Theatre

To Nicholas Hytner’s strong new  Bridge Theatre on the bank of the Thames, with the great Tower Bridge magnificently rising above it, to see Christopher Hampton’s new play, A German Life. It’s a one-woman show starring the 84 year-old Maggie Smith, and what a tour de force it is

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Jamie Vickery
Film

While in Minneapolis I went to see Apollo 11 with Nick, Guy and Dom Beken. It’s a new archive-only documentary produced and directed by Todd Douglas Miller. It includes 70mm film that has been previously unreleased and doesn’t have narration or interviews. Being an Apollo kid, I was in tears through a lot of it.

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Jamie Vickery
Theatre

While in San Francisco on a rare night off, Guy Pratt and I popped in to see a new comedy play at the wonderful San Francisco Playhouse, a kind of theatre club. It was called Yoga Play and is written by Dipika Guha and directed by Bill English.

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Jamie Vickery
Books

Two books have swept me away while on the NMSOS US tour. The first was John Keegan’s The American Civil War: A Military History. The second book was one I wanted to read for a long time but never seemed to have the space.  So in Denver I picked up a new translation by Oliver Ready for Penguin Classics of Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s Crime and Punishment.

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Jamie Vickery