Monthly Archives: April 2006

TV REVIEW: Sean Bean in ‘Sharpe’s Challenge’

By Ray Bennett LONDON – Bernard Cornwell’s terrific creation Richard Sharpe, loyal soldier in the battles of the Duke of Wellington, hasn’t been seen in anything new on British television for eight years but he returns in great form Sunday … Continue reading

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TV REVIEW: Jimmy McGovern’s ‘The Street’

By Ray Bennett LONDON – Marital strife fierce and unsettling comes flying in the opening scene of the first episode of Jimmy McGovern’s new BBC series “The Street,” and it sets the tone for a show that brings fresh imagination … Continue reading

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THEATRE REVIEW: David Soul in ‘Mack and Mabel’

By Ray Bennett LONDON — Longtime U.K. resident and now British citizen David Soul has matured into a major theatrical star and playing opposite the dazzling Janie Lee (pictured, right) he has a surefire hit in a winning new production … Continue reading

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MUSIC REVIEW: Corinne Bailey Rae at Shepherds Bush Empire

By Ray Bennett LONDON – England’s biggest voices come in small packages and in a swinging set at the Shepherds Bush Empire on April 5 , Corinne Bailey Rae showed that while her debut album, a hit in the U.K., … Continue reading

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MUSIC REVIEW: Anthony Minghella directs ‘Madam Butterfly’

By Ray Bennett LONDON – Anthony Minghella’s production of Puccini’s “Madam Butterfly,” which is back for a short English National Opera run before it opens the New York Metropolitan Opera season in September, might not please opera purists but it … Continue reading

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THEATRE REVIEW: ‘My Name is Rachel Corrie’

By Ray Bennett LONDON – One of the most disturbing things about “My Name is Rachel Corrie,” the Royal Court play based on the journals and e-mails of a young American who died in Palestine for no apparent reason, is … Continue reading

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