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Shakespeare and the ‘happily ever after’ 
From double-suicides to revenge served with a cannibalistic flair, Shakespeare is renowned for Old-Testament style dénouements that seem as far from a fairy tale as possible. This should come as no surprise; as echoed in the likes of Marlowe, Ford, and Webster, Renaissance tragedies indulged in unapologetic melodrama that simply left no room for joviality...
Why it’s time to start appreciating anti-heroines Penny Dreadful, anti heroines, kettle mag
If the past year (let alone the past few centuries) has taught us anything, it is that men are in a position of undoubtable power over women. It is outdated, it is archaic, and it makes for a world full of anger and hostility. The perception that men and women cannot live together in an...
Alice in Wonderland: the modern-day Lazarus Alice in Wonderland, kettle mag
Lewis Carroll’s ‘Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland’ is a story re-born time and time again through film, TV, literature, theatre, music, and many other forms, but is it time for us to retire this classic from constant recirculation? Literary nonsense is perhaps a genre of fiction that conflicts with that stiff upper lip propriety we often associate...
Review: ‘Venus in Fur’ at the Theatre Royal Haymarket venus in furs, kettlemag,
When you open your theatre programme and see the word ‘sadomasochism’ written in bold pink at the top of a page, you can’t help but question if this is really the sort of play you should have brought your mother to see... When Thomas (played by David Oakes, star of The Borgias and Victoria) struggles...
Which Witch for Hallows’ Eve? Katie McGrath as Morgana le Fey in BBC's 'Merlin'
With yet another Halloween around the corner, it can be assured that we’ll see plenty of tiny humans in pointy hats with green faces running around with a broomstick in one hand and a pumpkin bowl full of sweets in the other. They’ll probably be dressed in black or purple, and if their parents are...
Book Review: The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern The Night Circus artwork
“The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it… It is simply there, when yesterday it was not.” On the 13th October, 1886, a mysterious circus appears in London; a seductive, dazzling world of black and white that opens at nightfall and closes at dawn. It is a Victorian fairy tale of the most imaginative...