its cause. Mike's story nevertheless symbolises the fate of many Hollywood dreams.
It struck me that Miller was way ahead of his time in his critique of the American dream and capitalism. We exist inside a consumerist bubble full of false images of beauty and success where we've lost touch with what's actually important.
I think that there's a blog I could write about Gods Are Fallen And All Safety Gone, where I tell you that as soon as it finished I ran outside and rang my mum and told her that I loved her. But I'm not going to write that blog. I'm not doing that because I think it would sentimentalize what is an extraordinary and complex piece of theatre...
Occasionally, just occasionally, a show comes along that is so exciting, so dynamic but so profoundly moving that, irrelevant of personal preference, I just say, "Go see this show." Go see Everyman.
It was an absolutely splendid evening and it was great to see such talent displayed on the stage from the performers to the new writers, and of course the work of Sondheim. If this competition is a sign of what we have to look forward to in the future of the West End, we are in very safe hands indeed.
Whether you haven't been yet, or you want to relive a few moments, you can watch these two clips to get you in the mood. The videos are themed around outdoor events and nightlife and there are three more to come in the coming weeks.
The future of the country's arts and culture is a matter that ought to be looked upon with huge concern not just by your department but also by the Department for Education and Home Office. I urge you to press for a radical rethink of how this government both views and funds this vital area.
If we want theatre to give a voice to the invisible and the marginalized, the fed up and the f****d over, then we need more theatre like this. If we want to understand that the erosion of workers' rights extends into the chipping away of their individual humanity, we need more theatre like this.
Every day I walk around (very quickly) trying to make sense of the world around me. I play with my kids, am wowed by their imaginations and have a good laugh (and cry) in the world of parenthood. I help artists share their ideas with different people and am wowed by their imaginations and have a good laugh (and cry) in the world of arts producing.
The Angry Brigade at Bush Theatre isn't subtle but it is energetic, powerful and brutally effective in punching its message across, that message being: look around you, people! This isn't freedom and we are not free!
[Camille O'Sullivan - Credit: Peter Williams] There were already high hopes, but the scale of ...
England's largest arts festival, arrived this weekend with a record 3,584 performances of 784 shows at 171 venues across the city for the entire month of May. Ticket sales are already 15% up on last year, meaning that we should be expecting audiences of close to 290,000 people.
With Damian Lewis and John Goodman in the cast, this production of David Mamet's American Buffalo was always going to be a box-office success. However, whether all those who pile in to see this show will come out raving about it, I'm not so sure.
After months and months of listening to television hosts and their guests take sides and beat each other up; after more than a year of 'gotcha' reporting and newsgathering; I was attempting to present, at this very specific time and place, a family talking, not yelling, not screaming, but rather one trying to listen to one another.
Golem is a dazzling visual feast with a biting social commentary that's enough to put a spring in the step of even the most jaded theatre-goer. In a show that fuses performance with animation, film and music, Golem challenges us to confront the lie that we've been sold - that technology will set us free.
I was intrigued to know why an absolute powerhouse of an actress, whose stellar career has so far spanned 4 decades in Theatre, Film and Television and shows no signs of slowing down, would be so interested in exploring Gender Equality in Theatre.