Critic Benedict Nightingale’s Great Moments in the Theatre

16th November 2012

Benedict Nightingale
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The former critic of The Times talks to Aleks Sierz about his new book, Great Moments in the Theatre (Oberon), which comprises accounts of more than 100 significant first nights from theatre history, from Aeschylus’s The Oresteia to Jez Butterworth’s Jerusalem. Recorded: 15 November 2012.

The test for a classical revival shouldn’t be what it does, but what it doesn’t do, what it leaves out. And both Jonathan Miller’s Tempest and Peter Brook’s Dream left out a lot.