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‘A Strange Christmas Game’ (1865) by J. H. Riddell is a charming story of fun, games, counting thirteen people when only twelve are present – and of a girl with a broken neck.

Why do you go to the theatre? What makes you go, keeps you going, or (conversely) makes you stay away? I’ve been thinking about some possible reasons, contemporary and historical, for theatregoing. There’s seasonal pantomime-going, or the individual who racks up a lifetime’s theatre attendance because they’re the dutiful spouse of a hardened fan. There’s …

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Baz Luhrmann has taken the aesthetic he used for Moulin Rouge, the least French film ever made about Paris, and transplanted it to 1920s New York. The CGI is worse than a Doctor Who werewolf, but the costumes are stunning and I’ve spent much of today fashion-googling ‘great gatsby clothes’ with a sense of moral …

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The last day of my Advent Calendar and the BIGGEST treat of all. I thought about finishing with Malcolm Tucker’s suspiciously sniffy Christmas message to the GQ staff (google it), but decided instead to go for the richest, scariest, and best adaptation of A Christmas Carol not to feature Muppets. It’s the 1970 version of …

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The Swedish Chef, Beaker, and Animal share a choral moment. Enjoy! (You should of course also take the time to watch The Muppet Christmas Carol, the GREATEST of all Dickens adaptations, and its slightly alarming making-of documentary. I am word-perfect on this film. It’s awesome.)

Humanitas Visiting Professor in Drama 2012 – Vanessa Redgrave   in association with Brasenose College. Film Screenings, Lectures and Symposium on Theatre and Politics Programme THURSDAY 9 FEBRUARY 2012, 3 – 6pm Vanessa Redgrave Lecture: Speak What We Feel Not What We Ought To Say (Part 1) – King Lear followed by screening of The …

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