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Chief theatre critic for The Times. Twitter: CliveDavisUK Facebook: www.facebook.com/clive.davis.10 Instagram: clivephotos

Family, Thames

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Notebook

The stereotypes of course remained, not only about Gentiles but about Jews. There was a clear pecking order among us “Ostjuden”, Jews from Eastern Europe (who were all of course despised by the cultivated German-speaking Jews of Central Europe). Broadly … Continue reading

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Thames, evening

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Notebook

We all have our professional notion of hell. There is a tale of a writer who died and was allowed to choose between going to heaven or to hell. Cannily, she asked St Peter if she might tour both regions … Continue reading

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Rarity, Thames

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George Bernard Shaw revisited

It made quite an impression in the 1890s, but has the play aged well? My review of “Candida” at the Orange Tree: If this had been Ibsen, heaven knows what might have happened. Would the lovelorn teenage poet who falls … Continue reading

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Overload

A New Yorker cartoon from the month that Donald Trump was elected. Still true today, unfortunately…

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Notebook

How does he do anything? I wondered to myself. What happens when he’s dressing, goes to the lavatory, has a bath? I followed his wife into the kitchen and asked her how, for instance, he managed to dress himself.  “It’s … Continue reading

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Marlow Bridge

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Long player

He resembles an explorer returning from a lost world. My review of David Hepworth’s hugely enjoyable history of the pop LP. When reviewers say a book feels twice as long as it actually is, they are not usually being complimentary. … Continue reading

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