One Night In Miami

Donmar Warehouse Theatre Okay, I’m probably the only person on earth that didn’t know that, after becoming World Heavyweight Champion of the World, Cassius Clay spent the rest of the evening in a motel room with three other heavyweights – American football star Jim Brown, soul singer Sam Cooke and activist Malcolm X. I knew…

Grey Gardens

Southwark Playhouse. I have never seen the seminal 1973 documentary, Grey Gardens. After an evening at Southwark Playhouse, however, I know my life is incomplete until I do. I need to know exactly where the hell what I’ve just been watching came from. Who on earth were Edith Bouvier Beale? Note the plural; there are two Edith Bouvier…

Guys and Dolls

Savoy Theatre, Strand. Guys and Dolls is one of those musicals that makes you smile from its very opening strains. I’ve loved the film since I was a child, though for different reasons at every age. When I was small I just loved the colour and the music; as I got older, I realised  Jean Simmons’s…