Tuesday, 10 January 2012

Company at the Crucible

A very brief word on the last night of the superb production of "Company" at the Crucible Theatre, Sheffield. A jaw droppingly good night at the theatre with a central performance by Daniel Evans which equalled Adrian Lester's Bobby in the never to be forgotten Donmar production. If this production doesn't transfer to London there is no justice - Listen up Cameron Mac!

L'Enclume and Roganic

I was fortunate enough, in the dying months of the year, to eat at both of chef Simon Rogan's establishments. First, in the first week of November, I stayed a weekend at L'Enclume in the blissful Lake District village of Cartmel. In the unseasonal dazzling sunshine the Lake District appeared even more magical than usual and with the rooms reminding one more of a well heeled French family home than a hotel the signs for an enjoyable weekend were good. Even so the plentiful breakfast did not fully presage the dazzling evening meal on the Sunday night. I have rarely experienced such an adventurous yet wholly successful tasting menu. Presentation was also on an exquisite level accompanied by knowledgeable, attentive but never overweening service. A truly memorable evening - If only it was closer to London!
And, as luck would have it, Chef Rogan has indeed opened a pop-up London establishment in Marylebone with a similarly exceptional menu, staff and presentation. Roganic is a "toe-in-the-water" exercise which, with any luck, heralds a permanent Rogan outpost in the capital! go to either (or preferably both!) of these wonderful restaurants)
Roganic, 19 Blandford Street, London W1U 3DH (020-7486 0380)

Madama Butterfly - ROH

The Elixir of Love - ENO

Christian Gerhaher - Wigmore Hall

Click on title for my review of the extraordinary Christian Gerhaher's Schwanengesang at the Wig

The Marriage of Figaro - ENO

Dmitri Hvorostovsky - Barbican

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Anna Caterina Antonacci - Wigmore Hall

Click on title for review

La Traviata - Royal Opera

Click on title for Traviata review 2nd January 2012

Catching Up!

I have been quite extraordinarily dilatory over recent months. Mainly this has been down to a particularly heavy duty and stressful new job. However I'll try to add links to my reviews since in case you haven't read them. And I promise to try to do better in the New Year..