Ian Dickson

Twelfth Night ★★★1/2 (Belvoir St Theatre)

Ian Dickson
01 August 2016

In his introduction to the Folio Society edition of Twelfth Night, Peter Hall describes the play as a transitional work. Moving on from the light-heartedness of A Mi More

All My Sons (Sydney Theatre Company) ★★★★1/2

Ian Dickson
14 June 2016

Arthur Miller's reputation as the writer of glum naturalistic problem dramas is undergoing a re-evaluation at present. The fashionable director Ivo van Hove's ecstatically reviewed and Tony Award-winning production of A View from the Brid ... More

The Ring Cycle (Washington National Opera) ★★★1/2

Ian Dickson
27 May 2016

At any time, Washington, DC would be an apposite place in which to stage Wagner's vast cautionary saga about the devastating effects of greed and lust for power on the human and natural wo More

Ian Dickson reviews 'On Sondheim: An Opinionated guide' by Ethan Mordden

Ian Dickson
27 April 2016

Do we really need another slim volume on the great Stephen Sondheim? Along with innumerable reviews, essays, and articles, we have Craig Zadan's account of Sondheim's early career, Sondheim & Co (1974), Meryle Secrest's Stephen Sondheim: A Life (1998), and the promise of a definitive biography from the critic David Benedict. If that were not en ... More

Marguerite and Florence Foster Jenkins

Ian Dickson
20 April 2016

As with London buses, one waits for ages for a film based on the life of that vocal phenomenon Florence Foster Jenkins (1868–1944), and then two arrive simultaneously. Add to the mix Mag More

King Charles III (Sydney Theatre Company) ★★★1/2

Ian Dickson
05 April 2016

Gentles, perchance you'll wonder at this show
That comes to us with fanfare from abroad.
Mike Bartlett's many earlier plays, like ...

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Voyage to the Moon (Musica Viva/Victorian Opera) ★★★1/2

Ian Dickson
25 February 2016

In this era of the jukebox musical, it is not surprising that the seventeenth- and eighteenth-century equivalent, the pasticcio opera, should be undergoing a revival. A couple of seasons a More

Ian Dickson reviews 'James Merrill' by Langdon Hammer

Ian Dickson
25 February 2016

To his critics, James Merrill was at best a petit maître, a composer of exquisitely manufactured lyrics that reflected his privileged life and over-refined sensibilities. When he won Yale's Bollingen Prize for Poetry, the editorial writer for The New York Times wearily deplored the judges' preference for 'literary' poets. This prompted a sharp res ... More

The Golden Age (Sydney Theatre Company) ★★★★

Ian Dickson
25 January 2016

The reappraisal of Australian plays from that great explosion of theatrical creativity in the 1970s and 1980s which has been in train for the last few years continues with the Sydney Theat More

Ian Dickson reviews 'Orlando' (Sydney Theatre Company)

Ian Dickson
17 November 2015

Virginia Woolf's early impression of the aristocratic, free-loving woman of letters Vita Sackville-West was not exactly complimentary: 'Not much to my severer taste – florid, moustached, parakeet coloured, with all the supple ease of the aristocracy, but not the wit of the artist.' Her opinion soon changed, however, and she found herself falling in love with the p ... More

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