Britten's 'The Turn of the Screw',
reviewed by MIKE WHEELER
Britten's The Turn of the Screw, from the novella by Henry James, is a work of studied ambiguity, and a production that attempts to be too specific as to what's really going on risks undermining the very qualities that give it such an impact.
Alessandro Talevi's new staging for Opera North (Theatre Royal, Nottingham, UK, 17 November 2010) gets fairly close to that particular line but without actually crossing it. With Madeleine Boyd's designs and Matthew Haskins' lighting, the production creates a world of puppets, dolls and shadow-play, in which the ordinary can easily tip over into the uncanny...
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