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james woodall

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James wrote (1999-2010) for the Financial Times, The Economist and Dance Europe, mainly from Berlin. His books include a biography of Jorge Luis Borges, a study of Rio's music through the life and work of Chico Buarque, and an account of the marriage of John Lennon and Yoko Ono. He's now a writer back in England.

Articles By James Woodall

Rock Island Line: The Song That Made Britain Rock, BBC Four review - the early dawn of Britpop

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The Beatles: Made on Merseyside, BBC Four review - when the Fab Four were five

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theartsdesk Q&A: Theatre Producer Elyse Dodgson

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Titus Andronicus, RSC, Barbican review - blood will out

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Coriolanus, Barbican review - great, late Shakespeare compels but doesn't stun

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The Tempest, Barbican Theatre review - sound and fury at the expense of sense

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It Was Fifty Years Ago Today! review - without a little help from their friends

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Shakespeare Trilogy, Donmar at King's Cross

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10 Questions for Director Lucy Bailey

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The Beatles: Eight Days a Week - The Touring Years

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The Girl from Ipanema: Brazil, Bossa Nova and the Beach, BBC Four

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theartsdesk at the Holland Festival

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George Martin (1926-2016), record producer and 'fifth Beatle'

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Rio+Film, Barbican

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Hot August Night: The Beatles at Shea Stadium

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The Story of The Beatles' Last Song

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Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons, Harold Pinter Theatre re...

Culture which arrives from the margins to the mainstream is a classic phenomenon. In the case of Sam Steiner’s Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons...

Two Billion Beats, Orange Tree Theatre review - lively, but...

Do the right thing! But doing the right thing isn’t easy – especially if you are a teen. And a female teen who is being pressurised by your mother...

January review - the end is nigh in vampirised Bulgaria

At their best, horror movies reflect destabilisation caused by cracks in the social fabric. The crack indicated in the documentarist Andrey...

Album: Lisa O'Neill - All of This Is Chance

Lisa O’Neill is a part of the new wave of Irish contemporary folk artists, one that encompasses the likes of Lankum, Ye Vagabonds...

Leonskaja, Staatskapelle Streichquartett, Wigmore Hall / Sec...

It’s dangerous to claim a sense of absolute rightness about a musical performance; that could mean no more than responding to an interpretation...

Othello, Lyric Hammersmith review - Frantic Assembly's...

Frantic Assembly’s Othello, originally co-developed with the Lyric in 2008, is back in its third iteration, and it’s still not...

Blu-ray: The War Trilogy - Three Films by Andrzej Wajda

Watching these harrowing films in rapid succession allows us to watch a great...

Ólafsson, LPO, Gardner, RFH review - spirit of delight

This concert was advertised as the completion of an Elgar symphony cycle, though in the absence of the reconstructed Third, that meant the second...

Sound of the Underground, Royal Court review - loud and triu...

Ever been to a queer club? You know, drag cabaret night at Madame Jojo’s, or the Black Cap or Her Upstairs. No? Well, not to worry – the...

Gerhardt, BBC Philharmonic, Gernon, Bridgewater Hall, Manche...

Ben Gernon’s calm and clear way of conducting an orchestra (something he once told me he’d observed in the work of his mentor, Colin Davis) is...