Thursday, 16 March 2017

The Crown, Blackfriars Road, central London

Canonbury Square, Islington, North London

Laid out in 1800, Canonbury Square is described as having "particularly beautiful proportions" by the Guide to the Architecture of London, which also notes the raised pavements on the south side and the fact that George Orwell was a one-time resident

Wednesday, 15 March 2017

Barnsbury Street, Islington, North London

The elegant nineteenth century terraces that are a feature of Islington

Highbury Fields, North London

Lined with mature trees, Queen's Walk cuts straight across Highbury Fields - Islington's largest park

Milner Square, Islington, North London

The unusually-elongated architecture of Milner Square

Highbury Crescent, Islington, North London

Stately period properties overlooking Highbury Fields

Compton Terrace Gardens, Islington, North London

When the first owners moved into Compton Terrace in the 1820s and 1830s, they had private use of gardens between their houses and Upper Street. Today, the gardens are maintained by the local council and are open to all 

Friday, 10 March 2017

Twelfth Night, The National Theatre, The Southbank, Central London

Images from the Twelfth Night website

Seemingly set in the twentieth century, this extravagant production of Shakespeare's farce Twelfth Night employs a large and eclectic cast dressed in skinny jeans, outlandish suits, shades and brash swimsuits.  At times, the comic delivery is delicious, with Tamsin Greig (as the pompous and presumptuous Malvolia), Tim McMullan (as the mischievous Toby Belch), Daniel Rigby (an indignant and idiotic Aguecheek) and Phoebe Fox (a subtle and seductive Olivia), adding a great deal of humour to the script. But in this age of short attention spans, Twelfth Night can sometimes feel laborious and long-winded, as the cross-dressing and cases of mistaken identity gradually unwind. Moreover, some of the other performances, notably Oliver Chris (as a one-dimensional Orsino) and Tamara Lawrance (as a dutiful Viola) lack a spark, making the production feel flat at times.