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Convincingly Pitched

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...

Copyright © 21 November 2010 Mike Wheeler,
Derby UK

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BENJAMIN BRITTEN

THE TURN OF THE SCREW

OPERA NORTH

YVONNE HOWARD

RICHARD FARNES

NOTTINGHAM THEATRE ROYAL

NOTTINGHAM

UNITED KINGDOM

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